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Vegan dishes

Dishes that are traditionally served vegan

Japanese pickled vegetables/ fruits, usually served with rice dishes. Make sure: No dashi is used.

Tsukemono

Cooked fermented soy beans commonly served with rice, soy sauce and Japanese onion

Nattō

Glutinous rice sweet buns stuffed with red bean paste. Can also be stuffed with azuki beans, matcha tea or chocolate

Mochi

Rice crackers, brushed with soy sauce/mirin, or wrapped nori seaweed. Make sure no fish seasoning was used.

Senbei

Steamed/boiled soy beans served with salt and lemon

Edamame

Cucumber salad made with wakame seaweed, soy sauce, mirin and sesame

Sunomono

Seaweed wrapped rice balls with pickled plums. Make sure: no fish or dashi are used.

Onigiri

Soft grilled glutinous rice balls, covered with sweet soy sauce

Mitarashi Dango

Red bean paste made with sugar and used as part of many different local sweets and desserts

Anko

Grilled vegetables with seasoning of salt, mirin, sake, soy sauce, sugar and pepper

Vegetable Yakitori

Deep fried candied sweet potato snack

Kenpi

Traditional green tea made from ground tea leaves powder. Make sure: milk is not added

Matcha Tea

“Rice wine” alcoholic beverage made from fermenting rice. Served hot or cold

Sake

Dishes that can be Veganized

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

Sushi

Braised/ sautéed carrot & burdock root with soy sauce, sugar, mirin and dashi (fish based sauce). To veganize: Ask for no dashi

Kinpira Gobo

Steamed buns filled with meat and vegetables To veganize: choose vegetables filling, make sure no lard, eggs or dairy are used

Nikuman

Fried rice with ham, kimchi, eggs and vegetables. To veganize: ask for no meat, eggs, and animal products in seasoning

Chahan

Buckwheat flour noodles served in hot or cold different variations. To veganize: ask for no dashi or meat stock

Soba

Soft tofu topped with ginger, okra, yuzu, plum paste and soy sauce. To veganize: ask for no fish sauce/dashi or fish flakes.

Hiya-Yakko / Yudofu

Sliced vegetables, fish, meat, tofu and noodles cooked in broth. To veganize: ask for no meat, fish or dashi

Hot Pot / Nabemono

Dishes that are not vegan, but appear to be.

Dishes that might look vegan, but contain animal products.

Battered and deep fried vegetables, the batter usually made with eggs

Vegetable Tempura

Fish- shaped cake filled with beans. The batter contain eggs and sometimes milk

Taiyaki

Deep fried patties usually made with eggs

Vegetable Korokke

Bean paste filled sweet pancake, usually contain eggs

Dorayaki/ Dora Cake

Spiced stew with vegetables, served with rice. usually contains butter/ dashi/ chicken stock

Vegetable Curry

Traditional clear soup with tofu and wakame seaweed, made with dashi (fish-based stock)

Miso Soup

Noodle soup with different added ingredients. Usually contain dashi/ animal stock/ eggs

Ramen

Rice, seaweed and vegetables wrapped in deep fried tofu. Will most likely contain some form of fish even if not labeled.

Inari Sushi

Savory pancakes containing a variety of ingredients. Usually include eggs, dashi and oyster sauce

Okonomiyaki

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