Miso ramen instant noodle flavors are growing in popularity as more miso soup is consumed in sushi bars and Japanese restaurants in the USA. Traditionally served during a meal, miso soup goes back generations. Add in the popularity of ramen and you have Miso Ramen! The umami flavors of miso and the texture and taste of fresh ramen noodles make this a unique culinary experience. Read on or jump to the break to get to the Top 5 Favs!
Miso soup origins
Many people in Japan consume miso soup at least once a day. The origins of this popular dish can be traced back to ancient times. It became a ‘daily meal’ for the samurais during the Kamakura period (1185–1333), and, during the age of Japanese civil wars. The recipe for its ‘instant paste’ was developed for military commanders to eat — which made miso soup an easily-preparable and accessible meal.
Miso soup is derived from miso paste as well as a traditional Japanese fish stock called Dashi. Dashi (recipe here) stock (the base for the soup) is made from dried sardines, dried kelp (a type of seaweed), and shavings of dried smoked bonito or dried shiitake mushrooms.
Miso Ramen Instant Noodle Beginnings
Miso (味噌) ramen is kind of a newcomer, having reached national prominence around 1965. This uniquely Japanese ramen, which was developed in Sapporo Hokkaido. Miso ramen broth tends to have a robust, tangy flavor, so it stands up to a variety of flavorful toppings: spicy bean paste or tōbanjan (豆瓣醤), butter and corn, leeks, onions, bean sprouts, ground pork, cabbage, sesame seeds, white pepper, and chopped garlic are common.
Best Miso Ramen Recipes
1. Crispy Mushroom Miso Ramen
Baking the mushrooms in the oven before serving gives this bowl a whole new level of Umami and texture. Simple to make and the crunch of the mushrooms is unexpected..but good!
2. Spicy Thai Miso Ramen
Spicy. There we said it.. do we need to go much further? Sure we do! Use some fresh chili and seasonal veggies to give this bowl layers of flavor. Use firm tofu, some sesame on top, and green onions to make this savory and hot!
3. Spicy Tomato Miso Ramen
OK.. we’ll admit it.. we have a thing for spicy ramen. But can you blame us? Fresh crushed tomato elevates the umami profile in this recipe – it’s vegetarian and healthy.
4. Quick Sapporo Miso Ramen
Sapporo style is the classic style of ramen and miso ramen gets its start in the Sapporo Hokkaido region of Japan. What a great way to pay homage to the original.
5. Butternut Squash Miso Ramen
Seriously, you can’t get much healthier than this. Roast the butternut squash in the oven using miso flavor- amazing! The squash is part of the broth and makes the whole bowl savory and silky smooth.
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