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The Eight Most Popular Japanese Vegan Dishes

Out of the dozens of possibilities we have found the most popular Japanese vegan dishes are the most popular Japanese non-vegan dishes without the fish or land animal, all beautifully Same-Same but V -different

Japanese Plant-Based Sushi © Scott Mathias - RawVegan Meals

Based on centuries of historical Japanese cuisine the vegan representations vary little from their ancestral cousins.

Here is the list.

Coming in at #1 quite predictably is Sushi & sashimi made with vegetables, such as avocado, cucumber, and pickled daikon radish or topped with plant-based fishy 'lookalikes' with a side of pickled seaweed.

#2 Miso Soup: A staple of Japanese cuisine made with a broth of fermented soybeans and usually served with tofu, seaweed, and scallions.

#3 Tempura: Battered and fried vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, eggplant, and bell peppers. Vegan prawns are also beginning to appear.

#4 Udon Noodles: Thick wheat noodles served in a mild broth with various vegetables and sometimes tofu. The Vegan dish shown below shows udon noodles served with ginger and mushrooms broth, tofu, snap peas, zucchini, watermelon radish and lime

#5 Anything Tofu: Grilled, fried, or simmered tofu with various sauces and seasonings. The dish shown is Japanese Tofu Meiji cooked with mushroom.

#6: Edamame: Boiled green soybeans typically served as a snack or appetiser.

Always an easy and popular Japanese snack sometimes served with beer.

#7 Pickles: A variety of pickled vegetables, such as cucumber, eggplant, and daikon radish.

#8 Okonomiyaki: A savory Japanese pancake filled with vegetables and often served with a sweet and tangy sauce. This is a meatless, eggless and tunaless version created by Chef Marc - Definitely a favourite!!


While not in the official countdown list the ever present Vegan Bento box is a favourite of mine. Here's an image from one of my books featuring international flavours - RawVegan Meals available from Amazon.

Pickles, cauliflower rice, tomato skin, ruby grapefruit and vegetable handroll with traditional accompaniments - wasabi, soya and a ginger spicy ginger sesame mayo.

We hope you've enjoyed seeing this array of beautiful Japanese Vegan food just as much as we have enjoyed bringing all these stunning images together for your.

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