With the weekend cool spell…nice hot noodle soup sounds so good! We decided to try something new to us and had dinner at Shoki Ramen House in the hip R Street Corridor in Midtown.
Shoki is housed in a postage-stamp of a building with a small covered patio out front and ample free parking in the lot. The staff greeted us as soon as we entered the front door and offered us our choice of tables.
The menu provides information on the Shoki concept. The broth, tare sauce, and toppings are scratch prepared using the restaurant’s own recipes. The noodles are made according to the restaurant’s specifications. The soups contain no MSG, preservatives or unnatural ingredients . For vegans and vegetarians Shoki has several offerings that made with a vegetable broth, egg free noodles and vegetables. You can add tofu to these if you like.
Shoki gives you options to customize your bowl by type of noodle, saltiness and spiciness.
I ordered the vegan favorite from the menu, Item #9 Vegan Kurogoma Tan Tan Me which is spicy with thin noodles, freshly ground black sesame seeds topped with fresh organic spinach, wakame and shitake with fresh tofu added.
An enormous bowl of broth so rich and dark it was nearly black , loads of fresh vegetables and noodles, topped with slices of tofu and sprinkled with shitake and ground black sesame seeds. All the ingredients were so artfully arranged that my impression was that this is what ramen would be like if you ordered it in Tokyo. The flavor was medium spicy and earthy…like if earth tasted really, really good…it would be like this soup, if that makes sense.
This lemonade was the perfect accompaniment!
Shoki’s owner, Yasushi Ueyama, has a fascinating background. He was trained as a nutritionist in his native Japan and also was owner/chef of several restaurants in Kobe, Japan before coming to Northern California. Ueyama has a dedicated and precise approach to making ramen that is Zen like, healthful and delicious. I truly enjoyed this experience and will be back soon.
Shoki has two locations: 1201 R Street Sacramento, CA 95811 and 2530 21st Street Sacramento, CA 95811.