I ate Ringer Hut's spring limited menu "Spring Champon with plenty of clams". The nice smell of clams is transferred to the soup and noodles, and the menu name has a true taste.
Champon with steamed clams, sea lettuce from Mie prefecture, and seasonal Japanese honeywort. Ringer Hut explains that in 2019, the clams were steamed to bring out the aroma and taste. The selling price is 853 yen for regular size (tax included, same below), and 810 yen for a small amount of noodles, which is a little higher.
I bought a meal ticket, handed it to the clerk, and waited for a while. From the bowl that arrived, the scent of shellfish rises with steam. This smells like seafood. If you take one clam and eat it, the grain is big and the plump body feels a little sweet. Umami is strong. Moreover, it is so full that it fills up a large bowl, and it seems that it will not be lost even if you eat it, and it makes you feel like you are drowning when you look into the bowl. By the way, when I counted it later, there were 21 clams in it.
It is said that the soup is mainly made from pork and has richness and umami, but it also has the scent of clams, which is delicious. The scent of sea lettuce, which is colored in bright green, is also interesting because it is closely entwined with the flavor of seafood and is not defeated by each other. I felt that the soup alone would make it a dish.
However, Champon must be entwined with the ingredients along with the noodles. Don't grab the clams that you removed from the empty clams immediately, but roll them up with vegetables and noodles and carry them to your mouth. The crispy texture of the shellfish and the chewy texture of the noodles make you enjoy the different textures of the tongue and teeth.
As a whole, it had a rich clam-like appearance, but with a refreshing aftertaste, it had a light finish suitable for the coming season.