We make this Ramen Noodle Bowl Bowl recipe time and time again for our families, it’s one everybody loves and we are delighted to be able to share this recipe for a Ramen Noodle Bowl as a taster from, The Plant-Based Family Cookbook. We’ll show you how the recipe is laid out in the book and some bonus process shots.
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Ramen Noodle Bowl
Our children have always loved noodle bowls, and a ramen bowl is their favourite. They are easy to make, it’s easy to change the ingredients to suit the seasons and they are quick and incredibly satisfying.
As the children’s taste buds have developed, we have varied the broth’s depth of flavour by tweaking the ingredients. Some like it spicy and others like the comfort of a light warming broth.
The key ingredient to the ramen broth is miso, a traditional Japanese seasoning made from fermented soybeans. This creates the ultra-savoury “umami” flavour that cuts through with zingy and satisfying warmth. Miso comes in a variety of colours and each one has a slightly different flavour. We like this dish best with mild white miso, but encourage you to try it with other types of miso if you like.
We start the Ramen recipe by making the broth and allowing the flavours to infuse…
Then add lots of fresh vegetables and herbs, fresh mint and coriander work particularly well.
To serve we add the rice noodles and carrots to the bowls, then ladle over the broth, and add all the bright crunchy vegetables. Chilli slices are definitely optional- we do find the teenagers like a bit more of a kick.
Then everyone digs in, either with spoons, chopsticks, forks or small ladles or whatever works and this ramen noodle bowl really is a brilliant dish to get children eating a great variety of vegetables.
A satisfying Ramen Noodle bowl with a delicious depth of flavour and fresh vegetables from The Plant-Based Family Cookbook.
1½ quarts (1½ L) vegetable stock
½ oz (15 g) dried mushrooms (shitake, wild or porcini)
1-inch (2½-cm) piece fresh ginger, thickly sliced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 lemongrass stem, sliced
½ tsp coriander seeds
1 cinnamon stick
3 spring onions, white and green stem separated, divided
3 carrots, sliced into long ribbons with a potato peeler
7 oz (200 g) rice noodles
12 (300 g) brown mushrooms, sliced
2 tbsp (32 g) miso paste
1 tbsp (15 ml) mirin or rice vinegar
2 tbsp (30 ml) soy sauce or tamari
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp (15 ml) grade A maple syrup
Freshly ground black pepper
3 cups (100 g) baby spinach
¼ cup (4 g) fresh cilantro leaves
10 radishes, sliced
¼ cup (23 g) fresh mint leaves
1 lime, cut into wedges
6 ears of baby corn
Fresh red chili slices (optional)
Bring the vegetable stock to a boil in a medium saucepan. Then add the dried mushrooms, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, coriander seeds, cinnamon stick and the white spring onions. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, put the carrots and the rice noodles into a heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave to soften for 10 minutes.
Pour the broth through a strainer and into a second pan and place over medium to high heat. Bring back to a boil, add the mushrooms, then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the miso paste, mirin, soy sauce, lime juice and maple syrup, then add a small pinch of salt and a good grind of black pepper. Drop the spinach into the broth and let it wilt, then use a slotted spoon to lift it out, along with the mushrooms, and divide them among four bowls.
Drain the noodles and carrots and divide them among the bowls. Ladle over the broth. Finish by garnishing with the green spring onions, cilantro, radishes, mint leaves, wedges of lime, baby corn and chili slices, if using.
Keywords: ramen, noodles
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