Cup Ramen with Rare Ingredients Vol.1: Shiro-Ebi Shrimp
Recently, I discovered a tasty instant cup ramen with a rare ingredient called Shiro-Ebi (白えび: white shrimp) in a nearby Welcia drugstore.
The product is from the Aichi-based food company 寿がきや, but the shrimp is a local specialty of Toyama, adjacent to Niigata.
Toyama Shiro-Ebi Ramen (富山白えびラーメン) from Sugakiya
Shiro-Ebi, also called Shira-Ebi, is a Japanese white shrimp only caught in Toyama Bay on the Sea of Japan, known as the Jewel of Toyama Bay.
Unlike other shrimps, Shiroebi has a distinctively elegant flavor, which makes this instant ramen uniquely delicious (But it only cost 218 yen).
The contents are relatively simple, only accompanying two flavor packets, which are both 後入れ/put into the bowl after cooking the noodles.
- The purple packet contains a liquid soup base.
- The red one has a soup base powder with dehydrated garnishes.
As you can guess from the above, the cooking is straightforward.
- First, open the lid halfway and take the packets out of the bowl.
- Then, pour boiling water until it fills the line inside the cup, close the lid, place the liquid soup base packet on top, and wait 4 minutes.
- Then, remove the lid and put the contents of the two packets into the bowl.
- Stir well, and enjoy!
Using Toyama’s Shiro-Ebi powder in its salt-based soup, the ramen is dashi-rich and very flavorful/aromatic!
Despite only 218 yen, it is elegant and rare, and you can’t get the same taste anywhere outside Japan. (Though, in the era of the internet, it may be possible).
|Noodles (Wheat flour, Salt, Wheat protein, Vegetable oil/fat, Soybean dietary fiber, Protein hydrolysate), Soup (Chicken extract, Animal oil/fat, Flavoring oil, Salt, Pork extract, Vegetable oil/fat, Shiroebi powder (from Toyama Bay), Kombu seaweed extract, Scallop extract, Protein hydrolysate, Yeast extract), Garnishes (Shrimp-flavor flake, Green onion, Roasted green onion, Togarashi chili pepper), Modified starch, Seasoning (including Amino acid), Thickeners (Modified starch, Polysaccharide thickener), Calcium carbonate, Kansui alkaline water, Flavoring, Emulsifier, Colors (Gardenia, Monascus, Caramel, Carotenoid), Antioxidants (Vitamin E, Vitamin C), Acidifier (Partially including Wheat, Shrimp, Crab, Sesame, Soybean, Chicken, Pork, and Gelatin)|
|Salt equivalents||6.1 g|
|– Noodles & Garnishes||1.5 g|
|– Broth||4.6 g|
(Reference Page: Sugakiya Foods 富山白えびラーメン )