I spent 3 weeks in Japan and gained 10 pounds because the amount of gorging I was doing. (I still haven’t lost all the weight, but that’s no important) I spent a good amount of time in Japan eating so many different delights like Butter Yaki, Okinawan Soba, and sushi galore. It was truly and awesome time, but came to an end and once it came to an end I was stuck with the flavors of Japan still on my tastebuds. I really missed the flavor!
This put me on a quest to find some authentic Japanese flavor and this quest has lead me to Shoki Ramen House located 1201 R Street Sacramento, Ca. This place is relatively small, but is in an interesting part of downtown.
I lead to try the most popular order in hopes that it would quench my hunger for real Japanese cuisine. I ordered the “Tan Tan Men“.
Tan Tan Men:
The broth was savory with a slight spice and a strong hint of sesame oil, but was a bit salty and after a while the sesame oil became a bit overwhelming.
The noodles were firm and thick and carried the flavor of the broth perfectly to your tastebuds.
Bamboo shoots were cooked enough to maintain a sort of crunch to give the ramen a interesting texture.
The meat topping was flavorful with a hint of spice with the texture of ground beef. This is isn’t typically the type of texture that I would imagine when eating ramen.
Overal the meal was great with the atmosphere, pricing, service, and it also somewhat subsided my apetite for Japanese food, but I’m still on the quest for good ramen and I will be returning to Shoki to review another bowl.