Tokyo's Spiciest (and Tastiest?) Ramen

Happiness in a bowl.

Happiness in a bowl.

If you're someone who loves spicy food, this shop specializing in spicy ramen is a must-visit. 

This bowl of ramen delivers an intense blast of flavor, immersed in a broth using two types of spice, coupled with some of the most satisfying pork I had anywhere in Japan. (Instead of the usual thinly sliced chasu, they drop into your bowl a thick and incredibly tender chunk.)  

When ordering they allow you to select the level of spice on two different types of spice; the usual burning type of chili and Szechuan numbing peppers. If you've never had these numbing peppers, it's quite the experience. They don't have any of the hot, burning effect, but instead make your lips and tongue tingle and go a bit numb. It's weird, but oddly satisfying in appropriate doses.

Beware, these guys bring the heat!

As a self-avowed spicy food freak I have tried their spiciest level (DEVIL's Level) and found it so intense as to not be enjoyable. I NEVER say this about spicy food, so let that be a warning to you, or an invitation, as the case may be. 

You want the door on the right, with the line. Not the one on the corner.

You want the door on the right, with the line. Not the one on the corner.

 

Instructions for use: 

  1. As you walk up to the restaurant, it's a bit confusing as there are two places near each other that look similar, under the same ownership. You want the one around the corner, not the one directly on the corner.
  2. Go to the vending machine and make your selection before standing in line. (The special combo is the way to go. It gets you a chunk of pork and a soft boiled egg.)
  3. While in the line, a server will take your ticket and ask you what level of spice you want on the two different meters. After some trial and error I've settled on HIGH (but not DEVIL's level) on the regular burning spice, and LOW or MEDIUM on the Szechuan numbing spice.
  4. Once seated put on the paper bib they provide, gird yourself with a sip from your icy cold beer, buckle seat belt, and get ready for a very tasty, spicy ride. 
These guys know what they're doing. 

These guys know what they're doing.