Spicy Vegan Tantanmen Ramen Recipe | Restaurant Quality at Home

Spicy Vegan Tantanmen Ramen Recipe | Restaurant Quality at Home

May 26, 2024The Plant Based Workshop

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It is time to reveal our secrets about cooking restaurant quality plant based spicy Tantanmen Ramen noodles at home.

You will be surprised how delicious vegan Spicy Tantanmen Ramen can be cooked at home!

We will guide you through the history, variations, and cooking techniques of this beloved dish.

Once you learn the tips from the 10 years of expertise of preparing ramen at home, it will be super easy to prepare in less than 5 minutes.

Let’s begin how to customize your bowl with unique seasonings and vegetables.

Key Takeaways:

1. Learn the history and evolution of Tantanmen Ramen

2. Discover vegan and plant-based protein options.

3. Master cooking techniques for perfect Tan Tan Ramen.

4. Practice the Spicy Tan Tan Ramen Recipe at home

What is the origin of Tantanmen Ramen?

Tan Tan Ramen, also known as "Tantanmen", has its roots in Chinese cuisine.

The dish originated from the Sichuan province in China and it was initially called "Dan Dan" Noodles.

These Chinese noodles are known for their spicy and numbing flavour, thanks to Sichuan peppercorns.

The name "Dan Dan" refers to the carrying pole used by street vendors to sell noodles.

plant based spicy tan tan ramen

How has Tantanmen Ramen evolved over time?

The change of Tantanmen Ramen began when it made its way to Japan.

Japanese chefs adapted the recipe, adding their own twist to it.

They created a broth-based noodle soup called “Tantanmen”. The Japanese rendition is known to be less oily and more soup-like compared to the original Chinese version.

In Japan, Tantanmen became popular as a Japanese comfort food. Different regions in Japan have their own variations of this dish.

Some add miso or soy sauce to the broth, while others use different types of Japanese noodles.

Introduction to Plant Based Adaptations

With the rise of vegan ramen and plant-based diets, Tantanmen has also seen adaptations.

Many people now use tofu, tempeh, or other plant-based proteins in place of meat.

Vegan ramen versions often include vegetables and Asian condiments like sesame paste and chili oil.

popular pairings with ramen kits

What are the differences between “Tan Tan” and “Dan Dan” noodles?

Tan Tan ramen and Dan Dan ramen are two popular noodle that often people get confused about their differences.

There are many differences between these two delicious meals such as their ingredients, flavour profiles, and cooking techniques etc.

Aspect Tan Tan Ramen Dan Dan Ramen
Origin Japanese Chinese
Key Ingredients Sesame paste, chili oil Sichuan peppercorns, soy sauce
Flavor Profile Creamy, nutty from sesame paste Spicier due to Sichuan peppercorns
Additional Ingredients Sesame paste, chili oil, soy milk Sichuan peppercorns, soy sauce, black vinegar
Cooking Techniques Blend sesame paste with hot broth Mix Sichuan peppercorns with soy sauce and broth

What are the best tips for cooking Tan Tan Ramen Noodles?

1- How to choose the right noodles for Tan Tan Ramen?

Opt for non-fried and dehydrated noodles for a healthier option with a firm bite.

These noodles typically have a more authentic texture and are better suited for absorbing the rich, spicy broth of Tan Tan Ramen.

The best tips for cooking Tan Tan Ramen start with the water temperature.

Make sure to bring the water to a boiling temperature of 212°F (100°C).

This is the ideal temperature for cooking ramen noodles.

Add the noodles once the water boils, and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Do not overcook, as this will make the noodles mushy.

2- How do you achieve the perfect Tantanmen Ramen Noodle texture?

The secret to achieving the perfect texture, rinsing the noodles. After cooking, drain and rinse them under cold water right away.

This stops the cooking process and removes excess starch.

Rinsing the boiled noodles is very important because it will help the noodles from becoming sticky.

Keep the noodles in a bowl of cold water until ready to use.

Using non-fried and dehydrated noodles will also make a difference in the quality of slurping scrumptious noodles.

3- How to choose the right ramen broth to cook Spicy Tan Tan Ramen?

There are so many ramen broth options in the market. A rich, flavourful and spicy broth is key to a great bowl of Tan Tan Ramen.

The bold, amazing flavour profile will come from the spicy tan tan ramen broth.

When preparing the broth at home, use quality ingredients or use our conveniently packaged concentrated tan tan ramen broth that is prepared without the use of any animal products, preservatives or msg.

There are few key ingredients to prepare ramen broth from scratch at home. Ingredients like miso, soy sauce, kombu and sesame paste.

This will add depth and authenticity to your ramen. If you want to save time, we’ve got you covered.

Our restaurant quality broth is ready-to-use and to be ordered online!

tantanmen ramen noodle broth

What are some plant-based protein options for Tan Tan Ramen?

Tofu and tempeh are great healthful choices. Tofu/tempeh can be versatile and be fried or baked as well.

Tempeh has a nutty flavour and firm texture. Seitan and soy curls are also excellent plant based protein sources to add into the tan tan ramen bowl.

fried tofu to add on vegan ramen noodle

Legumes, chickpeas, edamame and beans are nutritious and popular options.

They provide protein and a slight crunch. We highly recommend using them to add different textures to your ramen.

Sprinkling some nuts, seeds, peanuts and sesame seeds will also elevate and add flare on your spicy tan tan ramen.

The recipe to cook plant-based spicy Tan Tan Ramen at home?

Chef's advice: Preparing all toppings in advance ensures a smooth and efficient assembly process when the noodles are ready.

First, gather ingredients from The Plant Based Workshop's Spicy Tan Tan Ramen Kit.

The noods kit includes ramen noodles and a spicy broth base. You will also need plant-based protein options, vegetables, and garnishes.

This kit is convenient, allows customization, and is perfectly simplified for success!

Name of the meal:

Plant Based Spicy Tantanmen Ramen


A quick and spicy Tantanmen Ramen dish featuring The Plant Based Workshop original noodle and broth, tofu, green onions, and bok choy, ready in just 10 minutes.

Preparation time:

10 minutes

Recipe category:

Main course

Recipe cuisine:



1 serving


Spicy Tan Tan Ramen Cooking Instructions

  1. Prepare the broth using the kit's concentrated base. Heat water in a pot and add the broth base. Stir until it dissolves completely. This creates a rich, flavourful soup base essential for authentic Tan Tan Ramen.
  2. Cook the noodles as per instructions. Boil water in another pot. Add the ramen noodles and cook for 3-4 minutes. Drain and rinse the noodles under cold water to stop the cooking process. This keeps them firm and prevents them from becoming mushy.
  3. Add plant-based protein options. Tofu, tempeh, or seitan work well. Cook your chosen protein separately and then add it to the broth. This step ensures the protein absorbs the broth's flavors.
  4. Incorporate vegetables and seasonings. Add vegetables like bok choy, mushrooms, or spinach. These add texture and nutrients to your ramen. Season with soy sauce, sesame oil, and chili.

Nutritional Facts of Tan Tan Ramen Kit

Per 1 pack (113g)
  • Calories: 450 kcal
  • Fat: 14g 20%
  • Saturated Fat: 1g 5%
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrate: 65g
  • Fiber: 3g 10%
  • Sugars: 6g 6%
  • Protein: 12g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 1790mg 75%
  • Potassium: 700mg 15%
  • Calcium: 180mg 16%
  • Iron: 5mg 35%

We explored Tantanmen Ramen's origin, evolution from Chinese Dan Dan noodles, and regional differences.

We compared vegan Tan Tan and Dan Dan noodles, discussed cooking tips, and suggested plant-based protein options.

Finally, we shared an easy-to-cook restaurant quality spicy Tan Tan Ramen recipe.

Enjoy making your own Tan Tan Ramen at home, experimenting with flavours and ingredients.

We are sure that you will just love Spicy Tan Tan Ramen Recipe and enjoy every savoury slurp!

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