September 25, 2017
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!