Found this one at Osaka market up in Richmond, BC. We’ve been going on little day trips to Canada a lot lately and it’s a lot of fun! At this market, we go infrequently enough that they have some neat new stuff every time. They’ve got a special section by the hot food area that has special instant noodles. They’re almost all from Japan and usually on the pricy side. I want to thank Ryuuichirou Arai for helping me with the translation. Here’s a little about shio from Wikipedia –
Shio (“salt”) ramen is a pale, clear, yellowish broth made with plenty of salt and any combination of chicken, vegetables, fish, and seaweed. Occasionally pork bones are also used, but they are not boiled as long as they are for tonkotsu ramen, so the soup remains light and clear. Chāshū is sometimes swapped for lean chicken meatballs, and pickled plums and kamaboko (a slice of processed fish roll sometimes served as a frilly white circle with a pink or red spiral called narutomaki) are popular toppings as well. Noodle texture and thickness varies among shio ramen, but they are usually straight rather than curly.
Alright – let’s give this one a try!
Acecook Hakodate Shio Shrimp Ramen – Japan
Detail of the import/distributor sticker (click to enlarge).
Detail of the side panels (click to enlarge). Unsure but probably contains pork, crustaceans, and seafood. To prepare, add boiling water to fill line and cover for 5 minutes. Add in the liquid base. Finally, stir and enjoy!
Detail of the lid (click to enlarge).
The noodle block.
Loose seasoning and garnish from the cup.
A liquid base sachet.
Thick and lustrous.
Finished (click to enlarge). Added Salad Comso mung bean sprouts and spring onion. The noodles were pretty good – decent gauge and chew, especially for a cup. The broth was where this fell off. Now, it’s a shio (salt) broth, but damn I’ve never had one that was so salty before. I love shio, but this was just not very good. The microthin chashu seemed completely out of place. 1.0 out of 5,.0 stars. JAN bar code 4901071239190.