For my second bowl of ramen on this visit to the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, I went to Najima-tei for some Hakata ramen. This is a Fukuoka-based shop that serves the local specialty, tonkotsu ramen.
I had already had one small bowl of spicy red miso ramen at Ryushanhai, so I just ordered a small bowl of tonkotsu here. It was a fairly typical bowl of Hakata ramen, topped with a large portion of green onions, some kikurage (a kind of mushroom), and two pieces of pork.
The soup was a cloudy white. It had a very strong pork flavour with mild traces of garlic. It was quite oily and very hot. This soup was full of flavour and tasted very good.
The noodles were classic Hakata style – thin and straight. I didn’t know I could adjust the firmness of the noodles. If I had known, I would have definitely asked for firm noodles (かため). Still, they were fine. Hakata noodles are the best in my opinion.
This mini bowl of ramen came with two thin slices of pork. It was lean and fairly tender.
This was a no-frills bowl of Hakata ramen. The soup was very nice, and the noodles were excellent. You really can’t go wrong with Hakata-style ramen.
Location: On the bottom level of the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum.
Price: Regular – ¥750; Mini – ¥570
Seating: 25 seats, both counter and table