I just made this, and it ruled. It was my first time making ramen, and I couldn’t find a recipe I liked so I had to make it up on the fly. It’s not really a legit ramen, I don’t think, because of the vegan-ness and I was just using what I had in my cupboards, but DAMN is this shit good!
Feeds 5 hungry people, or 4 very hungry people. If there are two of you there will be leftovers, which you should keep separately (don’t put the noodles or toppings in with the broth to store it).
Edit: I just made this again and this shit was STILL good, even though I changed the toppings up and used chanterelles instead of squash and kombu instead of arame. As long as you have the stuff for the basic broth, you’re golden!
10 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbs (or less if you can’t stand the heat) chilis in oil. I use Thai and True because they are local and awesome.
3 Tbs high heat oil. Use sesame oil if you have it, or toasted sesame oil. Yum.
1-2 Tbs shichimi togarashi
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tsp honey
2 veggie bouillon cubes
1 1/2 yellow onions, diced small
LOADS of dried ginger. Like, maybe 3 Tbs? Maybe 4? Or use a pile of fresh if you have it, or even brined will work.
1 delicata squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into small cubes
4 cups(?) water. The question mark is there because I really don’t know how much water I use. It changes every time. Put water in until it’s the amount of broth you want. Just make sure to taste frequently so you don’t dilute your flavor too much.
2 Tbs tamari
2 Tbs red miso paste
2 packages noodles. Use fresh ramen noodles, or packaged thick or thin rice noodles. Whatever you like.
1/4 package dried arame that has been rinsed, soaked, and rinsed again
3 sheets of kombu, rinsed and dried gently and cut into strips
1 can bamboo shoots (the kind cut into ribbons), drained
1 bunch green onions, cut into whatever size pleases you
A handful of diced, fresh mushrooms
Diced tofu, fried or not depending on the texture you’re going for
Fresh bean sprouts
Diced red pepper
A note before we get started: the process will go way faster if you have an immersion blender. Get that out if you have one. Otherwise you can use a regular blender, it’s just more messing around because you have to pour hot things into it more than once, and it’s annoying.
Step 1: Make a crazy garlic puree!
Saute the 10 cloves of minced garlic in 1 Tbs of the sesame oil for a couple of minutes, making sure to keep moving it around so it doesn’t get hard and brown. Add the 1 Tbs-ish of chilis in oil toward the end, saute for another minute, then add the 1/2 tsp of salt and 1 Tbs of honey. Set aside to cool a bit.
(Now is a good time to rinse your arame and set it to soaking, if you’re using arame.)
Pour your garlic sautee into your immersion blender container and puree it with a second Tbs of oil and about 1/4 cup of water.
In the same pan you used to saute the garlic, pour another 1/4 cup of water and use this to dissolve the 2 bouillon cubes. Add it to the puree once it’s dissolved and blend some more.
Put the puree back in the pan and heat till bubbling gently. Sprinkle some of that delicious shichimi togarashi in there. However much you want. It’s delicious, so you probably want lots. (Are you crazy? Don’t trust me; taste that stuff first before you put it in, otherwise it might feel like regret later!) Stir it around while it bubbles for a minute or so, then set aside.
Step 2: Now make the bulk of the broth
In a big pot, saute the yellow onion in that last Tbs of oil for maybe 5 minutes, and then add all that crazy ginger and the cubed squash. Saute maybe 5 mins more, until the onions are nice and soft, and then add the tamari and enough water to deglaze.
Now add the rest of the water and let it all cook until the squash is nice and soft. When the squash is almost there, add the garlic puree and the red miso paste. If the miso paste is kind of hard, like mine was, make sure you break it up into small pieces or it will never melt. Stir well and let simmer til the squash it totally soft and the miso is melted.
Step 3: Make your noodles
Follow the directions on the package. Once they are done just rinse them in cold water so they don’t keep cooking, and set aside til you’ve figured out your broth situation.
Step 4: Decision time
If you want a thin broth, you’re going to strain what you’ve made into a bowl or other large container, and use that to serve. If, like me, you want all the nutrition, stick your immersion blender right into the pot and go to town until you have a nice, thick broth. Your choice.
Step 5: Time to eat!
Put noodles in bowl. Pour hot broth over noodles. Top with whatever you decided to use as toppings. Sprinkle with more shichimi togarashi. Eat!