Vegetarianism is a tricky concept in Japan. The words vegetable and vegetarian get mixed up, and you’ll order a vegetarian something and it will arrive with shrimp on it. The recommended meal for many veg visitors to Tokyo is … Indian food. It is not impossible to be a vegetarian here, it is just more work. Vegetarians who are able or willing to eat dashi, a broth made from dried, fermented and smoked skipjack tuna (also known as bonito and katsuobushi) have a much easier time. As a visiting-vegetarian friend said, she didn’t realize that dishes made with dashi would be so heavy. You mean flavorful? That, my friend, would be the animal.
I eat meat but trend vegetarian, so when I find a great vegetarian anything I get excited (like this shojin ryori). This week I found vegetarian ramen.
Real deal vegetarian ramen. That’s lotus root, okra, mushrooms, radish, grated daikon, tomato, onions and greens in a flavorful vegetable broth. Even the noodles are green.
They are made from spirulina. I don’t actually know what that is, but I trust my man James. Every year the ramen chain Kagetsu Arashi offers a vegetarian ramen as a healthy alternative to the fat-packed kind. A vegetarian friend here admitted to eating it every day for a week straight, and I assume he is still going strong. Keep it up man! They’re offering it until May!
Since it’s healthy, why not get the veggie gyoza? Vegetarians need junk food, too.
I’m vegetarian and I know exactly what you mean! I’ve been meaning to have vegetarian ramen for a while now and I know there’s a all-year-long vegetarian ramen place in shimokitazawa but it seems I never end up there. Anyway, It’s so good to know about this place you’ve been to, thanks for sharing!
Hi Angie, will you please add my daughter to your blog!? See if you can send her this vegetarian ramen bit. Thanks, Masha
gyoza, mmmm… Tae, my Japanese friend taught me how to make it! I love it so much…