Best Spicy Cup Noodle in Japan


2020.09.05

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Ramen in Japan has captivated so many noodle fans all around the world from the all time standard soy sauce, miso or salt flavors. But dishes that bring out the flavor of basic ingredients such as tonkotsu have also become quite popular in recent years. While these dishes that consist of a harmonious medley of soup, noodles, and toppings will satisfy your appetites, there is something that everyone is missing out. Eating chili-and pepper-infused spicy noodles have not only become a viral internet challenge but these game-changing bowls of spicy ramen will surely be the next new trends. Here is a ranking of the insanely tasty spicy noodles that you can find in Japan.

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    Ranking of Spicy Instant/Cup Noodle

    Here is an overview of the spicy noodle ranking. For its details, check each level in the following sections.

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    Level 1

    Tokyo Spicy Abura Soba: A kind of a soupless ramen with wheat noodles, the eaters will need to mix well the liquid seasoning made typically from sesame oil and soy-sauce-based sauce, vinegar and chili oil which all are included in the package. Its noodles are chewy and tender and rather than being spicy, it’s salty and nearly no spiciness.

    Tokyo Spicy Abura Soba

    Tokyo Spicy Abura Soba

    Tokyo Spicy Abura Soba

    Tokyo Spicy Abura Soba

    Sendai Spicy Miso Ramen: Very strong scent of miso flavor, it has a crisp bean sprout as a topping with chewy and tender noodles.

    Sendai Spicy Miso Ramen

    Sendai Spicy Miso Ramen

    Sendai Spicy Miso Ramen

    Sendai Spicy Miso Ramen

    Katsuura Tan Tan Noodle: Harmonious medley of spiciness from the chilli oil and the sweetness of the onion well blended with soy sauce flavored soup. Its original thin noodle beats well with the soup.

    Katsuura Tan Tan Noodle

    Katsuura Tan Tan Noodle

    Katsuura Tan Tan Noodle

    Katsuura Tan Tan Noodle

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    Level 2

    Nissin Buta Raoh Kimchi: The thickest noodle ever released from Nissin Raoh noodle series, its noodles go well with the rich, miso-like pork bone broth like soup. The sourness of the kimchi adds a umami to this ramen.

    Nissin Buta Raoh Kimchi

    Nissin Buta Raoh Kimchi

    Nissin Buta Raoh Kimchi

    Nissin Buta Raoh Kimchi

    Taiwan Ramen: As confusing as it looks from its name, Taiwan Ramen is actually a cuisine from Nagoya. Unlike any other cup noodles, the sweet and inebriating aroma of the star anise makes this more ethnic cuisine than Japanese, with chili oil adding an element of spiciness.

    Taiwan Ramen

    Taiwan Ramen

    Taiwan Ramen

    Taiwan Ramen

    Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto (fried noodle): Topped with a spicy mayonnaise sauce made with chili, garlic, and miso, this noodle (yakisoba) recreates the similar spices from the shop which goes well with the thick noodle. The miso and smell of garlic aroma will whet the eaters appetite.

    Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto (friend noodle)

    Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto (friend noodle)

    Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto (ramen): One of the hottest ramen chain shops in Tokyo, the strong scent of garlic whets the eaters appetite. Its standard spicy miso-based soup broth has plenty of umami from vegetables and pork.

    Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto (cup noodle)

    Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto (cup noodle)

    Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto (cup noodle)

    Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto (cup noodle)

    QTTA Extreme Hot noodle:Based on the flavor of miso and pork bone broth, a spicy but rich flavor is created using different spices. The umami of the lard seeping out from the noodle and the thick soup blends harmoniously making the eaters go for seconds.

    QTTA Extreme Hot noodle

    QTTA Extreme Hot noodle

    QTTA Extreme Hot noodle

    QTTA Extreme Hot noodle

    Jongga Real Kimchi Ramen: Compared to Nissin Buta Raoh Kimchi, the Jongga real kimchi ramen is more light and rather than being spicy, it is more sour and hot. Instead of topped with dry kimchi, it is packed with real kimchi inside the bowl.

    Jongga Real Kimchi Ramen

    Jongga Real Kimchi Ramen

    Jongga Real Kimchi Ramen

    Jongga Real Kimchi Ramen

    Black Spicy Seafood Noodle: The spiciness of this seafood fried noodle (yakisoba) comes mainly from large amounts of black peppers. These peppers are a perfect match for the seafood flavored noodles topped with crab meats.

    Black Spicy Seafood Noodle

    Black Spicy Seafood Noodle

    Black Spicy Seafood Noodle

    Black Spicy Seafood Noodle

    Spicy(Karai) Noodle: Standard soy sauce soup with a slight chili pepper and a kimchi-like flavor topped with spring onions and chives.

    Spicy (Karai) Noodle

    Spicy (Karai) Noodle

    Spicy (Karai) Noodle

    Spicy (Karai) Noodle

    Tongarashi-men Umami-Rich Spicy Seafood Ramen: Based on the idea of seafood jigae, the seafood soup for this noodle is made from essence of squid, scallion and other seafood. The richness of kimchi and beef are added as a umami. The chili pepper kneaded noodles beat well with the chilli seafood soup.

    Tongarashi-men Umami-Rich Spicy Seafood Ramen

    Tongarashi-men Umami-Rich Spicy Seafood Ramen

    Tongarashi-men Umami-Rich Spicy Seafood Ramen

    Tongarashi-men Umami-Rich Spicy Seafood Ramen

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    Level 3

    Shin Red Super Spicy Ramen: The savory beef broth and fresh vegetables are not overpowered by the spices, and the flavor of shin ramen is richer, and it has a real spicy kick to it. Its chewy noodles mix well with the soup.

    Shin Red Super Spicy Ramen

    Shin Red Super Spicy Ramen

    Shin Red Super Spicy Ramen

    Shin Red Super Spicy Ramen

    Samyang Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen: The thick and chewy noodles beat well with the fiery and spicy chicken soup. Underneath the burning sensation, there is a hint of sweet soy sauce. Because of the extreme level of heat, the garnish packs serve a purely decorative function.

    Samyan Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen

    Samyan Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen

    Samyan Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen

    Samyan Hot Chicken Flavor Ramen

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    Maximum Level

    Goku Geki Kara Fried Noodle: Only the brave hearted will try this never experienced super spicy and painful noodle. Read on to the next section under “Top 3 Spicy Fried Noodle” for its details.

    Goku Geki Kara Fried Noodle

    Goku Geki Kara Fried Noodle

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    Top 3 Spicy Fried Noodle

    These top 3 spicy fried noodles often make their appearance as a viral internet challenge for trying out spicy food. Out of the three, the red one, Geki Karais the most mild one out of the three. There is a tingling sensation and a spiciness after your first bite but it can be endured and can enjoy its taste. As you chew on the noodle, you can still sense the umami coming out of the sweet soy sauce made from blending it with fruits and vegetables.

    Max End doesn’t have much actual flavor beyond spiciness. Nonetheless, the noodle actually uses a sweet soy sauce. However, because the pungent taste of pure chili pepper is strong, its original sweetness may be hidden. There is also a chemical tic, so perhaps some ingredients like capsaicin extract have been added as well turning once a sweet soy sauce into Peyang’s original death hot sauce. The combination of unconditional, intense penetration of the painful sensation and the sticky high stimulation that doesn't loosen up after the second bite, but rather jiggles and builds up, allows you to enjoy the intense impact of the noodle until the end.

    Of all the cup/instant noodles, by far the most, Goku Geki Karais a spicy noodle that no one has ever tasted before. The illustration of Yama, the king of hell on the package already warns the eaters to refrain from consuming this noodle. However, the more you are warned, there is an urge to eat it up. It’s true that the spiciness is considered triple more than Max End, but the sauce used for the Goku Geki Kara has a fruity acidity of the tomatoes, the deliciousness of the vegetables, and the sweetness of the spiciness which are so pleasant and addictive. The spiciness is so strong from the first bite and as it gets amplified, there is a butterfly in the stomach with a rush of hotness through your esophagus to the stomach. Like warned on the package, taking a huge bite or swallowing it up as fast as possible is not recommended when trying out this noodle.

    From left: Geki Kara, Goku Geki Kara, Max End

    From left: Geki Kara, Goku Geki Kara, Max End

    From left: Geki Kara, Goku Geki Kara, Max End

    From left: Geki Kara, Goku Geki Kara, Max End

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    Where to buy?

    These noodles are available at various convenience stores, supermarkets, and discount stores like Don Quijote. Not every store has all of the spicy noodles introduced in this article, however, it will be a unique experience to go look for them and take home as your souvenirs.

    Spare just 3 minutes of your time and you will be able to fulfill your urge to try on these spicy noodles.

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