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Ramen Ramen Blog Best Ramen

Ramen, pho, and more for vegans, vegetarians, and vegetable lovers

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Waz Wu



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by

Waz Wu



During the cold, rainy months, Portlanders turn to steaming bowls of noodle soups to stay warm and survive the winter. Luckily for vegans and vegetarians, there are plenty of meatless noodle soups to choose from, including nutty tantan ramen, crab-free bun rieu, and creamy Malaysian-style laksa. Spanning across multiple neighborhoods, this map of vegetable-based noodle soups highlights a variety of ramen shops, a Vietnamese restaurant run by Buddhist nuns, and one of Portland’s few Burmese places.

As always, the restaurants are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically. Those seeking meatier noodle soup options can peruse this map, while those seeking more vegan content should check out the vegan essentials map.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

4888 NW Bethany Blvd

Portland, OR 97229

The all-vegan menu at this colorful and down-to-earth cafe features three knockout noodles soups: pho, ramen, and “Perfection” (Sweet Lemon’s rendition of a Vietnamese hue). All three are worth venturing beyond Portland proper: The broths are well-spiced and arrive with tofu slices, meaty soy protein, and fresh vegetables. Gluten-free options are available by request.

413 NW 21st Ave

Portland, OR 97209

Located on NW 21st, Top Burmese is one of the few restaurants representing Burmese cuisine in Portland. Vegans can choose from a variety of dishes, including crispy samosas and fermented green tea leaf salad; still, the khao soi, a coconut curry soup with chewy wheat noodles, is a must-order thanks to its intense depth of flavor. This bowl comes with crunchy accompaniments: wonton crisps, onions, fried garlic, and cilantro.

1628 SW Jefferson St

Portland, OR 97201

At this intimate and humble Goose Hollow bistro that recently scored a spot on Eater’s 38 Essential Restaurants, all-vegan Pan-Asian plates like chili oil wontons and adobo chicken impress vegans and omnivores alike, especially when accompanied by traditional tea or sake service. Currently, there is only one noodle soup on the menu, but it steals the limelight with an outstanding slow-cooked broth served with delicate rice noodles, fermented soy protein chicken, and crunchy yu choy.

635 SW College St

Portland, OR 97201

Located a stone’s throw from PSU, this stylish and cheery restaurant adorned with floral wallpaper and striking blue walls sets itself apart from other Vietnamese places with its killer cocktail and happy hour menus. Anchoi’s food menu includes a number of vegan-friendly dishes, but the most noteworthy is the steamy and fragrant pho served with plenty of vegetables and chewy mushrooms.

126 SW 2nd Ave #109

Portland, OR 97204

Marukin has two vegan-friendly, counter service locations: one inside downtown Portland’s bustling food hall Pine Street Market and another at a light-filled corner on Ankeny Street. Even though Marukin specializes in Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen, this Tokyo-based ramen-ya also alternates between two vegan broths — the creamy soy-milk-based shio tonyu and savory mushroom-and-vegetable-based shoyu — with the option of a spicy red version of each one. Each bowl comes topped with tofu slices, mushrooms, and vegetables.

3808 N Williams Ave #124

Portland, OR 97227

Williams District’s bright and comfy Kayo’s Ramen Bar offers a vegan version of almost every bowl, made with an assari-style kombu, shiitake, and vegetable base and an assortment of house-made sauces. Kayo’s offers solid meatless renditions of the classics, like shio, shoyu, and miso, but the star is the tantan ramen with creamy sesame paste and fiery Sichuan peppercorn, which is also available as a mazemen. Signature bowls include the hearty curry, mouth-numbing mala, and fruity pineapple ginger. In addition to ramen noodles, Kayo’s offers no-carb or low-carb options featuring julienned and lightly-blanched daikon and zucchini.

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923 SE 7th Ave

Portland, OR 97214

Tokyo-based ramen shop Afuri chose to open its first US location in Portland because the soft water from Mount Hood, much like Mount Afuri’s water, is ideal for making ramen. Made with umami miso tare, the vegan hazelnut ramen features some of bounciest ramen noodles around, topped with bok choy, shiitakes, leeks, and miso cashew crumbles. This next-level bowl can be enjoyed at both locations: the airy, industrial chic izakaya in Southeast and the quick-service ramen and dumpling shop in Southwest. The Eastside location also offers a seasonal truffle Miso Ramen, where a savory mushroom tomato broth meets earthy truffle oil — it’s an incredibly satisfying vegan noodle soup.

970 SE Madison St

Portland, OR 97214

While many flock to this welcoming Vietnamese bistro for the banh mi, the noodle soups — including a simple-but-tasty vegan pho — are the highlights of the menu. The vegan hue, which arrives overflowing with savory and spicy broth, thick rice noodles, spongy tofu, and fresh vegetables, is most memorable. Xinh Xinh food cart, parked at Hawthorne Asylum a block away, features a subset of the bistro menu.

2713 NE Sandy Blvd

Portland, OR 97232

Located within the Zipper food hall on Sandy, Sari is a cozy counter service spot serving Korean-style ramen with a dwen-jang miso mushroom noodle soup as its meatless option. Topped with hefty slices of fried tofu, mushrooms, seaweed, and bean sprouts, this bowl is also available spicy. Vegans can request an eggless bowl, and the gluten-free can request tapioca noodles.

5411 NE 30th Ave #100

Portland, OR 97211

In the summer, Yakuza’s serene patio is a go-to spot for sushi and cocktails. During the cooler months, Portlanders can enjoy a soothing, vegetable-heavy udon noodle soup with grilled rapini, watermelon radish, and bok choy at this moody and spacious izakaya in NE Portland. The veggie udon is vegan, but there is the option to add a poached egg.

3848 SE Gladstone St

Portland, OR 97202

Food-cart-turned-restaurant Hapa serves Hawaiian-Japanese ramen at its new swanky-but-casual ramen and cocktail bar in Southeast. The vegan option is served with a white miso, mushroom broth and topped with seasoned bean curd, fresh spinach, spicy sprouts, and crunchy scallions, with the option to add seitan slices from DC Vegetarian. Vegans can choose between buckwheat noodles or gluten-free tapioca noodles.

5240 NE 42nd Ave

Portland, OR 97218

Newcomer to the Portland ramen scene, Saff Ramen’s specialty is Persian-inspired vegan noodle soups, as well as onigiri rice balls. Visitors can choose between a charred tomato and onion-based broth infused with Persian saffron or the rich and smoky tonkotsu-style broth accented by sweet corn. Ramen toppings include vegan beef crumbles, sumac-baked tofu, and crunchy green beans and bell peppers. This ramen pop-up will soon be moving into the all-vegan Shady Pines food cart pod in Northeast Portland.

4310 SE Woodstock Blvd

Portland, OR 97206

At this whimsical and forest-like Asian noodle restaurant in Woodstock, the go-to order is the fragrant Malaysian-style laksa featuring a rich and soothing curry coconut broth and rice noodles topped with a mountain of vegetables and hearty tofu chunks. For those who prefer a lighter broth, Nudi also offers the vegetable-heavy green noodle soup.

8446 SE Division St

Portland, OR 97266

A favorite among vegans and vegetarians, Van Hanh is a roadside house-turned-restaurant in Southeast Portland run by Buddhist nuns and volunteers, serving an extensive selection of Vietnamese dishes. From Mondays to Thursdays, the go-to noodle soup is the pho with roasted gluten, tofu, and mock beef, served with traditional pho toppings. On Fridays to Sundays, the popular spicy bun hue and crab-free bun rieu make an appearance on the menu.

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The all-vegan menu at this colorful and down-to-earth cafe features three knockout noodles soups: pho, ramen, and “Perfection” (Sweet Lemon’s rendition of a Vietnamese hue). All three are worth venturing beyond Portland proper: The broths are well-spiced and arrive with tofu slices, meaty soy protein, and fresh vegetables. Gluten-free options are available by request.

4888 NW Bethany Blvd

Portland, OR 97229

Located on NW 21st, Top Burmese is one of the few restaurants representing Burmese cuisine in Portland. Vegans can choose from a variety of dishes, including crispy samosas and fermented green tea leaf salad; still, the khao soi, a coconut curry soup with chewy wheat noodles, is a must-order thanks to its intense depth of flavor. This bowl comes with crunchy accompaniments: wonton crisps, onions, fried garlic, and cilantro.

413 NW 21st Ave

Portland, OR 97209

At this intimate and humble Goose Hollow bistro that recently scored a spot on Eater’s 38 Essential Restaurants, all-vegan Pan-Asian plates like chili oil wontons and adobo chicken impress vegans and omnivores alike, especially when accompanied by traditional tea or sake service. Currently, there is only one noodle soup on the menu, but it steals the limelight with an outstanding slow-cooked broth served with delicate rice noodles, fermented soy protein chicken, and crunchy yu choy.

1628 SW Jefferson St

Portland, OR 97201

Located a stone’s throw from PSU, this stylish and cheery restaurant adorned with floral wallpaper and striking blue walls sets itself apart from other Vietnamese places with its killer cocktail and happy hour menus. Anchoi’s food menu includes a number of vegan-friendly dishes, but the most noteworthy is the steamy and fragrant pho served with plenty of vegetables and chewy mushrooms.

635 SW College St

Portland, OR 97201

Marukin has two vegan-friendly, counter service locations: one inside downtown Portland’s bustling food hall Pine Street Market and another at a light-filled corner on Ankeny Street. Even though Marukin specializes in Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen, this Tokyo-based ramen-ya also alternates between two vegan broths — the creamy soy-milk-based shio tonyu and savory mushroom-and-vegetable-based shoyu — with the option of a spicy red version of each one. Each bowl comes topped with tofu slices, mushrooms, and vegetables.

126 SW 2nd Ave #109

Portland, OR 97204

Williams District’s bright and comfy Kayo’s Ramen Bar offers a vegan version of almost every bowl, made with an assari-style kombu, shiitake, and vegetable base and an assortment of house-made sauces. Kayo’s offers solid meatless renditions of the classics, like shio, shoyu, and miso, but the star is the tantan ramen with creamy sesame paste and fiery Sichuan peppercorn, which is also available as a mazemen. Signature bowls include the hearty curry, mouth-numbing mala, and fruity pineapple ginger. In addition to ramen noodles, Kayo’s offers no-carb or low-carb options featuring julienned and lightly-blanched daikon and zucchini.

3808 N Williams Ave #124

Portland, OR 97227

Tokyo-based ramen shop Afuri chose to open its first US location in Portland because the soft water from Mount Hood, much like Mount Afuri’s water, is ideal for making ramen. Made with umami miso tare, the vegan hazelnut ramen features some of bounciest ramen noodles around, topped with bok choy, shiitakes, leeks, and miso cashew crumbles. This next-level bowl can be enjoyed at both locations: the airy, industrial chic izakaya in Southeast and the quick-service ramen and dumpling shop in Southwest. The Eastside location also offers a seasonal truffle Miso Ramen, where a savory mushroom tomato broth meets earthy truffle oil — it’s an incredibly satisfying vegan noodle soup.

923 SE 7th Ave

Portland, OR 97214

While many flock to this welcoming Vietnamese bistro for the banh mi, the noodle soups — including a simple-but-tasty vegan pho — are the highlights of the menu. The vegan hue, which arrives overflowing with savory and spicy broth, thick rice noodles, spongy tofu, and fresh vegetables, is most memorable. Xinh Xinh food cart, parked at Hawthorne Asylum a block away, features a subset of the bistro menu.

970 SE Madison St

Portland, OR 97214

Located within the Zipper food hall on Sandy, Sari is a cozy counter service spot serving Korean-style ramen with a dwen-jang miso mushroom noodle soup as its meatless option. Topped with hefty slices of fried tofu, mushrooms, seaweed, and bean sprouts, this bowl is also available spicy. Vegans can request an eggless bowl, and the gluten-free can request tapioca noodles.

2713 NE Sandy Blvd

Portland, OR 97232

In the summer, Yakuza’s serene patio is a go-to spot for sushi and cocktails. During the cooler months, Portlanders can enjoy a soothing, vegetable-heavy udon noodle soup with grilled rapini, watermelon radish, and bok choy at this moody and spacious izakaya in NE Portland. The veggie udon is vegan, but there is the option to add a poached egg.

5411 NE 30th Ave #100

Portland, OR 97211

Food-cart-turned-restaurant Hapa serves Hawaiian-Japanese ramen at its new swanky-but-casual ramen and cocktail bar in Southeast. The vegan option is served with a white miso, mushroom broth and topped with seasoned bean curd, fresh spinach, spicy sprouts, and crunchy scallions, with the option to add seitan slices from DC Vegetarian. Vegans can choose between buckwheat noodles or gluten-free tapioca noodles.

3848 SE Gladstone St

Portland, OR 97202

Newcomer to the Portland ramen scene, Saff Ramen’s specialty is Persian-inspired vegan noodle soups, as well as onigiri rice balls. Visitors can choose between a charred tomato and onion-based broth infused with Persian saffron or the rich and smoky tonkotsu-style broth accented by sweet corn. Ramen toppings include vegan beef crumbles, sumac-baked tofu, and crunchy green beans and bell peppers. This ramen pop-up will soon be moving into the all-vegan Shady Pines food cart pod in Northeast Portland.

5240 NE 42nd Ave

Portland, OR 97218

At this whimsical and forest-like Asian noodle restaurant in Woodstock, the go-to order is the fragrant Malaysian-style laksa featuring a rich and soothing curry coconut broth and rice noodles topped with a mountain of vegetables and hearty tofu chunks. For those who prefer a lighter broth, Nudi also offers the vegetable-heavy green noodle soup.

4310 SE Woodstock Blvd

Portland, OR 97206

A favorite among vegans and vegetarians, Van Hanh is a roadside house-turned-restaurant in Southeast Portland run by Buddhist nuns and volunteers, serving an extensive selection of Vietnamese dishes. From Mondays to Thursdays, the go-to noodle soup is the pho with roasted gluten, tofu, and mock beef, served with traditional pho toppings. On Fridays to Sundays, the popular spicy bun hue and crab-free bun rieu make an appearance on the menu.

8446 SE Division St

Portland, OR 97266

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