Spicy ramen doesn’t get better than Kikanbo. Their devilishly hot miso ramen is the textbook definition of “umakara” (savory and spicy). It’s life-changing.
Tokyo’s Premier Spicy Ramen: Ingredients
I remember the first time I ate at Kikanbo. I was blown away. Their spicy ramen is simply one-of-a-kind. For the seasoning, Shinshu miso is fermented in wooden barrels and mixed with selected cheese, peanut paste, fish sauce and various spices.
The soup is an elaborate blend of pork and chicken bones and several types of vegetables. The finishing touch is six kinds of red peppers, various herbs and spices, and Sichuan flower (numbing) pepper heated at a low temperature.
Hellishy Hot but Delicious
All these ingredients make for insanely delicious ramen. It’s not just spicy – every bite is a volcanic explosion of flavors. You feel it from head to toe.
There’s a nutty miso flavor, a tingling sensation from the Sichuan peppers in your cheeks, the umami meatiness of the broth, and thick noodles to slurp it all up. This might sound like a love letter and that’s because it is.
Choose 1-5 for both spice (kara) and numbing pepper levels. Choosing 5 and 5 will bring you to Oni (Devil) Mashi Level. Proceed with caution.
An Interior to Match
Kikanbo maintains a fun theme that resembles a Japanese version of hell. There’s dramatic drum music, scary masks, and most importantly, hanging kikanbo. These are metal clubs carried by mythological Japanese ogres.