Updated: September 18, 2019
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Mendokoro Inosho: famous spicy ramen in Nerima worth the try!


Mendokoro Inosho in Nerima, Tokyo, serves a unique kind of spicy ramen, that is not just hot but also deeply savoury and dangerously addictive. Find out why people wait in line to get their bowl.

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Karakara Uo Ramen (¥880)
For all ramen enthusiasts who love spicy foods, Mendokoro Inosho located near the Shakujikoen station in Nerima ward has got to be on your bucket list of ramen joints to visit in Tokyo.

The claim to fame of the shop is their Karakara Uo Ramen that comes served with a mountain of chili pepper pounder in it. It not only has a spicy punch; it's addictively savoury too.
To be fair, the mountain of red powder you see on top is not just chili powder, it also has tiny flakes of fish mixed into it that add a wonderful umami flavour.
Stir the powder into the soup before you give it a taste. The soup made of pork bones and fish stock is already pretty thick and it gets even thicker as the powder is mixed in.

As you can imagine, it's really spicy! Enough to make your tongue a little numb, but the deeply savoury umami just keeps you wanting for more.
The straight noodles served al dente mellow out the spiciness a bit and add a wonderful springy texture. They give you a break from the powerful spiciness of the soup drank by itself.
No ramen bowl is complete without the piece of chashu pork. The one served here as a topping is pretty big and incredibly tender. Just by lifting it with chopsticks it almost breaks apart. It was stewed for a long time and has a natural sweetness to it on top of the savoury and spicy tastes.

Worth waiting in line for

The ramen joint has a solid reputation among ramen-holics of Tokyo, particularly the ones who love ramen bowls with a punch, so it's not uncommon to see lines forming in front of the restaurant on weekends and even weekdays. Fortunately, the wait time isn't usually too long.
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