If you are an extremely busy person who desperately wants to eat healthy homemade dinners, but you don't really have more than 10-20 minutes to do so, then this almost instant vegan ramen recipe is for you!
The photo of this meal can be quite deceiving. At first glance it appears that this recipe would take hours in the kitchen to prepare. When in reality, it's the easiest recipe I know, and one of my favourites because of its simplicity, tastiness, & healthiness!
This Vegan Ramen Recipe Is Easy Once You Have Sourced All of Your Ingredients
Okay I agree, the ingredients list looks quite daunting, but most of the items on the list are easily bought from the supermarket and can be stored in your pantry or fridge, making this recipe available to you at any given moment.
Let's break down the ingredients that you will need to stock your pantry / fridge with.
Noodles or Pasta
Choose your noodles or pasta of choice. In this photo I have used a gluten free buckwheat noodle because these are my favourite type of pasta / noodle. However, to make this a truly instant recipe, I recommend you use instant noodles. The type you leave in boiling water for 2 minutes and then they are ready.
Aduki beans can be bought in cans and be readily used for this recipe. If you don't have aduki beans, silken tofu is a great alternative for this recipe. I often use silken tofu instead of beans, or sometimes I like to use both.
Miso Paste & Spicy Bean Paste
Miso paste can bought from your local supermarket and kept in your refrigerator. I like to use white miso paste for this recipe, but you can use whatever miso paste you like or what is available to you.
Spicy bean paste is an optional addition to this recipe, but honestly a must for me! If you don't like spice, then you can skip this one. Spicy bean paste (Gochujang) is popular in Korean cooking and again, can most likely be found at a large supermarket.
Dried Wakame is just dried seaweed and popular in Japanese and Korean cooking. You can buy this packaged and keep it in your pantry. When you add the dried Wakame to your broth, it will absorb the liquid and become chewy and seaweed texture like.
Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish that is basically a spicy fermented cabbage. You can buy kimchi ready made from the supermarket and keep it in your fridge when you want to use it. Don't skip the kimchi from this recipe. It honestly makes it!!
What store bought ingredients do I use?
If you want to know exactly what brands / products I use for this recipe, watch my video where I make this recipe and show you exactly what I use.
The fresh ingredients that you will need for this vegan ramen recipe includes; purple cabbage, fresh coriander leaves, optional fresh grated ginger, & optional yellow onion
Why do I recommend you use pickled purple cabbage?
I prefer to use pickled purple cabbage in this recipe because it compliments the fermented cabbage, and has that perfect sweet & sour flavour combination that goes perfectly with this dish!
The second reason I like to use it, is because I can make a batch of pickled red cabbage to keep in my fridge for 1-2 weeks. This makes this vegan ramen recipe available to any time, even if I don't have any fresh ingredients at all! (excluding the fresh coriander of course). I also use the pickled red cabbage in my lunches and salads as well. it's a win win.
Like this recipe but want something simpler or with no spice? Why not try my 3 ingredient Miso Soup Recipe
Almost Instant Vegan Ramen Recipe
- 60 grams noodle or pasta of choice use instant noodles if you are time poor
- ½ cup aduki beans use canned aduki beans and rinse well
- 1 tablespoon white miso paste store bought, refer to blog notes
- 1-2 teaspoon spicy bean paste store bought, refer to blog notes
- 1 small handful shredded purple cabbage I like to use pickled purple cabbage, refer to blog notes for details
- 1 small handful cabbage kimchi I use store bought
- ¼ spring onion, diced
- ¼ cup fresh coriander leaves
- 1-2 tablespoon dried Wakame
- Cook pasta or noodles as per packet instructions. Use instant noodles to make this a super fast recipe and "almost instant"
- Pour 1 cup of boiling water into a serving bowl. Add miso paste & spicy bean paste and whisk until completely dissolved
- Add all ingredients to the bowl; cooked pasta / noodle, kimchi, cabbage, aduki beans, Wakame, and top with spring onion and coriander leaves