No, ramen is not vegetarian.
1. Ramen Broth isn’t vegetarian
Ramen broth is usually made from chicken or pork broth.
Japanese soup stock, made up of various vegetables, konbu (kelp), or niboshi (dried sardines) is added to the broth to give depth to the flavour of the soup.
If the broth is made with only kelp or other veggies, there is a chance it may be vegetarian.
2. Ramen toppings are not vegetarian
Chashu, ramen eggs, and narutomaki… You can find these ramen toppings in almost all ramen bowls.
They are made of meat, eggs, and fish. For that reason, ramen is not vegetarian.
But there are some vegetarian options.
Nori, spinach, ginger, beansprouts, corn, and menma are vegetarian toppings.
3. Are the noodles in ramen vegetarian?
Raw ramen noodles are made of wheat flour, water, and kansui(alkaline solution).
So the noodles themselves are vegetarian.
Some people mix eggs with these ingredients.
But it is not that common.
4. What about instant ramen?
Instant ramen is made of the same ingredients as raw ramen noodles.
The difference between raw ramen noodles and instant noodles are…
Instant noodles are dried by frying or air frying.
We were talking about only the noodles.
But, usually the small packet of seasoning is not vegetarian.
It may contain some animal products or animal by-products.
5. What is vegetarian ramen?
Instead of pork bone, chicken bone and sardines,
Broth of vegetarian ramen is made of carrots, peanuts, green onions, ginger, sesame oil, miso, kelp, etc..
Popular toppings of vegetarian ramen are...
Beansprouts, menma, mushrooms, green onions, seaweed, tofu, and soy meat.
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About the Author
Kei is a self-proclaimed ramen lover, blog writer and founder of "Apex S.K. Japanese tableware".
"I am from Ibaraki, Japan.
Ramen is great! It can bring you a sense of happiness and satisfaction that no other food can. I have been eating ramen for 30 years.
If there is no ramen, my life would be miserable.
Ten years ago, I worked as an office worker. The job was really stressful - excessive working hours, low wages, unpaid overtime work, and constantly being yelled at by my boss.
I was new and alone, no girlfriend, no friends, and felt very lonely.
My only oasis was the ramen shop near the office. For me, the ramen chef there was literally an angel. I saw a halo on his head. (No joke)
Tonkotsu shoyu ramen was my all-time favorite. He made ramen with broth chock-full of umami flavor, nice chewy handmade noodles, and tender chashu.
My greatest dream is connect people with ramen through my blog. I want to share a lot of interesting and funny stories and ramen trivia with you.
Knowing more about ramen can help you appreciate your ramen and make it taste extra delicious."