Comfort food means many things to different people. For me, savory is usually my first pick for something that makes me happy and relaxed. One of my favorite comfort foods is ramen. Not the ramen we used to eat in college that tasted of MSG. Oh, no. True ramen is a magnificent play of umami. The key is the broth. If the broth has no flavor, you've failed in making a great bowl of ramen.
My brother introduced me to some fabulous ramen in Orange County, and since then, I've been on a mission to find a place in Sacramento that offered something similar, or spectacular. I found it at Shoki Ramen. It was kind of a fluke. I had been released from the hospital last year, after my blood clot surgery, and was craving something comforting. I yelped and found Shoki near the hospital. My husband and I went and fell in love.
The flavors are fabulous, the broth is rich and has depth. I also love that the creators of Shoki Ramen care about the quality of food they provide. You won't find MSG here. You'll find grass-fed beef, locally sourced ingredients that are fresh, and natural.
When I visit, because I visit often, my ramen dish is an extra spicy, medium Tan Tan Men with thin noodles and a Tamago (organic, seasoned, half-boiled egg). I finish the entire bowl in one sitting, bursting at the seams and in ramen heaven. I have been known to order extra noodles, and extra minced, grass-fed beef because I love my ramen.
A little tip, if you go at lunch, try to go early or late, the place is always packed. I've only been to the location on R Street in Sacramento, and it's a small restaurant that's big on flavor. I've gone on the weekend, and if you do that, you'll likely run into a wait. Be sure to write your name on the list inside the door, and they'll call you right in, once a table is ready. Check the menu online before you go, and you'll be all set to order and enjoy.
Have you tried real, authentic ramen? What is your favorite? How do you take yours? If you haven't had ramen yet, do it, it will change your world.
A little thank you to my friends Anita and Kirsten for indulging my cravings. Anita also helped me film the short video above.
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