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Is Vegan Ramen Delicious?

September 25, 2017

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Hello everyone!

We’ve heard your requests, and now we’re doing a video on vegan food! Well, it wasn’t all of your requests. Some of you are ok with us not doing vegan food videos, but some of you wanted to know, and – really – we wanted to know as well. We’ve been looking for good vegan places here in Japan. We went to some. And they mostly sucked. Just freaking sucked. We got a can of beans on lettuce cups and were charged far too much for lazy cooking with lack of seasoning, but it was vegan and the waiters were good-looking so I guess they could charge a lot. But we didn’t give up! We kept looking, and we finally found a place that we’d like to share.

Before I share it, though, I want to add a disclaimer for that last paragraph. Not all vegan food in Japan is gross. It’s just that when we’re left to our own devices to look for good places, we did a bad job. I’m sure good places exist, but we had a tough time finding any. We’re a lot luckier with non-vegan foods because we have a lot of foodie friends who can guide us. We asked them about vegan places and they don’t go to any, so we couldn’t get their help. I’m sure after a while we’ll be able to find better vegan places. But…we’ve just hit a bit of bad luck in our search, until now!

Food Therapy Diner Chabuzen is a neat place. I won’t say it’s the best food in the world. But compared to the vegan food we’ve had in Japan, it’s miles ahead. It’s nicely seasoned (which is a quality we found lacking in other vegan spots), and has really nice noodles and broth. I found the Oriental Vegetarian stuff a bit too mild for me, but still palatable. And, considering how heavy ramen can be, I think they did a great job of replicating that in a somewhat healthy way. Of course, we know that just because it’s vegan doesn’t mean it’s healthy, but I think that this kind of ramen definitely won’t eat at your conscience like a big bowl of Tonkotsu ramen which, after eating, you sometimes think to yourself “damn did I really eat that whole bowl? I know I should have stopped when I was full but I kept eating and now the bowl is empty and I feel weird and maybe people are looking at me oh god the sodium! Ah!” That feeling. You know what I’m talking about. I didn’t feel that after eating this ramen, and I like that.

I was actually really happy with the side dishes as well. The fake chicken bits stole the show. They had great texture and bite and I could have eaten three more bowls of it. Really. I think I liked it more than the ramen, to be honest. That right there is totally my style. And the dumplings were really nice. The dough could use some work in my opinion, but they were still a nice little snack as we waited for our ramen.

Anyhow, that’s it for this week’s video. If you’ve been to good vegan spots in Tokyo, please let me know what they were. We’ll add them to our list and give them a shot, and hopefully we’ll shoot a video there if we love the place! If you’d like to check out Food Therapy Diner Cabuzen yourself, it’s in Shimokitazawa, and it’s far from the station. You’ll need Google Maps to get there. The address is 6 Chome-16-20 Daita, Setagaya, Tokyo 155-0033. Check it out!

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  1. I really liked this video! I’m not vegan or vegetarian myself, but I have some friends that are, and I understand the struggle they sometimes have. Even in southern california it can be hard for them to find good vegan/veg food. My favorite ramen place nearby has a vegan option, I kind of want to try it now. They put corn in it, which just makes me think of your guys’ experience with Korean pizza… I’m a server now, but I was a cook for the last ten years. I always tried to make sure if someone came to where I worked and they were vegan or vegetarian I wasn’t just like ‘enjoy the salad,’ you know? It’s a hard lifestyle to follow and people have their reasons for doing it. The overall menu at this place seems really lovingly thought out, all of the options you listed was kind of amazing. I hope that chef is doing very well!

    1 month ago
  2. I know the struggle of finding good vegan food. A lot of restaurants think vegan means they cannot eat much, in their mind they are sure that being vegan is a sad life of starvation, but they stil include it in their menu to please some clients. And so they make an half arse dish, just because to say “see! we got some vegan options!” and it’s digusting or disappointing… I have this problem in France, if i see vegan or vegetarian on the menu, i can be sure i will be disappointed. It’s sad because a lot of dishes are already vegan or vegetarian that everyone eats and are delicious. But they don’t think about those, they prefer to invent a weird vegan “steak” instead and drop it in a plate with some veggies… You guys are awesome for making that video! Now i really want to taste those delicious ramen!

    2 months ago
  3. I think Simon hit the nail on the head when he mentioned how many of the “vegetarian dishes” were lazily prepared with little seasoning. That’s what a lot of people in some areas think vegetarian or vegan diets are all about. That’s why it’s important to let people know when a truly creative restaurant features food that is well-prepared and well seasoned. I believe more people would be willing to try vegetarian dishes or even convert to becoming vegetarian if there were better dishes and better-seasoned vegetarian food creations.

    2 months ago
  4. I completely agree with harehare that you guys should do halal food version! It’d also be really cool if you could do a video on gluten free food in japan if there are any really good ones you guys know of

    3 months ago
  5. Another place you can try, that I liked at least, is T’s TanTan which is located in Tokyo Station, so might be easier to find, even though Tokyo Station is huge. They also have vegan Japanese Curry. Only downside is that it is in the paid area, but if you happen to travel to Tokyo Station you can just visit there anyway.
    Can’t comment how it compares to regular ramen because I have been a vegetarian for 20+ years but I liked it at least, and my Japanese friend did too.

    3 months ago
  6. Hi guys, I was wondering if you could do a similar video but for halal food instead? I think it would be a huge help to all the Muslim travelers visiting Japan. Thanks!!

    3 months ago
  7. Occasionally my friends and I will eat a ramen bar we have in our area which has a vegan ramen that I actually prefer over their meat-based broth! All of their broths contain shellfish except for their vegan option, so that is the only option my fiance can have–so out of curiosity I tried it and found I liked it very much. It’s probably a case where I simply like how its seasoned more than other options I’ve tried (it’s got a good amount of spice), but I don’t find myself missing the meat or anything. c: I do add an soft boiled egg though…cause eggs, man.

    3 months ago
    • Please share this spot! I would love to know for my upcoming trip to Japan ^^

      3 months ago
  8. Can’t wait to watch this tonight! Have you checked out Happy Cow? It is a website that filters vegan restaurants, vegetarian, and vegan friendly. From what I could tell, 99% of the restaurants in Japan were vegan (that are listed on there, aka vegan or bust apparently) I am not surprised by your comments cuz, it seems so confusing! A lot of places look like regular stores that sell vegan food on the side? or maybe there’s a cafe? Anyways, just something to check out if you want to venture at more places. Apparently veganism in Asian countries is seen more for old buddist farts rather than the youths hipsters.

    3 months ago
    • I think it depends on where in Asia. I have a higher chance to find a large variety of vegan food in Hong Kong and Taiwan than the city that my bf is from. Veggie meat is awesome. Especially the veggie eel and gobo.

      3 months ago
  9. 6889cafe!!! VEGAN ICE CREAMMMMMMMM. <3

    3 months ago
  10. I’ve never even heard about oriental vegan!
    The video really made me crave those noodles now, even though i usually dont like oily noodle soups.

    You both look amazing as always. I always think you both found your style but then you just go out and find new ways to style. Such a flow of creativity is what i aspire to have one day :D

    3 months ago