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02 July 2009 @ 01:08 pm
Spicy food part 1!!  
I am on a quest to find the spiciest food in Tokyo!! Partly for my own personal benefit, and partly so that I can write a really awesome article for my Asahi Weekly column in a few months.

So today I started my quest. Just testing the waters, I was told of a place, Bakudan-ya, that has noodles that you can dip in a spicy sauce up to spice-level 20. I asked and they gave me level 200 instead, which is the highest they let you start out on.

Oh, it was hot, that's for sure! My sauce was completely red! But it wasn't HOT, if you know what I mean? They told me that the highest that they know of that someone has gone was level 400. Next time, I will definitely ask for 500. =D

Just remember to bring some milk, and you're all good!

I'm sure that there is more spicy stuff out there!! Cocos Curry level 10 down, Bakudanya level 200 down! Now on to the next! =D (and I will be going back to Bakudanya in Shinjuku later this month! Anyone want to come too?)
icysnowdrop: ♡【エアリス】 → silenceicysnowdrop on July 2nd, 2009 04:25 am (UTC)
Ahhh, I love spicy food! Too bad I can't eat it anymore after developing IBS. :( Hope your stomach doesn't catch on fire!
夢の声yume_no_koe on July 2nd, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)
LOL I would die... ^^; Have fun with that! XD
ayanami116ayanami116 on July 2nd, 2009 05:47 am (UTC)
Wow...that sauce looks deadly! I don't know if I can take anything that radioactive looking. Hahaha, but looking out for good food is always so much fun.
swischeesealoevera_juice on July 2nd, 2009 06:01 am (UTC)
what is that with the spice level? Oo

dang its really red

good luck on your quest
☆★ Tami ★☆: Kuchiha [Amatsuki]tamariskw on July 2nd, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever had spicy Japanese food but when I do have a craving for something hot I go for Korean food. Their definition of 'spicy' is unbelievable. ^o^;
kimchi-chyonshnazzyshortie on July 2nd, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
Spicy food is so yummy :)
Owlsie .:*・°☆: Kirby & Lampy [Cords]alsie on July 2nd, 2009 06:25 am (UTC)
Oh, god. I would probably die. I can hardly even drink my tea and coffee hot nowadays without burning up. ;o;
sleep_deprivedyurasama_love on July 2nd, 2009 06:34 am (UTC)
If you want really spicy food, head on over to India. We know spices, babeh.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 3rd, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
I want to go sometime, definitely! India is near the top of my list <3
(Anonymous) on July 2nd, 2009 08:00 am (UTC)
I´ll go for sure! let me know, i wanna try it!!
onaka suiteru!
Rei: Angela Aki OMG!SQUEEsykogwyfinangel on July 2nd, 2009 08:04 am (UTC)
There is a Bakudan in the city I am living in but I think it's more of an izakaya. XD But that place sounds awesome... I have totally been starved for spicy food here in Japan, too. D: The sauce looks absolutely divine. Hope you find something awesomely spicy soon (and let me know, too XD)!
美夢: Jam *_*_miyuchan_ on July 2nd, 2009 08:28 am (UTC)
I'd take the lighter spicy thing for now but I'd love to come!
If you're going after the 16th count me in!!!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 3rd, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
Oh definitely! I'm going to probably be in the studio until then, so.. =D
capriciouswindcapriciouswind on July 2nd, 2009 11:05 am (UTC)
Hmmm. I'm really curious about this. I love, love, love spicy food (my mom being Thai and all) and I haven't been able to find anything in Japan that is up to par. Let me know how your adventure goes and I'd love to tag along sometime.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 3rd, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
Oooh, yes yes!! Let's go! I've been meaning to get a hold of you and ask you to go somewhere for the longest time, but so busy... ^^;;

This summer let's defintiely go!!
capriciouswindcapriciouswind on July 3rd, 2009 10:16 am (UTC)
No worries. I've been swamped at work anyway and have been sick lately - got that lame summer cold that lasts forever. I'll be gone most of August though - heading to Europe for a few weeks. But send me a text whenever you're free and we'll go burn our mouths out.
キモさ満々♡ 미친 외국인: did somebody say PUDDING???dilettantka on July 2nd, 2009 01:00 pm (UTC)
Well, next time I might try 100... XD
Kyo-chan: Weiss - Omi by Hi-chankyofujimiya on July 2nd, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
That sounds like the best quest ever, and I totally wish I could help!
A U R E L ♪♫♪aurelminuial on July 2nd, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Just looking at that sauce makes my tongue burn@@;
bedelesteriabedelesteria on July 2nd, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
post pictures of the dish you ordered!!!
☆: Lucivar; fanart → snowy dayprowl on July 2nd, 2009 08:33 pm (UTC)
Just remember to bring some milk, and you're all good!
Thank you I will remember that!
foxiclefoxicle on July 2nd, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
You know, spicy stuff is so awesome! But I don't think I could go that high for spicy food... my body has a bad reaction to spicy stuff even tho' I love it. ;___;
ext_196920 on July 2nd, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
I have no idea how you do it! I can verily eat spicy food without complaining!(>_<)

Although once when I went to eat Thai food with an ex-coworker of mine and decided to try Curry..It was delicious but I didn't even go halfway, neither did she lol.. So thumbs up to you! (n_n)
  ⌒☆Redredstars on July 2nd, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
I LOVE spicy food! That sauce looks delicious! I wish we had something like that around here.... but the hottest I've found is "suicide" hot, which... wasn't all that spicy at all. >:
metamorphosys on July 3rd, 2009 12:41 am (UTC)
If you want spicy food come to Thailand :)
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 3rd, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
It's definitely on the list of places that I want to go the most! =D
hell0helicopter on July 3rd, 2009 02:29 am (UTC)
I wish! Haha. I love spicy food. &hearts That sauce looks delicious!
angellusion: SE7EN - Drinkangellusion on July 3rd, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
Looking at that is making my mouth water! It looks really hot, but I need to taste it for myself I think, hehe.

While you're on your hunt, would it be too much trouble to ask you to note down some of the locations? Or maybe just put down your favourites :D I'd definitely love to try them out the next time I go to Tokyo!
alldreamsdie85alldreamsdie85 on July 3rd, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
Hey Jamie just so you know that 'google detects malware' thing is happening with this livejournal blog now too.
It might just be for me because I use google chrome browser for internet.
Thought I'd let you know.
★ maptheSEOULvenesetch on July 3rd, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
That sounds like insanely spicy food. 200!? OMG, I'd probably pass out right there!
themadgirl on July 6th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
I was never one very fond of Spicy food, but next time I do happen to come across something that is Spicy, I'll have to remember about the Milk. I never heard of that about how Milk is suppose to help, so thanks =D

I was searching around google a little bit.

"For you who love real spicy Indian/Pakistani food, you'll have to try this restaurant. If you can't stand hot/spicy food, try the mild ones such as Chicken Butter Curry, Chicken Tikka, Seekh Kebab, Cheese Nan, etc. They also serve Indian/Pakistani drinks such as Lassi and Chai."

So from what it looks like, Siddique seems to have a lot of spicy food. I'm not sure. . but maybe something to check out if that is what you are looking for?

I also hear Ban-Thai and Moti are also good restaurants and most likely have a selection of spicy food.
Josh Lockamydeath2sanity on July 6th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
I miss Coco IchiBanya curry so, so much. Level 10 is the only way to fly.
final velocity ++finalvelocity on July 9th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
cocos 10?? that's crazy!!
javakimjavakim on December 14th, 2009 05:19 am (UTC)
I am a spice fiend and have found very few dishes that I actually found spicy-hot. I'll be making my first trip to Tokyo this month and would appreciate it if you could give me some general directions to this restaurant. Any cafe recommendations would also be great! Thank you!
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on December 14th, 2009 06:53 am (UTC)
Re: Location?
Hello fellow spice-lover!! ^-^

Well, Bakudan-ya is a chain store, so there are lots of locations. http://www.bakudanya.net/

As far as other places... I still haven't found a good place for spicy food, but there are tons of places that I recommend in general in this tag: http://hinoai.livejournal.com/tag/gourmet

Let me know if you find any other places!
javakimjavakim on December 14th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Location?

Thanks for the link! I didn't realize it was a chain, but that should make it convenient to spot. I won't be in Tokyo for very long, but if I find any spicy food, I'll be sure to let you know. (^.^)v