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Nagahama Ichiban: How to Order Nagahama Ramen

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The preferred type of ramen in Kyushu is the pork-based tonkotsu ramen.
However, tonkotsu soup has a range of different characteristics depending on the region. Often the ramen takes the name of the region.
For example, ramen from Saga, Hakata and Kumamoto is referred to as Saga ramen, Hakata ramen, Kumamoto ramen.

There are several different types within Fukuoka, among which is the famous Nagahama ramen. It can be eaten in the popular street stalls known as Yatai.

Nagahama ramen is characterized by its ultra fine noodles, which have the advantage of requiring a very short boiling time, and the  kaedama, or refill, system.

Interestingly, you can also ask the chef to adjust the texture of the noodles to your preference. If you like firm noodles, ask for “katamen” and if you like soft noodles, ask for “yawamen“.

Kaedama refers to a second helping of noodles. If you find that one helping of noodles is not quite enough to satisfy your hunger, just ask for”kaedama hitotsu” (one refill). A second helping of noodles will be cooked and poured into the remaining soup in your bowl. Quick, easy and efficient!

There is a reason for this refill system. Since very fine noodles expand easily, the first helping is made deliberately small so that the noodles do not expand too much while you eat. Then, you can enjoy a second helping of freshly cooked noodles.


You can season your soup with spices provided on the table.

If you have a large appetite then a second helping of noodles may be just the right amount for you. So next time you try some Nagahama ramen, ask the chef to cook the noodles to your preference and try a kaedama refill!


(Nagahama Ichiban (長浜一番))
Address: 1-2-1 Hikari, Saga City
Telephone: 0952-24-3448
Opening Hours: 11:00 ~ 22:00
Regular Holidays: Mondays
Access 1: 15 minute drive from Saga Station
Distance to airport: 10 km from Saga Airport

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