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A ramen with a clear soup, shio ramen. According to this research by CanCam.jp, this soup may not be the most popular in Japan. But don’t let that fool you! This is a soup that allows you to truly appreciate the soup and the ramen noodle. Mouthwatering…
Our ramen blogger Morimi tells us how to enjoy this simplest form of ramen!
The basic component parts of the broth of Japanese ramen are soup base, oil, and seasoning. In shio (salt) ramen, the seasoning added is “shio-dare,” or salt-based sauce. In other words, the key point of salt ramen is “shio-dare!”(^_^)/
What exactly goes into “shio-dare” varies from shop to shop. It may be rock salt, sea salt, or salt from another country. There are also a variety of sources of umami (kombu, dried sardines, or scallops, for example) added to the sauce. Each restaurant puts a lot of effort into devising their own version.(*^-^*)
So basically, salt ramen is the simplest type of ramen. I think the addition of “shio-dare” to the soup base most clearly brings out the soup’s umami. Japanese people describe salt as salty, but also sweet. It’s a bit of a strange way to put it, but there’s definitely a flavour of sweetness beyond the salt’s umami, and I really hope you can experience for yourselves what I’m talking about.
If you really want to savour the flavour of the soup base, you should definitely go for salt ramen.(*^^)v
(By Morimi – “Morimi’s ‘I wanna be a bowl of ramen!’”)
Sweetness in a salt soup? If you have your doubts, then you have to try the shio soup at at the Ramen Experience!
The next post will be about a more popular ramen… tonkotsu ramen!
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