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How to make Vegan Shoyu Ramen

By SANGITA AGRAWAL
September 03, 2020 12:40 IST
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Food blogger Sangita Agrawal shares a popular recipe.

There are many variations to the popular Japanese noodle dish, ramen.

For all the soy sauce lovers out there, shoyu ramen is the way to go.

Shoyu ramen traditionally consists of a soy-based soup broth.

Although the soup broth usually derives its complex flavours by simmering meat for long durations, I wanted to create a vegan flavor combination that would maintain the flavour complexity that a ramen broth requires.

Thus, I came up with this Vegan Shoyu Ramen recipe that has an extremely rich and flavorful broth.

Vegan Shoyu Ramen

Vegan Shoyu Ramen

Yield: 2 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 10-12 cloves garlic
  • 6 slices of ginger
  • 1 cup chopped spring onions
  • 6 cups water/vegetable broth
  • 6 dried shiitake mushrooms (or any available mushroom)
  • 1 leek stem
  • 1 piece dried Kombu (seaweed)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tsps vinegar
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp mirin (rice wine)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Toppings

  • 4 tofu slices
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushroom
  • 1 cup chopped spring onions
  • Chilli oil (Optional)
  • Ramen noodles to serve

Method

  • In a large pot, add sesame oil, ginger, garlic and spring onions and saute it over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
  • Combine the vegetable broth, mushrooms, leek, kombu and soy sauce and bring it to a boil.
  • Once the broth has reached boiling point, reduce the heat, cover the pot and simmer it for at least 30 minutes although I recommend a 3 hour simmer.
  • In the meantime, boil the noodles according to the packet instructions in a separate pot and set aside. Make sure you keep the noodles al dente.
  • Prepare toppings of your choice. To use the same toppings as this recipe, pan-fry the tofu pieces till golden brown, sprinkle salt and pepper and set aside.
  • Finely chop up some spring onion green and keep it in a separate bowl.
  • Once your broth has simmered, strain the broth into a fresh bowl.
  • Add vinegar, sugar, mirin, and additional splash of soy sauce, salt and pepper into this bowl and complete the flavouring.
  • Instead of discarding the rehydrated shiitake mushrooms from the broth, slice up these mushrooms and use it as a topping for the ramen bowl.
  • Now for the fun part, divide the noodles and broth between two bowls.
  • Top it with mushrooms, tofu, spring onions and chilli oil. Your ramen bowl is ready!


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