Soups are an all-year-around affair, and this healthy and nutritious Miso Ramen Tofu Soup has everything it needs to claim to be a completely exquisite meal. It comprises rich broth packed with proteins from vibrant green veggies and tofu.
Ramen noodles add charm and extra delight to this soulful bowl of liquid heaven!
Winters can’t be more fun than having a hot bowl of soup to warm you up instantly! Isn’t it? Creamy, smooth, thick, and flavorful!
So, here comes a steamy hot bowl of goodness — Miso Ramen Tofu soup that takes 30 mins to prepare and is perfect for busy weeknights or weekend lunches.
This delightful soup with a luring savory aroma will soon become a favorite dish of even the pickiest eaters at your home. So rest assured of its winsomeness.
What is Miso Ramen Tofu Soup
This flavorsome soup hails from Japanese cuisine and is famous for being a part of the everyday meal in almost every Japanese household.
It consists of umami-rich ingredients like mushrooms, sesame oil, ginger-garlic, soy sauce, chili oil, miso paste, and a rich broth from green veggies.
The miso paste and soy sauce add an instant flavor to this soup. This soup is smooth in texture and rich in umami flavors.
Umami is a Japanese word that means savory, meaty flavors. It is also considered as the fifth of the basic tastes, sweet, salty, bitter, and sour.
Besides flavors and textures, this soup also consists of Tofu and Ramen noodles, making it a completely satisfying meal.
What is Tofu
Tofu is a kind of cheese prepared from soy milk with a method similar to that of preparing regular cheese. It is gluten-free naturally, low in calories, and high in nutrients.
It is also a great source of proteins and amino acids and contains magnesium, potassium, copper, iron, calcium, and vitamin B1. Tofu comes in many forms: silken, soft, firm, and extra firm.
Tofu typically tastes sweet with a slightly nutty flavor, but it can absorb other flavors wonderfully.
Depending on how skillfully it is introduced to a recipe, it can transform into savory, sweet, crunchy, or soft.
Miso Ramen Tofu Soup Ingredient List
Don’t let the long list of ingredients deter you from trying this recipe. This Tofu Ramen soup may have a lengthy process, but I can guarantee it is well worth it!
Sesame oil — Used in this soup for flavor and health benefits.
Ginger-garlic paste — This adds delectable savory notes to the Miso soup.
Soy Sauce — Flavors the broth wonderfully with its strong umami taste that comes from fermentation.
Miso paste — Added for flavor. I have used white Miso paste, which has a softer aroma and creates a delightful umami taste. You can use dark Miso paste too, but it may change the color of the soup.
Chili Sauce — Used here to bring the delectable hotness that takes the soup to another level. I have used Gochujang sauce since it lends plenty of umami flavors to the broth, thus adding a WOW factor to the preparation.
Vegetable stock — Forms the base of this delicious soup.
Shiitake Mushrooms — These are the Asian mushrooms that give this soup a hearty and meaty texture. Shiitake mushrooms are available in supermarkets as dried or fresh mushrooms. These are known to lend the broth rich, layered flavors.
Milk — Used here to neutralize the intense flavors in the soup.
Bok Choy — This is a cabbage-like vitamin-packed vegetable added to the soup for its flavor and crunch.
Corn Kernels — Added to the dish for their nutritional value and crunch.
Scallions — Bring about an earthy flavor and add structure to the soup.
Tofu — It is first coated in flour and then toasted to achieve a lovely crunch that perfectly compliments the creamy soup.
Noodles — You can use any noodles of your preference. However, I prefer Ramen noodles. Udon noodles, rice noodles, vermicelli, or any thin noodles are perfect for this delicious soup.
Peanut Butter — It gives a rich and creamy texture to the soup when combined. It is used here to thicken the broth and add creaminess and taste to the soup.
Sesame seeds — The black sesame seeds are used as toppings to the soup.
Miso Ramen Tofu soup Tips and Variations
Vegetables — You can add any leafy vegetables of your preference. Delicate vegetables like spinach and other leafy greens take less time to cook, while vegetables like carrots are more complex in texture and take more time to cook. So make sure to adjust cooking time accordingly.
Save time — You can make the crispy tofu and the soup base in advance so that you can assemble everything just before serving. This way, you will be able to save time when serving.
Gluten-free version — You can substitute soy sauce with Tamari and ramen noodles with gluten-free noodles for the gluten-intolerant diet.
Crisp Tofu — Before cooking the Tofu, remember to press excess liquid out of it by wrapping it in a dishtowel and then placing a heavy pan on top. This squeezes the extra liquid, thus making the tofu dry, firm, and ready to use. Also, remember not to use silken or soft Tofu as it will disintegrate when cooked in the soup. Firm Tofu works for this recipe, but extra firm tofu is the best.
Prepping the Bok Choy — Bok Choy is slightly bitter in flavor. To get rid of its bitterness, sauté it in a skillet with a little ginger-garlic paste and oil until the Bok Choy greens are slightly wilted. You can then add it to the Miso Ramen Tofu soup.
Precaution while adding salt — The Miso paste and the Soy sauce are high in salt content, so make sure to add less salt while preparing this recipe.
Precautions when adding Miso paste — Miso is healthy as it contains beneficial probiotics. Boiling may kill the good bacteria in it. Therefore, it is best to warm the miso soup over low heat. Better still, add it at the end of cooking to preserve its health benefits.
Make healthier — You may customize the soup according to your preference by adding more veggies and proteins of your choice. It will add more health and taste to the already delicious soup.
Enjoy right off after cooking — This delicious soup is best served as soon as ready. The noodles will soak up the broth and lose their texture if you keep it longer.
Storing the tofu — If you don’t plan to use the full brick of tofu, you can store the unused tofu in the fridge for about a week by keeping it soaked in water. However, change the water every couple of days to keep it fresh.
Let me know what you think!
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Frequently asked Questions
What is Gochujang?
Gochujang is a bright red, thick Korean chili sauce that is hot, sweet, spicy, and smoky in flavor. It is made with chili peppers, rice, fermented soybeans, and salt.
In Japanese and Korean cuisine, gochujang sauce is used as a flavoring agent for soups, stews, veggies, and salads. However, you may add any chili sauce of your liking.
What is Miso?
Miso paste is a kind of fermented soybean paste packed with nutrients and minerals. It is very spicy and highly salty and should be used in recipes with care.
Can I skip some ingredients?
I am afraid not. The spiciness of the soup is rendered by the Miso paste, a fermented soybean paste, and the peanut butter contributes to the creaminess of this savory soup.
Mushrooms and corn kernels add impressive looks besides a raised nutritional value. Not to forget the hearty Tofu and springy Ramen noodles that add a vital factor to the soup.
So, skipping any of the above ingredients will hamper the soup’s flavor.
Can I store the leftover soup?
Yes, you can store the leftover soup, but with the tofu and noodles not added to it; otherwise, the noodles will absorb the flavors and moisture from the soup and turn the broth tasteless.
If you want to store the soup, keep the broth, tofu, and noodles in separate containers. Assemble: them all when you need to serve.
Can I freeze the soup?
I would not recommend freezing the soup because it will lose its delectability being thawed and reheated. It is best to consume when freshly prepared as it tastes best then.
Is the Miso Ramen Tofu Soup spicy?
This recipe is moderately spicy. However, the spiciness can be altered by adding or reducing the amount of gochujang sauce. You can start with a few teaspoons and increase their quantity as desired.
Calories: 602kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 2697mg | Potassium: 1178mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 9995IU | Vitamin C: 98mg | Calcium: 366mg | Iron: 6mg