This dish is smokey, salty, rich and sweet. It’s comforting and at the same time refreshing because of the fresh herbs. It’s great with any type of ground meat: try pork, chicken, or even tempeh. It whips together in about 20 minutes but has great complexity of flavor, falling into the category: I could eat this every day.
It was only appropriate that Anna Henricks, master of cakes, would make a noodle cake for us! Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, full of fresh herbs and great with a side of crunchy radish, this dish is perfect brunch food. It has elements reminiscent of dumplings, tortilla espanola, kugel, scallion pancakes. Whatever this cake is, we’ll take it, and with a side of flowers, please!
What we love about this recipe is its simplicity. “Quick, effective, and tasty!” as Ali says. It utilizes one of our all-time favorite cooking tricks: blanching broccoli, raab, or greens in boiling water at the same time you cook the noodles. They turn out perfectly cooked, and you have one less dish to wash. Since Umi noodles are naturally high in protein, this can be the simplest dinner of your week.
All over the world, springtime foods are about renewal, about fresh eggs, and the new green things sprouting from warming soil. In Frankfurt, Germany, this is celebrated with Grüne Soße, or green sauce, made with seven herbs: chives, borage, chervil, cress, parsley, sorrel, and burnet. In Hesse, this creamy sauce is served with boiled eggs and potatoes, but I think chewy Umi Organic ramen noodles are a perfect stand-in for the potatoes and that the sauce blends beautifully with chicken broth for a lovely, bright green soup.
This ramen is such a great way to use up holiday leftovers. You’ve probably got stuff like mushrooms and green beans already in your fridge as we speak! In this case I’ve made the tsukune with ground turkey, but you could use ground chicken or pork, or your favorite vegetarian meatball.
Fortified with smoky lapsang souchong tea and blue fenugreek, this savory, traditional Central Asian meat-noodle soup is even heartier with Umi Organic ramen noodles. Though the dish comes from Central Asia, the name “lagman” comes from the same Chinese root word as ramen (lamian), making these two dishes ready for their Mongol-Turkic family reunion.
A speedy, simple version of the classic Tantan Men. Somewhere between a soup and a saucy noodle, this version is super easy to whip up and very satisfying, hitting all kinds of rich and deep notes thanks to ground pork, tahini and miso. It feels very much like classic Japanese home cooking. The dried shiitakes are an especially nice addition.
We are going super simple with this breakfast ramen. You can literally make this on a weekday as quickly as you boil coffee and toast bread. Here is your no-fuss breakfast, full of healthy fats, high fiber and protein. Plus it tastes great. Enjoy!
Here’s our spin on avocado toast! Toss our protein, fiber, and iron rich noodles in a creamy avocado sauce that is reminiscent of pesto, creamy like alfredo, and full of all the good healthy fats and fiber that make avocado such a good start to your day.
Weekend brunch, noodle style! Here, bacon, homemade hash browns, and perfectly fried eggs top a bowl of Umi noodles dressed simply in butter and soy sauce. We take the best parts of an old standard and boost the fun.
Shallots and garlic simmered in ample olive oil and then combined with fish sauce, roasted red peppers, and chilies, heaped on a pile of noodles dressed with just soy sauce, vinegar, and honey. It turns out it tastes even more luxurious and addictive than it sounds.
A spicy, crunchy, delicious summer salad recipe shared with us by our friend Kathleen Bauer. Whip together the dressing in a blender, top with kimchi and crunchy cucumber, and you have a standout meal!
This sweet-sour-spicy cold Korean noodle dish is usually made with sweet potato noodles, but chewy Umi Organic ramen noodles are a serious upgrade. Korean cucumbers are ideal for this, but feel free to substitute Persian or English cucumber (a regular slicing cuke can also be used, but peel and seed it first). My sneaky trick for substantially expediting this meal is using a mandoline with a julienne blade!
This 20-minute dish was inspired by the fried chicken salad at Basilisk in Portland, but it’s equally good (maybe even better!) as a vegetarian meal with fried tofu. Leave off the egg and it’s vegan. It’s fast, satisfying, and perfect for a hot day.
The nice thing about miso ramen is that it’s rich enough for rainy days, but can be lightened up for spring by mixing up the veggies. My tare (seasoning liquid) starts with roasting a whole pig every year but I have a shortcut to a great pork broth too. Either way, go nuts!
This is a delicious, nourishing vegan noodle soup. For how great it tastes, it's surprisingly quick to make, in part because of one of our favorite kitchen hacks: cooking greens and noodles at the same time in the same water! This recipe comes to us from our favorite home chef, Katherine Deumling, whose seasonal recipe collection Cook with What You Have is our go-to spot for using local produce.
We had the amazing fortune of meeting Jaron Ayres at the PSU Farmers Market on Saturday, and as he bought packs of noodles, he announced he was going to make a broth from a salmon head he had in his freezer. We were curious, and lo and behold, not 48 hours later, Jaron shared his photos and recipe with us. It looks down right good enough to eat.
Okinawan taco rice is totally a thing, and so is Korean cheese ramen, so why not? It's cold out, and sometimes you need to scratch two snacky comfort food itches at once. Feel free to use your favorite nondairy cheese and milk to make this vegan.
This dish of Umi ramen noodles with tempura'd veggies is really satisfying on a rainy evening. Seasoned with generous amounts of soy sauce and mirin, the broth is rich and sweet like tentsuyu (tempura dipping sauce) but still light enough to eat like soup. Swap mushroom broth for chicken stock and omit the fish to make this vegetarian.
I have often thought to myself, while eating this dinner, 'I could eat this every night!' That's how much I love it. Fried ground pork plays off of the tender tofu. There's spicy chilies and fresh green onion. This recipe came about because I started making mapo tofu, but over time adapted it to what I always have in my kitchen and what I know I love. And so this is kinda mapo tofu, and it is great!
The foundation of this soup is a many-hour simmered beef bone broth that rumbles with depth and strength. We layered on top of that a carrot-ginger-fish sauce flavor base that is very bright, very lively, and a nice contrast to the beef. We really think this bowl is a winner!
Our friend Yuri concocted an original dressing for hiyashi chukka, that classic Japanese summer cold noodle salad with delicate slices of egg omelet, cucumber, and tomato. Being blasphemous, we sometimes substitute roasted beet for the tomato. She kindly shared her recipe, which features a surprise ingredient: almond milk. The dressing is simple to make: just whisk everything together. This is a refreshing one!
Few foods are better on a hot day than cold and spicy noodles. This dish is a heart-of-summer masterpiece. The sauce alone should always be in your fridge. It packs huge flavor. This recipe should make enough sauce for you to make this dish twice, so you can have an even easier dinner the next time around!
Here we invert the standard ratio of vegetable to grain, using 7 cups of thinly sliced cabbage with one package of Umi noodles. The key is to sauté the cabbage quickly over high heat in two batches, unless you have a giant skillet and can do it in one. The entire dish is cooked over high heat, so everything gets golden, crunchy edges.
Mee Goreng is everyday street food in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. These simple and quick panfried noodles get coated in a caramelizing “sauce” made by sambal oelek (chile-garlic paste), soy sauce, brown sugar, and tamarind. This is really complex tasting, thanks to the curry powder and sambal oelek. It gets extra wonderful thanks to fresh greens and crispy shallots. It works equally well with tofu or shrimp, so you can easily make it vegan.
Tonjiru in a hearty winter miso soup made with bits and pieces of root vegetables and pork. It's a perfect way to use up vegetable peelings like carrot and potato skins. Add noodles, and this becomes an unusual but hugely satisfying ramen.
Are you the lucky owner of an Instant Pot? This is for you! Have a Dutch oven instead? This is for you too! A rich, deeply flavored stew for winter, redolent of star anise and cinnamon with a gentle heat from the chilies, and succulent, tender beef.
Kimchi stew is for kimchi lovers. The long simmer makes everything uniform and bright. The tofu is working some magic, we think. It is the perfect medium for taking up all that kimchi pungency and transforming the resulting stew into something strangely delicate.
Khao Soi is ramen’s cousin in Thailand—a thick, big flavored coconut broth typically served over egg noodles with a slick of coconut oil and chicken fat, pickled mustard greens to cut the richness, fried noodles for crunch, and lime and cilantro to add a refreshing kick.
Roasting mushrooms and vegetables kick starts a flavorful mushroom broth. The addition of a simple soy sauce or tamari flavor base, called a tare (pronounced tar-eh), transforms an already delicious broth into robust ramen soup.
This vegetarian miso ramen is extremely flexible. The basic idea is to make a quick 5-minute miso flavor base that transforms good stock into lip-smacking ramen broth. Store-bought stock is also a good substitute, and all toppings and garnishes are up to you.
This Thai pork sauce is out of this world. The flavors are so punchy, and it has the perfect amount of heat and funk. It's reminiscent of a bolognese, built on a base of ground pork, shallot, and tomatoes, with an addictive shrimp paste and fish sauce underbelly.
Annie made a wild discovery: Pan-fry our noodles with turmeric and they turn red! Why? Turmeric is a natural pH indicator. In contact with alkaline substances like our noodles, the orange-red carotene present in turmeric comes to the fore. Try it for yourself!
This recipe makes an extremely flavorful coconut broth infused with lemongrass, galangal, garlic, Thai chiles, and lime leaves. You may have to shop out of your way, but you'll love how easy this is to make: Chop everything in big hunks, drop into coconut milk, simmer, and strain.
"I adapted this recipe from a dish served at Eddie Lee's, a Portland restaurant that once occupied the space that's now Mother's. It features Chinese fermented, salted black soy beans aka douchi, often sold as 'preserved beans.' "
"I make my own miso, so I am always experimenting with the best way to enjoy it. I often make this miso pork. I like the fact that I can put anything I have in my garden and refrigerator in this recipe, and it always turns out good!"
Flavor junkies, rejoice! This has the same appeal as Thai peanut sauce but with a rich sesame twist. Plus, it's as easy as whisking some pantry staples together, topping noodles with whatever you have on hand, and ladling sauce over the top.
"I love ramen, period. I love to eat ramen year round, rain or shine, hot or cold. The key to enjoying cold ramen is skimming fat off of the chicken broth very carefully and using Japanese dashi to add umami to the soup."