Kamo Dashi Ramen with Duck Umami from Maruchan
About 3 weeks ago, on July 6, 2020, a unique cup ramen was released from Maruchan here in Japan.
Among others, the instant ramen is one of a kind in that it has the umami flavor of the duck.
As a matter of fact, this is the first time I try duck broth cup ramen.
Maruchan Kamo Dashi Ramen Instant Cup Noodle
In the name of “Kamo Dashi Ramen (鴨だしラーメン)”, “Kamo (鴨)” means (wild) duck in Japanese, while “Dashi (だし, 出汁)” stands for soup stock or broth.
According to the description on the side of the cup, this Kamo Dashi Ramen is a Shoyu (醤油: soy sauce) based ramen blended with umami ingredients from duck and kombu seaweed.
As often seen in recent Japanese cup ramen, a special liquid soup base sachet is attached to the top lid.
As you may know, it is added to the cup as a finishing touch after the noodles are cooked.
The garnishes on the dried noodle block consist of chunks of seasoned chicken, Menma bamboo shoots, and chopped green onions.
The broth of this Kamo Dashi Ramen has a nice fragrance associated with duck and is lightly flavored with soy sauce.
Unlike regular chicken broth ramen, the taste is more elegant and memorable.
Even though this is just a cup of instant ramen that only costs about 240 yen (about 2.3 USD), the quality is high and I found it very Japanese.
Ingredients and Nutrition Facts
Lastly, for those who are curious about the ingredients and nutrition facts, here is the label.
According to that, the soup base of this Kamo Dashi Ramen consists of chicken extract, soy sauce, vegetable oil, sugar, duck extract, salt, chicken fat, duck fat, gelatin, yeast extract, and kombu extract.
The calories per serving (96 grams) are 428 kcal, and this Japanese instant ramen contains 6.8 g salt equivalents.