We’re going to show you how to make some real vegan ramen! You won’t see any rock-hard bricks of noodles here. There are also no seasoning sachets, folks. In fact, we’re going to put this ramen together with healthy ingredients. Firstly, there’s a rich and delicious broth that’s packed with umami. Then, there are tasty ramen noodles you will slurp up with glee! Finally, we top everything off with piles of fresh veggies! What’s more, we have recipes for making these ramen noodles in an instant pot, slow cooker, or on the stove-top.
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What is Ramen and who Invented it?
Ramen has a fascinating history! So much so, that NYU Professor George Solt wrote an entire book about it! Ramen evolved from a Chinese recipe based on broth and wheat noodles. It’s hard to figure out exactly when ramen jumped to Japan. However, we do know it was widespread by the early 1900s.
Sadly, ramen’s availability crashed during and after World War II. Food supplies were tightly regulated, and it was illegal to earn a profit selling food! You could go to jail for hawking ramen! Even so, black market ramen shops cropped up and kept the population fed. See what we mean by “fascinating?”
What is Ramen Made Of?
Vegan “ramen” is, of course, an entire dish – not just the noodles. There is considerable variation in the ingredients used. However, the noodles themselves are quite simple. Ramen noodles ingredients are water, wheat, salt, and kansui. What is Kansui? Well, it’s a particular type of alkaline water. It is essential because it reacts with the wheat to give ramen noodles their yellow color and “springy” texture. In fact, without kansui, it’s not ramen at all!
How to make Vegan Ramen
If noodles are the heart of our vegan ramen recipe, then the broth is its soul! There are as many ramen broth recipes as there are ramen cooks. However, one fact is true for all of them – if the soup isn’t tasty, neither is your ramen!
How to Cook Ramen Broth
You might have heard tales of recipes that simmer ramen broth for hours and hours. Of course, you probably don’t have time for that (neither do we). That’s why we make our vegan ramen broth in an instant pot. Instead of watching a bubbling pot all day, your broth can be ready in 30 minutes (not including preparation time). We’ve also added instructions for making the broth on the stove-top and in a slow cooker, just in case.
- Soy sauce
- Bamboo shoots
- Green onions
- Shiitake mushrooms
- And the big one – Kombu (super-tasty edible seaweed)!
Assembling your Ramen Bowl
Assembling your ingredients is the simplest part of the recipe! Put some ramen noodles at the bottom of each bowl and ladle on the vegan broth. To finish the soup and freshen it up, add your fresh, delicious add-ins! We used:
- Firm tofu
- Fresh mushrooms
- Raw bamboo shoots
- Sliced green and red onions
- And if you’re feeling adventurous, try some vegan furikake seasoning!
Of course, you should also have fun with your ramen! There are endless add-in options out there – mix them up!
Can Ramen be Frozen and Reheated?
You can certainly save some of your ramen broth for another time. Just divide it into meal-sized portions and freeze! When it’s time to eat, reheating is easy – thaw the frozen liquid in a saucepan (or in the microwave if you’re rushing). The ramen broth will last in the freezer for about 3 months. However, don’t try to freeze the whole meal, the thawed noodles and add-ins will not be pretty!
We hope you think this vegan ramen is as interesting and delicious as we do! Have fun making this tasty noodle soup. If you try it, please let us know what you think with a comment and rating! Every bit of feedback helps make The Plant Riot even better.Print
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