In the city of Chitose (near Sapporo), there lies a ramen-ya named Oushou and their famous 赤味噌 (Aka Miso) ramen. In the words of the chef, the soup feels so good going down your throat that once you give it a try you’ll never be able to erase it from your mind. Those are some strong words and I have no doubt that his soup will live up to them.
- 赤味噌ラーメンスープ (Red Miso Ramen Soup)
- 特製ガラスープ (Special Gara Soup)
- メン (Noodles)
It’s not everyday that I can enjoy something solely exclusive to Japan while living here in Southern California. And even though it was reaching 100+ degrees today, I couldn’t help but crank up the stove and start heating it up some more.
This Aka Miso ramen didn’t taste like your average miso ramen. Could it be the chicken soup stock? Or the chef’s secret miso recipe? Whatever it is, the soup’s smooth earthy flavor was strong enough to ignite the senses. It tasted like royal blood pumped directly from nature’s veins. And the chef was right! I won’t be forgetting this taste anytime soon.
See how the soup stains the noodles as if to give them life. The texture of these noodles were outstanding and its sponge-like characteristic made them that much more enjoyable. I hope to someday visit Oushou in person.