Ramen is super trendy right now, and it’s easier to make than you’d think! Here are some delicious, vegan ramen recipes to get you cooking.
Before we get into the tasty ramen recipes, though, we should talk a little bit about ramen noodles and our health. But before that, we should talk about a (very) brief history of ramen noodles, because the health and history are all tied together.
Ramen noodles were a Chinese dish that made their way over to Japan around the turn of the 20th century. Originally, ramen noodles referred to hand-pulled noodles, and they were not an instant noodle. Instant ramen didn’t come onto the scene until 1958, when Nissin Foods introduced Chikin Ramen in Japan. Nissin debuted instant ramen in the U.S. in 1971, calling it Cup Noodles.
Choosing Healthy Ramen Noodles
When we talk about ramen noodles being unhealthy, we’re talking about those processed, salty, instant ramen noodles that hit the scene in the late 1950s. Ramen doesn’t have to be bad for you. You can make your ramen soup with fresh, homemade ramen noodles, for example. You can also find healthier, packaged ramen noodles.
My favorite healthy ramen comes from Lotus Foods. Their noodles are rice-based and cook up quickly. I really like the Forbidden Rice Ramen that they make. The noodles are deep purple, and they turn the broth purple when you boil them. There are plenty of other companies making not-instant ramen, so check the grocery store and see what’s available. If the noodles you’re eyeing are just-add-water, back away slowly.
There is one other option for making your ramen healthier. It’s not traditional, but you can swap in other noodles in place of ramen, in a pinch. Soba, udon, rice noodles and even noodle alternatives are all delicious in ramen recipes, though the result isn’t really authentic.
Got your healthy ramen noodles (or other noodles) at the ready? Let’s cook! Some of the recipes below are more traditional ramen recipes while others buck tradition and play with the textures and flavors. Choose whatever appeals to you!
Vegan Ramen Recipes
Linda’s soup is a nice, basic ramen recipe that’s easy to make. It uses the Lotus Foods rice ramen I mentioned above, which are also gluten free. This recipe comes together in under half an hour, so you can have quick-and-easy ramen without harming your health.
2. Sesame Ramen
This noodle soup recipe uses soba or udon noodles instead of actual ramen noodles. Alisa’s noodles are also less brothy than traditional ramen recipes. Feel free to up the broth, if you prefer a brothier soup.
Melissa’s recipe uses homemade ramen noodles in a flavorful broth. She packs in plenty of mushrooms, and I love the addition of sweet potato in this recipe! You can leave the sweet potato out, if you prefer, but I recommend giving it a whirl as-is.
This salad is anything but traditional! Florian’s recipe is a mash-up of Japanese ramen noodles, Korean kimchi, and Thai green curry. And it’s delicious! When you’re choosing your kimchi, check the ingredients for fish sauce and shrimp paste. There are vegan kimchis out there, you just need to keep an eye out.
5. Ramen Burger
Kristina ditches the bowl all together! Instead, her recipe uses ramen noodles to make the buns for a homemade, chicken-style veggie burger. Then she tops it off with sriracha-wasabi vegan mayo, pickled ginger and avocado. Excuse me, I need to wipe some drool off of my keyboard now.
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