I’ve been dying to get some of my recipes up on my blog, but I have this thing where I wing everything in the kitchen. If something turns out, I tell myself I should write it down, but I often forget. But not this time. I enjoyed my ramen experience when I was visiting NYC so much that I decided to make my own version and see what happens. My mom is a vegetarian so I decided to work with organic tofu and it turned out excellent!!!
NYC RAMEN WITH TOFU
4 Cups of Vegetable Broth
2 Cups of Water
1 TBS of Fresh Garlic
1 TBS of Fresh Ginger
4 TBS of Soy Sauce (Bragg)
1 TBS of Chili Garlic Sauce (Huy Fong)
2 TBS of Peanut Oil
1 Package of Organic Tofu
1/2 of a White Onion
8 oz Package of Baby Bella Mushrooms
1 Cup of Shredded Carrots
1 Small Can of Water Chestnuts
A Punch of Fennel Seeds
1/2 TSP of Chinese 5-Spice
2 Packages (6-7 oz) of Japanse Miso Ramen Noodles (Sapporo Ichiband)
1 to 2 Cups of Chopped Spinach
1. In a medium saucepan, combine vegetable broth, water, garlic, ginger, and 3 tablespoons of soy sauce. Bring to a boil. Simmer for at least 10 minutes.
2. In a small bowl, mix 1tablespoon chili garlic sauce and 1 tablespoon of soy sauce.
3. Cut tofu into small squares. Heat a tablespoon of peanut oil in a large frying pan. Add the tofu, and sauté gently until the tofu browns. About 10-15 minutes. When finished, add the tofu to the garlic sauce and soy sauce mixture and toss. Set aside.
4. In the same frying pan, heat another tablespoon of peanut oil. Add the onions and sauté for about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, sauté for a minute or two. Add the carrots and water chestnuts. Add a pinch of fennel seeds and chinese-5 spice. Sauté for a few minutes, then remove from heat.
5. Add the noodles to the broth. Stir for 3-4 minutes or as directed by the package until the noodles are tender. Add spinach. Once the spinach wilts, transfer the soup to two bowls. Evenly add the vegetable mixture between both bowls. Add a ½ teaspoon or so of chili sauce for an extra kick. Serve with a cold Sapporo.
Below is the original inspiration for my dish. Of course it tasted way different, but ideas have to start somewhere, right!?
Hope you enjoy it! Don’t forget to pick up a 6 pack of Sapporo and add more chili sauce at the end for an extra kick.