Afuri ramen is known for its refreshing chicken and dashi soup with an added yuzu tang, but the ramen served at this outlet inside Shinjuku Subnade shopping mall is all about spice. Here you'll find a special menu featuring spicy bowls that aren't served at any other Afuri shop.
Afuri Kara Kurenai uses chicken broth base, seasoned with a mixture of white soy sauce, chilli powder, fresh chilli puree, special spicy miso, chilli oil, and – because it wouldn’t be an Afuri bowl without it – a dash of its signature yuzu juice.
First-timers should go for the standard Yuzu Kara Kurenai Ramen or Tsukemen which comes with bamboo shoots, scallions, a heap of sliced Japanese green onion and a generous slab of chashu pork. The spice can be adjusted to eight different levels ranging from not-so-spicy to extremely spicy. Those who can handle the heat should opt for the oddly named Yuzu Kara Kurenai Ramen 28-chome, which is topped with additional chilli flakes to make it even spicier.
Wash it down with Afuri’s original yuzu lassi, which will soothe your taste buds after devouring a bowl. And not to worry if you come here with friends who can’t take the heat – the menu also offers a non-spicy option – the Yuzu Shiro Shoyu Ramen.