Direct from a ramen-ya that's been around since 昭和２２年 (1947), Aoba Raumen has a soup that's filled with history and claimed to be "the one." It contains a "perfect blend" of ocean and mountain ingredients that merge into a healthy soup with a deep, distinct flavor.
The contents include a pack of 生 ramen and a pouch of their Miso 味 soup. The unique part of this soup is that it's not from concentrate so there's no need to add any water. It comes straight as the chef intended.
A close-up look at the noodles before they get cooked. Can you see the freshness?
Similar to those instant curry packs, the soup pouch is heated by dipping it into a pot of boiling water. The directions say to begin cooking the noodles 1 minute after you drop the soup pouch into boiling water, but I made sure the soup was piping hot well before I started with the noodles.
And presto, Miso-aji ramen from Asahikawa city. I wish I could share the aroma of this soup with you. It is amazing! Who knew that combining the ocean with mountains would smell so good.
Similarly to Keyaki from neighboring Sapporo, this Miso ramen had a sweet and spicy flavor that makes your heart melt. The flavors are crazy! I'm not exactly sure what's in here, but they attack from every direction. And the best part about this soup is that it really does taste "healthy." I think I'm truly becoming a fan of miso.
The noodles were very fresh and chewy. I'm starting to believe that Hokkaido has some of the best noodles in all of Japan. But I won't give them that distinction just yet.