Fukuoka #5.6

So we walked towards this tourist attraction, near Canal City Hakata. Also known to be the ‘Newton’ of Hakata, where the whole lane is filled with street side stalls selling variations of yakitoris and other cooked food. Nakasu, (中州)、literally meaning “sandbank,” Nakasu is Kyushu’s largest entertainment district.We walked a while before settling down . It was a good experience but we felt like it was such a tourist trap – we probably were overcharged for food that we could get at cheaper and better prices.

at a glance

street stalls

Mixed Oden

Gyoza

Assorted Yakitori as arranged by the waiter

I must admit, I do love how they incoporate mochi into the oden – although I dont think my family thoroughly enjoyed eating mochi in salty based soups.

Nakasu
6 min from Hakata to Tenjin Station by subway.  

Because they were so unsatisfied with this meal, we walked on and we saw MOS burger! so all the hungry ones ordered drinks and a burger to share

Yakiniku rice burger

Needless to say, it tastes so awesome in its own country!!! If only we all settled for Mos Burger instead -_-

we were making our way back and we saw how pretty the lightings were to celebrate such a festive and big event in Japan! Despite all that had happened earlier on in the year, they push forward their celebration perhaps as a form of encouragement and way to make the environment less tense and send ‘genki-ness’ across the state.

nicely lit up


Fukuoka #5.5

On the way to finding the ramen place, we walked through the huge Hakata Station and found people queuing up for croissant!! We decided we should also have a pre-dinner snack

iL FORNO del MIGNON (credits to http://www.fukuokadreaming.com/?p=1335) for this picture

There are 3 main flavours, Chocolate, plain and sweet potato. Sweet potato was a little too much of a double carb combo, we loved the chocolate and the plain ones 🙂

 

Plain

iL FORNO del MIGNON 
博多駅中央街1-1 (JR博多駅構内),
[Fukuoka Hakata Station]
福岡市博多区, 福岡県

Fukuoka #5.4

We finally arrived in the City!! Finally I see civilisation!!! and shopping malls! and buildings!!! I saw a big Tokyu Hands! Can’t wait to get in there!!!
So we checked in, and started exploring the city – in search of the best ramen!
one very kind local brought us to the reccomended one that I found off the internet! IchiRan Ramen!!!

Ichi ran ramen

so i listed out in step form an easy way to go about ordering your Ramen.

Step 1.  Tell the person for how many people. Most importantly, ask for an English Order Sheet. Select accordingly to the flavours that you want. 

English Order sheet

Step 2. Press Accordingly on the Vending Machine what additional toppings/ how you want your Ramen done. Ask the person to assist you if you cannot understand the Japanese.

Vending Machine

 

Step 3.  Hang your Coat/Jacket behind you with the Hanger Provided. Sit according  to the Booth that is designated to you

Hang your coats to avoid getting it dirtied

My Booth


Step 4:  Help yourself to hot tea/ drinks


Step 5: Do not be alarmed by the bamboo ‘curtain’ behind. This is where the servers will serve you your ramen and toppings. Read the accompanied instructions on how to peel your egg.

EGG!

Instructions on How to Crack Eggs



Step 6: Wait for the arrival of your Ramen and enjoy it! 

 

Ramen!!

Close up

My mum ordered the spicy version of it

Spicy Version

This place totally rocks socks! One of the best Ramen I ever had on the trip!!! The ramen is to be accompanied with their vinegar – which I thought was weird at first, but upon trying it, just enhanced the taste of the Ramen! The egg was enjoyable, and so was the char siew – melt in the mouth! Totally enjoyed this dinning experience! I think its a pretty considerate concept in terms of, although its pretty sad case to be eating behind a booth, but probably for clients that come alone, they won’t feel so awkward.

Ichiran (蘭),
5-3-2 Nakasugawa,
Hakata-ku (2 min from subway Nakasu-kawabata exit 2; five other outlets around town),
☎ +81 92 262-0433, [18]. 

 

Fukuoka #5.3

So on the way to the city, we broke our journey up, so we could all take turns to drive as well .. and we made a pit stop at yama da(山田)

yama da Stop

So of course, pit stop = more eating!

Tako Pachi - not bad

Milk Ice cream = YUMMERS

This ice-cream is so creamily awesome!

Tori karage (Fried Chicken)

Fishcake with Cheese ❤

Charcoal cooked chicken - bleagh

Now that All the eating is done , we embarked on our journey to the city! In search for a good ramen!! 🙂

Fukuoka #5.2

So, because our friend’s car broke down halfway while trying to meet us to head towards the city together, we had some time to spare to walk and explore around this Onsen city. As the shops were slowly opening,  We chanced upon this famous Croquette shop that prided itself in delivering the best croquette around. Celebrities also patronize them!

Famous Croquette Shop

so we went ahead and ordered 2 to try. I ordered a lobster,  Kani(crab) croquette and curry Beef one for my sister to try.

Lobster croquette

Kani cream

Beef Croquette

It lived up to its name! and being one of the first customer of the day, probably added to the punch. I love croquette and I think the croquettes were fried very well – it doesnt have that left over oil kind of taste and its very crispy.

We walked around and sighted a few more interesting sights and quaint shops with their own characteristics

Love the way this shop is decorated

This shop sold mainly self hand painted items. I bought a couple of souvenirs from here for my friends, a super cute handmade paperweight in the shape of a Japanese doll! its was just awesome browsing through the things that were crafted there!

Cuteness

Saw this out side this shop that, the whole first level sold all types of glass ornaments, from crystal bracelets to display ornaments. The second level, sold music boxes! Different types of music boxes galore!!!

OK.. too much shopping .. time to set off towards the city!!!
Bye Yu Fuin!
till next time

Fukuoka #5.1

What a bitter sweet day .. Today is like the last meal we can have at the ryokan 😦

Overview

Pickles

Sunny Side up

Toufu in soy sauce and ginger on top

Simmered Chicken

Mackerel, plum and seaweed.

May I say this seaweed when accompanied with rice is like .. you just can’t stop eating the rice .. Do not underestimate this small pile of seaweed!

Simmered Lotus root and burdock

yup our sad last day breakfast, in comparison to the past few days – seem to also reflect our sadness to leave the place ..

the ryokan lady was really sweet in giving us this special new year’s sake (dai jin jo) and  wished us well before we headed off  ..

To the city we go!