Kamo Dashi Ramen with Duck’s Umami from Maruchan
About 3 weeks ago, on July 6, 2020, a unique cup ramen from Maruchan was released here in Japan.
Among others, the Maruchan’s instant ramen is one of a kind in that it has the umami flavor of the duck. As a matter of fact, this was the first time I bought the cup ramen featuring a duck broth.
Maruchan Kamo Dashi Ramen Instant Cup Noodle
In the name “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 claim on the side of the cup, the 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 ramen as a finishing touch, after you pour in boiling water and wait for 3 minutes.
The garnishes on the noodles are bits of seasoned chicken, Menma bamboo shoots, and chopped green onions.
The broth of the Kamo Dashi Ramen has a nice fragrance associated with duck and is lightly flavored with soy sauce. Unlike normal chicken broth ramen, the taste of the duck ramen is more elegant, sophisticated, and memorable.
Even though it is just a cup of instant ramen that only costs about 240 yen (about 2.3 USD), the taste 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 they are.
According to the lists, the soup base of the 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.
And the duck ramen as a whole has 428 kcal per one serving (96 g) and contains 6.8 g salt equivalents.