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Vegan Ramen at Ramen Tatsu-Ya

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Vegan Ramen with oolong tea, side salad, and extra garlic at Ramen Tatsu-Ya.

The folks at Ramen Tatsu-Ya are obsessed with bringing you the perfect bowl of ramen, and their dedication shows through. The vegan ramen special starts with a complex soy based broth, filled with perfectly cooked noodles and topped with fried tofu and Brussels sprouts*, bamboo, wood ear mushrooms, corn, spinach, and shaved red pepper, which all contribute to the intricate mosaic of textures, flavors, and colors.

Ramen Tatsu-Ya has two locations (one north, one south), and both are strictly dine-in only – the only way to ensure that your soup and noodles get delivered at precisely the correct temperature and texture. Anybody who’s passed by during business hours has probably noticed the line of hungry customers wrapping around the corner, waiting to get in. While the line may look daunting, Ramen Tatsu-Ya has the process so streamlined that the wait to get in the door is rarely longer than 30 minutes. Ramen Tatsu-Ya only makes the vegan broth and noodles for dinner on Sundays, so be sure to check what day of the week it is before you head over to get your ramen fix. If you can’t make it for Sunday dinner, come any time during the week for lunch and try the brothless vegan ramen. It’s a good idea to come hungry, as the generous portions will leave even the most ravenous of eaters with a full belly.

Ross and I dig into bowls of hot ramen.Lines commonly stretch around the corner at Ramen Tatsu-Ya.

The vegan ramen bowl is the only vegan entree offered for dinner, but you can customize it if you like: a few of the extra toppings are vegan (we highly recommend the fresh garlic, which comes to your table with a fun garlic press), as well as some of the “bombs” (scoops of sauce paste to mix into your broth). However you choose to enjoy your bowl, the experience is sure to make you want to come back week after week, until you too rename Sunday to “Ramen Day”.

* The tofu and Brussels sprouts are deep-fried in a communal fryer.

Disclaimer: This Top 20 series, presented in no particular order, is formed from the personal opinions of Marie and Daniel, and does not necessarily reflect the views of all Red Hot Vegans bloggers. If you’re not a fan of oily, sugary, calorie-dense food, then this series is probably not for you. For everyone else, enjoy!

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