Thursday, January 29, 2015

Agu Ramen

Agu Ramen is located on Isenberg St. in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Pandas love ramen, but one of my high school classmates noted that there is an extremely spicy ramen here. Logically, I headed there to enjoy that dish.

The inside is fairly cramped, with a bunch of tables in a small space. Frankly, it's for the best, as you may wait a bit during the usual lunch or dinner hours. We only waited about 7-10 minutes.

Basically, there are a few types of ramen (i.e. different broths, a couple different noodles) to choose from. Then the dish can be made however spicy you want. It's almost like Orochon Ramen and their heat levels. There are six levels at Agu: 1 through 5, and then the "epic spicy" level.

Jason Reilly ("Chile Beast") resides in Hawaii and joined me for a spicy lunch.

We both ordered the Miso Ramen with this so-called "epic" spicy heat. The server warned us about the heat level, but we basically assumed that she did not know who we were. I think we should have just given her our business cards afterward.

The ramen looked and smelled amazing. Three types of pureed chiles were also presented to us: one yellow, one orange, and one red. The orange one smelled the most potent and was clearly habaneros. The red may have been Thai chiles with oil, while the yellow may have been another form of habanero (or at least at that heat level).

Excellent ramen here. The broth was only lukewarm, but probably only because we took a few minutes to set up our cameras. Even after adding all the chiles, the ramen had amazing flavor, the flavorful miso broth standing up to all the chiles.

If you're not nuts like we are, then you can get one of the milder heat levels.

I enjoyed my Agu Ramen experience and hope to return. 8.75/10

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