Miyazaki is a mythical land with beautiful flowers, temples, islands, bridges, rivers, monuments, and food. The ramen plays second fiddle to the more popular udon, but it still stands out in my mind. Like Kagoshima, the Miyazaki accent is thick and sounds cool but is very hard for me to understand. They say the two are different, but I can't tell. Anyway, today was the longest day of my trip so far. It definitely helps when people you know have a car and can drive you all around the city. I was very lucky. So instead of continuing to babble, hopefully you'll enjoy this day in pictures.
Ramen Hibiki is probably the most popular ramen shop in Miyazaki right now. I'm not sure if it's the best, but they claim to serve authentic Miyazaki Ramen so that's good enough for me. A light tonkotsu with a dab of shoyu, the soup is smooth and will instantly change your mood. The chashu was a little tougher than I expected but the hanjuku egg made up for it. All in all, it was very good.
I initially expected to try only one ramen-ya in Miyazaki, but fate led me to Ramen Kimura and I couldn't escape the urge. The soup here was a tad lighter then Hibiki, but the chashu was incredible. I can't even describe how good it was. I never was a big fan of tonkotsu ramen, but I have a feeling this trip might change things.
And I wasn't gonna leave without trying the Miyazaki Beef! Oh man, this steak was good. I wouldn't say it was better then Yonezawa, but it was real close. They both had that melt-in-your-mouth feel, unlike any other steak I've had before.
Now it's time to head north! Kumamoto, Kurume, Hakata here I come!