Plant Based Eating in Tokyo, Japan: a Culinary Adventure in the Far East
By Molly Patrick
Aug 31, 2019,
I had brought some buckwheat cereal flakes with me from Malaysia to have in a pinch. It was a good call because even if there was a relatively healthy cereal to buy I wouldn’t know it because of the language barrier. I happily enjoyed cereal and almond milk for dinner.
The next day we made our way to a proper, stand alone healthy grocery store called Natural House in Omotesando. It had organic produce, a hot food bar and lots of healthy groceries.
I was determined to buy some groceries so I could cook some basic meals in our hotel room. I asked every worker in the health food store if they spoke English and I finally found someone who did.
She was incredibly kind and she walked around the whole store with me, answering my questions about which items were vegan. If you can find someone who speaks English, it’s gold!
We had lunch at the food bar before heading out.
I had miso veggie soup and some potatoes. Those were two things that I got confirmation were vegan. I also had a ginger ale and it was delicious.
Walking the streets of Tokyo filled my soul with joy.
If you’re ever in a pinch, go to an Izakaya and order pickled cucumbers. Izakaya is the Japanese equivalent to Spanish Tapas: drinks and little bites of food. They’re everywhere.
The cucumbers are vegan, crisp and super yummy. They aren’t really pickled, they are in a salty vinegar sesame brine. So good!
No smoking on the street but you can smoke in some restaurants. It was so nice to walk the streets without smelling cigarettes. It’s always the ex-smokers who get the most bugged by the smell of cigs. I know I’m guilty of this.
Because of the nice worker at the health food store I knew this was organic red miso. I was so stoked to have it! All I had to do was add some hot water and miso to a mug and boom, miso soup in our hotel room was served. This was actually the best miso I’ve ever had.
If you ever have tummy troubles when you travel, find some miso ASAP – it will help so much.
Before I left Malaysia I picked up some vegan baked beans and some vegan minestrone soup so I could have it as backup food in Japan. If you have a can of beans or a can of soup and a stove or a microwave, you are golden.
Now that I had my almond milk, I could have some corn flakes at breakfast in our hotel. I also had toast and orange slices.
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