How many of us have actually had a really good bowl of ramen? Although the noodle soup is ubiquous in Japan, even there, chances of finding a vegan bowl of ramen is rare since many of the broths are made with some kind of animal stock.
Making the broth at home, even making it close to authentic, is easy and fast, but you have to make the base of the broth first.
Ramen first caught my eye when I was researching Vietnamese Pho for Vegan Bowls (Amazon, B&N). I was surprised to learn that the broth for the Japanese version of the noodle soup is much simpler and less involved in terms of spices and flavorings.
I added tofu and vegan sausage to my ramen, since there is meat in the authentic version, but you can add either, both or vegetables instead.
There are three kinds of Japanese Ramen:
1. Shyoyo - seasoned with soy sauce, tamari or shoyu
2. Miso - seasoned with miso
3. Shio - seasoned with salt
I made my version, Shyoyo Ramen, seasoned with tamari. The whole shebang was ready under thirty minutes, so it is definitely worth the extra effort to make this more authentic ramen soup, in lieu of boiling water and adding a packet of who-knows-what and calling it ramen.
|Shyoyo Ramen with bamboo ramen noodles.|
1 (2-inch) piece ginger, cut into 3 slices
1 small onion, cut into ½-inch wedges
4 unpeeled garlic cloves
4 cups water
3 cups vegetable broth
1/4 cup reduced-sodium tamari
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seed oil
1/2 teaspoon dulse flakes
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 (10-ounce) package super-firm tofu, cut into 1/4 -inch slices
2 links vegan sausage, cut into 1/4 -inch slices on the bias
2 tablespoons sake or mirin
1/4 small cabbage, chopped
1 small carrot, cut into julienne slices
10 ounces ramen noodles
1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the ginger, onion and garlic and cook until charred on both sides. Add the water, broth, tamari, oil, dulse and salt. Bring to boil and reduce to simmer. Simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the broth into a medium pot, discarding the vegetables. Season to taste and add the tofu, sausage and sake to the broth and continue to simmer until needed.
2. Heat the large pot over medium heat. Add the cabbage and cook to sear. Carefully pour the broth with the tofu and sausage into the large pot. Add the carrots and continue to cook until the vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes.
3. Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling. Add the ramen and cook until al dente, stirring often. Drain.
4. Serve the ramen with the broth, tofu, sausage, scallions and togarashi.
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