Shoki’s ramen is not the unhealthy ramen that we all know of. Our ramen is a healthy alternative and everything is made from scratch. That’s right, everything! Our broth (soup), tare (base sauce), and toppings are made fresh at Shoki and is prepared with using Yasushi’s own original recipe. Our noodles are made from a reputable company that makes it to our specifications. As you know, traditional ramen is flavored using MSG and preservatives and is usually processed, infused with sodium and high in calories! Don’t worry about that at Shoki! Owner/Chef, Yasushi Ueyama is very passionate about making his ramen pure, all-natural, and healthy. He uses absolutely no MSG, preservatives, or unnatural ingredients to enhance the flavor of the broth so that you can enjoy our soup to the last drop. Enjoy!
Our tare is made from scratch and is Yasushi’s original tare. Without tare, there is no taste to ramen. The flavor of our ramen is not only a broth, but a broth with tare that is made especially for your soup. Most ramen-ya’s or ramen houses, make the broth but buy their tare from vendors which are usually processed and contains added preservatives. Not to mention the sodium! Small batches of tare, using the finest ingredients, are made at Shoki to ensure that your ramen is fresh.
Our noodles are made by a reputable noodle company that works closely with Yasushi, paying special attention to the finest ingredients that maintain the texture and consistency that matches our ramttten. All of our ramen comes with Yasushi’s recommended noodles, although you can change the noodle to your preference.
Since no MSG or preservatives are used, it’s imperative that the kitchen prepares each bowl with care and preciseness. If there is too much soup or less tare, the flavor will change drastically. Also, the temperature in the soup plays a huge role considering that if it gets too hot, it will also affect the taste of the ramen. The effort that goes into each bowl explains why the cooking takes longer than the average ramen-ya.
Passion and creativity are synonyms for the vision that Yasushi Ueyama has embraced for more than twenty-five years. The following is his story and how his ramen came to be.
Prior to arriving in the U.S., Yasushi was a successful Chef/Owner of several restaurants, a bar and fast food store in Kobe, Japan. Yasushi's initial exposure to cooking was quite by chance. He had graduated from college in Japan as a nutritionist. He was working in Kyoto, Japan in a medical laboratory, conducting tests; when his friend, a very successful restaurant owner in Kyoto, asked him to help out in the kitchen. He found that he really enjoyed it and in a short while he quit his job at the laboratory to apprentice at one of Kyoto's most famous restaurants. He went on to receive his "Kikizakeshi Certificate" as a sake sommelier. So at the age of 28, he became chef and owner of his various restaurant businesses in Kobe, Japan.
Yasushi arrived with his wife Kathy and children in 2001. They opened several restaurants in Folsom, California. Yasushi's culinary experience was in the fine dining "kaiseki" type and he realized that it was not the type of food his customers could relate to. It was also the height of the sushi boom and he had no interest in sushi. After much consideration, he sold his businesses and took a short hiatus to rethink his ideas about food and what his passion was.
The focus for Yasushi has always been a desire that all his culinary creations were to be healthy. Due to his educational background as a nutritionist and his own passion for cuisine that could be affordable and healthy, for all ages, young and old alike... he ventured upon the idea of creating a "non-traditional ramen", he wanted to cook and create....not open a package of dry noodles and a package of dry ingredients to add to plain water. To him, this was not cooking....not from scratch. His creation came to fruition at the first store at 24th Street and later, a second location at R Street.
True to his passion, to this day, none of his broths or dishes contain preservatives or MSG. He relies on his knowledge as a chef and nutritionist to bring out the natural flavors present in all his fresh and organic ingredients. He often says, "Cooking is like science", so after many "experiments" he finally created the ramen that we have come to love and crave.
It's healthy.... for infants and on to the elderly. You can enjoy the soup, not only the noodles, to the very last drop.
This is how Yasushi's ramen came to be....a creation that truly is, "A BOWL OF DREAMS"
Yasushi, his wife and partner Kathy and son and daughter reside in Sacramento, California
Fall 2013 - "Shinka" Another Level of Perfection
Yasushi's vision continues to evolve, taking the humble ramen to another dimension. He has achieved a level of perfection in the art of his cooking.
True to his roots as a nutritionist and "kaiseki" chef, he continues to emphasize his core value of health conscious foods that will gratify the most sensitive palate. He also wants to share his vision of an earth friendly environment and have the Shoki "community at large" join him in his efforts to become guardians of the Earth. To this end, Shoki will begin an extensive campaign by using organic and eco-friendly products whenever possible.
"We must respect "Mother Earth" and all her gifts", he says. "Without our sunshine and the good earth, we cannot sustain our life." Shoki wants to encourage it's community, to appreciate the values of conservation and preservation of all our resources. To end waste, especially food waste.
The Evolution of Ramen by Yasushi Ueyama is a presentation of all his culinary know how…a presentation to all of his loyal patrons and for the novice as well. A presentation of what appears as a simple broth, but is in reality a complex, dynamic of ingredients, the heart of his ramen. The heart of the ramen, the broth…the soup…he will continue to make two varieties, the Blended (Wafu broth-a Japanese traditional soup) and the Vegetable broth. Both without preservatives or MSG. Only the finest ingredients are considered and even the temperature is calculated when serving; the correct temperature will maintain all the nutrient values in the soup.
Providing his patrons with a healthy choice alternative, Yasushi purchases from local organic farms and products such as cage free, organize eggs, and meats from grass fed cattle, etc.
At Shoki, we continually strive to provide our customers with the best quality of food. We would like to commit to making positive changes for the betterment of our environment. We ask you to join us as well.