I love me a good bowl of ramen.
Not the kind that comes in a packet for a few cents at the supermarket, but a really good bowl of ramen.
Case in point- when I was in Texas recently, I walked a mile and a half in the sweltering heat and humidity for a bowl of ramen, just because I knew it was there. It was worth it.
Of course, that got me thinking- how about in Westchester? Could I get a bowl of vegan ramen?
And then I go looking in my Meetup app, and I see that there’s a Meetup scheduled at the new RameNesque location in Thornwood coming up! I wasn’t so sure I’d be able to make the Meetup, but no reason I couldn’t go check out Ramenesque on my own!
The website’s menu doesn’t specify the vegan ramen options, but the menu in the Thornwood location does. They have a veggie broth made with mushroom consume and veggie dashi (no fish) as a base for the vegan ramen. Both the regular ramen noodles and the gluten free variety are vegan.
The veggie ramen comes standard with tofu, corn, cabbage, scallions and seaweed, though the menu notes that they can use the other flavors (from the non-vegan ramen) with the vegan base. Of note, if you had your heart set on kimchi, you will be sad if you want to stay vegan; the kimchi contains fish. I had the miso flavor, but I look forward to trying some other options!
One of the great things about the RameNesque menu is that the word “vegan” appears several times! That makes me very happy. They have vegan options all over the place, including appetizers, salads and rice bowls, in addition to the ramen.
I also tried out the vegetable gyoza.
I was a little nervous, as they’re described as being filled with shiitake mushrooms, but they seemed to be filled primarily with tofu, so I am glad I tried them! They really were quite lovely.
Something to look out for: there are tofu dishes on the menu that are not vegan, or even vegetarian. Fortunately, the vegan dishes are clearly marked, so you should have no trouble if vegan is your goal!