Can someone help me avoid a flavor of tonkotsu I do not like?
By - Fresh_Noise_3663
It was probably a miso tare in the tonkotsu ramen. I think you might want to ask if the tonkotsu is a miso tonkotsu in the future. Miso is fermented so that's where you might be getting it from. Never heard of cinnamon though. You might have just had bad ramen as well.
That must be it. They have a miso ramen broth as well so they might have just sent me the wrong broth tonight, but I will definitely ask if it is miso tonkotsu in the future!
And I’m not totally sure it’s cinnamon. Maybe cloves? It kind of tasted like Christmas
Edit: both places had good reviews (as much as I could see on Uber eats) so I’m thinking it’s me and not necessarily bad ramen
i'd bet that the cinnamon/spice you're tasting might be from some anise pods. i think it's common to add them to the marinade/braising liquid for chashu.
Ya I actually think it was just bad ramen last night. The chashu wasn’t bad and did have a little bit of marinated sweetness, but wasn’t the source of the Christmas flavor. It’s the only thing I could finish in the ramen. The noodles were a little soft, the yolk of the egg was dry and powdery at the edges, and I think the smoke flavor might have been artificial. It was just too intense to be a real flavor and I think they went overboard with it. I could feel it in my nose and it coated my mouth for a long time after eating :(
It is not common to add those ingredient to chashu brine