Updated: March 17, 2020
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T's tantan Ueno: discover healthy vegan versions of Japanese classics

T's tantan is one of the most popular vegetarian and vegan option in Ueno. It is actually conveniently located inside Ueno Station's building on the third floor. Here are some of the foods you can have there.

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T's tantan Ecute Ueno

T's tantan is particularly well-known among the Tokyo vegetarian community for its delicious meat-free ramen, but it also has vegan versions of a variety of other popular Japanese comfort foods.

It's a chain with a couple of locations across Tokyo, including this one located inside Ueno's Staton's Ecute mall on the third floor of the station building. Note that if you aren't already inside the station, you will have to go through the ticket gate to be able to access Ecute.

Vegan Ramen

T's tantan's specialty is tantan noodles, which are a kind of a Japanese take on Chinese dan dan noodle dishes. Hence, they are a bit spicy and seasoned using a variety of Chinese herbs and spices.

Several options for vegan tantan noodles are available. The one pictured here is the black sesame tantan which is made with a shoyu (soy sauce) based broth.
This white sesame version was made to resemble the tonkotsu (pork broth) meat ramen equivalent. The richness of the taste is very similar to the real tonkotsu ramen.

Vegan Japanese-Style Curry

You might be happy to know that they have Japanese vegan curry too, a beloved Japanese comfort food that you very rarely come across made without meat.


Another popular option is the Shogayaki, which is typically made with pork slices that are stirfried in a ginger and soy sauce. This one is made with fake pork, of course, but the similarity in both taste and texture is striking. Many meat-eaters would probably have a hard time telling which is which between this shogayaki and one made with pork.

Katsu Sando

Ever wanted to try a tonkatsu sandwich? Well, you actually can thanks to T's tantan original katsu sandwiches made with soy and vegetable-based fake meat. They taste great too, and are a good take-out option if you want to eat in the nearby Ueno Park.

Soy Milk Ice Cream

Sweets lovers can finish off their meal with a serving of their popular soy milk ice cream.
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