It’s the best part of traveling.
It’s how you really get to know a new place, a new culture. You sample its culinary offerings, find out where the locals eat, and devour everything in sight.
This is my game plan for Fukuoka, the city in Kyushu, Japan where I’m heading in two weeks. I’ll be there for about four days, touring around with other bloggers and foodies, likely searching out the best eats the city has to offer.
And already I’m craving ramen.
According to travel blogs, Fukuoka is known for its ramen. (And you know how much I love ramen!) One in particular is tonkotsu ramen, a local version with a creamy, pork bone-based soup that’s actually popular all over Japan.
Every region is known for its own brand of this noodle dish. Hokkaido has miso-flavored ramen; Kitakata is renowned for its flat, curly noodles a la saimin. But Fukuoka boasts the tonkotsu Hakata ramen that’s sold in shops all over the city.
And I can’t wait.
I don’t care if it’s 90 degrees when we arrive via Hawaiian Airlines, on its inaugural flight to the prefecture. I’m slurping it.
Anything else I should sample while I’m there? I’m making the list now!