Shoyu ramen with spinach and eggs

This vegetarian shoyu ramen is easily adaptable.
This vegetarian shoyu ramen is easily adaptable. Photo: Hetty McKinnon

This dish is served in a soy-sauce based broth and it is one of the most popular forms of ramen in Tokyo. Vary your toppings according to what you have on hand, and add a spoon of chilli oil or doubanjiang (spicy bean paste) for a spicy shoyu broth.


300g dried ramen noodles

225g (1 bunch) English spinach, washed and trimmed

olive oil

200g mushrooms (any variety), finely sliced

sea salt and black pepper

80g bamboo shoots

4 boiled eggs (yolk to your liking), halved

2 spring onions, finely sliced

Shoyu broth

2 tbsp sesame oil

4 garlic cloves, grated

30g (4cm piece) ginger, grated

1.5 litres (6 cups) vegetable stock

1 piece (about 10cm x 15cm) kombu (optional but recommended)

60ml (¼ cup) shoyu (Japanese soy sauce) or soy sauce

1 tbsp mirin

1 tsp sea salt

2 tsp sugar


1. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Add the noodles and cook according to packet instructions, until al dente. Place a colander in the sink and using a slotted spoon or tongs transfer the noodles into the colander and run under cold water to stop them cooking further. Allow them to drain.

2. In the same pot of water, add the spinach. Cook for about 60 seconds, until the leaves are wilted but still bright green. Drain and run under cold water. Squeeze out as much liquid as possible and then scrunch the spinach into a ball and slice.

3. Heat a medium frypan on medium-high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil, along with the mushrooms. Cook for 6-8 minutes, tossing occasionally, until they are golden. Season with sea salt and black pepper. Set aside.

4. To make the broth, heat a large pot on medium heat. Add the sesame oil, garlic and ginger and cook for about 30-60 seconds, until fragrant. Add the stock, kombu (if using), shoyu or soy sauce, mirin, salt and sugar and stir to combine. Increase heat to medium high and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and gently simmer for 10 minutes just to allow the flavours to meld. Discard kombu.

5. Divide the noodles equally among four bowls.

6. Ladle the hot broth over the noodles. Top each bowl with a mound of spinach, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, 2 halves of the egg and spring onions.

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