If there’s one thing I know about food, it’s soups and broths. As a person who is always cold, I make soup all year round. This Miso Ramen is especially flavor packed, warming and every reason you ever needed to stay in and avoid the cold. It’s also nice to have a vegan version on hand that doesn’t include a meat-based broth. This is a pretty basic recipe with a few fun elements thrown in, but there are a lot of other Japanese ingredients used in ramen I’m sure you could learn and use to play with the flavors. Feel free to play with the toppings as well!
A few notes:
- The specific brand of some of the Japanese ingredients that we use are listed in the notes at the bottom of the recipe for your reference.
- You have the option of only using white miso paste in this recipe, but increase the amount to a cup and note that it won’t have quite as deep of flavors as adding the red miso paste to it. Red miso is our favorite for not only ramen but other Asian dishes as well.
- We think of the ‘tare’ that you will put together below, as being similar to a curry paste. It is a thick paste made mostly of the miso that is added to the ramen broth to really increase the flavor profiles.
Ingredients that may be new to you:
- Kombu – brings the beautiful umami flavor to this broth and is typically used to make ‘dashi’, a Japanese stock used as a soup base. We cheated a bit and put the kombu right into the broth for a few minutes instead of making the dashi to save time. You can find komnu in most grocery stores, but it is much less expensive at the Asian markets.
- Miso Paste – There are so many uses for miso paste (like glazes and on toast)! We use red, yellow and white on a regular basis. You can find miso paste in most local grocery stores.
- Mirin – You can find this at most local grocery stores.
- Japanese Ramen Noodles – you could definitely use the curly dried ramen noodles you are used to seeing in packaged ramen soups. However, finding Japanese ramen noodles is so worth it if you can! The flavor and chewiness of the straight Japanese noodles are is so worth it. You will probably find these at an Asian market.
If you make this recipe, be sure to tag us on Instagram at The Urban Veg. We can’t wait to hear how it goes!