Some like it hot at CoCo Ichibanya curry house in Torrance
"...Unlike most Japanese curries, CoCo Ichibanya's can seriously sting. The restaurant's regular curry has a noticeable bite, but step up to the second level of spice and you'll find a couple of beads of sweat on your brow. Each level advances incrementally with a few extra units of heat. It's at the fifth level that things become uncomfortable, the plate before you less a pleasure and increasingly a chore. Your stomach roils, your lips go numb -- it's paralyzing. The restaurant reserves spice levels six through 10 for those with truly masochistic constitutions, each of which can be ordered only after you've proved you've finished its predecessor. (You'll be subject to a sincere questioning by a server.)"
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Photo: Vegetable curry dish with potato, onion, carrot, green beans in a curry sauce, served with white rice. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times