Before I went on vacation I was browsing Amazon and found an interesting item: mushroom bouillon, which appears to come from a company in China called Totole. The reviews were decent, so I thought I’d give it a try the next time I made hot ramen soup. I ended up ordering it the week after I got back, and it arrived Sunday. Then Monday came in cold and rainy and miserable, so I thought: why not?
So I started on the basis of my ultimate chicken & egg ramen recipe, but forgot some of the specifics. Therefore I forgot to include garlic at all (which I guess was okay, because I wanted to try out the mushroom flavor), and while my intention was to substitute the mushroom bouillon for the chicken I used half as much. So that was kinda dumb.
Now the good news is, the mushroom bouillon is indeed nice, even with only 1 tsp. instead of 2 for the 2 cups of water. (In my defense, there are no English instructions on the cannister.) The main ingredient being MSG, I could taste that part right away, but it definitely went beyond merely adding MSG. However, unlike the Herb-Ox granulated chicken bouillon I favor, this stuff was not salty at all. I had to add salt to taste afterward, and it took a while to get it right.
The new stuff was good enough that I think I’d like to try adding a teaspoon of it to my existing recipe without cutting the chicken bouillon at all, just to throw in extra savoriness. However, I’d also like to try going straight mushroom again, but with some changes.
- Throw the garlic back in.
- Use 2 tsp. of the bouillon, not 1.
- Add 1 tsp. soy sauce. If not enough, try 2.
For soy sauce I really enjoy La Choy, because it’s a nice salty one that still adds a lot of good flavor. Kikkoman is good in a very different way, but so different that it’s never my first choice (but for teriyaki, always first choice). So I suspect my favorite brand will add the salt that’s missing from the mushroom bouillon without my having to add any extra salt directly, and this could create a really interesting flavor.
Next up on “Bad ideas I got from browsing Amazon late at night”: beef tallow.