Can Vegan Ramen Satisfy A Ramen Lover?


Merle is taking her vegan ramen through the ultimate test… Rie’s taste buds.

Find the Vegan Ramen with Mushroom Chashu
recipe here:

Recipe by: Riss Buie
Producer: Rachel Gaewski
Food Stylist: Karlee Rotoly

Mushroom Chashu
2 king oyster mushrooms, stems at least 1½ inches wide and 3 inches long
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup sake
1 cup water
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
1 ½-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into coins
2 garlic cloves, smashed with the side of a knife
2 2-inch pieces of scallions, white parts only, crushed with the side of a knife
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Kombu Dashi
1 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into coins
2 garlic cloves, smashed with the side of a knife
2 2-inch pieces of scallions, white parts only, smashed with the side of a knife
2 cups water
2 4-inch square pieces of kombu
5 medium dried shiitake mushrooms

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon white miso paste
1–2 teaspoons chili bean sauce/paste, to taste
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
¼ cup water
½ cup unsweetened soy milk, room temperature

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  1. I am open to trying vegan food but the options in india are pretty limited and i went to this vegan cafe where there was this thing called vegan chicken wings so I thought it would be made of beyond meat or something but it was deep fried cauliflower bites and i paid more for it than i would pay for chicken. Stuff like this makes you less interested in trying vegan food. But i think Meryl's recipes are not that difficult to recreate and i could definitely eat tasty vegan food because of her

  2. Please go to Mensho in San Francisco. They have a vegan ramen (2 actually, but they rotate one and the other is on the menu permanently) and I have to say it's probably THE BEST. It's creamy, smokey, meaty, and so flavorful. Absolutely the best. 🙂

  3. In India 80% people (i think) are vegan. In international countries Indians don't have that many options in food. In India you actually CHOOSE if you want to be vegan or not. And India is popular for its spices and 10% (i think) of the spices in the world come for India. In international countries egg is SO important but in India it's not. I can say that because I am allergic to eggs and mostly American food has eggs in it.

  4. I love how Rie is always honest and says exactly what she is thinking instead of sugar coating it.

    Also, who makes the decision to subtitle certain people who are talking English? It's kind of annoying that you pick and choose who you can and can't understand. So you think it will help others by giving certain people subtitles.