Calling Chili Heads:
8 of the Metro’s
You’ve Gotta Conquer
By Shen Mascariñas
If you find most restaurants’ “spicy” dishes bland and epitomes of deceptive marketing, then you’ve come to the right place (err well, article). Search no further; we’ve hunted for Manila’s hottest, lip-and-tongue-burning grub. Questions of where and what have been answered below; the only stone left unturned is—can you handle it?
Satisfy your spicy cravings with these 8 deliciously-risqué dishes!
Takashi Japanese Cuisine: Level 5 Volcano Ramen
Pioneer Center Supermart, 8006 Pioneer Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
0905 510 9554 | Facebook
Open daily from 11:30am to 10pm
Budget for two – P700
Since the weather calls for cozy sweaters and comforting bowls of soup, let’s start this spicy escapade with some ramen dishes. First up, let’s head to Takashi.
Don’t mistake the broth’s bright red hue for ketchup or food coloring. That’s simply an accurate indication of how spicy Takashi’s Volcano Ramen is. It’s hot as it is, but you can up the ante with its levels of spiciness. Go for #5 for the ultimate thrill!
Shinomiya: Level 5 Tantanmen
Westgate Center, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa City
(02) 865 1649 | Facebook
Open daily from 11am to 2pm, 5pm to 11pm
Budget for two – P800
You’ll never settle for any other Tantanmen after trying Shinomiya’s blazing version. Check out the fresh chilies on top and the broth brimmed with chili oil. You’re likely to have a pink, slightly-burnt mouth after slurping on this, but the umami will be totally worth it.
Hanamaruken: Spicy Tobanjan Ramen
Hailing from Osaka, Hanamaruken boldly claims to be serving happiness ramen or bowls of happiness. This holds true even for chili heads with their Spicy Tobanjan Ramen. Imagine rich and creamy tonkotsu broth beautifully-laced with spicy tobanjan paste for your flaring pleasure.
Ramen Yushoken: Karai Maze Soba
Molito Commercial Complex, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
(02) 808 7424 | Facebook
Open daily from 11am to 11pm
Budget for two – P800
Ordinary folks go for the crowd-pleasing Shoyu or Tantanmen. But for chili heads with distinct palates for the hottest, Yushoken’s Karai Maze Soba would be the only appropriate order. This is a dry type of ramen, but trust us, you won’t miss the broth with its in-your-face flavors.