3 Must-Try Spicy Japanese Instant Ramen

New types of instant ramen have come out one after another here in Japan, from super-spicy ones to unique ones.

I am fond of trying newly-released unique instant noodles that attract my interest, but of course I wouldn’t buy the products again if they don’t taste good.

This also applies to spicy instant ramen. I love spicy ramen that are delicious. If an instant ramen is simply super-spicy and isn’t tasty at all, I wouldn’t like it.

The Japan’s 3 Best Spicy Instant Ramen

Considering these standards, today I will introduce my 3 best spicy Japanese instant ramen.

The 3rd place : Sugakiya – Kara Kara Uo (辛辛魚)

Sugakiya Kara Kara Uo MaxⅡ

Kara Kara Uo is a super spicy instant ramen with Habanero pepper, though, there are a bunch of Kara Kara Uo addicts in Japan, because the soup broth contains seafood and pork bone extracts and is really tasty with lots of umami.

You might be greatly surprised with the extreme spiciness right after you put the noodle soup in the mouth, but if you love spicy things, you will surely be able to eat it up.

The 2nd place : Nissin – Tongarashi Men (とんがらし麺)

Nissin Tongarashi Men Spicy Seafood

Nissin Tongarashi Men is a long-selling instant cup ramen in Japan. I have loved the series since more than 10 years ago. Among the regular flavors, Tongarashi Men Spicy Seafood is my most favorite.

This is mainly because the soup broth has an addicting taste that comes from umami ingredients of seafood. What is better, the spiciness can be adjusted to suit your taste with an accompanying spice packet, so even if you don’t like spicy stuff so much, you can enjoy the instant cup ramen.

The 1st place : Nissin – Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto (蒙古タンメン中本)

Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto

A Tokyo-based ramen chain, Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto offers the most famous and popular spicy ramen in Japan, “Mouko Tanmen (蒙古タンメン)”. In collaboration with Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto, Nissin created the instant cup ramen.

The Nissin Mouko Tanmen ramen is pretty spicy,  but I really love it because the soup broth is really tasty with a fabulous combination of savory miso and appetizing garlic.

In fact, there are a lot of Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto fans in Japan, where Nissin Mouko Tanmen Nakamoto is one of the top-selling spicy instant ramen.


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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