Miso Hungry: VegiLicious' New Organic Ramen Hits The Spot
Huntington Beach and Orange County as a whole are no strangers to ramen, the tasty, trendy Japanese noodle soup that has dominated the culinary world for years. But one apparent stranger to the scene is organic ramen.
Chef Akira of VegiLicious at Huntington Harbour Mall made it his mission to create a 100% organic ramen to serve to his diners, and after nearly a month of experimenting, he's finally done it. The savory soup takes considerable time to prepare, which is why you'll be sorely disappointed if you're the sixth person asking for it at lunch or dinner. Only five servings are offered during each mealtime.
We recently slurped our way through a heaping bowl of Chef Akira's organic, all-natural, vegan, made-from-scratch Spicy Miso Ramen, and have been daydreaming about it ever since.
Initially a weekly special, the dish garnered so much praise from diners that Chef Akira became inspired to add it to the menu. However, he wanted to make it fully organic first, and organic Gochujang chili paste is extremely difficult to come by. With much meddling in the back of his small vegan restaurant, Akira finally created a paste from scratch that is both fully organic and delicious.
Inside a bowl of VegiLicious' Spicy Miso Ramen you'll find organic noodles, organic wakame (seaweed), organic sweet corn, organic green onion, organic bean sprouts, organic seasoned meatless crumbles, and Japan's best organic miso, all swimming in a savory pool of housemade organic vegetable both and housemade organic chili paste. Oh, and let's not forget the eatery's prized ingredient: organic love.
For the gluten-free crowd, Chef Akira is working on making gluten-free noodles, an invention he says should be ready in a few weeks.
Chef Akira and his wife Ana—who double-handedly run the restaurant—"have a big dream that one day all the people in the world will live happy and peacefully."
They say you are what you eat, and the couple cooks up only the kindest plates, so we'd say they're on the right path, and a tasty one at that.
Enjoy (slurping strongly encouraged).