Sunday, February 3, 2013


Sometimes one ramen shop a day is not enough. Earlier in the day my brother and I stopped at my favorite shop in Fukuoka, Isshin Furan, but we were still hungry in the afternoon. Canal City offers a wide range of ramen shops, and though I hit up a couple of them on my last visit, there were still plenty to be tried.

Shinsen is a tonkotsu shoyu shop from Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture. I had never heard of Kanazawa-style ramen before, and most of the rest of the shops were more similar to the Fukuoka tonkotsu we had for lunch, so we decided to give Shinsen a try.

金澤濃厚中華そば 神仙
Fukuoka-ken, Fukuoka-shi, Hakata-ku, Sumiyoshi, 1丁目2

The Bowl
Wow, this was a bowl that tasted exactly like "tonkotsu shoyu" sounds. It was like someone took a bowl of tonkotsu ramen and poured a dollop of soy sauce into it. It wasn't offensive, but it was strong and lacked the subtle mixture of my favorite tonkotsu shoyu places. The noodles were surprisingly hard, and the chashu and menma were both decent.

Would I Go Again?
Nah. There are more places to try in Canal City anyway.

Should You Go?
If you make it all the way to Fukuoka, there are far better bowls to try than this one.

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