Speaking of one of my favorite destination being Japan, it brought back memories of a visit to one of the best Ramen joints in Tokyo early this year. The now must visit Kikanbou (鬼金棒) located in Kanda, Tokyo (神田).
Kikanbou is a bit hard to find in that it is located between to stations (closest is still Kanda), but once you’ve found it once, you won’t forget the unmistakable Oni sign on top of the front door:
The sign says a lot about what type of ramen this incredible shop serves up; once inside you have the choice of 2 different levels of spiciness (yes TWO!). The first type of spiciness is your typical chilli sensation, the other is the numbing spiciness that you might get from Sichuan dishes in China.
Being a massive fan of all things spicy, this second visit warranted my personal challenge of getting level 10 for both Spicy and Numbness (100 yen extra for each level 10). There was a line already when we arrived, but when we finally got to sit down and the bowl came, it was worth the wait (and definitely looked hot!):
The initial hit of chilliness was quickly countered by the strong numbness that “cooled” my mouth before both the numbness and chilliness both reached their peaks (good thing is that they have a very healthy supply of tissues and cold water)! Paired with the incredibly nice Miso base of the original soup, if you’re a fan of spiciness (or just want the challenge) it is definitely a must visit! (In fact I went twice over 3 days in Tokyo!)