Nowadays Ramen is getting popular and popular. We all look forward to sitting on a counter and trying it once we arrive in Japan, and not by chance, is one of the most eaten dishes between foreigners and Japanese.
Mamma mia, how good is Ramen!
There are many different styles of it and, as I was told, one of the most distinctive elements is in the broth.
You can find different types, starting from those rich in flavor that include long periods of infusion of pork and chicken bones in boiling water, to lighter ones, flavored with miso. There are the Ramen based on soy sauce, more popular and easy to prepare at home, or even those that provide a simple and clean broth based on Dashi.
Another difference concerns the various ingredients used: meat, vegetables, fish, … and finally the style of Noodles. Before serving the dish you will be asked if you prefer thick or thin, “chewy” or al dente noodles, soft or well cooked. There are really many styles of ramen available in Japan, but for people intolerant to gluten or with vegetarian or vegan diets cannot be easy, also in a big metropolis like Tokyo.
If in the past was almost impossible, nowadays there is a restaurant able to satisfy our desire: Afuri.
As reported on the website (also in English), their Ramen goes a little against the “rules” as it offers the flavors of the tradition, review in a modern key.
Their trademark? Ramen based on Yozu, a citrus fruit similar to a mandarin with a slightly sour taste that will make your broth tasty and refreshing, but not only.
Afuri is distinguished by two other important values: is a Vegan and Gluten Free Restaurant Ramen!
You will find the Vegan Ramen in their menu.
Made with Dashi (prepared without katsuobushi) and many seasonal vegetables, is a colorful Ramen with an incredibly inviting appearance. Perfect for Vegans, vegetarians or those who (like me) want to stay light and be ready to enjoy the city!
If you are intolerant to gluten or looking for a lighter option than Noodles made with flour, Afuri is the place for you.
When you choose your Ramen from the machine at the entrance, you will have the opportunity to choose Noodles based on konnyaku, a gluten-free tuber (also without calories).
If you want to know more about Konnyaku, check this article ->Discover Japan: Konnyaku, a superfood to be proud of!
While eating them, It will be difficult to guess the difference as color and texture and flavor do not differ from the classic Noodles.
In Tokyo, there are other restaurants that offer Vegan and Vegetarian Ramen.
However, Afuri is the most popular and the “easiest to find”. Is in all the main station in Tokyo and in the most touristic and easy to get spot!
Here is a list of restaurants -> Link
As in most restaurants in Tokyo, there is no need to book.
Just find the Afuri closest to you and queue up (the Japanese are super quick to eat their Ramen bowl so don’t worry, you will not wait too long). Besides that, I suggest you not to go during rush hour. In general, if not a few exceptions, they open at 11 am and close at 10 pm.
Super recommended if you want to try a Vegan and Gluten Free Ramen!
Ele & Yo