“A bowl of dreams” is what the folks at Shoki Ramen House call their noodles, and after my first experience there, I can honestly say a bowl of dreams it was.
Nestled on the corner of 12th and R Street in Downtown Sacramento, the location I visited was quaint and intimate. The whole restaurant was as big as my own kitchen and every seat in the house was taken. It’s that good. Tables were turning, servers were bustling and guests were smiling…yet a calming mood veiled the whole restaurant – it was a cozy atmosphere in a room full of happy, relaxed customers.
If you know me, you know that I love ramen. It’s my weakness and the one food item I can never turn down. Seriously – even when I’m not hungry – a bowl of ramen always hits the spot. And this particular ramen from Shoki was just another story. I ordered a small bowl of their most popular, Tan Tan Men entrée, and Oh. My. Goodness.
Served with a heaping mound of thick noodles, even the “small” size was a hearty serving. The mild spicy soy-sauce was spectacular – the flavor was bursting, but the saltiness was under control. My one critique of ramen is always the extreme saltiness. I don’t really like salt, so the fact that their broth was so flavorful but not overly salty, really impressed me.
Within the bowl, the Tan Tan Men came standard with freshly ground white sesame seeds, fresh organic baby spinach and grass-fed seasoned minced beef. And of course, no ramen is complete without the addition of egg, so I added Tamago (also known as Organic Seasoned Half-Boiled Egg) to my bowl. My protein-packed, flavorful bowl of ramen was more than satisfying. After slurping every last bit of broth, my heart was warmed and my stomach content.
Restaurant owner and chef, Yasushi Ueyama, has committed to making his ramen pure, all-natural, and healthy. Nothing on his menu contains MSG or preservatives to enhance the flavor of the broth. In fact, upon ordering, you can customize your bowl to whatever your heart or dietary restrictions desire. Mild, medium or spicy? Check. Gluten-free, carb-free, low-sodium? Check. Vegan options? Check. If you can’t eat it, Shoki Ramen House can accommodate. Just check out their online menu and see for yourself. While you’re there, check out their entire website – it’s simple, clean and inviting. They make the process of ordering ramen so easy, even for first-timers.
Shoki Ramen House
1201 R St
Sacramento, CA 95818
2675 24th St
Sacramento, CA 95811