I love my Japanese "sopitas". Even though it's the life blood of college students, I enjoy a bowl of ramen noodles from time to time. And to be honest, I usually drown out the "flavor" by drenching it with hot sauce. I usually add 3 hot sauces (Tapatio, Valentina, and Sriracha) to my noodles so in the end, it pretty much tastes like chile. Knowing this, a friend of mind asks if I've heard of the ramen noodle place in downtown. The place was featured in Man vs Food on the Travel Channel and they have a foodie challenge there. I was immediately intrigued. A ramen noodle place with a foodie challenge? HA! Must not be much of a challenge. So I go online and look up the place. It's called Orochon Ramen and it sits right in downtown Los Angeles. The challenge? Eat a hot bowl of ramen noodles in under 30 minutes. Initually, I scoffed at the challenge, then I understood it's true meaning. Hot in this challenge does not mean super steamy. It doesn't mean burn your tongue hot. We're talking hot as in the most spicy soup in the world!!!! What?!?!?!
I don't remember seeing the episode of Man vs Food that featured this challenge so I don't know if the guy got through it, but I went to the Orochon Ramen's Wall of Bravery to see who has. The deal is that if you get through the challenge, you'll have your picture posted in the Wall of Bravery. So there are bound to be brave souls that have gone through it, right? The wall, as of today, is empty. Not a single picture can be found. Whoa... that's some serious business right there. I've come to two conclusions... Either the webmaster is too lazy to post up the pictures online OR the soup is made with nothing but the spices from Hell and no man can take this challenge down. Now that's some serious hotness.
So who's down? Who wants to go and handle this challenge with me? I haven't stepped into the restaurant so I don't know if they have a polaroid wall of pics in there but I would like to assume that a challenge that has garnered some national attention would be updated accurately. Who knows. Not me... but I guess I'll find out when I step in and yell out, #2 Special!!! Later!