First, just to clear the air - I have never actually had a bowl of real ramen. Yes, I've had the packaged instant ramen noodles back in the day. Does anyone else remember that terrifying phase in the 90s where kids just ate crunchy ramen noodles out the bag at lunchtime? Though I was sad at the time, looking back now, I am so glad my mom wouldn't let us do that. And I've had some fish or veggie ramen out at restaurants before, and they've been wonderful. But I have never had a bowl of delicious, high quality ramen out a good Japanese place or ramen shop - here in Canada, or when I was in Japan.
But don't worry. My guy T, who has indeed tried and loved many a real ramen in his day, loves this version just as much. So do I. I bet you will too.
It's super quick to make, very warming and satisfying on a cool winter evening, you can use up all the odds and ends kind of veggies in your fridge, and really let's be honest: eating squiggly noodles is just fun.
Vegan Ramen (with Brown Rice & Millet Noodles)
- 2 packages of brown rice ramen noodles. I use this one here, by lotus foods. FYI - they have it at Costco - a 10 pack for around $10 <3
- 4 - 6 cups of water, or soup stock (we like a lot of broth with our noodles, so we use 6 cups)
- Veggies of choice. We love: thinly sliced daikon or turnips, carrots, mushrooms of any kind, broccoli, greens - especially cabbage, and green onions.
- Protein of choice: chickpeas, or some tofu are delicious. Sauteed tempeh would also be mega-yum.
- lemon juice or vinegar.
- 3 tsp miso paste of choice (we rotate through mugi miso, a millet miso I picked up, and brown rice miso) OR 1 tbsp shoyu.
- some spice, if you like it hot: chili pepper flakes, a dash of cayenne, some grated fresh ginger
- dash of nori flakes or other seaweed flakes.
- Heat up a dash of toasted sesame oil in a large saucepan.
- Saute your veggies, starting with the green onions (you can add a pinch of salt), and then add the rest one at at time, starting with the thicker or longer cooking veggies first. Leave out the greens to add in later (unless you're using cabbage, if so, throw them in now).
- If using tofu, add it in now and saute for a richer flavour. You can also throw it in later.
- Add in soup stock / water.
- Bring to boil, and let simmer with the lid on until veggies are fairly tender. If you slice your veggies thinly, then probably around 10 - 15 minutes.
- Somewhere along the way, add in a squeeze of lemon, or a dash of brown rice vinegar, and any spices you desire. If using shoyu rather than miso, add the shoyu in now.
- Add in sliced greens, and the ramen noodles, and let simmer for about 4 minutes (as per package instructions).
- If using Miso, after you put the noodles in, stir your miso with a bit of water or some stock, and add to the pot. let simmer on low (not boiling) for about 4 minutes.
- I usually throw in some seaweed flakes near the end, after the noodles are added.
- Enjoy! I like mine with a fresh squeeze of lemon or lime.