Saba Ramen: I tried Mackerel Flavor Instant Ramen
When it comes to the flavor of ramen, “Shoyu (醤油: soy sauce)”, “Miso (味噌: fermented soybean paste)”, “Shio (塩: salt)”, and “Tonkotsu (豚骨: pork bones)” are classics that have long been loved in Japan.
In recent years, so many flavors of ramen can be seen, but as a rule, they still form the base of the soup, which also applies to the cup ramen I bought today in a 7-Eleven store.
Acecook SABAR (Saba) Ramen Salt-Based Mackerel Flavor Instant Noodle Soup
Actually, what I picked up this time for about 200 yen (about 2 USD) is a cup of instant “Saba (さば: mackerel)” ramen and its soup broth is Shio (salt)-based.
Niboshi ramen whose soup stock is made with dried sardines is relatively common in Japan, but this is the first time I try the Saba ramen with the umami of mackerel, besides in instant noodle form.
With the help of “SABAR” (an Osaka-based restaurant chain that specializes in dishes using mackerel or Saba with its branches in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hyogo, and so on, and even in Singapore), this instant noodle soup was created by Acecook and released on March 1st of this year.
In the cup, there are 2 types of flavor packets (black: special mackerel paste/ red: seasoning oil), and the dried garnishes mixed in with the dried noodle block consist of cabbage, garlic, green onions, and red chili peppers.
How to cook this cup ramen is slightly complicated. First, peel back the lid about halfway and pour boiling water until it reaches the line indicated inside the cup. Then, close the lid and let the noodles sit and cook for 3 minutes. 3 minutes later, add the seasoning oil and the special mackerel paste at the same time and stir all the ingredients well with chopsticks.
Niboshi ramen using dried sardines generally has a distinctive, strong fishy smell and taste, but the soup of this Saba ramen is Spanish Ahijo style and was much easier to eat and tastier than I expected. It was very flavorful with no fishy odor but I was able to find the umami of mackerel in it.
Lastly, for people who are curious about the ingredients and nutrition facts of this mackerel flavor instant ramen, here are the lists.
According to that, with 429 kcal and 5.3 g salt equivalents per serving (91 grams), the soup base of this instant Saba ramen consists of vegetable oil, animal oil, salt, mackerel paste, emulsified oil, sugar, chicken seasoning, seafood extract, spices, smoked mackerel powder, chicken powder, yeast extract, soybean protein, powdered lemon juice, flavoring oil, and whole egg powder.