Another Vegan Post From Japan

27 Mar

It is much more difficult to eat vegan in Japan unless you cook for yourself. Noodles are vegan except the sauce isn’t. All sauces have hondashi which is fish stock. A lot of the soy milk you can buy at the store has casein or other milk by products. You must have a trusty reader on stand by to read ingredients. If you ask someone if it is vegan they will most likely not consider milk products. Salad dressings almost always have hondashi if it is a vinaigrette type or if it is creamy it has mayo or eggs. Even soy sauce has hondashi in it most of the time. I’ve had to break my veganism for  some sauces that had hondashi in it because of my circumstances here. 

My family has been taking care of me, trying their best to make food to accommodate my needs. But sometimes they don’t realize that certain sauces aren’t vegan. It would be culturally considered rude if I made any comments about it so, I eat it (I will only go as far as eating hondashi). I have tried to implement my own dining schedule so I can cook for myself. Almost all breads have milk or eggs in Japan, even baguettes! They love their soft squishy bread here. I haven’t been able to find any. I guess that is okay since I’m trying to lose weight. You can always count on tofu, rice, and miso (not miso soup) to be vegan. I also enjoy natto everyday. Natto is a fermented soybean that smells like poop. Most people think its gross. I grew up eating it so its yummy to me. Though, the smell makes me question my own taste. FYI the sauce packet in the natto has hondashi in it. Still discovering how to eat out vegan style. I will let you know when I figure it out. It would be a lot easier if I was in a big city, but I am in a town of 20,000 people. I’m more used to 9-10 million people. Its a nice change of pace, I suppose. If anyone has any tips on eating vegan in Japanese country side (inaka) please let me know.


2 Responses to “Another Vegan Post From Japan”

  1. Gerry March 27, 2012 at 1:37 am #

    There is a restaurant in Ko-ichi 25km from Inaka. They make vegetable gyoza and a seitan-katsu that is not to be believed. Take the bullet-train from Kanzu to Yokinoba and exit at the fish market. It is behind the Hankyu Department Store in the basement level. I may have made all of this up and even fabricated some words and places that sound Japanese to my American ear, but clearly don’t exist. I wish you well and enjoy reading this blog and am sending you the best from L.A. The kind of guy who says he is bringing 37 people to a wedding,

    • aiball March 28, 2012 at 2:01 am #

      Wow thanks Gerry I will make sure to try it. It made no sense to me, but I’m sure you could have fooled someone who was not familiar with Japan. This is a great yelp review!

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