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Dishes that are traditionally served vegan
Japanese pickled vegetables/ fruits, usually served with rice dishes. Make sure: No dashi is used.
Cooked fermented soy beans commonly served with rice, soy sauce and Japanese onion
Glutinous rice sweet buns stuffed with red bean paste. Can also be stuffed with azuki beans, matcha tea or chocolate
Rice crackers, brushed with soy sauce/mirin, or wrapped nori seaweed. Make sure no fish seasoning was used.
Steamed/boiled soy beans served with salt and lemon
Cucumber salad made with wakame seaweed, soy sauce, mirin and sesame
Seaweed wrapped rice balls with pickled plums. Make sure: no fish or dashi are used.
Soft grilled glutinous rice balls, covered with sweet soy sauce
Red bean paste made with sugar and used as part of many different local sweets and desserts
Grilled vegetables with seasoning of salt, mirin, sake, soy sauce, sugar and pepper
Deep fried candied sweet potato snack
Traditional green tea made from ground tea leaves powder. Make sure: milk is not added
“Rice wine” alcoholic beverage made from fermenting rice. Served hot or cold
Dishes that are not vegan by default, but can be made so, by asking to remove or change part of the ingredients.
Rice roll wrapped in nori seaweed, filled with vegetables or seafood. To veganize: ask for only vegetable filling
Braised/ sautéed carrot & burdock root with soy sauce, sugar, mirin and dashi (fish based sauce). To veganize: Ask for no dashi
Steamed buns filled with meat and vegetables To veganize: choose vegetables filling, make sure no lard, eggs or dairy are used
Fried rice with ham, kimchi, eggs and vegetables. To veganize: ask for no meat, eggs, and animal products in seasoning
Buckwheat flour noodles served in hot or cold different variations. To veganize: ask for no dashi or meat stock
Soft tofu topped with ginger, okra, yuzu, plum paste and soy sauce. To veganize: ask for no fish sauce/dashi or fish flakes.
Sliced vegetables, fish, meat, tofu and noodles cooked in broth. To veganize: ask for no meat, fish or dashi
Dishes that might look vegan, but contain animal products.
Battered and deep fried vegetables, the batter usually made with eggs
Fish- shaped cake filled with beans. The batter contain eggs and sometimes milk
Deep fried patties usually made with eggs
Bean paste filled sweet pancake, usually contain eggs
Spiced stew with vegetables, served with rice. usually contains butter/ dashi/ chicken stock
Traditional clear soup with tofu and wakame seaweed, made with dashi (fish-based stock)
Noodle soup with different added ingredients. Usually contain dashi/ animal stock/ eggs
Rice, seaweed and vegetables wrapped in deep fried tofu. Will most likely contain some form of fish even if not labeled.
Savory pancakes containing a variety of ingredients. Usually include eggs, dashi and oyster sauce
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