Karaage shop Karara opens in Kagoshima, with its signature item ‘Tulip Karaage’

PUBLISHED Sep 4, 2023

Exterior view of Karara

It has been a month since the takeout karaage shop Karara opened near the Kamoike Station on the Kagoshima City Tram line.

The establishment used to be Ramen Shinohara. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it had closed down, but they preserved their kitchen and other facilities to reopen an eatery one day. On August 4, they reopened as a takeout-exclusive shop to offer the flavor of the popular karaage “Segokara,” which was a hit during their ramen shop days.

The shop has a ticket area to provide freshly fried karaage after purchase. The menu includes Momo Karaage (Chicken Thigh Karaage) and Mune Karaage (Chicken Breast Karaage), both priced at 220 yen for 100 grams, as well as Sunagimo Karaage (Chicken Gizzard Karaage) priced at 230 yen.

Manager Daiki Kamihigashi’s recommendation is the Tulip Karaage (Fried Chicken Tulips) (100 yen each). They use locally sourced chicken wings from Kagoshima Prefecture and finish them with Deco Soy Sauce by Sako Jozo, which is made using traditional brewing methods and several types of spices. They mention that the shape of the Tulip Karaage makes it easy to eat, and it is suitable for enjoying while watching sports events at nearby sports facilities such as the Kamoike Baseball Stadium.

They also offer a Karara Set that includes Tulip Karaage, Salt Karaage, and two rice balls (550 yen) and Karara BOX with Tulip Karaage (from 550 yen for a small size). They can accommodate pre-orders for appetizers (starting from 3,000 yen) and large group bento orders with advance phone reservations. They plan to expand their bento menu starting in September.

Kamihigashi says, “Once you taste it, you will get addicted to the flavor. You should feel a sense of nostalgia as well. We hope to see you at the shop.”

Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.

  • Inside Karara

  • Karara Set

  • Example of Karara Box