Sanyo Okushiba Shoten Instant Sapporo Soup Curry Ramen
Yesterday, on the way home from work I dropped in at a 7 Eleven convenience store as usual and headed to the instant noodles section to see if there was something appealing.
As a result, I found a glossy cup of instant ramen with a delicious looking food picture, which drew my interest, driving me to buy it.
Okushiba Shoten Sapporo Soup Curry Ramen from Sanyo Shokuhin
What I purchased this time is this Okushiba Shoten Sapporo Soup Curry flavored instant ramen cup with an eye-catching vivid black color, which was released by the major Japanese instant noodles manufacturer “Sanyo Shokuhin (サンヨー食品)” on February 25.
“Okushiba Shoten (奥芝商店)” (Google Map) is a popular restaurant dedicated to soup curry, located in Sapporo, Hokkaido, which has been known for having a long line of people waiting to enter. As you can guess, with the help of the Sapporo-based curry restaurant, this instant ramen was created by Sanyo.
Sapporo Soup Curry (札幌スープカレー)
“Soup Curry (スープカレー)” is a type of curry dish that originated in Sapporo, Hokkaido. The curry broth is made from bouillon, veal stock, and vegetables, into which large pieces of ingredients, such as chicken, potato, eggplant, carrot, lotus root, mushrooms, and boiled eggs, are added. Lastly, the curry soup is flavored with a blended spice mixture.
It is said that the birthplace of Sapporo Soup Curry is a coffee shop named “Ajanta (アジャンタ)” (Google Map) which started to offer its original soup curry “Yakuzen Curry (薬膳カリィ)” in 1971. Today, in the city of Sapporo, there are over 200 restaurants offering soup curry.
In the cup, there are a block of dried noodles and loose dried ingredients, including bits of cabbage and the processed, shrimp-flavored soybean protein which look like real chopped shrimp.
The cooking instructions of this instant ramen are not that complicated.
- First, take off the green packet from the top and peel back the paper lid about halfway.
- Pour boiling water up to the line indicated inside the cup, close the lid, and wait for 3 minutes.
- 3 minutes later, add the flavoring oil of the green packet to the cup, stir all the ingredients well, and enjoy!
The Okushiba Shoten Sapporo Soup Curry ramen has a light yet rich shrimp-based broth, and as an aftertaste the flavorful spiciness that Sapporo Soup Curry features comes. It only has a mild heat, gives a pleasant stimulus, and tastes great. The noodles have a normal level of chewiness.
Lastly, according to the ingredient list, the soup base of this Japanese instant ramen consists of salt, spices, lard, sugar, vegetable fat and oil, creaming powder, flavor oil, tomato powder, protein hydrolysates, shrimp extract, yeast extract, kombu seaweed powder, dextrin, and fermented seasoning.