Tokyo is a mecca of great food. Sushi, hot pot, beef bowls... and of course, ramen. With over 3,000 ramen restaurants within the 23 wards, it's virtually impossible to go a day without coming across one in the streets. Vegan ramen, on the other hand, is quite tricky to find.
The reality is, Tokyo can be a tough city to navigate on a plant-based diet. Most ramen consists of broth made from meat or seafood. But no need to worry! I've found a delicious vegan and vegetarian-friendly ramen joint, conveniently located inside Ueno Station.
T's Tan Tan is a fully plant-based restaurant. They offer 3 types of tan tan men, tonkotsu, and shoyu ramen. The Ueno location also has a variety of sides, soy meat dishes and vegan pastas to choose from.
I tried the ‘Tonkotsu Ramen‘. I didn't know what to expect-- after all, tonkotsu (written in Japanese as 豚骨, or pig and bone) is made with pork broth.
I recieved a bowl topped with sesame, vegetables and soy meat. Surprisingly, it really did taste like tonkotsu ramen! The broth was rich and the noodles were delicious!
They also have take out lunch boxes and sandwiches, and a seasonal menu!
Vegan, vegetarian and meat eating ramen lovers alike, I highly recommend you give T's Tan Tan a try.
T's Tan tan is located within JR Ueno Station, 3rd floor Ecute. There are also locations in Tokyo Station and Jiyugaoka. They also offer English and Chinese menus.
Address: Ecute 3F, 7-1-1 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Business hours: 7:00 - 23:00