Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Slurping is the Trend....Vegan Tahini-Miso Ramen

Ramen is making a huge comeback, and not just for those poor college students.  There have been so many documentaries/movies on Ramen along with great, upscale ramen restaurants popping up.  Why?  I'm not so sure.  But all I know is that all eating etiquette is thrown out the window.  Proper way of eating....slurp slurp!

So there is a difference in ramen noodles.  You want to stay away from the instant ramen.  These ones are deep fried in oil to maintain the long lasting shelf life.  Opt for the ones that are air dried.  They are slightly more expensive and take a whopping 5 minutes to cook!  Just look at the ingredients on the back of the package if you are questioning which ones to buy.

Also, you will be making your own sauce, so don't even think about using any nasty, over the top sodium packages.

Vegan Tahini-Miso Ramen

The great part about ramen is the versatility.  I've seen some crazy recipes out there....Chicago even has a restaurant with a ramen burger, which I believe started in New York.  The ramen is used as a bun.  Yeah, I don't get it either.

My recipes won't be that weird and off putting, I promise!

Ingredients/Directions: (serves 4)

4 ramen nests
4 c water
1/4 c white miso paste
1/4 c tahini
2 tbsp lan chi chili with garlic paste (or sriracha + garlic)
1-2 tbsp tamari
1/2 c sliced mushroom (i used button b/c I had them, but opt for exotic if possible)
1 c spinach
1/4 c red cabbage
1/4 c chopped scallion
2 tbsp fresh grated ginger

Boil 4 cups of water and cook ramen nests for about 5 minutes.  Once cooked, transfer both water and noodles to a bowl and add in miso paste, tahini, tamari and lan chi.  Stir until completely mixed.  *NOTE, if you do not like spice, start off with a small amount of lan chi chili paste and work from there.  You may also have to add in more miso paste or tamari.  I always like to start off with a little of my "seasonings" and build off of the base.  To each their own!

Once you have your base, throw in the remaining ingredients.  The hot water will cook the veggies to perfection!

Now start slurping!

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