Kusabi's Spicy Gekikara Ramen
I love the burning hot thrill of orochon ramen. But I normally forego the "spicy" varieties at a lot of shops around here since they oftentimes seem to be more of an afterthought featuring a scoop of chili sauce from a jar, bringing with it unnecessary distractions like those Chinese preserved beans and garlic. I prefer my spicy ramen to have a focus on sheer heat rather than clouding it with all of those extra flavors.
So it was to my delight when I found out that Kusabi has a gekikara ramen that did just that. Their spices formed a piercingly clean and numbing layer that complemented the uobushi fish powder broth underneath. Even at only the first stage of spiciness, it left enough of a warm feeling around my lips and in my belly where I instinctively made a run for Azabo Sabo's (still existing) ice cream stand around the corner afterwards to quench the heat. My impression of Kusabi keeps improving with every meal.