Tahini & Miso Cheat’s Ramen

Tahini & Miso Cheat’s Ramen

This is an unapologetic cheat’s recipe. It is by no means an authentic ramen, nor an attempt to substitute tradition by cutting corners. It is merely called cheat’s ramen, because conceptually it gives an idea of what it’s closest to. The tahini, in its nutty richness, adds depth and substance to an aromatic broth that is flavoured and seasoned with white miso, brown sugar, soy sauce, chilli powder, garlic and ginger. Rather than using tahini, you can also forage through your local Asian store for other sesame pastes, many countries across Asia will have their own versions. Or, of course, you could make it yourself by blending sesame seeds and a pinch of salt until smooth.

Serves 4


  • 75g tahini (5 tbsp)
  • 100g white miso (2 1/2 tbsp)
  • 15 g brown sugar (1/2 tbsp)
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 30g ginger
  • 1.5l veg stock
  • 2 Tatsoi or pak choi, quartered
  • 400g ramen noodles
  • 2 spring onions, sliced
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • Chilli oil for drizzling

Mushroom Topping

  • 300g Shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 15g ginger
  • 5 spring onions
  • 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds


  1. To a bowl, add the tahini, white miso, sugar, chilli powder and soy sauce. Peel the garlic and ginger and grate both into the bowl as well, then use a fork to mix everything together until well combined.
  2. For the mushroom topping, finely dice all of the mushrooms. This can take a while, so if you want, you can use a small food processor and mince them in batches, but make sure not to overwork them or they will bruise and turn mushy. Heat 3 tbsp of neutral oil (or just olive oil) in a large frying pan and add half of the mushrooms along with 1/2 tsp salt. Fry them until golden, then set aside and repeat with the other half (depending on the size of your pan, you might need to fry them in smaller batches. Just divide the oil and the teaspoon of salt over the whole amount).
  3. While the mushrooms are frying, peel and finely chop the garlic, ginger and three of the spring onions. Finely slice the remaining two spring onions and keep for later. In a small frying pan, toast the sesame seeds until golden. Bring a pan of generously seasoned water to a boil for the noodles and bring the vegetable stock to a simmer in a separate pan. When the mushrooms are done and set aside, add the garlic, ginger and spring onions to the empty pan with a bit of oil. Sauté for just a minute until the garlic is aromatic, then return the mushrooms and give everything a good stir. Add the brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar most of the sesame seeds (keep some for later to garnish) and a dash of water. Continue to cook until the sauce thickens into a sticky glaze.
  4. Drop the tatsoi/pak choi into the simmering broth and blanch it for 30 seconds. Remove and set aside. Then cook the noodles in the boiling water 1 minutes less than instructed on the packaging. While the noodles are cooking, add the tahini & miso paste to the serving bowls and pour over the hot vegetable stock, mixing it together with a fork as you go. Divide the noodles between the bowls followed by the mushroom topping, sliced spring onions, blanched tatsoi/pak choi, chilli flakes, sesame seeds and chilli oil.
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