|They're next door neighbors.|
You think you've eaten ramen. Back in those days when you were a poor alcoholic in college most of your meals consisted of a 27 cent package of ramen and a can of Natural Light. Then you graduate from school, earn some money, and never look back at those boxes of ramen that could feed you for a week. Well it turns out Fukuoka is the ramen capital of the entire freaking world and their ramen costs about nine dollars for a whole meal of it. If you know how to use a calculator that's over a 3,000% increase in price! Also, that's about how much better it is. Don't ask me how they do it, but best ramen I've ever had in life: check.
|Caroline slurps her ramen.|
|There's heaven on that plate.|
The last thing we had to try in Fukuoka was to eat at a yatai, or a mobile food stall. As the sun goes down these food stalls start setting up near the river and in downtown. It features a cook surrounded by about a dozen stools and a bar that wraps around the grill. It's kind of like one of those restaurants in America where they cook the food in front of you but it's outside and much smaller. When we found out the cook did tempura we had him deep fry everything he had. We actually ate all of his mushrooms. It was addicting! It was like someone spiked the oil with crack. Then the cook put a pot of saki on the grill and served it to us hot. Let me highly recommend that. The best food stall I have ever eaten at: check.
|Good stuff right there.|
Japan was a great visit but its only downfall is that it's damn expensive. You could easily blow hundreds of dollars in a weekend without doing anything very extravagant. I will be back so I can at least taste that sushi one more time, but it's best to visit Japan in small doses. Unless you look in your bathroom and your toilet is made of gold, just visit Japan for a few days at a time. However, arguably the best food I've eaten in Asia: check.
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