Fake-out vegetarian noodle bowls

Hello hello! Before I begin, I want to thank Jamie over at The Healthy Passport for hosting me last week! I shared another lentil beetroot salad recipe (a bit like this one), so if you’re interested and don’t want the Beetroot Bonanza to end, check it out!

When I was younger, I used to assume people were lying – or, at the very least, putting on a brave face – when they said they sometimes craved things like broccoli over, say, ice cream cake. But in the last few years, I’ve come to know that feeling. It’s weird.

I’m back in Utrecht after a wonderful time spent in Toronto with family and friends. And after lots and lots of indulgent meals both in and out… I’ve got that feeling. It’s like the reasonable, intuitive part of my body has taken over. I’m craving ‘lighter’ fare and lots of freshness – but at the same time, I’m jet-lagged like crazy and consequently my appetite is massive.

Which is where these ‘fake-out’ (get it? fake take-out? hehe) vegetarian noodle bowls come in.

vegetarian noodle bowl, vegetarian recipe

This is a trusty go-to meal for me when I’m feeling either tired or a bit under the weather, as it comes together in no time but is super warming and comforting. It feels like you’re eating something super indulgent, but you don’t feel weighed down or in need of a nap afterwards – which is great if you happen to have slept in because you’re super jet-lagged and can’t really afford to waste any more of the day! Or, you know, if you’re a human being at all who needs to be awake for human reasons.

One small note: I take the extra step of frying off my tofu so that it’s nice and crunchy, but you could easily skip that step and simply warm it in the broth before serving. You’ll still get plenty of crunch from the bean sprouts and the peanuts.

vegetarian noodle bowls, vegetarian recipe

That’s it! I’m keeping this post short and sweet today because 1) my body still thinks it’s 5 am, so I already fear I’m rambling, and 2) I suspect I have about one hour left to get some sunshine in before the rain sets it again… Yikes!

Happy Monday everyone!

Fake-out vegetarian noodle bowls

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 1 bowl

Fake-out vegetarian noodle bowls

This recipe for vegetarian noodle bowls is so quick and easy you'll soon be whipping it up in your sleep!


1 serving dry ramen noodles
For the broth
200 ml vegetable stock
1 tbsp soya sauce
1/2 tbsp fresh grated ginger
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp sesame oil
optional: 1 red chili pepper, seeds removed and thinly sliced
For the tofu
handful of firm tofu, in 1 cm-thick slices
1 tbsp olive oil or other oil, for frying
1/2 tsp sesame oil
salt, to taste
1 green onion, thinly sliced
big handful fresh bean sprouts
1/2 handful peanuts
1/2 handful fresh coriander/cilantro, roughly chopped


For the broth
1. Bring the vegetable bouillon to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and add in all other ingredients except sesame oil. Let cook for 10 minutes while you prepare your other ingredients.
2. Before serving, remove garlic clove and add in the sesame oil.
For the tofu
1. In a frying pan, heat up the olive oil and sesame oil over a medium-high heat (err more on the side of 'high' rather than 'medium'). Once the oil is hot, carefully add the tofu - it can tend to splatter.
2. Fry the tofu until golden, about 5 minutes on each side.
For assembly
1. Once your broth is finished, add your noodles into it and cook until they soften - roughly 4-5 minutes. If you are making more than one serving, I suggest cooking the noodles in a separate pan of water or you'll have a hard time portioning them out correctly without making a mess!
2. Pour your noodles and broth into your most comforting bowl.
3. Sprinkle over all toppings exactly as you want them.
4. Use a fork or chopsticks to dig in, and then slurp the remaining broth right out of the bowl. Enjoy!


I 100% stole this idea from a take-out noodle place in The Hague. The place had just opened up near my apartment and I took a peak at the menu one day while on my way home. I loved the idea of slightly broth-y noodles but could not get behind the price of a single bowl!



  1. says

    First off, I’m all in anytime someone mentions a noddle bowl. OMG, there is nothing better in this world than a spicy noddle bowl. Second, love that I now have a wonderfully healthy and quick vegetarian noddle bowl recipe (thank you for that!). Third, every other week or so, I’ll have an immense craving for all healthy foods, usually raw. I always feel like it’s so strange too because I’m not craving junk food. Hope you got lots of sleep and are over your jet lag. P.S. I like to fry my tofu too! I think it gives it a little more character :)

    • sophie says

      Totally agree: any kind of noodle bowl, I am all in! What could be more comforting?
      Glad you can relate re: feeling weird about healthy food cravings! The other day I went to the grocery store and felt what I can best describe as thirst for the veggies I was walking by – I was in for oatmeal and cat food and it was all I could do not to buy all the veggies right then and there and just eat them on my way home! Aah adulthood… when your body starts to realize that it can’t rely solely on your brain to feed it properly! haha


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