It's cold out, the sweaters are out and the leaves are starting to turn into beautiful fall colours. Yup, it's officially comfort food season. Comfort food doesn't have to always be about pastas, lasagnas, and cheesy casseroles (although, don't get me wrong, those are pretty amazing!). Comfort food to me also means warm soups, and healthy miso ramen with chicken is no exception.
Here in Vancouver, ramen is kind of life. The line ups outside many of the ramen places in downtown is pretty crazy. But being a new mom, I just don't have the time to wait outside for half an hour in the cold like I may have in the past. So when my hubby prepared ramen at home, and I mean restaurant-quality ramen, I fell in love with him even more. This stuff is good, real good.
How to Make Vegan Ramen Soup Base
The secret to the perfect ramen is pretty much 90% in the soup base, if not 100%. Almost all ramen shops serve their ramen in a pork broth soup base, or sometimes chicken. This one my hubby has come up with is completely vegan. It is made using miso, onions, tomato, garlic and ginger for ultimate umami results. It's soo good guys! It's thick and cloudy and screams absolute perfection.
How to Make Healthy Miso Ramen
- Make the tomato miso soup base. Heat oil over medium heat, and add onion, tomato, and garlic. Cook until tomatoes are soft and mushy. Add water and ginger and bring to a boil. Stir in miso paste and dissolve. Simmer.
- Make the chicken. Prepare marinade (salt, pepper, sugar, soy sauce, and cayenne pepper) and marinate the chicken for at least 30 minutes. Air fry at 375 F for 12 minutes. You can also pan-fry the chicken.
- Make the noodles. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook ramen noodles for 2-3 minutes.
- Make the soft-boiled eggs. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add eggs and cook for 6 minutes, while continuously stirring the eggs for the first minute. Once done, remove the eggs and immediately place them in an ice water bath for a few minutes. Peel and slice in half.
- Assemble the ramen bowls. Evenly divide the noodles, corn, chicken, scallions, and egg into two bowls. Pour miso broth on top. Garnish with seaweed nori, grated carrots, and sesame seeds.
We top off this miso ramen with a perfectly boiled ramen egg, scallions, seaweed, carrots, sweet corn, and strips of air fryer chicken breast. But do not worry if you don't have an air fryer, although it does yield the best results for this dish, you can also just pan fry the chicken instead. In fact, many of these toppings are customizable. You can easily swap out corn or carrots for a different vegetable of choice.
Trust me guys, this one is a keeper.Print