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13 July 2009 @ 04:03 am
Spiiiiiicy! (not!!) Geikara v.1!  
I decided to call this my Gekikara ("super-spicy") series! Technically, this isn't the first entry.. it would be the second!

So, I heard that the curry at a place called "Ethiopia" might be the spiciest in Tokyo.

Boy were they (the claimant) wrong. I had their level 70 (the spiciest they had) and it was spicy, but nowhere near Bakudan-ya.
Not only that, but it was watery and basically tasted of one spice (I don't know the name), with no complexity or even a good flavor. It was horrible. I would never, ever recommend them. I can't even link them, it was that bad. ToT Not a contender at all. Then I went to an onigiri shop that supposedly served over 50 kinds of onigiri. They only had 32. They were also all normal or variants of normal+mayonnaise. The most unusual was "cheese" but it turned out to be cream cheese, which has all the novelty of mayonnaise (which is a normal ingredient in many onigiri here, to my dismay). Too bad. They were as disappointing as the curry shop.

So I headed off to browse the bookstores. And I hit JACKPOT! Sort of. I found a book called "Baka Kara Densetsu" (The Legend of the Stupidly-hot (food), I guess it translates to? I suck at translation..) At first I thought that this book was the answer to my prayers!! I mean, it lists what just might be the hottest foods in all of Tokyo! I am without doubt going to try them all, starting with the spiciest!

However, there is a section about the author. He claims that he is the king of all spicy foods, and nobody can beat him. He was also on a tv show competition for eating spicy food a few years ago. I... I've never been this jealous in my entire life! That title deserves to be mine! I'd die rather than admit defeat! (well, come close..) I guess that I was hiding under a rock too long! I wonder how to declare myself the reigning champion (and prove it). Maybe there isn't a way, but I think that I will declare it anyway! Let the challengers come! (and I'm appy to prove it anytime!!!!!!) 勝負だ!!!! I think that I've just ignited my fiery spirit! But let it burn-- rest assured, I will not back down! (mwahahahaa!)

So eager to prove this! =D I really, really am excited about this! Speak, and the opportunities will come! So here starts GEKIKARA! Or JAMIEKARA! (hope I won't need surgery when this is all done!)

PS: I'm back in the studio and sensei says that this chapter we're working on is the most interesting in the whole history of the series. It sounds good so far... will know by the end of next week whether it lives up! =D

My to-do list (not counting the spicy-food thing):
* Work on prints and decide on printing option
* Flesh out book idea, etc.
* Work on my manga
* other (miscellaneous)
...sorry for the weird list! XD;;
 
 
 
arthurfrdentarthurfrdent on July 12th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
dudette, do your best - but don't actually kill all those tastebuds ;) When I was a punk kid, I went in for all the stupidly hot mexican food [a whole other thing, I know] I could, especially since one of my friends' grandma's made some of the hottest stuff in Taos... but I eventually chose flavor over heat :D Good luck with being the hottest pepper in Japan ;)
shiekah_forevershiekah_forever on July 12th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
Just reading Jamie-san's post is making me quiver! xD I love spicy food, but reading about "hottest" almost burning spicy food is enough to make one shiver.. Then again it's hard to eat spicy food right now because the weather is ridiculously hot here (Texas) and one doesn't want to do anything but stay in the cool and drink water/tea lol;;

Have fun! Oh by the way a while back you said you were going to have a limited number of prints for sale, is that offer still going? (I'm sorry, I know it was forever ago > <)
Vickytoldtojoinlj on July 12th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
I'd love to join you on the hunt for spice~! I probably wouldn't eat since I only have a medium-high threshold for heat pain, but I'd love to cheer you on. xD
ore-samathesundaywriter on July 12th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
Lol well, level of spiciness is rather subjective~ 70 levels seems more of an effort to grab attention to me, usually places only have about 3-8 =3

I have faith in you~ hopefully I can try some of those places with you sometime!
Jacquelyn: myself // Smirkpolargriff on July 12th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
I wish you the best on your quest for the spiciest food in Tokyo! A family friend makes the spiciest salsa I have ever tasted. One bite and I was coughing for what seemed like an eternity. Too bad I don't know the recipe... with a few modifications, I am sure it would be delicious with some Japanese dishes.

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foxiclefoxicle on July 12th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
XD, Jamie, good luck! I hope you beat that guy down good! Haha, so jealous... I love spicy foods, but my body has bad reactions to them.
karinablue_rose on July 12th, 2009 10:08 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had quite an adventure in trying to find the hottest food in Tokyo.I'm sure that somewhere in this world there is an Ethiopian restaurant where the food doesn't suck.

neofeliss on July 12th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
Wow. I had no idea that spices had a level at all. :O I can't eat spicy food very well either, with wasabi being the exception, but that's not very hot, is it?

I'm excited to hear you're working on your own manga. What's it going to be about?
sleep_deprivedyurasama_love on July 13th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Haha, I love reading your posts.
I believe you will beat out that author. You've got the drive!!!
Glenburning_batsu on July 13th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
>_> If I manage to make it to Japan at the end of the year, I accept your challenge! =p (I love spicy food >_>)
bedelesteriabedelesteria on July 13th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
>__< Go Jamiekara!!
Btw, do you have a specific deadline for your manga?
.: ummmmmmmmmm!aoi_no_neko on July 13th, 2009 05:44 am (UTC)
Good luck with this, sounds very entertaining! Maybe we need to send you some chiles from Southern Calif. so you can show them how it's really done =)
( ̄ー ̄)☆☆ ジュンジュワ!: Happy Jaeunder_an_oak on July 13th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
Hullo. A stalker of your LJ XD I decided to ask a possibly lame question and perhaps something you've been asked tons of times before...

...How do you pick up your Japanese? My vocabs are so weak. I have so much trouble remembering it and it's harder when my work is as un-Japanese as you can get T.T

Edited at 2009-07-13 01:22 pm (UTC)
rubybeanie: kimeru7rubybeanie on July 13th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
lol gambatte ... i think you will be the ruler of spicy food some day !!! lol
Cryspirlantakelebek on July 13th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
BEAT HIiiimmmmm!!!!!!!
metamorphosys on July 14th, 2009 01:46 am (UTC)
Good luck with it all. Sounds like fun :) Take care.
(Anonymous) on July 14th, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
chilli
The most hotest thing I have ever eaten is a Korean dish called hellfire chicken.
It is grilled chicken ,melted cheese, chilli sauce over rice and beanshoots.I nearly passed out the next day on the throne witht he pain.It isnt a dish you can eat by yourself either lucky if you can eat 4-5 pieces at that..
I have done level 10 at coco curry two years ago in nagoya- piece of cake.
arthurfrdent: kermitararthurfrdent on July 19th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
did your twitter account crash?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 20th, 2009 01:16 am (UTC)
Nope, I just changed my name back to the old username. I thought that it would link everyone.
http://twitter.com/jamieism
arthurfrdentarthurfrdent on July 20th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
well, that explains everything... so, did you make your tough decision? Dunno, makes you feel like you are carrying a great millstone until you make it, and then? you get to toss the millstone away. It's amazing how much power you have to do that. Making the decision? isn't any easier. But I have found that I often know what the correct decision is, I'm just afraid to act. Best luck.
hydorana on July 20th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
oh dear god! i want to buy that book, am a huge fan of spicy food. Was a bit surprised that the spicy food in Japan only amounted to so much though, have you tried an indian restaurant? India has among the spiciest dishes! not to mention thai dishes as well, but I guess that might kinda be like cheating since you're on a hunt for Japan's spiciest foods :P
harrissette on July 21st, 2009 09:09 am (UTC)
Hi Jamie!

I'm sorry to bother on your lj account, but do you have problem with your twitter account? I got it on my favourites pages, but when i come on it i got a page saying that your account doesn't exist. Is there a problem? if that's so, you're really unlucky ^^'
(Anonymous) on September 8th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
Spicy food in Tokyo.
There is an excellent Chinese restaurant in Akasaka which does an amazing dish which appears to mistake chillies for a vegetable ;)

If you get off the Chiyoda line at Akasaka station and walk up Akasaka dori avenue so that the big bookstore at the intersection is on your right and Tully's is over the road on your left, you'll reach another, smaller intersection with a Yoshinoya over on the left. Turn right and go down the narrower street. There's a Hobgoblin pub on the left hand side, and a little further down is a Korean restaurant. On the right, opposite the Korean place, is a Chinese restaurant whose food is amazing, and who serve the aforementioned death dish.

It's not the hottest thing I've ever eaten, but it was extremely tasty AND spicy. Very nice, and well worth trying if you happen to be in the area. It was fried chicken on a bed of chillies, all cooked together in a slightly sweet sauce. Divine!

They did a pork thing on chillies too. But there were only so many times I could justify not giving other restaurants a chance to impress me ;)