The Original Menbakaichidai
It goes without saying that Japan is home to countless types of ramen but this one definitely gets the ticket for being the most dangerous!
Menbakaichidai is a family-owned restaurant in Kyoto that has been in operation for over 35 years. Originally, they served a variety of ramen but the owner (aka Boss) soon found that, unsurprisingly, their Fire Ramen was the most popular dish. Now, they only serve this fiery delight (plus a variety of sides).
The Secret is in The Greens
What makes their ramen so special?
With a light chicken, seafood and soy sauce based broth, they enhance the flavors and aroma with special ‘kujo-negi’ (Kujo green onions) – a variety that is grown only in Kyoto. Known for its sweetness, they use not only an ample helping of fresh sliced green onions for every bowl but also a special house-made green onion oil. With the addition of flames, the green onion takes on a smokey, aromatic flavor – irresistible!
Time to Get Down to Business
Upon entering Menbakaichidai, you can choose between three different sets: A Set, B Set or their Special Set. A comes with a side of fried rice, B comes with sides of fried rice and gyoza dumplings while the Special Set comes with all those things plus fried chicken AND a special badge featuring Boss with one of his mottos!
Note that they can make the ramen pork-free but they can’t make it onion-free – that’s how essential they are!
After placing your order, you’ll be given a bowl of ramen topped with chashu pork and fresh green onions but don’t start eating yet – the show’s just about to begin. With paper aprons donned, safety check done, and hands behind your back, watch them heat up the oil to a terrifying 1000°F (537°C)!
As they pour the concoction over the ramen, it erupts into a ball of flame like a volcano!
Now it’s time to feast on the smokey, charred goodness.
You can get the whole experience – your squinting face and all – on camera with their handy phone holders secured around the counter! A memory that will truly last a lifetime.
Disclaimer: All information here is correct to our knowledge at the time of publication