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The Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum
Recently, I wrote an article for the Japan Travel website Taiken Japan about the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum. I wanted to write an additional article explaining which ramen shops offer vegan options.
You might not know about the museum, so below is a short paragraph from the article that tells you a bit about the museum:
Wouldn’t it be amazing to try ramen from well-known ramen shops from around the world without stepping foot on a plane? At the Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum you can do just that. The museum was started in 1994 as the world’s first food themed amusement park. Instant ramen was first developed in 1958, and the museum is themed around this time period. Once you enter the museum, you feel like you’re walking back in time. The museum is themed with advertisements from the early 60’s, and ramen shops looks as if they were built in this time period. The museum also has information personnel dressed as police from this time period.
You can finish reading the full article I wrote about the museum on the Taiken Japan website here: Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum – World Class Ramen
VEGAN RAMEN AT THE MUSEUM
Many of the ramen shops offer a vegetarian option, but only three offer a vegan option. Keep checking back here, as I will try to update this page if more start to offer a vegan ramen. When you find any of the restaurants below, look for the ramen on the vending machine that has the green tomato icon (like the one below). This will point you to the vegan option.
Ryu Shanghai is my favorite ramen of the two I’ve tried so far. The ramen in VERY spicy, so if you’re not into spicy it’s probably a good idea to try the vegan ramen at one of the other shops. The ramen here is miso based with thick noodles. It’s so flavorful and tastes amazing. Definitely try it!
The other vegan option comes from Komurasaki. The ramen normally has a pork based broth, but their vegan ramen has a vegetable based broth. This ramen is much lighter than the miso ramen at Ryu Shanghai. It was really good too, and I liked they use vegan meat as a topping on the ramen.
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Yesterday we went to the ramen museum in yokohama. They have not one, not two, but three! Three types of vegan ramen! It is set up like a bunch of small ramen shops. Becareful at one of the shops because it has two topping options with egg written in the unusual kanji 玉子, but it is clearly marked. 昨日横浜のラーメンミュージアムに行ってきました！3種類のヴィーガンラーメン、2種類のベジタリアンラーメンがありました！ベジタリアンラーメンの方には、麺に卵が入っているので要注意です！サイトに詳しく書いてあります！
Narumi-Ippudo (Ramen is pictured bottom left) is a new pop-up shop at the museum that was added in Oct, 2014. I haven’t been to the museum recently to try it, so I have to make the trip out there soon. Side note: If you don’t follow VeganJapan on Instagram, I highly recommend it! They post great photos of vegan food from all over the Tokyo area. I have found so many great vegan foods thanks to their posts.
If you can read Japanese, you can refer to this chart that shows which restaurants serve a vegan ramen:
If you have’t been to the museum yet, I highly recommend it. The trip is a little far from central Tokyo or even Yokohama, but well worth it!
Be sure to comment and check out my other restaurant reviews from Japan and around the world here: Restaurant Reviews
My Youtube Video from the Museum:
Shin Yokohama Ramen Museum
Website (English): http://www.raumen.co.jp/english/
2-14-21 Shinyokohama, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama-City, 222-0033, Japan
OPEN: 365 days/year 11:00am-9:30pm