June 4, 2013
Yatai used to be found all over Japan, but they have survived best in Fukuoka where about 150 still operate. They are small street food carts that are constructed and torn down nightly. They usually have a counter looking onto a small kitchen. Kent, Linda and I did a yatai crawl the evening of March 26, 2013.
That morning Linda and I had walked along the riverbank near our hotel where yatai would be set up at dusk. It was a calm, clean setting with cherry trees in bloom giving no hint to the commotion of the evenings.
Kent left most of these to Linda and me while he had a bowl of ramen, a Fukuoka specialty.
It is supposed to be made with thin noodles and a rich pork bone broth, but Kent found this ramen to be very unsatisfactory so we left and cruised for another yatai.
This one looked promising.
Finally grilled beef tongue which was not as interesting as we had hoped.
Then there was a big brouhaha when three large men in identical pearl gray suits were squeezed next to us with two more chairs added into space that had been for one. They received VIP treatment from the chef. We left and strolled back to our hotel.
We had enjoyed a fascinating evening with some delicious food.