すみれ (Sumire) Instant Ramen しお味 – 札幌ラーメン

My motorcycle was stolen today (ToT). My brand new 2008 sportbike…gone. In broad daylight from the apartment complex where I live…unbelievable. So naturally I turn to ramen for comfort. (Sorry if this is too much personal info, but it’s just been a strange day.) Anyway, on to the review!

Having already tried Sumire’s instant しょうゆ味 (shoyu) ramen and then their famous miso ramen at Mitsuwa’s Legendary Ramen Fair shortly thereafter, the time has finally come to experience しお味 (shio). And if it’s anything like the previous two, it shall not disappoint.


The contents include:

  • すみれ しおスープ (salt based soup)
  • 香油 (perfumed oil)
  • メンマ (bamboo shoots)
  • メン (noodles)
  • and a picture of their original shop with cooking directions on the back.


Slurp, slurp…slurp, slurp…aaaah. Ramen is the best comfort food and Sumire’s Shio Ramen is pure Japanese soul food. The shio flavor (with hints of chicken, pork, and mirin) was amazingly light and refreshing, even on a hot day. The menma had a soft crunch that was remarkably fresh for having just traveled ten hours on a plane. No jet lag for this bowl!


As I expected, the noodles were excellent! Their firm, chewy texture made me daydream of a place where the best ramen-ya’s are on every corner and where motorcycles never get stolen. Oh if life were only that good.


Although the feeling of having something taken from you sucks, I’m just glad it was only a motorcycle and not a friend or family member or a reader like you. If the police can’t find it, insurance will take care of it–no big deal it can be replaced. I just hope they catch those bastards!

3 Replies to “すみれ (Sumire) Instant Ramen しお味 – 札幌ラーメン”

  1. @kelvin: ya and let’s hope they come back next year.@exilekiss: thanks! it doesn’t look like they’ll catch ’em so I’ll let karma take over from here.

  2. Auu… 😦 I was away for a few days and come back to read that your motorcycle was stolen. My sympathies for your situation! I hope they catch those bastards as well!(The Ramen looks great, BTW 🙂

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