Sunday, April 18, 2021

Vegan Ramen In Seattle: Your Guide to The Best Bowls in the City (2020)

Nothing beats a piping hot, blissfully flavorful bowl of ramen in the chill of rain (or snow) in Seattle.

And vegans need ramen too, you know, since we only eat lettuce – and that’s just not gonna sustain us through the winter.

Luckily, there are many friendly and accommodating places for vegan ramen in Seattle.

We broke down the list into three sections:

  • Vegan Ramen – vegan options on the menu
  • Vegan Ramen With Modification – slight modification needed to make it vegan
  • Not Vegan Ramen (confirmed to not have a vegan option in-house so you can head elsewhere)

Before we dive into the list, let’s talk about what makes a veggie ramen actually vegan, since there’s a lot of misinformation out there…

Photo Credit: Yoroshiku

Isn’t All Veggie Ramen Vegan?

While researching the many veggie ramen options in Seattle, two major factors determine if it’s ultimately vegan or not: The broth and the noodles.

Many traditional styles of ramen broth contain animal products, so ensuring the broth is free from pork or other meat products is critical.

Lots of places in Seattle offer veggie ramen, typically with a broth made from miso, mushrooms, or vegetables. Yum. However, this doesn’t always mean vegan-friendly, because of the next factor – the noodles.

While some ramen noodles are free from animal products, some packaged and house-made noodles contain egg white powder, although a very small amount.

Other Considerations

  • Table sauces and hot sauces are sometimes not vegan, since some contain fish sauce. Always ask!
  • This also goes without saying, but double-check to make sure there’s no soft-boiled egg served in your veggie ramen bowl. Our list is egg-free as is.
  • One last consideration is for the puritans. That is, whether or not the entire establishment is vegan or not. None of these restaurants are 100% plant-based, as we stated above, so some plant-based folks might consider none of these options truly vegan, due to potential cross contact, and understandably so. However, for those that don’t mind a shared kitchen, we hope this guide helps.

Now, let’s get to the list!

Vegan Ramen

We confirmed with these Seattle restaurants directly that there is no animal products in the broth or the noodles in their vegan ramens. Since things may change, always be sure to double check for yourself 🙂

Photo Credit: Stan Y., Yelp

Ramen Danbo (Capitol Hill)

Ramen Danbo is a very, very friendly spot for vegan ramen in Seattle.

In fact, all of their ramen styles can be made vegan! Why can’t every restaurant be this awesome?

They also let you customize just about everything – from the broth spice level to the noodle size and texture – so you can always change things up for next time.

Recommended on Yelp: Vegan Miso Rekka Ramen, pictured.
There is usually a wait here, PS. 😉 Keep your parties small, or go solo for faster seating.

Aloha Ramen (Lake City)

Aloha Ramen in North Seattle has a very vegan-friendly menu. They have a vegan broth they can substitute for any ramen dish, with plenty of ramen styles to choose from.

They are very accommodating and even let folks bring in their own containers for to-go food!

Recommended on Yelp: Get the Ton Ramen (shoyu sesame base): Wood ear mushrooms, garlic oil, bamboo shoots, corn, bean sprouts and green onion with the vegan broth and tofu.

Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya (Northgate, Capitol Hill, West Seattle)

Kizuki is another spot with very limited vegan options but many people really love the one option they’ve got.

Their Veggie Ramen is a kelp and shiitake-based broth, slightly spicy, with yam noodles and thickened with ground sesame seeds and soy milk. It’s topped with sprouts, green onion shavings and cherry tomato. Overall flavor could improve, say some reviews.

Kizuki is a chain with 3 locations in Seattle, and more surrounding. So keep them in mind when you’re looking for a vegan meal.

Photo Credit: Yoroshiku

Yoroshiku (Wallingford)

While options are limited here for vegan food, they are done well. Yoroshiku has a specific menu item called Vegan Ramen that is made with organic tofu, bamboo shoots, Japanese mushrooms, mizuna and yam noodles. You can also make it spicy for $1 more.

Recommended on Yelp: Yoroshiku offers one of the biggest Japanese Whisky and Sake selections in the city, so live it up! And don’t miss their happy hour every day 5-6:30pm, and late night on the weekends.

JINYA Ramen Bar (Bellevue)

Photo Credit: Livvie L., Yelp

Ok, ok, we’re branching out of the city limits here, but it’s well worth mentioning for next time you’re across the pond.

There is something super special about this vegan ramen that has folks going back for more, and more, and then some more. Overall reviews for JINYA are about 3.5, but reviews for their vegan ramen are almost all 5 stars. Critics say the vegan option is far tastier than the traditional.

Recommended on Yelp: Creamy Vegan Ramen (Spicy version): Tofu, onion, green onion, spinach, crispy onion, garlic chips, garlic oil, chili oil, sesame seeds, served with thick noodles. Swoon.

Vegan Ramen *If Modified*

Nuna Ramen (Fremont)

Nuna did not disappoint. Thanks for the tip, readers!

Modification: Nuna’s noodles contain egg. Ask for their egg-free noodles in their Veggie Ramen for a completely vegan ramen.

Due to unbelievably high praises for this ramen, we added the “If Modified” section of the guide specifically for Nuna. It’s just that good, they say, so I had to see for myself – and they were totally right.

Nuna Ramen’s Veggie Ramen is absolutely divine. Filled with veggies including bok choy, cabbage, sprouts, carrots and broccoli, it’s equal parts filling and flavorful, with just the right amount of spice.

No Vegan Ramen Option

Many places offer veggie ramen and are listed as vegan on sites like Yelp or Happy Cow, but in fact are not vegan. Here is the on-going list of ramen places that do not have a fully vegan option, so you know no head elsewhere.

  • Ooink: They do offer an amazing veggie broth, but their house-made noodles do contain a very small amount of egg white powder. Confirmed 9/2019.
  • We will add more as we confirm with the establishments themselves.

We hope this list has been helpful!

Want more Seattle Vegan favorites?

Check out our Guide to the Best Vegan Restaurants in Seattle for Mouth-Watering Burgers, Kick-Ass Sandwiches and Classic Diner Favorites.

Be sure to keep your eyes out for more vegan guides to Seattle in the coming weeks.

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Darby B.
Hi, I'm Darby.My interests are in travel, cooking plant-based meals, music of many genres, human equality and environmental sustainability. I also love to write. When I'm not traveling, you can probably find me drinking coffee or riding a bike around town.I love going to new places and learning as much as possible about history and culture. Even more so, I try to learn about and raise awareness to local grassroots efforts in the areas I am visiting. I believe that communities hold the answers to their trials and I seek to support those efforts however I can.My goal is to never stop learning, always checking my privilege and try to make the world a better place.
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