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Winter Special Soup – Spicy Miso Ramen (Vegan)

Winter Special Soup – Spicy Miso Ramen (Vegan)

Presenting one more delicious and flavourful Winter special soup recipe – Spicy Miso Vegan Ramen. It is a simple soup recipe, not very elaborate, and takes very less time to prepare & cook. And the taste is just amazing. It is an invigorating soup and quite filling too. In fact, even after having a big bowl, you will still feel light. These qualities make it just perfect for dinner.

There is some magic in Asian Recipes I guess. They all taste extremely delicious – light, and full of flavors and the aroma is to die for. If you enjoy this, then you must try our other soup recipes too.

Story Time

When I started making Ramen at home, I kept it very simple. By that I mean, cook onion, garlic, and some veggies, pour the broth, boil noodles, and then plate with some soy sauce, vinegar, and maybe some other toppings. I did not know that I could experiment with it so much. Just by adding different kinds of flavors to your broth, you get a new kind of ramen at home. & it looks fancy.

Only when we started eating ramen in restaurants, we came to know about different flavors and varieties. We went to a restaurant and they had 10 different kinds of broth. For example, miso broth, bean chili broth, peanut and garlic broth, etc. Jatin and I ordered different kinds of ramen and they both tasted delicious and absolutely different from each other. More or less, the ingredients were the same but just the broth was different. Then Jatin told me that I should also do such experiments. That one beautiful evening opened the creative side of my brain and I created peanut ramen and now this miso ramen. I was skeptical about peanut flavor but to our surprise, it was one delicious bowl of soup. Loved it!

The moral of the story – do not hesitate in experimenting in the kitchen. Just like we say, a good recipe is the result of some fearless kitchen experiments.

What is Ramen?

Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup recipe. But you will find different kinds of Ramen in other Asian countries too. Every region has its own way of making it. They add their own special ingredients and create new flavors. However, ramen mostly consists of the following:

  1. The flavorful and aromatic broth
  2. Cooked veggies like mushrooms, bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, etc. But you can also add meat if you are a non-vegetarian.
  3. Seasonings and flavors like soy sauce, chili oil, miso, peanut butter, etc.
  4. Toppings like sesame seeds, peanuts, bean sprouts, nori, seaweeds, scallions, etc.
  5. Boiled Noodles

What is Miso Paste?

Miso paste is a Japanese paste-like seasoning ingredient that is made by the fermentation of soybeans. It is a staple ingredient in many traditional and modern Asian recipes. It is used to make soup, flavored broth, noodles, pickles, fish, etc. Miso paste adds a nice umami flavor to the recipes that make you crave it more and more.

Depending on the ingredients, process, and duration of fermentation, we see many different kinds of miso paste in the stores. The most common ones are – dark or red miso and light or white miso. The darker the color, the stronger the taste. Both taste different and unique.

Miso Paste
Source: Food52

How to prepare vegetable broth?

Making broth is very simple and easy, It just needs time to infuse all the flavors in the water. It is cooked at a simmer for a long time, around 2 hours so that veggies can slowly release their flavors. In fact, the longer you cook, the better the flavor. You can even let it cook for 5 to 6 hours. But do not boil the vegetables. Because it is supposed to be cooked on low flame. I mostly cook it in my Instant Pot and it takes around 1 hour to prepare a delicious, flavorful, and aromatic broth.

Basically, you can use any vegetable or vegetable discards (like peels or old veggies) and add them to a large saucepan. Cover the veggies with water. The veggies should be soaked in. You will need around 3 to 4 liters of water for that. So, a 5-liter saucepan would be fine. You can add some spices too like cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper but that is optional. It depends on what recipes you are going to prepare with the broth. For example, If you are preparing risotto, then you would need a simple, neutral flavor broth. No flavor should be dominating.

After that, cover it and let it cook on low flame for around 1.5 to 2 hours (or longer). You can remove the foamy layer but you don’t need to. Once done, strain and store. Isn’t it simple to prepare? Check out the broth recipe for more details.

vegetable broth

Easy Swaps

  1. Vegetable Broth: For a quick and easy solution, use a bouillon cube. But the homemade broth is more natural, and chemical free. If you are in a hurry, you can even use water.
  2. Toppings: Use any topping of choice like barbequed tofu, peanuts, carrots, spinach, edamame, nori, etc.
  3. Sambal Oelek: Use any chili sauce or paste. Avoid it if you don’t like it spicy.
  4. Maple Syrup: Use sugar, jaggery, or honey instead.

Is this recipe vegan?

Yes. All the ingredients used in this recipe are plant-based and vegan. You can try this recipe if you are a vegan or vegetarian.

More recipes – just as good

  1. Black Bean Noodle Soup
  2. Chili Ramen Bowl
  3. Chilli Peanut Ramen
  4. Tom Kha Gai Soup

P.S. All the soup recipes mentioned above are vegan and plant-based.

Now grab all the ingredients because you are ready to make this delicious, aromatic, and flavorful miso ramen soup at home. It is perfect to make in this cold weather. You will feel warm and comforted. It is perfect to enjoy over the weekend brunch or for dinner too. It looks fancy and restaurant-like and it takes very less time to prepare. So, make it, slurp it, and have a delightful meal.

If you try this recipe & like it too, please share the photo of your creation on Instagram and tag us @thefearlesscooking. We just love to see your recreation of our recipes.

Happy Cooking 🙂

Love

Richa

Winter Special Soup – Spicy Miso Ramen (Vegan)

Aromatic. Flavourful. Vegan.

Extremely quick and easy but also fancy and restaurant-like Miso Ramen. It is invigorating and such a satisfying Asian dish. You will crave it more and more. 

Make. Slurp. Enjoy.

2

Servings

10 min

Prep Time

25 min

Cook Time

35 min

Total Time


Ingredients

Soup

Noodles

Roasted Tofu

Plating (Per Plate)

Steps

Soup Broth
  1. Add vegetable broth and seaweed to a saucepan
  2. Put a sieve or mesh strainer over it and add miso paste and sambal oelek to it. Strain them into the broth using a spoon.
  3. Adding them directly to the broth makes lumps and it may be difficult to mix well.
  4. Add salt to taste and let it boil. 
  5. Do not add too much salt because soy sauce in the topping also contains salt.
  6. Once it starts to boil, lower the flame and let it cook for another 7 to 10 minutes.
Roasted Tofu
  1. Heat some oil in a pan. Then add stir-fry sauce and maple syrup to it. Mix.
  2. Place the sliced tofu in the pan and brush the sauce all over. Let them cook from one side until golden brown. Then flip and roast from the other side too.
Noodles
  1. In a saucepan, boil water with some salt.
  2. Once the water starts to boil, add noodles and cook as per the packet instructions or until soft and well-cooked (not mushy).
  3. Strain once it is done and keep it aside.
Plating
  1. In a deep large bowl, add maple syrup, dark soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil. 
  2. Then place noodles and pour the hot and steamy broth. 
  3. Add the rest of the topping ingredients and garnish. Serve hot and enjoy this luxurious meal at home. 

FAQs

What is Miso Paste?
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Miso paste is a Japanese paste-like seasoning ingredient that is made by the fermentation of soybeans. It is a staple ingredient in many traditional and modern Asian recipes. It is used to make soup, flavored broth, noodles, pickles, fish, etc. Miso paste adds a nice umami flavor to the recipes that make you crave it more and more. Depending on the ingredients, process, and duration of fermentation, we see many different kinds of miso paste in the stores. The most common ones are – dark or red miso and light or white miso. The darker the color, the stronger the taste. Both taste different and unique.

What is Ramen?
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Ramen is a Japanese noodle soup recipe. But you will find different kinds of Ramen in other Asian countries too. Every region has its own way of making it. They add their own special ingredients and create new flavors. However, ramen mostly consists of the following:
  1. The flavorful and aromatic broth
  2. Cooked veggies like mushrooms, bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, etc. But you can also add meat if you are a non-vegetarian.
  3. Seasonings and flavors like soy sauce, chili oil, miso, peanut butter, etc.
  4. Toppings like sesame seeds, peanuts, bean sprouts, nori, seaweeds, scallions, etc.
  5. Boiled Noodles

What does miso taste like?
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Miso is a thick paste that is made by fermenting soybeans with salt and other ingredients. It has a very strong salty flavor which doesn’t taste good if you lick it. But it adds a tonne of umami flavor to the recipes.


Is Miso paste healthy?
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There is a lot of discussion around this topic. It is considered unhealthy because of the salt content in it. It increases blood pressure and has cancerous properties too. But the soybeans in it reverse these negative effects and proved to be healthy for the human body. It helps in lowering blood pressure and negates the cancerous property. You can check out facts and research around it here – www.nutritionfacts.org


What do I use miso paste for?
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Miso Paste is a staple ingredient in Asian recipes. It is used to make the following:

  1. Noodles
  2. Soup
  3. Broth
  4. Pickles
  5. Salad
  6. Fish
  7. Stir-Fry Veggies

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