Who doesn’t love Ramen? We all do. Nowadays, after watching Asian shows, K Drama, and Anime, people are quite passionate about Asian food. Which looks absolutely delicious and phenomenal. Ramen is a famous Japanese-Korean dish. Firm to super firm noodles gets tossed in a thick broth with numerous toppings on top. The broth and the toppings bursts with flavor and taste like heaven. There are different variants of ramen, from vegan and vegetarian ramen to nonvegetarian ramen. But as the dish is heavy, it may contain a lot of calories as well.
Well, in this article, I’m associating a few healthy low calorie ramen recipes. I tried keeping it simple because, obviously, it’s impossible to prepare it in the traditional way considering our busy lifestyle. So it’s quick and easy to prepare. Without further delay, let’s kick start with the topic – low calorie ramen.
Easy Low Calorie Ramen Recipe
Let’s take a look at this ramen recipe. This is a very easy recipe, and you can literally do this in a few easy steps and just from scratch.
- sesame oil
- olive oil
- chili oil (optional)
- spring onion
- soy sauce
- Dried ramen aka instant ramen
- chicken stock or vegetable stock
- cherry tomato
You can use any vegetable that’s available. You can also customize the ramen bowl with your choice of protein like pork/chicken/prawn etc. Anything you like. Here I’ll add very less oil, and you can also saute the Vegetables on the air fryer if you want. Just season the vegetables with salt and pepper, and then air fry them for 10 minutes on 400.
Start heating oil in a large stockpot or a large pan. Now, as the oil heats up, add in your vegetables ( the vegetables you want to add). Here I added carrots, onions, and cherry tomatoes. Just saute them for a good 5-6 minutes, and then we’ll move on to the next step.
Next, add minced garlic and ginger. Add a few drops of sesame oil for flavor and stir for 2-3 minutes.
Next, you need to add broth to your ramen. To prepare the broth, simply add water and add a cube of Vegetable stock with some spinach in the water to blanch the spinach. Blanch for 1-2 minutes approx.
If you are planning to add pork or chicken, then you can take the chicken stock ( boiled chicken water) and then add a cube of chicken stock to add flavor.
Now add in the broth and add chili oil or sriracha, and soy sauce, and let it simmer for a few minutes. Add dried ramen or instant ramen and let it boil until it gets firm. If you like super firm noodles, then boil for a few more seconds.
Now the most fun and interesting part is assembling the ramen bowl. Take a ramen bowl or a big bowl. First, add the ramen, and then add the broth. Add a strip of seaweed, blanched spinach, sauteed veggies on top, and some freshly chopped spring onions, and add an egg. Either soft-boiled or a sunny-side-up egg.
There you go! You’ve prepared your very own low-calorie ramen bowl. 2 tablespoons of oil in total is used.
Vegan Low Calorie Ramen Recipe
Even if you are not a vegan, you are going to love this recipe absolutely. This recipe is quite easy to make once you assemble all the ingredients. Honestly, I love this ramen recipe cause it’s packed with nutrients and is good for the tummy as well!! Now you may wonder, is it tasty? Yeah obviously. You can follow this recipe if you want to go for vegan Ramen, but you can also add animal protein if you want.
This is a delicious push for your taste buds.
Let’s now take a look at the ingredients and how to prepare the broth. As broth is the main component of ramen, we need to prepare it with much care. There is a Japanese term that describes a ramen broth with ‘umami flavor’ that gives a meaty and Savory flavor. To bring that umami flavor, we used tamari sauce (or you can also use soy sauce) and white miso paste.
- A tablespoon of any oil you prefer
- 2-3 pieces of ginger finely dice
- 5-6 cloves of garlic
- Ramen (I prefer vegan and gluten-free)
- 3 tablespoons of tamari, or you can also use soy sauce
- 1-2 tablespoons of white miso paste
- 1 medium onion finely chopped
- spring onions
- sesame seeds toasted
- soy milk
- cherry tomato
An alternative way to make the broth
Let’s now take a look at the preparation, starting from preparing the broth. We are using 2 ingredients and make the broth taste rich and Savory as if you have prepared the broth for hours.
Take a pot and add soy milk and add Vegetable stock cube to it. Just make sure to add one for one serving. Boil before it starts to bubble, and then keep it aside. This is the alternative way to make the broth.
Another way to make the broth
If you want to make the broth with a rich umami flavor, then try this method instead. This is simple as well.
Heat a large pot and keep the flame at medium heat.
Add oil and add diced ginger and minced garlic, and saute them for a few seconds. Then add chopped onions and saute until it turns jammy.
Now, after that, add 1 cup of vegetable broth and stir the mixture well with the previous ingredients. Add the rest of the vegetable broth and add a tablespoon of tamari or soy sauce. Then add white miso paste and stir the mixture properly. Let it simmer for a few minutes.
Now boil the ramen and drain out the water and also wash under cold water or let it sit in ice bath for 10 seconds.
Now pat dry the tofu with a paper towel and soak up all the moisture. You can dice the tofu in cube size pieces, or you can also randomly take it down in small pieces. Season the tofu with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic, and ginger powder. Add 1 tablespoon oil and fry the tofu lightly until it turns golden.
Now it is time to serve the ramen and assemble the bowl properly. Take a ramen bowl and add the noodles, and then add the broth. Make sure the noodles float in the broth. Add freshly chopped spring onions and cherry tomatoes. A sheet of Nori or seaweed and some toasted sesame seeds on top. Add our pan-fried tofu on one side and serve while it’s flaming hot. You can also drizzle some chili oil if you are a spicy lover.
Kimchi is considered the healthiest food in the whole world. It comes with its own pack of goodness that keeps you healthy. Also, it tastes good and is one of the most popular food in Korea and the most popular Korean food in the entire world. Let’s now take a look at the recipe for this kimchi ramen. Kimchi is Fermented Cabbage that you can easily prepare in larger batches and store for months. Less than 500 cal.
- Fermented Cabbage or Kimchi
- 1 cup kimchi juice
- 2 cups of chicken stock or vegetable stock
- Korean red pepper or gochugaru
- ¼ teaspoon of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
- spring onion
- toasted sesame seeds
Come let’s take a look at the recipe. This is delicious, easy to make as well as good for your guts.
In a large pot, add Vegetable oil and stir fry the kimchi. Cut the kimchi with scissors beforehand.
In the next step, add kimchi juice, stock of your choice, gochugaru, sugar, sesame oil, and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
Now open your favorite packet of instant noodles but keep that tastemaker aside. Boil the noodles until it gets firm but not too firm, and drain out the water. Run the noodles in cold water and let them sit. You can also boil the noodles in the broth itself.
Now take a bowl and assemble everything. Add the noodles and then add the broth. Top it with some freshly chopped spring onions, and toasted sesame seeds, and add a bit of fresh kimchi as well.
There you go! You made your very own warm kimchi ramen.
Origin of Ramen
Though Ramen is considered a Japanese dish widely, it actually originated in Yokohama, Chinatown. The recipe was then customized later and was adapted into Japanese style and Korean Style as well. The word Ramen means ‘pulled noodles’. Originally the ramen tasted much better if you kneaded the noodles yourself. The ramen noodles that you get in restaurants are hand pulled and is a bit chewy and firm in nature because noodles soak up the broth well and make it a flavorful dish.
Some Facts About Ramen
- There are more than 22 different types of ramen specialty, including the taste and everything in Japan.
- You can encounter the weirdest museum in Japan, and that is the cup noodles museum.
- In Japan, it is considered disrespectful if you talk while eating Ramen.
- You should always start cooking the broth at first as it is time-consuming if you prepare it traditionally. It can even take upto 8 hours also.
- The idea of instant noodles was first introduced by Momofuku Andu. The first chicken ramen was introduced in 1958.
- You should slurp the noodles to show respect and to signify that you like the meal. Well, this is considered bad table manners in other places, but in Japan, it’s the opposite.
Now it’s time to wrap up this article – low calorie ramen. I tried including recipes that are easy and efficient. Follow the steps properly to make the ramen properly, and you can add the toppings accordingly. You can also add the protein of your choice. There are various ways of making it, and there are different flavors of ramen as well. Don’t forget to pen down your queries down below.
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