Popular ramen shop adds more vegan options

Adding more vegan options to the vegetarian miso ramen at AGU A Ramen Bistro is a tomato ramen, which made its first appearance at the Hale ‘Aina Awards 2018 Gala where AGU swept the Gold Medal for Best Japanese Noodles. The tomato ramen, now available at all locations, was joined last month by two more vegan ramen—Hakata ramen and tan tan men.

Tan Tan Men. Courtesy: Sean M. Morris

In response to the increased growth of unique ramen presentations in Japan, AGU A Ramen Bistro decided to launch its own tomato ramen. Possessing a hearty warm broth comprised of tomato, carrot, soy milk, garlic, ginger, onions, olive oil, and vegetable broth, the soup noodles boast a rich flavor that is reminiscent of an Italian pasta dish.

The other two vegan offerings that launched in December were two ramen crafted as a collaboration between AGU A Ramen Bistro owner and chef Hisashi “Teddy” Uehara and Vegan Hills owner and chef Megumi Odin. The Kyushu-rooted Hakata ramen, which is normally served with a rich creamy pork-based broth, will replace all animal-related products with a broth derived from almond milk and creamy miso. The Sichuan-originated tan tan men, or “peddler’s noodles’ known for its spicy and nutty notes, will also incorporate almond milk as its based, but enriched with tan tan chili spices and tahini. The ramen are priced at $15.

“As more people are seeking healthy options, we want to meet the increasing demand while offering a sense of diversity,” says Hisashi “Teddy” Uehara, owner and chef. “Trends such as this are already taking place in Japan, and it will just be a matter of time before we start to see similar currents take shape here in the United States.”

Those who wish to enjoy AGU A Ramen Bistro menu items in the comfort of their own homes are invited to utilize Uber Eats, Uber’s food delivery service, with which AGU A Ramen Bistro is working. Simply order online at https://www.ubereats.com/honolulu/.

AGU A Ramen Bistro operates five other locations throughout Oahu. For more information, go to  www.aguramen.com or call (808) 797-2933.

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