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Go west : Moomin Cafe in Hakata, Fukuoka

Date Published: Last Update:2015/04/10 Food, Travel & View point ,

There are several famous things with the name of Hakata: Hakata Dontaku (a big festival), Hakata ningyou (“ningyou” means “doll”), Hakata ramen (ramen noodle with pork bone broth) and Hakata mentai (“mentai” is a short version of “mentai-ko”, “seasoned cod roe”).
“Mentai-ko” is often used for pizza or pasta throughout Japan.
They have got local wagyu called “Hakata wagyu” too, but this is not as famous as “Kobe” or “Matsuzaka”.

Hakata Kitty

- Hakata Mentai-ko Kitty -

A well-known strawberry breed called “Amaou” is produced in Fukuoka, although I didn’t know it was from this area until this trip.

Food

If you love ramen, there are many places to eat it including numerous food stands in the night.
I don’t eat meat, so ramen is impossible choice for me no matter how famous it is.
None of the dishes I had in Hakata are local cuisines.

Moomin Cafe

Moomin Stand

- Moomin Stand -
Outside cafe.
Take-away only, I suppose.

Its correct name is “Moomin Bakery & Cafe”, but I didn’t see them selling bread.
The company which manages the cafe seems to own similar kind of shops.
For a shop list, see the official website.
There seems to be the same cafe in Tokyo as well.

– What is “Moomin”? –

Moomin shop 2

- In the Moomin shop -
I felt this Moomin family were scary!

It’s a character created by Finnish illustrator and writer Tove Jansson.
Moomin looks like a hippo, but walk on two legs like human being.
The Moomin Family are well-known in Japan, because their animation TV series were made four times in this country.
I once saw a girl saying “My first love was Snufkin”.

I guess the first two series are more popular among people of my age, as they were broadcasted again and again during 70’s and 80’s.
However, according to wikipedia, Jansson didn’t like those series due to a huge difference from her original including appearances of characters.
They were never shown outside Japan, and after the third series which was made in corporation with the Jansson side, the copywriter refused to give their consent to further broadcasting or producing recorded items like DVD of those two.
So, it is almost impossible to watch them now even in Japan.
(Moomin animation films were shown in the cafe, probably from the latter two series.)

I’ve never read the original books nor seen the latter TV series, so my “Moomin” is still those two Japanese-original ones.

– Cafe –

Moomin cafe 1

- Inside the cafe -
A kitchen in the back.

It’s a small cafe in the first basement of a shopping centre “Canal City Hakata”.
For more details, see the Moomin Cafe web-page in the official website of Canal City Hakata.

Moomin Dinner Menu

- Menu board for dinner -
Outside the cafe.

Top left dish is “omu-rice” (omelette made with fried rice), with ketchup drawing of Moomin on top (1050 yen probably without tax).

Moomin Valentine menu

- Valentine menu -
Outside the cafe.
See a Moomin-shaped cookie!

Moomin table

- The table I seated -

Moomin cafe 2

- Inside the cafe -

Moomin napkin

- Moomin towelette (left) and napkin -

Moomin waffle

- Moomin waffle plate -

760 yen excluding tax.
If you want something to drink with your plate, you need to pay 290 yen plus tax.
Rather expensive for this quantity (waffles are quite thin), honestly speaking.
It’s acceptable though, because this is cute!

 

Moomin spoon

- Hattifattener teaspoon -

In Japan, this creature is known in the name of “Nyoro-nyoro”.
“Nyoro-nyoro” is an onomatopoeia for wriggling around like a snake.

 

Moomin fork

- Moomin fork -

Moomin coaster

- Coaster -
Anybody who order a drink could get this.

Moomin shop 1

- Moomin shop attached to the cafe -

 

If you come here on your own like me, you won’t be lonely as they will offer a companion at your table!

Moomin companion

- My dinner companion -

She kept on glaring at me while I was brutally cutting and eating up the “Moomin waffle”…

Others

Except “Moomin Cafe”, I had my meals in the station building while in Hakata.

Breakfast in Hakata

- Breakfast in Hakata -

At a Japanese restaurant in the first basement of Hakata station.
500 yen or so.

 

Dinner in Hakata

- Dinner in Hakata -

At an udon restaurant in the first basement of Hakata station.
“Ofukuro gozen” (lit. “Mother’s cooking”), the worst food I had in Hakata.
Not bad, but not very good.
700 yen or so for salty udon and rather tasteless rice.

 

Next post: Juventus Lounge

 

Related posts:
#Hakata (1: General Info)
(3: Juventus Lounge)
(4: Kushida Shrine and others)

#Dazaifu (1: General Info)
(2: Michizane – general)
(3: Michizane – legends)
(4: Michizane – vengeance)
(5: Michizane – Tenman-guu)
(6: Dazaifu – to the main shrine)
(7: Dazaifu – the main shrine and around)
(8: Dazaifu – Kyushu National Museum)

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