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Nine Great Bowls of Vegan Ramen in DenverEXPAND
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Nine Great Bowls of Vegan Ramen in Denver

Ramen almost always starts with broth made with pork or chicken in addition to dried bonito flakes. That makes most brimming bowls off limits for vegan diners, but fortunately there are a growing number of eateries making plant-based broth and loading up bowls with noodles, veggies and tofu. Check out these nine places to get a hearty bowl of vegan ramen.

Order without the egg to make the ramen vegan.EXPAND
Order without the egg to make the ramen vegan.
Uncle Ramen

Uncle

2215 West 32nd Avenue
303-433-3263
uncleramen.com


Plant-based ramen hunters needn't miss out on the fun at the always-packed Uncle in West Highland. The house veggie ramen starts with miso broth made with vegan dashi and a blend of several miso pastes. Noodles, garlic oil, watermelon radishes, arugula, scallions and sesame seed build layers of flavor, and shiitake, oyster and portabello mushrooms add meaty texture. A dash of smoked salt finishes the dish Add your choice of soft or fried tofu to top it off — but make sure you ask your server to leave the egg off to make it vegan.

Instead of a vegetable broth, the veggie ramen at Osaka is served in a Thai green-curry broth.EXPAND
Instead of a vegetable broth, the veggie ramen at Osaka is served in a Thai green-curry broth.
Osaka Ramen

Osaka Ramen

2611 Walnut Street
303-955-7938
osakaramendenver.com


Osaka Ramen offers both traditional and modern takes on ramen, along with a variety of small plates. To make the vegetable ramen vegan, skip the egg and sub rice noodles for the usual ramen noodles. Instead of a thin broth, the kitchen makes a thick Thai green-coconut curry broth, then adds tofu, hon shimeji mushroom, garlic, spinach, pickled vegetables and scallions.

The ramen at Tokio is topped with cooked and pickled veggies as well as tofu.EXPAND
The ramen at Tokio is topped with cooked and pickled veggies as well as tofu.
Tokio

Tokio

2907 Huron Street
720-639-2911
mytokio.com


Tokio is the answer to late-night vegan ramen cravings, staying open until 1 a.m. The Ramen Air, as the bowl is called, comes with vegan broth that's cooked for four hours and thickened with soybean milk. The noodles and broth are loaded down with a filling combo of carrots, bamboo shoots, wood ear mushrooms, spinach, bok choy, pickled ginger, green onion, tofu and dry chile threads.

Sera's is a great place to enjoy vegetarian ramen on the patio.EXPAND
Sera's is a great place to enjoy vegetarian ramen on the patio.
Danielle Lirette

Sera’s Ramen Enclave

3472 West 32nd Avenue
303-455-2858
facebook.com/seraramenenclave


The noodle bowls at Sera’s Ramen Enclave are inspired by owner Sera Nguyen’s childhood in Vietnam and her travels in Asia. Nguyen makes a roasted black garlic miso broth for the eatery's veggie ramen, then loads the bowl with shiitake mushrooms, sweet greens, seasoned bamboo shoots, fried tofu, edamame, chives and sesame seeds. If you like your ramen spiked with spice, top your noodles with the house chile paste.

Tycoon offers a Colfax experience to go with your noodles.
Tycoon offers a Colfax experience to go with your noodles.
Brandon Marshall

Tycoon Ramen & Sushi Bar

338 East Colfax Avenue
303-832-2367
Tycoon-Ramen on Facebook


Tycoon makes several ramen options as well as soups, salads, sashimi and poke. The vegan ramen is among the spot's most popular options, made with mushroom soy broth. Instead of wheat noodles, Tycoon uses shirataki noodles, which are made from konjac (a root vegetable). Toppings include a variety of steamed veggies and enoki mushrooms.

Goed Zuur's ramen is only available on Sundays.EXPAND
Goed Zuur's ramen is only available on Sundays.
Kristin Pazulski

Goed Zuur

2801 Welton Street
720-749-2709
goedzuur.com


Goed Zuur is known for sour and wild ales on tap, but on Sundays the small kitchen busts out its off-menu ramen, which sells out quickly. The mushroom ramen is made with red miso-lemongrass broth, noodles, seaweed salad, marinated vegetables, kimchi and fresh mushrooms. Leave off the soft-boiled egg to make the ramen vegan.

Ajinoya packs plenty of veggies into its meatless ramen.EXPAND
Ajinoya packs plenty of veggies into its meatless ramen.
Ajinoya Ramen

Ajinoya Ramen

1390 South Colorado Boulevard
720-638-8678
Ajinoyaramen.com


Ajinoya Ramen does a contemporary take on traditional Japanese cuisine. The simple menu consists of a handful of ramen bowls, poke and a few rice dishes. The veggie ramen comprises vegetable broth, ramen noodles, tofu, broccoli, carrot, bean sprouts, bok choy and green onions.

Corner Ramen

1629 East Bruce Randolph Avenue
303-292-0250
Cornerramen.com


Besides a handful of ramen options, Corner Ramen serves appetizers, poke bowls, and sake The vegetarian ramen consists of tofu, spinach and mushrooms in a creamy broth. Order without the poached egg to make it vegan.

Menya has several Denver noodle shops, including this one at 15th and Little Raven.EXPAND
Menya has several Denver noodle shops, including this one at 15th and Little Raven.
Mark Antonation

Menya Ramen & Poke

1590 Little Raven Street
720-696-6769
menyacolorado.com


Menya Ramen has six locations around Colorado, including LoHi, Capitol Hill and Aurora. Two of the house noodle bowls can easily be made vegan by skipping the egg. Udon noodles come in a soy broth thick with seaweed and veggies, and the Yasai ramen bowl contains noodles and veggies in a seaweed broth. To go along with the ramen, order a marinated seaweed salad, edamame with sea salt or spicy kimchi.

Note: When ordering at any of these restaurants, always mention that you're looking to keep the dish vegan to ensure any necessary substitutions are made.

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