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Visiting the beautiful Kyushu

Hi, I’m a thirty something Asia fanatic, visiting the beautiful Kyushu with my Japanese wife on my third trip to Japan - this time going late August in 2013.

Here are some of the highlights of my trip...

Food:

People say it’s very hard to understand Japan – but understand how much they love food, and you’ll be on the right track.

Here I am in Yufuin, the famous spa town in Oita, eating the Japanese version of the well-known ‘croquette’ known locally as ‘Korokke’. I’ve gone for the traditional ‘Gold award’ Korokke, which is a mix of piping hot minced beef, potato and onion and it’s a great treat at only ¥180 (approx £1).

Korokke

Next on the menu were the various delights of the traditional Japanese hotel (Ryokan) experience (see Ryokan section below), which really comes into its own when the food is served.

the various delights

This is just a small sample of the numerous and plentiful dishes that are served during the evening meal and breakfast. The evening meal can easily reach 30 individual dishes – be brave and try as much as possible, even if you have no idea what it is!

Now for the ‘pièce de résistance’ of my culinary experience of Japan and dare I say, of my life? I’ve eaten good quality beef many times before, a few come to mind; such as a particularly succulent Chateaubriand at Galvin’s La Chappelle in Spitalfields, London and even a Kobe steak during a previous visit to Kobe in 2011. However the beef I ate in Fukuoka at an upmarket Teppanyaki restaurant called Miyachiku, was on a different level.

Japanese beef

This was the less well known (outside of Japan), but the current Beef Olympics champion (yes it’s a thing); the mighty Miyazaki gyu.

The beautiful marbling is the product of the love, attention, massages and beer given to this pampered bovine from Mr Sakamoto (the farmer). I know this because each piece of beef is served with a little identity card with the farmer’s name to show its provenance.

Our great chef perfectly cooked each piece of Miyazaki gyu just the way we wanted. However the presentation was surprisingly understated.

There was a slice of Aubergine on one side, with mustard, garlic crisps and salt on the other, accompanied by a slice of white bread.


Miyazaki Gyu

Miyazaki Gyu


The bread was somewhat of a rouse and was not to be seen as an invitation to make an impromptu steak sandwich. There was definitely a simple pleasure in adding a little salt and really enjoying a stripped down taste sensation. It’s easily the tenderest beef I’ve ever tried.

The chef then took the now beef-soaked bread back on to the Teppanyaki hot plate, and cooked it in butter. Turning the white bread into golden brown, fantastically rich and sweet toast; topped off with a fruity mixed berry compote - amazing.

Teppanyaki

Information

Miyachiku (teppanyaki restaurant)

Fukuoka city, Hakata ku, Nakasu 5-1-1
Jpark Nakasu Building 2F
Tel: 092-262-2914

Lunch: 11.00 -14.00 (Last order)
Dinner: 17.00 - 21.30 (Last order)

Takachiho Gorge

Boat Hire
¥2,000 for 30 minutes (max 3 people per boat) between 08:30 to 17:00 (Mon-Fri),
with bookings stopping at 16:30.

Amanoiwato-jinja

Miyazaki-ken, Nishiusuki-gun,
Takachiho-cho Iwato 1073-1

Japanese Style 'Ryokan'

Where to stay in Kyushu


Kyushu Guide

Tours in Kyushu