I’d say I’m having a healthy life style since I cook everyday and always watch what I eat but only a few times a year, I am urged to eat rich, fatty 豚骨ラーメン(tonkotsu ramen).
In Kyushu, most of the time ‘ramen’ means ‘tonkotsu ramen’.
Ramen differs depends on the soup, which use soy sauce, salt, miso(fermented soy bean paste) and tonkotsu.
To make tonkotsu soup, they use pork bone stock.
As a Kyushuer(I was born and grew up in Oita), my favorite is always tonkotsu ramen.
I guess it’d been over a year since the last time I ate ramen!
Especially being women, I hesitate to go to ramen restaurant alone.
This time, me and my friend went to 太一商店(Taichi shoten) together.
The unique point of this restaurant is that you can order extra moyashi(sprout) for free.
At the entrance, there is a vending machine to buy a ticket for ramen and other menus.
I guess I was so hungry that I ordered ’special ramen’ which has extra chashu(焼豚 grilled pork) and soft-boiled seasoned egg.
This sign says that because the noodle is thicker than usual, it takes about 7 minutes to boil them.
So please do not get irritated. They don’t forget your order!!
Look at this volume!
We also ordered gyoza(餃子 dumplings) which were so good, crispy outside and moist inside!
Depending on time, you may have to wait a while but I’m sure it’s worth waiting.
ごちそうさまでした♪(*´∀｀*) (Gochisou sama deshita.)
※ We say ‘Gochisou sama deshita’ after eating, which means to show our appreciation to life, nature or people who prepared meal for us. Also, before eating, we say いただきます(Itadaki masu) for the same meaning.
【Information and links】
They have 2 branches in Kumamoto-city.
This time, we went to the Hamasen branch.
Address : 249-1 Tamukaemachi tainoshima, Minami-ku, Kumamoto-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Tel : 096-202-4457
Address : 3-4-18, Oyama, Higashi-ku, Kumamoto-city, Kumamoto-prefecture
Tel : 096-388-4155