Based on ancient Buddhist mythology, hell is divided into numerous levels. In each level, different punishments await, including tongue ripping, eye gouging, teeth extraction, skinning, and pouring boiling liquids down sinners’ throats. Inspired by the myth, Strings’ executive chef Katie Dong concocted Hell Ramen, available in five levels of increasing heat, with ingredients ranging from devilishly hot Ghost Peppers to crispy-fried pork skin….symbolizing human skin burnt in oil. Prices range from $13.95 for Level 1, to $24.95 for Level 5.
For the truly brave, Strings throws-down its Monster Hell Challenge, involving consuming an entire bowl of Level 5 Hell Ramen in under 20-minutes, and requires signing a waiver, acknowledging risk of personal injury, illness and possible loss of life. Those successfully suffering through the diabolical deed receive their Level 5 Hell Ramen free, plus a Monster Hell Challenge T-shirt, and $50 Strings gift certificate.
For the milder, tamer palate, Strings offers a limited-time-only special: Black Halloween Curry, made with Japanese curry, carrots and onions, topped with choice of pork belly or veggies, served with rice, creamy onsen tamago egg, scallions, ginger, $9.95 and available October 22 thru October 31.
Strings Ramen-Chinatown — 2141 South Archer Ave, Chicago. Open 7-days-a-week. Sunday-Thursday 11am to Midnight. Friday-Saturday 11am to 2am.
Strings Ramen-Lakeview — 919 West Belmont, Chicago. Open 7-days-a-week, 11am to Midnight.