Shalala hits all the right notes Restaurants, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Mar 16, 2011 at 1:10 pm
Umami. It is the fifth taste, most easily translated from Japanese as savoriness, which, in addition to sweet, salty, sour, and bitter, make a complete palate and total dining experience. The characters that were combined to form this word in Japanese literally mean "delicious taste" and this is the word that sprang to mind when dining at Shalala, Mountain View's newest ramen house.
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Posted by k, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on Mar 16, 2011 at 3:35 pm
>"Unami" is generally synonymous with monosodium glutamate (MSG).
Not necessarily true. The wikipedia article has a lot of information you should check out: Web Link
Lots of other things besides MSG can work toward the umami flavor, like mushrooms, soy sauce, parmesan cheese, tomatoes, etc. Implying that Shalala has a lot of Umami does not imply they use MSG. That's something you'd want to verify with the restaurant itself.
I like shalala better than ryowa, but everyone has their favorites.
Posted by BD, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Mar 22, 2011 at 9:17 am
Most commercial soups are indeed full of sodium. However, that doesn't mean this ramen has MSG. Good food doesn't use cheap tricks. MSG was developed to imitate meat and mushrooms, but that doesn't mean a good restaurant will use it instead of meat and mushrooms. You'd have to ask Shalala to be sure.