Mock Tonkotsu Ramen with Tofu and Baking Soda

Mock Tonkotsu Ramen with Tofu and Baking Soda

Let the baking powder work its magic and you'll have an easy, but healthy alternative to tonkatsu ramen soup.


Creamy Tofu Soup
Baking soda
1 teaspoon (3 g)
1 block
Ramen Soup and Toppings
Chinese soup stock granules
2 teaspoons (9 g)
Soy sauce
1 tablespoon
Sesame oil, garlic
A little of each
Charsiu pork,


1. First, we'll be making the tofu soup. Prepare a large pot of the listed amount of water, with the baking powder added in. Place in your tofu, and turn the heat up to high.
2. Once the tofu starts to melt, a little foam should rise to the top. (This is why you should prepare a large pot.)
3. Once your pot of tofu and water comes to a boil, lower the heat to somewhere between low to medium. The longer you continue simmering your tofu, the more it'll dissolve and the softer it'll become.
4. Pour the soup and tofu chunks into a bowl with the seasonings and toppings for your ramen noodle soup.
5. In Germany, where we live, I always use this brand of baking soda.
6. This time around I made mine with Tofu that was labeled "Medium Firm".
7. The variety of tofu you use changes the texture of your soup. I recommend using the soft, silken variety!

Story Behind this Recipe

An old tv program about secret cooking tricks showed how you could "melt" tofu with baking soda. I thought the taste of it was just right for tonkotsu ramen, so I came up with a recipe.