Ramen Houses are restaurants that specialize in ramen dishes, which are wheatflour Japanese noodles in broth. In Japan, ramen houses are very common and popular and are sometimes referred to as ramen-ya (ラーメン屋) restaurants. Some ramen houses operate in short order style, while others provide a sit-down service. Over 10,000 ramen houses exist in Japan. Because of the popularity, ramen houses have popped up in various cities in the United States, such as New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
But because the broth uses a fairly copious amount of animal products searching for a ramen house that caters to a vegetarian lifestyle was difficult in the past. Not anymore, with the increasing awareness of the ethical treatment of animals, more restaurants are catering to meatless and dairyless options.
Here are a few suggestions on where to find a vegan option:
Ramen Hood in Los Angeles
They serve vegan eggs and was voted “Top Chef” winner Ilan Hall’s all-vegan ramen bar. Ramen Hood makes their broth using sunflower seed broth, and other options.
Ivan Ramen in New York City
Per Serious Eats, the buckwheat noodles come in a strong stock flavored with mushroom and seaweed along with a slick of what chef Mike Bergemann calls “vegetable fat,”—oil flavored with their house soffrito and seaweed.