Vegetarian Ramen

Vegetarian Ramen
Staff Writer
Vegetarian Ramen

Uni Restaurant

Vegetarian Ramen

Here's a really delicious take on ramen of the vegetarian variety! This is served as part of a special menu late nights Thursday through Saturday at Uni Restaurant in Boston, and is part of a "Japanese izakaya" menu that also features pork buns and fried chicken.

Click here to see 4 Twists on Ramen.

Ingredients

For the onion purée

  • 1  Tablespoon  unsalted butter
  • onions, chopped

For the noodles

  • onions, halved
  • 1  Cup  sake
  • 1 1/2  gallons water
  • cloves garlic
  • One 4-inch piece ginger
  • carrots, chopped
  • apples, chopped
  • bunches scallions, chopped
  • leek, quartered
  • celery, chopped
  • One 10-inch piece kombu
  • Two 8-ounce bags dried shiitake mushrooms
  • star anise
  • 1  Cup  Parmesan rinds
  • 1  Cup  chopped fresh mushrooms
  • Twelve 3-ounce packages ramen noodles
  • Soy sauce, to taste
  • Miso, to taste

Directions

For the onion purée

Melt the butter over low heat in a large sauté pan. Add the onions and cook so that the onions soften but do not brown at all. Once softened, about 20 minutes, transfer to a blender and purée until smooth.

For the noodles

Burn the onion halves in a stockpot. Deglaze with the sake. Add the remaining ingredients except for the noodles, soy sauce, and miso and bring to a boil. Remove the kombu. Simmer for 1-2 hours over low heat.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and boil the noodles according to the package directions. Drain. Strain the stock and add soy sauce, miso, and onion purée, to taste, followed by the noodles. Top with vegetables of your choice.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
2g
3%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
9mg
3%
Carbohydrate, by difference
4g
3%
Protein
4g
9%
Calcium, Ca
10mg
1%
Choline, total
14mg
3%
Folate, total
1µg
0%
Magnesium, Mg
7mg
2%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
54mg
8%
Selenium, Se
6µg
11%
Sodium, Na
108mg
7%
Water
39g
1%

Vegetarian Shopping Tip

Look for vegetables that are firm and bright in color – avoid those that are wilted or have wrinkled skins, which are signs of age.

Vegetarian Cooking Tip

Different vegetables have different cooking times – cook each type separately and then combine.