Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Vegetablian Tokyo 38 - Afuri

Afuri is a Ramen chain with a few shops in Tokyo:
They serve one vegan option, but be careful, as not all the shops really have it on the menu! When we tried the Sangenjaya store, they did not have it.
In Shinjuku however, they definitely serve the vegan Ramen and quite a while ago I also ate it at the Ebisu store. It's seasonal vegan Ramen for 1.350 Yen. The many vegetable toppings are really nice, but the broth is pretty light - for my taste a bit too light.
I think there are better vegan Ramen out there, but if you happen to be in Shinjuku and want to eat something vegetarian, it is definitely worth to try.

Seasonal Vegan Ramen

1 Chome-1-5 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0023

Vegetablian Tokyo 37 - Chabuzen

Chabuzen is a restaurant located between the stations Shimokitazawa and Daitabashi. It serves "Yakuzen" cuisine, which is food using special spices that are supposed to have health benefits. The shop is very small with only two tables, where you sit on the ground, and seats on the counter.
Ramen and curry are the main dishes served. I tried the yeast Ramen "Dragon" (950 Yen) and enjoyed it, but it was not  the best Ramen I ever had. On another occasion I tried the black Sri Lanka curry (950) and it was super spicy. I liked it, but would only recommend it, if you can handle spicy.
I definitely want to come back to try the other dishes and I like the shop, because it has a very homey atmosphere. Only one elderly guy cooking the food and serving the customers.
Ramen "Dragon"

Ramen Menu

Curry Menu

6 Chome-16-20 Daita, Setagaya-ku, Tōkyō-to 155-0033

Vegetablian Tokyo 36 - Kyushu Jangara

Kyushu Jangara is a Ramen shop which serves a vegan option (1000Yen).
It is a restaurant chain with stores all over Japan. We went to the one in Harajuku, but there are more shops in Ikebukuro, Akihabara, Omotesando ... Check out there website for details: http://kyushujangara.co.jp/shops/

The Ramen had a nice and strong taste and I would definitely recommend it. As it's not all vegan it's especially recommendable if you want to eat out together with someone who likes to eat meat.

1 Chome-13-21 Jingūmae, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0001

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Vegetablian Tokyo 36 - Ain Soph Journey Shinjuku

Ain Soph Journey (http://ain-soph.jp) is a really nice vegan restaurant in Shinjuku, serving a variety of Japanese/Western style dishes using different types of veggie meat. We were four people and tried a lot of different dishes! I was the only vegetarian among us, but the other three were really surprised about the quality of the food (especially the veggie meat and the good seasoning). So I can definitely also recommended to go here with non-vegan friends. Prices are not really cheap, but I think the food is worth it. 

We had as a starter vegan deep fired "veggie chicken (Really recommended), vegan cutlet and veggie tortilla roll (Really recommended).
As main dishes I tried the Mushroom Hayashi Rice which I really liked and the Taco Rice, which was also extremely tasty! As dessert we had Tofu Lemon cheese cake, Chocolate cake and waffle with ice cream. I especially liked the ice cream with nuts!!

Vegan deep fired "veggie chicken (650Yen)
Vegan cutlet (650Yen)
Veggie tortilla roll (1600Yen)

Taco Rice (1600Yen)

Mushroom Hayashi Rice (1400Yen)

Lemon cheese cake (750Yen)
Chocolate cake (800Yen)
Waffle with ice cream (1000Yen)

Shop from the inside

Shinjuku, 3 Chome−89
160-0022 Tokyo

Monday, November 23, 2015

Vegetablian Germany 2 - Ramen at Muku in Frankfurt

MUKU is a ramen shop that was established in Frankfurt, Germany. Because of the great quality they also have a stall at Yokohama's Ramen Museum.
Entering the restaurant the waiters greeted us by calling 'Irasshaimaseeeen' and led us to a table. This and the whole atmosphere inside the shop nearly made us forget that we are actually in Germany and not in Japan.
And the vegan ramen was delicious!!! It was definitely one of the best we have had. Depending on where you are, this shop is surely worth a trip to Frankfurt :) !

It can be quite crowded, so it might be a good idea to reserve seats before you go there, especially if you go in a group.

vegan ramen

Kirin tab-beer and vegan kimchi starter

Dreieichstraße 7
60594 Frankfurt

Monday, November 16, 2015

Vegetablian Cooking 3 - Shiso Syrup

This is a super easy recipe for shiso syrup!
If you mix it with sparkling water and squeezed lemon it makes a great lemonade. And to make a cocktail you can just add vodka to the lemonade ᵔᴥᵔ !

  • approx. 100g shiso leaves
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar

  1. put water and sugar in a pot and boil it until the sugar dissolves
  2. add shiso leaves and turn to low heat
  3. after 5 min take the pot down from the stove
  4. take out the shiso leaves after 30 min and let the syrup cool down

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Vegetablian Germany 1 - Vegan Ramen in Berlin

We went to a japanese ramen restaurant in Berlin, Neukölln, called 'Men Men'. It's about a 10 min walk from Hermannplatz (U7/U8). The vegan choices are soy and miso ramen, salats, gyoza and edamame. We ate miso ramen for 7.90€, veggie gyoza for 3.50€ and wakame salat for 6.50€.
The ramen and gyoza were better and more authentic than others we have tried outside Japan. The soup was really good, the noodles itself were tasty, but if you compare them to the ones you get in Japan, they were quite different. The salat tasted good, but for that price probably not our choice again next time.
Eventhough we hoped for a bigger size for that price, it was tasty and a very atmospheric location, so we will go back when we are in Berlin and craving ramen :)!
When we checked out the other ramen places in Berlin, we will be able to compare their authenticities :).

vegan miso ramen

Weserstraße 16
12047 Berlin