3 Spicy Japanese Instant Ramen Noodles You Should Try

New types and flavors of instant ramen have come out one after another here in Japan, ranging from super-spicy to unique and one-of-a-kind.

I am fond of trying newly-released instant noodles that draw my interest. But of course, I wouldn’t pick up the products again, if they don’t taste good.

That also applies to spicy instant ramen. I like spicy things but love delicious ramen noodles. If an instant noodle soup is merely spicy and isn’t tasty, I wouldn’t buy that again.

My 3 Best Spicy Japanese Instant Ramen

Taking those criteria into consideration, today I will introduce my three best spicy Japanese instant ramen.

#3: Kara Kara Uo (辛辛魚) from Sugakiya

Sugakiya Kara Kara Uo Sugakiya Kara Kara Uo Max Ⅱ

First off, the Kara Kara Uo ramen produced and sold by Sugakiya is a well-known, super spicy instant noodle soup with Habanero pepper.

In Japan, there are many Kara Kara Uo addicts because the broth is not just spicy.

It also contains plenty of umami ingredients from seafood and pork bone extracts and is very flavorful and addictive.

After the first slurp, you might be greatly surprised by the spiciness and heat, but if you love spicy stuff, you will surely be able to eat it up because of the rich umami taste.

#2: Tongarashi Men (とんがらし麺) from Nissin

Nissin Togarashi Men Nissin Tongarashi Men Spicy Seafood

Nissin Tongarashi Men is a long-time favorite cup of instant ramen in Japan. I have loved the series for more than 10 years, and among regular flavors, the Tongarashi Men Spicy Seafood is my best.

This is mainly because of the broth packed with the umami from seafood.

What is better, you can adjust the spiciness and heat to suit your taste with an accompanying spice packet. So even if you don’t like spicy stuff, you could enjoy the ramen.

#1: Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto (蒙古タンメン中本) from Nissin

Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto

Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto

The Tokyo-based ramen restaurant chain, Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto offers Japan’s most famous spicy ramen called “Mouko Tanmen (蒙古タンメン)”.

As you can see in the picture above, Nissin beautifully recreated the taste with the help of Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto, and released this cup ramen.

Nissin’s Mouko Tanmen is pretty spicy with lots of Ichimi Togarashi chili pepper. But I love this very much because its miso-based broth is so good with a delightful combination of savory miso and appetizing garlic.


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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