There are three basic components to ramen:
- The broth
- The noodles
- The toppings
The 4 most popular styles of ramen broth:
- Shio ramen with its clear, light-bodied salty chicken broth
- Shoyu Ramen, a soy sauce flavored chicken broth
- Tonkotsu ramen, a rich pork-based broth, which is fatty and milky white in color.
- Miso ramen, which is miso-based.
How to make good VEGAN RAMEN BROTH:
- Deeply caramelize the onions (you could even char them over a wood fire!)
- Add veggie stock, water and dried shiitake mushrooms.
- Add a sheet of Kombu, dried kelp found in Asian markets adds complexity and depth.
- Add a splash of MIRIN
- Miso paste!
WHAT IS KOMBU?
OPTIONAL VEGAN RAMEN TOPPINGS:
- crispy tofu,
- bamboo shoots,
- seaweed (nori),
- daikon radish
- finely shredded cabbage
- steamed bok choy
- mushrooms (smoked are nice- see below!)
- baby spinach,
- pickled vegetables
- roasted veggies (especially nice in winter)
- braised winter greens
And I love these little enoke mushrooms for garnish – just fresh and raw!
Enoki mushrooms (also referred to as the velvet shank) are the delicate yet flavorful mushrooms that grow on tree trunks, roots and branches mostly found in Japan.
- There are two main types of noodles used for ramen, yellow egg noodles, and white flour noodles. In the past, yellow egg noodles were the most common – these are the type found in most dried ramen packages.
- Recently, the flour noodles have been gaining in popularity. The two types differ in size and texture. Egg noodles are fairly thin, firm to the palate, and slightly curly. Flour noodles are soft and wide.
- Many Japanese say that the ramen noodles found in the United States lack depth of flavor because of the absence of kansui, a highly alkaline mineral water found in Asia. Some chefs use baking soda in their noodles to approximate the flavor.
These are freshly made, vegan, all flour noodles, available in the refrigerated section at the Asian market. To cook, follow the directions on the package. You could also use gluten-free rice noodles.
Begin filling your veggie ramen bowls with noodles and toppings first.
I love adding a piece of toasted nori to the bowl- it gives it a delicious flavor.
Then top with your veggies and garnishes.
Pour the steaming broth over top.
I love adding something crunchy and fresh for texture- these watermelon radishes are nice or try daikon radish or Japanese pickles.
and Slurp Away!
Let me know how you like this recipe for Vegan Ramen in the comments below.Print
Vegan Ramen with Shiitake Broth
Vegan Raman with Miso Shiitake Broth – a simple delicious recipe for making the most flavorful bowl of vegan ramen soup!
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 40 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Vegan, soup
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Japanese
Flavorful Vegan Ramen Broth:
- 1 large onion-diced
- 2 smashed garlic cloves
- 1–2 tablespoon olive oil
- 4 cups veggie stock
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 cup dried Shiitake Mushrooms, broken into small pieces (see notes )
- 1 sheet Kombu seaweed (available at Asian markets) –optional, but good!
- 1/8 cup mirin ( Japanese cooking wine)
- 1–2 tablespoons white miso paste
- pepper to taste
- for spicy, add sriracha to taste, or hot chili oil
- 6– 8 ounces Ramen Noodles
- 8 ounces Cubed Crispy Tofu
- Optional veggies: Steamed or sauteed bok choy, fresh spinach, shredded carrots or cabbage, roasted winter squash, roasted cauliflower, roasted carrots, roasted sweet potato, sauteed mushrooms, smoked mushrooms, baby corn, Bamboo shoots, Enoki mushrooms, Kimchi, Soft boiled eggs (obviously not vegan) diakon radish, pickled radish, fresh herbs.
- Garnishes: scallions, sesame seeds, sriracha and sesame oil
- Make the BROTH: Over medium high heat, saute the onion in 1 tablespoon oil until tender about 3 minutes. Turn heat to medium, add the samashed galric cloves and continue cook onions until they are deeply golden brown. Add the veggie stock, water, dried shiitakes, sheet of kombu ( rinsed) and mirin. Bring to a Simmer.
- Simmer for 25-30 minutes uncovered on med heat, then remove the Kombu. Add miso, and pepper to taste. Keep warm. If this reduces too much it may become salty…. simply add a little water to taste.
- Cook the ramen noodles.
- Prep other veggies and toppings.
Assemble Ramen Bowls:
Make sure to break or chop the dried shitakes into small pieces.
OPTIONAL: To make a Creamy broth: Blend the finished broth in a blender. The shiitake mushrroms will give the broth a rich creaminess.
- Calories: 335
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