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Vegan Umami Broth

Vegan Umami Broth

Roasting the vegetables along with a trio of umami-rich ingredients (miso, mushrooms, and kombu) give this meat-free broth a deep, satisfying flavor that can be used in a variety of soups or braises. You can even sip it on its own or top it with scallions and fresh chiles.


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 8 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 medium onions, unpeeled, halved through root, very thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, unpeeled, very thinly sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced
  • 1 head of garlic, halved crosswise
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

Recipe Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 300º. Whisk miso, oil, and 2 Tbsp. water in a small bowl. Crush mushrooms and kombu with your hands over a rimmed baking sheet. Add onions, carrot, celery, garlic, and parsley and toss to combine. Drizzle miso mixture over vegetable mixture and toss to coat. Bake, tossing halfway through, until vegetables are slightly shriveled and mixture is fragrant, 60–75 minutes.

  • Transfer vegetable mixture to a large pot. Add peppercorns and 4 quarts cold water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered and stirring occasionally, until broth is reduced by half, 60–75.

  • Let broth cool, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible; discard solids.

  • Do Ahead: Broth can be made 3 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill, or freeze up to 3 months.

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Reviews SectionI have been looking for a recipe to give vegetarian/ vegan stock more umami and this is it!!! I made this recipe twice and it’s delicious, very easy to do and meat eaters has no idea it’s a vegetarian stock.AnonymousNew york05/24/20I made several adjustments to this recipe and doubled it but the basic technique of caramelizing and building in umami is right on.1. I had to increase my oven temperature to char my veggies to about 400 F2. Don't add kombu until the last 30 minutes of simmering into the broth - make sure the broth is not boiling, then remove, dry and freeze to reuse in furikake or other dishes. I don't think kombu is supposed to be heated to high temperatures.3. I don't think miso added much because so much its flavor was lost when baked and simmered for 2 hours. I will make it without miso next time since that can always be added to soup fresh. It's also a huge amount of miso since I was doubling, miso is expensive and precious.4. I omitted peppercorns but added sliced leeks (instead of doubling onions), sun-dried tomatoes, parsnips, celeriac to the roasted veggies. I also added carrot greens, leek greens and celery leaves to the simmering broth. I replaced parsley with thyme.5. I started with about 7 quarts of water and reduced for 1 hour in a large stockpot to yield about 5 quarts of very flavorful concentrated, deep brownish broth.Overall I'm happy with my yield and results. I wanted a fragrant, flavorful but ultimately a flexible broth base. I think there are some missteps here with the optimal and least wasteful use of miso and kombu so I deducted points, but oven roasting and then simmering is the way to go! Spending 3 hrs on making broth is a lot of work...but at least I got a decent yield for all the effort by doubling and its WAY superior to store bought.Oops my bad - the reason I ended up with 2 cups of broth is cause i misread the recipe and used 4 CUPS instead of 4 QUARTS of water...however that said, I enjoyed the richness and density so much (imagine 1/4 the amount of water) that I’m making it again and I’m intentionally going to use half the water (2 quarts) and freeze the broth in ice cube trays - now it’s a concentrate and I can just plop a cube in a cup and add boiling water and have an amazing sipping broth or use as broth for recipes By adding water! Sorry-definitely worth making!coachdotbouldBoulder CO01/10/20This broth tastes thick, rich, delicious and satisfying but I must say that once it reduces you end up with 2 cups of broth and even though it’s great, that’s a very little bit of broth for the amount of ingredients and time that goes into this! Would love to double, but the yield just doesn’t seem worth the effort and time! I did end up diluting the final broth just to make more and it is rich enough that you can do it but not sure I’d make it again!coachdotbouldBoulder CO01/04/20I made this just to have a nutritious, low cal broth to drink everyday during the winter. It’s absolutely phenomenal and it has the depth of a meat broth. Thank you for this!NataliefitzsimmonsChattanooga Tennessee12/29/19This is a delicious veg broth. After making this, theres no turning back to store bought stock. I love the depth of flavor and the picker it hits you with after a sip. Anytime I want to make soup, I have to have this on hand. Thanks Andy!jesssssssseIndiana 12/28/19Going to make this for a vegan crowd. It sounds fabulous!Just FYI- Kombu is kelp, not seaweed. That is why they are not calling for Nori.AnonymousCalifornia12/10/19I’m sipping a cup of this broth while I write this and it’s divine! I used dried porcini mushrooms instead because I’m just not a fan of shiitake and it’s so rich and flavourful. Will definitely make again!sarahmichelleCalifornia11/13/19I'm making this right now (I'm at the simmering stage) and I've never smelled anything so delicious. I can't wait to eat it!GreenHomeCookNewfoundland, Canada09/21/19Lovely deep flavours. Wholesome and just super delicious! Thanks Andy!julietalucLondon, UK04/30/19I just made my second batch of this and have recommended it to my friends so it will most definitely become a staple. I always like to tweak most recipes but honestly would not change a single thing on this! Perfect. Love your work, Andy!LoucSydney,Australia 03/17/19This is going to become a weekly staple. I did end up using red miso rather than white because that was what I had in my fridge and I hadn't made it to the asian market yet. Although I'm nearly out and I might have to make another batch.This broth is SOOOO good!!! I really loved how simple and accessible ingredients can make such a delicious broth. The first one I made ended up being eaten by my friends and myself. I liked so much I had to make I froze. Please do try it, it's simple and delicious.AnonymousGuatemala08/27/18

Have you heard of umami? Umami is one of the five basic tastes — the other tastes are sweet, salty, spicy, and bitter. The word “umami” is Japanese and roughly translated, it means “a pleasant savory taste,” but the experience of tasting umami is said to be difficult to describe. It includes sensations such as furriness of the tongue which stimulates the back of your throat and the roof of your mouth, which sounds bizarre, but it’s actually very tasty. Umami makes foods savory and satisfying. You can use spices like cumin, smoked paprika, rosemary, and thyme to help you recreate the taste of your favorite meaty dishes. These Smoky Paprika Beet Burgers With Spicy Tahini Sauce use smoked paprika in the burgers and in the sauce to bring that satisfying umami flavor to the table.

Umami is commonly found in East Asian cuisine. This recipe for Soothing Miso Soup is a homemade vegan version of what would typically be served to you at Japanese restaurants and it gets its umami taste from red miso paste. This Broccoli Rabe Pizza With Carrot-Miso Sauce and Hazelnuts uses a sauce that’s made from steamed carrots that are puréed with garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and miso paste, which gives it its umami flavor. But, umami doesn’t only come from miso! Tomatoes are said to be rich in umami taste.

Whether you’ve heard of umami or whether it happens to be your favorite flavor, don’t miss out on trying these 10 recipes with umami flavor.

Vegan Ramen With Cashew Broth

I love taking my basic vegan pantry staples and turning them into a dish that’s anything but basic. Today I’m sharing a recipe for a delicious, savory Vegan Ramen that you can make with ingredients that you already have in your pantry.

With the coronavirus running rampant in just about every part of the world I wanted to dial back my recipes and show you how to create delicious meals out of basic ingredients that you already have in your pantry. I’m sure that it is difficult to find specialty vegan items right now, so I’m going to share some simple recipes that you can make with items you may already have in your pantry over the next couple of weeks.

Vegan Ramen

In case you didn’t know some of those really cheap packages of instant ramen are actually vegan! I think that these are a wonderful pantry staple because they are a quick, easy meal. You can also jazz up these vegan ramen noodles like I did and turn them into a more complex dish. Still easy, but more flavor.

From the Top Ramen brand the Soy Sauce flavor is vegan and from the Maruchan Noodle brand the Oriental flavor is vegan. Feel free to use the seasoning packet (I did in this recipe) or toss them out and create your own flavors.

If you can’t find either of these flavors you can buy a non vegan flavor and throw away the seasoning packet. They are still worth the price. At roughly .30 (USD) you really can’t go wrong with having a few packs of these ramen noodles in your pantry.

Creating a Vegan Ramen Broth

One of my favorite ramen dishes in Portland, OR. comes from Afuri ramen and dumpling. They make a Vegan Hazelnut Tantanmen and that makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

I know that most people, including me, don’t have hazelnuts in their pantry, so I wanted to make my version of this vegan ramen broth that uses cashews. I created a delicious, umami broth with cashews, some of the Top Ramen seasoning and a mish mash of my own seasonings, vinegars and sauces. It really came out spectacular. Traditional? No. Spectacular? Yes.

If you don’t have cashews at home this could be made with sunflower seeds or peanuts as well. If you try another nut or seed with this ramen let me know how it turns out in the comments.

Once you have your available nuts or seeds it’s as simple as combining them with water and all of the seasonings in a high speed blender and blending until everything is well combined. Easy peasy.

Vegan Ramen Recipe

When you have created the amazing vegan ramen broth it’s as simple as choosing your favorite mix ins and adding the ramen noodles. I added some frozen mixed vegetables to mine to keep it simple.

Other ingredients you can add to your ramen are tofu, fresh vegetables like bok choy and mushrooms, vegan chicken, scallions, crushed nuts, etc. The list is really endless and based on what you have available in your pantry.

As I’m sure you know, these instant ramen noodles cook up quickly, in 3-5 minutes. They don’t call them instant for nothing! That being the case they are the very last ingredient I add to the ramen so that they don’t overcook.

When everything is combined and delicious serve this ramen up with additional chopped nuts, scallions, a drizzle of hot or sesame oil, or even the little broken noodles at the bottom of the instant ramen noodle bag. They add the perfect crunch!

The Recipe

Without further ado, let’s get into this recipe! As always please share your recreations on social media and don’t forget to tag me! I love to feature your recreations on my Instagram stories!

Vegan Broth Recipe with Seaweed

“Roasting the vegetables along with a trio of umami-rich ingredients (miso, mushrooms, and kombu) give this meat-free broth a deep, satisfying flavour that can be used in a variety of soups or braised dishes. You can even sip it on its own or top it with scallions and fresh chiles.”



* the vegan jelly present in some seaweeds is said to be nourishing & soothing for the body’s membranes & cartilage/joints.

As decade plus vegans who used to love seafood flavors and nostalgic umami broths from Japanese home cooked meals, we set out to make the impossible possible, make VEGAN DASHI. This instant powder can be mixed into either hot or cold liquid to create a flavorful, vegan dashi with our propriety blend of organic, natural sources of umami.

What Exactly is Dashi?

Dashi is a more generic term than most people realize. It can refer to any number of a more specific variations based on a few ingredients. The most common of the central components is kombu, a thick kelp seaweed. Depending on how you find it, it may look like a large sheet of seaweed with white streaks and freckles. The powdery surface is actually one of the most important aspects of this ingredient and represents mannitol. Not ironically, some of the other ingredients like the next on the list, shitake mushrooms, also have mannitol. Shitakes are renowned for their umami which is all dashi is in essence, concentrated sources of umami combined and steeped into a broth or quickly infused into a liquid. Besides those ingredients, bonito flakes and or dried sardines are also used. These are central components to dashi that changes it from just a seaweed water or mushroom broth into something else. This is where there is an undeniable flavor difference. It is a key part of memories of this flavor so when they are not present it does just seem like a broth of mushrooms of kombu and not dashi. To make it vegan, almost everyone out there simply leaves out the other stuff and just says to use only kombu, only shitake or to mix them. It simply is not the same and putting recipes out there for people to think vegans actually are conceding taste is not only unfair to vegans, but non-vegans looking to make a change.

Why Vegan Dashi?

So, if there was a vegan dashi (wink, wink, we made one) why would that be better than just doing it the traditional way?

It’s a valid question because most people do not think of the exploitation of aquatic animals. The sad truth is that the oceans are the heart and lungs of our Earth and we are ravaging them by overfishing and farm fishing their native inhabitants. Not only does this produce horrible pollution, but it accounts for the needless death of over one trillion lives a year. That is an unfathomable number, but that is the aggressive rate at which we now are decimating the organs of our planet. The longer we stand by and accept the status quo the more we guarantee irreversible damage. Our vegan dashi is a small step in the right direction and each jar contributes to not only saving the equivalent of 10 aquatic animal lives, but we donate a portion of our proceeds to benefit organizations that help advocate and champion for our aquatic friends.

Why OUR Vegan Dashi?

This is an interesting story, but we think the stars aligned a little too perfectly for this. One of our founders is the great, great, great grandson of the founder who started Aji-no-moto and is considered the one who brought umami as a convenience to the masses. Now, that was a long time ago and clearly they never met, but the bloodline and the genes somewhere in there link to a deep harkening for innovation, discovery, and great taste. We have perfected a vegan dashi that packs an umami punch like you never saw coming. By combining the best vegan umami harnessing ingredients with techniques to concentrate and accentuate those flavors even more, we provide an instant vegan dashi that can be used as a soup base, broth, flavor starter, and general umami punch to any dish you can dream of, ethically.

All about umami

“Umami” is a word that I tend to throw around casually when I write about food. Sometimes I use it without really explaining what I mean by it.

What is umami, exactly? It’s hard to define. I generally see it referenced as “savoriness.” The Japanese translation is, roughly, “deliciousness.”

This rings true to me, anyway. Many plant-based ingredients that are rich in umami are very delicious to me. These include soy sauce, miso, mushrooms, ripe tomatoes, and nutritional yeast. (I put the latter in almost everything.)

Technically speaking, umami taste is the result of glutamate, an amino acid. Glutamate is abundant in protein-rich animal foods. Dietitian Ginny Messina wrote a great blog post some time ago that asked the question of whether glutamate-rich foods might be especially useful for vegans.

Ginny’s post got me thinking about my own love of umami-rich ingredients, how much I value their presence in my diet. And that got me thinking about creating a new, savory supper, which is how this savory chickpea cobbler came to be.

1. Fermented Foods

Fermented foods are rich in umami. These would include soy sauce or tamari, liquid aminos, vegan Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar, umeboshi plum vinegar, miso, wine, beer and tempeh. There is lots of umami to be found in these Miso Roasted Tomatoes and Spiralized Carrot Noodles, Pomegranate Roasted Vegetables and Balsamic BBQ Tempeh Ribs. Sauerkraut and kimchi are also fermented. Learn how to make your own raw sauerkraut and your own kimchi and indulge in the deliciousness.

What Are Umami Noodles

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The noodles are 97 water which has been blended with the glucomannan fiber. Umami Noodle Bowl. Due to Covid-19 restaurant open hours and service may differ.

Our mission is to help introduce this amazing style of cuisine to you. The Ultimate traditional Japanese ramen experience. The portions were great and the spice bar was a nice touch.

Umami Noodle Bar offers a varitey of dishes inspired by authentic Asian cusine for dine-in take out or delivery. Maruchan Nama Fresh Yakisoba. Our distinctive taste is guaranteed to enlighten your senses.

One of the most popular noodles to enjoy in soups or stir-fries is udon noodles. What better on a freezing YYC night then a delicious bowl of ramen. Well I can agree if you are.

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The store-bought version such as maruchan cup noodles is high in carbs with low quality fat and no fresh vegetables and protein. Noodles are a large part of Japanese cuisine. You select what you want from the board from noodles and broth to protein and veggies.

We offer our signature ramen with two kinds of stock paitanpork or chintanchicken and our distinctive. These are thick noodles made from water wheat flour and a bit of salt. Sun Noodle Tonkotsu Ramen Kit Check Your ZIP to shop.

UMAMI NOODLE SHOP driven by the 5th flavor of our palate umami focuses on simple aggressive flavors of the far east. Umami Ramen is devoted to our customers and the development of unique dishes with the highest levels of flavor and quality. They are more gelatinous than other noodle varieties and exhibit a slightly chewy texture.

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What’s baby bok choy? (PS it’s optional.)

Boy choy is a type of Chinese cabbage. It’s a cruciferous vegetable, meaning that it’s part of the same vegetable family with kale, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage. You can find boy choy in most grocery stores in the produce section near the cabbage. It’s also available at farmers markets. Here are some tips on working with bok choy:

  • Make sure to buy baby bok choy! Bok choy is very large, but baby bok choy you can simply cut in half and serve as you see in the photos.
  • Here’s how to eat it: Many ramen recipes are served with halved baby bok choy. But it’s a little challenging to eat! The white ends portion can be a little tough. To eat it, pick it up with your chopsticks and take bites off of it.
  • You can use spinach instead. If you can’t find bok choy or are not up for the challenge, use spinach instead! Simply throw spinach leaves into the broth and skip the step to saute the boy choy.

How to Make Delicious Vegan Udon Broth

Dried Asian and western mushrooms along with sea kelp form the base for this ultra-savory and deeply satisfying broth, the perfect start to a complex and satisfying bowl of Japanese-style noodles.

[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

I decided before I even began this year's Vegan Experience that an excellent vegan ramen broth would be one of my ultimate goals.

But one does not simply jump into ramen. Its rich tastes are created by more than just pork. There is flavor there that goes quite deep. The chef's eye must be ever watchful. It is a filling taste, man. Riddled with garlic, oil, and. I don't know how much longer I can go on with this overused meme, so I'll stop right there.

Suffice it to say, ramen is a high mountain to climb. Given that its Chinese origins make it generally a far punchier, richer dish than its other Japanese noodly brethren soba (buckwheat noodles) or udon (thick wheat noodles), I decided that I'd start my much-expected journey by exploring the foothills of mount ramen. Namely, by coming up with a vegan udon broth that could compete with the real thing in terms of flavor potency and sheer deliciousness.

Traditional udon is made with dashi, a Japanese broth made from kombu (giant sea kelp) and katsuobushi (dried, smoked, shaved bonito flakes). If you've ever seen a piece of kombu, you'll notice a white, powdery coating on it. These are crystals of glutamic acid formed on its surface as it was dehydrated. That's the same glutamic acid that powdered monosodium glutamate is made with. Indeed, until modern methods of synthesis were developed, kombu was where all the MSG in the world was derived from.

MSG gets a bad rap in the Western world, but if you've ever had a really good Japanese soup—ramen, udon, miso soup, whatever—then you've been eating it, whether extracted from a natural source like kombu, or added in powdered form. It's the chemical compound that makes meats, broths, and other foods like mushrooms and aged cheese taste savory to us.

And it's definitely the start to a good vegan broth.

Many recipes for vegan Japanese soup base end right there, but I find a kombu-only broth to be rather bland, especially when I'm used to the flavor punch of katsuobushi in my dashi. Some recipes call for reinforcing that savory flavor using dried shiitake mushrooms, but after trying it, I can't recommend it—the shiitakes overwhelm everything with their intense flavor, which is far more potent in dried form than in fresh.

Shiitakes were out, but how about other mushrooms? I made a series of broths using various dried and fresh mushrooms—shiitake, shimeji, enoki, matsutake, wood-ear—but it wasn't until I tried to use some traditionally Western mushrooms that I really struck gold. Both dried morels and dried porcini added tons of depth and aroma to the broth. Balancing them out with milder wood ears and the scraps from a few other fresh mushrooms (I used a mix of enoki, shimeji, and shiitake—fresh shiitake don't have the same intense flavor as dried), along with a few alliums (an onion, some garlic, and the bottoms of a few scallions I'd chop and save for garnish) made for a broth base that was intense, rich, and ready for seasoning.

A dash of good quality soy sauce and some sweet mirin were all it needed to become every bit as satisfying as any udon broth I'd ever had, and a good deal more satisfying than most.

The good news: Using mushroom scraps to make my broth left me with a whole bunch of mushrooms which I could subsequently stir-fry and use as a topping.

Topping udon is a easygoing affair—you can use whatever vegetables you like. But since I already had the wok out to fry my mushrooms, I decided to use it to stir fry some napa cabbage as well. I love the nutty, sweet aroma cabbage takes on when you char it. Finally, I had a bit of fried tofu in my freezer (you can buy packages already fried!) that I added to round out the dish into a full meal.

I hope everyone's brought their gas masks, because we're now deep into the foothills of mount ramen, and the air up there gets mighty thin!