I have made all kinds of spicy noodle soups, including several rough takes on ramen. But I have never made anything that resembled what I have ordered in a restaurant, until now. This vegan ramen recipe is easy to make, and is incredibly easy to adjust to what you have on hand.
I'll usually make extra broth (or just not use too much in the bowl) and save the leftovers in my fridge. Then for lunch over the next couple days I'll simply make fresh noodles, find some vegetables in the fridge or freezer for toppings, and heat up the broth for a quick and easy meal.
Vegan Ramen with Mushroom and Tofu
- 6 cups mushroom or vegetable broth Look for oil free and low sodium.
- 2 cups water Or sub broth.
- 1/4 cup mirin See notes.
- 1/4 cup shallots Diced. Can sub onions or use both.
- 3 Tbsp tahini Sub hummus
- 2 Tbsp miso paste White miso if possible.
- 1 Tbsp tamari Sub soy sauce, liquid or coconut aminos.
- 2 Tbsp garlic Fresh, minced.
- 2 Tbsp ginger Fresh, minced.
- 1-2 tsp broad bean paste Optional spicy chili paste to taste (sub chili garlic sauce).
- 1/2 tsp white pepper Optional.
- 3 Tbsp umami seasoning blend Click for recipe, or see notes.
- 3 servings ramen noodles Your choice of brand and type (see notes). Use three to four servings.
- 2 cups mushrooms Sliced. Wood ear, enoki or shiitake preferred, if available. Just use what's available.
- 1 cup corn
- 1 cup cabbage spinach, or bok choy (or similar asian green)
- 1/2 cup firm tofu Sliced. Make your own, buy, or experiment with homemade burmese tofu.
- pickled red ginger Shredded. See notes.
- 1/3 cup green onion Diced.
- Add all ingredients from the broth section to a large pot, whisking all ingredients together well, and bring to a simmer. The tahini will be a bit gritty, but I just keep whisking it and the texture ends up fine (to me anyway!). Add mushrooms to the pot.
- While simmering, cook ramen noodles according to package directions in a separate pot. Rinse well and set aside.
- Prepare the toppings and set aside.
- Divide ramen noodles between several bowls, and then top with broth and mushrooms. Then add the remaining toppings and enjoy!
The ingredients are all easy to find - they were all available in my somewhat "boonies" area on Vancouver Island. If you have an international or asian grocery store, you will be able to find everything there. The bean paste and mirin should also be easy to find in most international aisles at a standard grocery store. The mirin is what you need for that typical "ramen" flavor.
Alternatives and options
You can use vegetable or mushroom broth instead of water for a more full-bodied flavor.
For gluten free, find rice-based ramen noodles (available at Costco and many other grocery stores: look for Lotus Foods brand), and a gluten-free tamari sauce.
There are tons of different toppings you can use (there are tons of different variations of ramen recipes). You can add some seaweed, which is usually on ramen (I didn't have any on hand at the moment). The cabbage can be swapped for all sorts of different greens, from bok choy to spinach. If you use spinach, boil or steam it and then squeeze out the water in advance. Get creative with what is in season, or what's in your fridge!