There are numerous places serving ramen but the quality of this dish seems to differ from place to place. You can find out the taste for yourself by visiting Uki Green, a new place which has recently opened at the back of Konstytucji Square.
“Ramen should consist of five ingredients: broth, noodles, flavoured oil, tare sauce, and toppings”, says Kohei Yagi. He is responsible for all vegan ramen recipes at this newly opened place.
Kohei is a ramen specialist. So far you have had a possibility to try his cuisine at Uki Uki (Taira Matsuki is an owner of these two places), during a pop-up event at Arigator or Vegan Ramen Shop, where he was a consultant. From time to time he pops up with his Shiso Noodle Bar (look for it as it is a real treat!)
He can talk about ramen for hours. Kohei has studied at four ramen schools in Japan and he transfers his knowledge on the Polish ground. “Ramen recipe should be stable. You should precisely know much sugar and acid is needed to achieve the same taste every single time”, says Kohei.
When it comes to recipes he is calm and precise. To master tastes he came back to Japan to try out various vegan versions of ramen. He asked his fellow chef to work with him on ideal proportions of ingredients (he is still working on them). “You will find it hard to believe, but there is only one place in Tokyo with solely vegan ramen”, laughs Kohei.
It came as no surprise to us when he confessed he was most of all a scientist. He has a Ph.D. degree in the field of genetics to be precise. It was the reason for his coming to Poland. He graduated from the Warsaw University of Life Sciences and wrote a thesis on the genome of … a cucumber.
Currently, he divides his time into ramen consultations, scientific work and new products such as Alco Rythm – a supplement which helps to reduce the hangover symptoms.
What is Uki Green’s secret? First of all, unusual serving different from the typical Japanese ramen. In a big bowl you will find broth and noodles, and toppings are offered separately – vegetables and flavoured oil. First, try broth and later on add the toppings. Adding a whole box will give your composition lots of flavours.
Apart from ramen try some vegan dumplings – gyoza, and add some kimchi and vegan cheese (kimcheese), lemongrass sauce and coriander (ethnic) or spicy soy meat with roasted nuts (spicy nuts).
For the enthusiast of unique treats we recommend Vege Una-Jyu which is a vegan eel on rice. “This type of dishes derive from the Buddhist tradition. Monks used to invent substitutive dishes resembling meat”, says Kohei.
When at Uki Green you should try homemade cola. Kohei has prepared the herbal syrup, which is phenomenal and much healthier than the original version.
Kohei’s motto is “to create a happy worker and a happy customer”. At Uki Green you will feel pampered and your taste buds and stomachs will be grateful.
text: Magda Assanowicz
photos: Aga Bilska
UKI GREEN, Koszykowa St 49a