Curry Ramen

In the spring, we love warming dishes which are still on the lighter side. This Asian ramen curry, fully vegan and flavoured with chilli and pickled ginger, is just the ticket.
Serves 4
Total Time
20 Minutes
1.2l dashi or seasoned vegetable broth
200g Japanese Curry Roux
3-4 tbsp of soy sauce (to taste)
Hot chilli sauce, to taste
100g of fresh spinach
1⁄2 hispi (pointed) cabbage, cut into strips about 1cm wide
150g of bean sprouts
4 portions of uncooked ramen noodles
4 spring onions, finely sliced
A few big pinches of sesame seeds
60g of red pickled ginger
A few spoonfuls of chilli oil or sesame oil (to taste)
Step 1

Bring the dashi or broth to the boil and whisk in the curry roux, soy sauce and chilli sauce. Let the mixture boil for a few minutes until it thickens up, then reduce to a low simmer, drop in the spinach, and place a lid on the pan.

Step 2

Bring a large pot of water to the boil and blanch the cabbage and bean sprouts for 1–2 minutes, then remove with a slotted spoon or a sieve and reserve.

Step 3

Let the water come back up to a rolling boil, then cook the ramen until al dente, according to the packet instructions. Drain well.

Step 4

Divide the ramen among 4 deep bowls and ladle over the soup and spinach. Use chopsticks to gently stir the noodles through the soup, then top with the cabbage and bean sprouts, spring onions, sesame seeds, pickled ginger and chilli or sesame oil.

Extracts from Vegan JapanEasy by Tim Anderson, (Hardie Grant Books,  £22) Photography Nassima Rothacker

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