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  • 1 large onion-diced
  • 2 smashed garlic cloves
  • 1–2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups veggie stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup dried Shiitake Mushrooms, broken into small pieces (see notes )
  • 1 sheet Kombu seaweed (available at Asian markets) –optional, but good!
  • 1/8 cup mirin ( Japanese cooking wine)
  • 1–2 tablespoons white miso paste
  • pepper to taste
  • for spicy, add sriracha to taste, or hot chili oil



  • 6– 8 ounces Ramen Noodles
  • 8 ounces Cubed Crispy Tofu
  • Optional veggies: Steamed or sauteed bok choy, fresh spinach, shredded carrots or cabbage, roasted winter squash, roasted cauliflower, roasted carrots, roasted sweet potato, sauteed mushrooms, smoked mushrooms, baby corn, Bamboo shoots, Enoki mushrooms, Kimchi, daikon radish, pickled radish, fresh herbs.
  • Garnishes: scallions, Furikake or toasted sesame seeds, sriracha and sesame oil
  • Instructions

    1. If adding roasted veggies, do this first. Toss bite-sized pieces, with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and place on a parchment-lined sheet pan and roast in a 400F oven until fork tender.
    2. Make the BROTH: Over medium-high heat, saute the onion in 1 tablespoon oil until tender about 3 minutes. Turn heat to medium, add the smashed garlic cloves and continue cooking the onions until they are deeply golden brown. Add the veggie stock, water, dried shiitakes, a sheet of kombu (rinsed) and mirin. Bring to a Simmer.
    3. Simmer for 25-30 minutes uncovered on med heat, then remove the Kombu. Add the miso, and pepper to taste. Adjust salt to your liking (feel free to add salt, soy or more miso). Keep warm. FYI: If this reduces too much it may become salty.... simply add a little water to taste.
    4. While the broth is simmering, cook the ramen noodles in a pot of boiling water, according to directions. Drain. Toss with sesame oil to keep separated.
    5. Prep other veggies and other toppings. Feel free to steam bok choy or fresh spinach, or saute them until just tender. If using mushrooms, saute in a little oil until tender (or smoke! see post) seasoning with salt and pepper. Use a combo of fresh and cooked veggies for the best texture. 🙂 Make the crispy tofu!


    1. Fill bowls with cooked noodles, crispy tofu and any other veggies you want. Pour the flavorful Shiitake broth over top. Garnish with a little drizzle of sesame oil and sriracha.
    2. Top with scallions and sesame seeds. 
    3. Serve immediately.
  • Credit:

    Sylvia Fountaine

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