Sanyo Okushiba Shoten Sapporo Soup Curry Instant Ramen
Yesterday, on the way home from work, I dropped in at a 7 Eleven convenience store and headed to the instant noodles section to see if there is something appealing.
As a result, a glossy black cup of instant ramen with a delicious-looking food picture caught my eye and drew my interest, driving me to buy it.
Okushiba Shoten Sapporo Soup Curry Ramen from Sanyo Shokuhin
What I purchased this time, the Okushiba Shoten Sapporo Soup Curry instant ramen is a recent addition by Sanyo Shokuhin and was released on February 25 of this year (2020).
“Okushiba Shoten (奥芝商店)” (Google Map) is a Hokkaido, Sapporo-based popular soup curry restaurant, known for always having a long line of people waiting to enter, and with the help of it, this instant ramen was created by Sanyo.
But do you know what kind of curry dish “soup curry (スープカレー)” is?
Sapporo Soup Curry (札幌スープカレー)
Soup curry actually originated in the city of Sapporo, Hokkaido, first created by 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.
The curry broth is made with bouillon, veal stock, and vegetables, into which big chunks of ingredients, such as chicken, potato, eggplant, carrot, lotus root, boiled egg, and mushrooms, are added. And lastly, the curry soup is flavored with a blended spice mixture.
Today, in Sapporo, there are over 200 restaurants offering soup curry, and the curry has become one of the dishes that represent the city.
To get back to the main topic, on the dried noodle block in the cup, loose dehydrated garnishes are scattered, which consist of bits of cabbage and the processed soybean protein that looks like real chopped shrimp.
The cooking of this instant ramen is not that complicated like this,
- First, remove the green packet on top and peel back the paper lid about halfway
- Then, pour boiling water until it reaches the line indicated inside the cup, close the lid, and wait for 3 minutes
- 3 minutes later, add in the flavoring oil of the green packet and give the noodles a good stir
As for the taste, the broth of this cup ramen is light but packed with the delicious umami of shrimps and leaves a flavorful, pleasant spiciness on the tongue that Sapporo Soup Curry features.
The noodles are of normal quality, but thanks to the soup curry broth, the overall dish is of quite a high level.
Lastly, let’s see the ingredients. Based on the label pictured above, the soup base of this cup ramen consists of salt, spices, lard, sugar, vegetable oil, creaming powder, flavor oil, tomato powder, protein hydrolysate, shrimp extract, yeast extract, kombu seaweed powder, dextrin, and fermented seasoning.