Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Vegetarian Ramen Noodle Soup

I grew up eating a lot of ramen and udon noodle soups at neighborhood Japanese restaurants in the area of Los Angeles County where I was raised. Shoyu ramen soup, curry ramen soup, and miso ramen soup. It was all good.

While at the Asian supermarket on Saturday, I picked up a bag of chuka soba noodles, which are wheat noodles used to make ramen noodle soups and yaki soba (a Japanese version of chow mein). I thought I would use the chuka soba noodles to make ramen noodle soup.

As a mentioned yesterday, most of the recipes for vegetarian ramen noodle soup I found online called for using vegetable broth and soy sauce. Plus ginger and garlic, among other things.

I thought the vegetarian ramen noodle soup I made last night tasted very good - close to the shoyu (soy sauce) ramen noodle soup I had growing up. I would encourage you to try to find a package of chuka soba noodles at either an Asian market or online. Otherwise, you can use the noodles from packaged ramen and toss the MSG-laden seasoning packet in the trash.

Vegetarian Ramen Noodle Soup
Serves approximately 2

1 onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons canola oil
7 cups vegetable broth
3 tablespoons soy sauce
4 ounces chuka soba noodles (half of an 8 ounce package)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Chinese chili oil or sesame chili oil
1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger root

Salt, to taste
Green onions, thinly sliced, for garnishing

Heat the canola oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and ginger and cook until the onions become soft, about 3-5 minutes. Add the vegetable broth and raise the heat to high.

When the vegetable broth comes to a roiling boil, add the soy sauce and the sesame chili oil or the Chinese chili oil. Add salt, to taste. Finally, add the chuka soba noodles and continue cooking until the noodles become soft, about 5 minutes. Serve in bowls and garnish with the green onions.


Anonymous said...

Hi! I was thinking about making some vegan ramen noodles from scratch, and I found your post :) Your ramen looks very nice!

DAVID said...

Thank you. I honestly was a bit surprised that it turned out as well as it did. My partner especially loved it.

Unknown said...

This looks great, I am definately going to try it!

Anonymous said...

Is there another oil I can substitute the canola oil with?