Vegan Kimchi Ramen with Miso and Mushrooms

by Kaitlynn Fenley

This delicious vegan kimchi ramen is made with a spicy miso broth, mushrooms, and homemade kimchi. Try this kimchi miso soup with ramen noodles for a warming dinner on a cold day.

Vegan Kimchi Ramen with mushrooms and crispy tofu in a golden brown miso broth

Vegan Kimchi Ramen

This was one of the first soups I learned how to cook from scratch. I didn’t cook a lot in college, but after I graduated I started to learn how to cook from scratch, and I was really into veganism for a while. I couldn’t afford to eat out at restaurants very often, so I learned how to make my favorites at home. I’m not a vegan anymore, but I still love to make this vegan kimchi ramen on cold winter days. It has great ingredients for gut health too. I use organic sprouted tofu, homemade vegetable broth, fresh and fermented aromatics, homemade lentil miso paste, and of course my homemade kimchi-inspired sauerkraut.

Spicy Vegan Kimchi Ramen with Mushrooms

We generally stick to rice-based pasta in our house. Jon sometimes goes for wheat pasta, but rice products are so cheap at our local Asian market. I like to use whatever rice noodles I have on hand. Sometimes I just use pho rice noodles from the Asian market regardless of what kind of soup I’m making… but I also love this rice ramen from Whole Foods.

Making Kimchi Ramen Vegan

I do like to add a soft-boiled egg (directions found here) to our ramen, so what’s pictured is technically vegetarian… but if you leave the egg out, then it’s vegan.

When making kimchi ramen vegan, you just need to make sure you use vegetable broth and vegan kimchi. Most store-bought kimchi contains fish paste or salted shrimp, so make sure if you buy kimchi it says vegan. You can make our vegan kimchi recipe by clicking here.

Vegan Kimchi miso soup with Ramen and mushrooms topped with crispy tofu and a soft boiled egg.

Ramen with a Kimchi Miso Soup Broth

Ramen is all about making a good broth. The broth in my kimchi ramen is similar to a miso soup base. You can find good miso-paste options at Whole Foods Market or an Asian market if your city has one. If you’re following a soy-free diet, occasionally I can find a chickpea miso paste at Whole Foods. This kimchi miso ramen recipe is easily adjusted for preference too. If you rather have a chicken broth or beef broth, just sub out the veggie broth in the recipe.


Vegan Kimchi Ramen with Miso and Mushrooms

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This delicious vegan kimchi ramen is made with a spicy miso broth, mushrooms, and homemade kimchi. Try this kimchi miso soup with ramen noodles for a warming dinner on a cold day.

  • Author: Kaitlynn Fenley
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2
  • Category: Recipes
  • Cuisine: Asian Fusion


  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Fermented Garlic, Minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Grated Ginger
  • 1/2 Cup Onion, Finely Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Miso Paste 
  • 2 Tablespoons Tamari 
  • 1 Tablespoon Rice Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoons Sriracha 
  • 3 Tablespoons Maple Syurp
  • 40 fl oz Vegetable Broth 
  • 1 Cup Kale, Chopped 
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms, Sliced 
  • Fermented Kimchi
  • 2 Cups Tofu, Chopped, and Pan Fried
  • Rice Noodles or Rice Ramen, Cooked
  • Fermented Jalapeno Slices
  • Soft Boiled Egg (optional)


  1. In a pot over medium heat, sauté the sesame oil, olive oil, garlic, onion, and ginger for about 1 minute. 
  2. You’ll notice the garlic and ginger may start to stick, just keep stirring.
  3. When the ginger starts to stick and brown, add in 1/2 cup of vegetable broth, and scrape the pot to deglaze.
  4. Mix in the miso paste until it is fully dissolved. 
  5. Add in the tamari, rice vinegar, sriracha, and maple syrup. Stir evenly combine and bring to a simmer. 
  6. Add in the rest of the vegetable broth, and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat to a simmer and add in the chopped mushrooms and kale. Simmer until the mushrooms and kale are cooked to your liking. 
  8. Ladle into soup bowls over rice ramen noodles while it is simmering hot. Top with kimchi, seared tofu, fermented jalapeno slices, and a soft-boiled egg (optional). Enjoy!


  • to pan fry tofu,  press the tofu for 10 minutes and pat dry. Cube the tofu. Then heat olive oil in a skillet and fry the tofu on each side until golden brown.

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Kaitlynn Fenley Author, Educator, Food Microbiologist
Kaitlynn is a food microbiologist and fermentation expert teaching people how to ferment foods and drinks at home.

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Thomas September 4, 2019 - 4:59 pm

This is terriffic, but it’s easily closer to 4 servings..

Cultured Guru September 6, 2019 - 2:34 pm

Serving size is arbitrary. My bowls (and appetite) must be larger than yours. : )

Susan August 28, 2020 - 9:54 am

Does boiling the miso paste destroy its probiotic benefits?

Kaitlynn Fenley August 28, 2020 - 10:23 am

Miso doesn’t really have a lot of probiotic bacteria in it. Miso is more beneficial for the postbiotic compounds, which are retained through the cooking process.