Jul 162007

I know there’s still an on-going debate on whether ramen and especially the flavor packets are vegetarian, but this one doesn’t have any meat in it, so at least it’s a partial qualifier!

Submitted By: Danielle

Submitted From: Olympia, Washington


  • 2 ramen packages (I prefer chicken or beef, experiment and find your favorites)
  • 1 16oz package Extra Firm Tofu
  • 1 bag frozen stir fry vegetables
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sesame Oil
  • Peanut Sauce (can make or buy)

Drain tofu and slice or cube into bite sized-ish pieces. Place in bowl, add 1 ramen flavoring packet, soy sauce, and a good shake of sesame oil to marinate. Let tofu marinate for 1 to 2 hours.

Cook ramen noodles, throwing the 2nd seasoning packet into the cupboard for later use. Meanwhile, toss the veggies into a pan and stir-fry away until cooked. Add tofu with enough of the remaining liquid to keep it from sticking, continue to heat, stirring gently, until tofu is heated. Add ramen noodles, mix them in well, allow them to absorb most of the remaining liquid in the pan. Toss it onto a couple plates (will feed 2-4 people, depending on appetite), season to taste with more sesame oil, top with peanut sauce. Enjoy!

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  8 Responses to “Vegetarian Pad Thai Ramen”

  1. As far as vegetarian ramen goes, the noodles themselves are always vegetarian. The only seasoning packet that I’m positive is nominally vegetarian (and vegan) among standard American brands is Top Ramen Oriental style. There are a couple of the imported ones (usually found in the Asian section of the grocery store or in an Asian market) that are also vegetarian, including Sapporo Ichiban Chow Mein (not strictly ramen, though) and Sapporo Ichiban Miso.

  2. great recipe, but not vegetarian,lol, chicken or beef flavor? Miso Flavor would taste better for this recipe I believe, even if you dont care if its vegan or not… recipe sounds very good though, good blend of flavors, and if one didnt like peanut sauce, another sauce that would go really well with it would be a product most commonly sold as “Sweet chili chicken marinade.” by many companies… about a cup of that, a tablespoon of vinegar, a punch or two of powdered hot mustard, some grated ginger if you like ginger, and the juice from a lime or a Tangelo (tangelo in my opinion has the best contrast of sweet and sour, with the milder flavor of a sweet valencia orange, but a little bit of the tang and tartness of a tangerine…) a tablespoon or two of soy sauce to taste, and some red pepper if the sweet chili sauce isnt spicy enough for you, and you have a delicious sauce thats really quick and easy to make, and good on any vegetarian, chicken, pork, or seafood…however not wonderful for beef in my opinion…but Ive got a good sauce for that too:) Love this site btw…

  3. Vegetarian, what vegetarian eats boiled chicken thats been dehydrated to form a powder, we call flavor packets, this is not Vegetarian, but its a great recipe

  4. It can be completely vegan, if you’d like. I said *I* prefer chicken or beef flavoring. It can be made with any flavoring, or you can get adventurous and use no flavoring at all.

  5. Real Pad Thai requires an egg mixed in there too! Mmmm

  6. Hello. Amazon sells ramen in their grocery section, and they have Soken Low-Fat Ramen, Sea Vegetable, 3-Ounce Packets (Pack of 12) for under $20. That’s a little higher than what you get at the supermarket (they’re something like seven for a buck!), but these ARE vegetarian. I’m not sure about “vegan,” although there’s nothing listed on the label that implies egg or dairy.

    They also sell a Dr. McDougall’s Ramen that’s “chicken” flavored, but the flavor comes from a non-meat source. I think all his products are vegan.

    Oh, they also have the Sapporo Ichiban Miso Ramen that someone else mentioned, but that DOES contain gelatin, which isn’t a vegetarin ingredient. Odd they they didn’t just go with agar, since that’s a sea vegetable derivative.

    Most of the ramen Amazon sells lists the package ingredients, and if you want to buy in bulk, it’s not a bad way to go!

    Thanks for all the information. You’ve gotta love the Internet!

  7. Danielle….youre a moron thanks for the help dingbat

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