• Bloomberg


From dusk till midnight, office workers in suits and tourists in T-shirts crowd Fukuoka’s open-air food stalls to perch on benches and slurp steaming pork-bone broth with thin, yellow noodles.

Hakata ramen, a specialty of Kyushu, is popular for its firm, chewy noodles made with high-protein wheat flour milled from grain grown in the U.S., Canada and Australia. Higher global prices have hit noodle sellers hard.

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