When a NYT writer mentions that she learnt the art of slurping ramen at this joint called Shin-Shin, the FOMO piglet in me screams “I’M. ON. IT!” So off the sis and I went on our last day trippin’ round Fukuoka.
This was attempt #2, as first attempt was thwarted by the fact that they observe Golden Week holidays seriously and actually close on those days. Painful lesson to learn when you are half-starved and dash like a mad person across Tenjin area’s sidestreets, only to find your delicious dreams of tonkotsu ramen dissolve in a mirage with the doors firmly shut in your face. With a big “CLOSE” sign, in case you didn’t get what closed doors mean in Fukuoka :(
Anyhoo, we made it in this time woohoo! It’s a cosy little joint which come night time could totally turn into a raucous sake/beer fueled free-for-all. Yeah, otsukare-sama bebeh!
Let’s get down to serious business:
Tonkotsu ramen: All ’em reviews give THIS tonkotsu baby so much cred. I was so so so excited to taste this porky little wonder! After all the hype and rave…it honestly tasted ok only to me :( The broth was standard flavourful pork bones stewed and blended with the sensei’s secret technique, but it lacked the buttery, velvety oomph which makes people do wonderfully obscene O-faces at the table. What the broth lacked, the multiple pieces of char-shu made up for it. The char-shu was nicely smoked, tender, not too fatty. There was seriously tons of it. Like as though a never-ending char-shu wishing well existed in that bowl woahhhhh.
Mentaiko fried noodles: Mentaiko is supposed to be one of the famed food beauties of Fukuoka, so I knew I need to get me some mentaiko lovin’ before leaving! This was pretty delicious, and tasted just like fried wonton noodles in pork broth with sprinkles of savoury pinkish mentaiko tossed in between and crunchy bean sprouts/negi topping it off nicely.
All in all, not quite the ramen-slurping temple of worship * sad face*. But! This is a place to check off your tonkotsu craving if you are hungry, happen to wander around the Tenjin area, and longing for a bowl of noodles in hot broth. They serve Nagasaki champon as well! So if you are Nagasaki nostalgic, Shin-Shin will fix you up right.
Wherefore art thou?
Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka,
Fukuoka Prefecture 810-0001, Japan