Looking for some vegan ramen brands?
Or perhaps you have some questions about animal products you might find in ramen.
This guide is here to help.
- Are ramen noodles usually vegan?
- What are the best vegan ramen brands I could buy?
- Tips on creating awesome vegan ramen.
- The answers to common frequently asked questions.
Are Ramen Noodles Vegan?
Many of the most popular ramen brands are not vegan because their broth flavorings contain hidden animal products, such as chicken and beef.
But lets be clear...
The noodles themselves usually don't contain any products.
In fact, there are even several meat "flavored" ramen brands that are still 100% vegan and of course, infinite ways to make delicious ramen from scratch.
Check out our top picks for the best vegan ramen brands and recipes below:
Vegan Instant Ramen Noodle Brands
There are a a whole plethora of instant vegan ramen brands that you can buy both in stores and online.
Because most of them are "accidently vegan" you're not likely to see specific vegan labels. That means you'll have to check the ingredients of the noodles, ramen broths and flavor packets to be sure.
As always, be sure to double check all ingredient statements as they can change.
Here are the best vegan ramen brands we've found online and in the grocery store:
1. Dr McDougall's Vegan Ramen
The best part about Dr. Mcdougall's ramen is that you know that its going to be vegan.
After all, he is one of the most well-known plant-based doctors.
As an added bonus, the flavor packets are typically going to be lower in sodium than other brands.
This is not to say that they are salt-free, but anything is better than Top Ramen level sodium.
2. Lotus Foods Ramen
Much of their packaging even says Vegan on the front or the back which means they are doing something right!
Their ingredient statements also tend to be pretty clean and preservative free.
You may also be able to find Lotus Foods uncooked ramen in bulk without the flavor packets. We've spotted them one of our local Asian groceries.
3. Koyo Ramen
Koyo is one of the best brands for vegan ramen, and all of their flavors (that we’ve spotted) are 100% plant based!
- Asian Vegetable Ramen
- Garlic Pepper Ramen
- Tofu Miso Ramen
- Mushroom Ramen
- Lemongrass Ginger Ramen
- Garlic and Pepper Ramen
- Seaweed Ramen
- Soba Ramen
…and quite a few more that we won’t have room to list!
The noodles are also organic, and much like the Lotus brand, have very clean ingredient statements.
One of the things that we love best about Koyo Ramen is that they simply have so many flavors to choose from.
4. Nongshim Ramen Noodles
Nongshim, which is a well-known Asian food brand, has a couple of accidental vegan products on Amazon.
They aren’t listed as specifically vegan flavors, so you’ll need to check the ingredients again if you decide to buy them.
5. Paldo Bowl Noodle Soup
Paldo is another popular Asian food brand, and like Nongshim, it is unintentionally vegan.
In the following flavors, we found no sign of overtly or hidden animal ingredients:
Like their tagline says…
“Fun and Yum!”
Our Favorite Vegan Ramen Recipes and Tips
Here we've compiled some more advanced along with some easy vegan ramen recipes for you to check out.
Traditional Vegan Ramen by the Edgy Veg
If you're looking to make some "traditional" ramen this is the recipe to check out.
To be clear, the Edgy Veg doesn't take any shortcuts.
She makes the entire vegan ramen dish from scratch, starting with the broth.
As she says, you can potentially cheat by making the ramen broth quickly with things like soy sauce, flavor packets, and dried green onions, but it comes out the best if you make it the right way.
Luckily, if you were looking for something quick and easy, she also put together these vegan ramen hacks that will work even in a dorm room!
Oriental Ramen Noodle Salad
The best thing about ramen salad is that its way cheaper to make than regular salad.
Heck, ramen noodles are cheap and rather than lettuce, a ramen noodle salad will usually use cabbage.
All you have to do is break the uncooked ramen, cut some cabbage, carrots, and scallions.
...Then just throw on your favorite dressing or simply some lime juice and a bit of sesame oil!
The video above is a great example of how quick and easy this is.
You can check out the full recipe at V-Nutrition (along with the dressing).
Easy Vegan Ramen Soup by Tasty K
If you want something where you literally just throw everything in one pot, this Easy Vegan Ramen Soup by the Tasty K is exactly what you're looking for.
She was also kind enough to make the whole thing into an easy to follow one minute video:
This is a super easy to follow recipe with mushrooms, bok choy, carrots, and tofu. The end product is delicious and nutrient dense!
Vegan Ramen Frequently Asked Questions
You've got questions about vegan foods and we've got answers!
No, but seriously...
Here are some of the most common questions have about eating ramen noodles as a vegan:
Does Top Ramen Have a Vegan Flavor?
Top Ramen (one of the biggest brands out there) has Oriental and Chili flavors which both appear to be vegan based on their website.
You can find the Top Ramen Oriental Ingredients and Chili Ingredients here.
UPDATE 10/3/2017: It seems that Top Ramen has renamed their "Oriental" flavor to "Soy Sauce". According to their website, the noodles and flavor packets seem to have the same ingredients, so enjoy!
Does Maruchan Have a Vegan Flavor?
Unfortunately, we couldn't say the same for the Maruchan Oriental Flavor which had beef extract on their flavor packet.
Here are the Maruchan Oriental Ingredients:
Ingredients: Ramen Noodle: Enriched Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Vegetable Oil (Contains One or More of the Following: Canola, Cottonseed, Palm), Preserved by TBHQ, Contains Less than 2% of: Salt, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt), Potassium Carbonate, Sodium (Mono, Hexameta and/or Tripoly), Phosphate, Sodium Carbonate, Turmeric. Soup Base: Salt, Contains Less than 1% of: Monosodium Glutamate, Dehydrated Soy Sauce (Wheat, Soybeans, Salt), Sugar, Dehydrated Vegetables (Garlic, Onion, Chive), Caramel Color, Spices, Beef Extract, Maltodextrin, Hydrolyzed Corn, Wheat and Soy Protein, Vegetable Oil (Palm), Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate, Natural Flavor, Yeast Extract, Lactose.
Pretty upsetting that they would put beef extract in a non-beef flavor, but oh well!
Are Ramen Noodles Bad For You?
When it comes to foods being healthy or not, we like to keep things simple:
If you're looking to eat healthy (we won't judge you if you're not), then you should be trying to maximize your intake of whole plant based foods.
Many of the vegan ramen noodle flavor packets can be full of salt and don't really have any nutrients in them...
...But if you have a little bit of ramen noodles with a bunch of nutrient dense vegetables, then there's nothing wrong with that.
Mix in some green onion, bok choky, sesame seeds, and some seaweed with your ramen and you've got a complete meal on your hands!
To avoid the salt, you can always get rid of the flavor packet and opt for making your own broth.
Where's the Best Grocery Store to Shop for Vegan Ramen?
Nowadays typical grocery stores have a pretty large ramen section.
Even at a store like Walmart, you should be able to find the Oriental or Soy Sauce Top Ramen flavor(s) if you're in a pinch.
But if you're looking for a wider variety of selection you're going to have to look for an Asian Grocery store near you.
One particular store that is becoming quite popular is H-Mart.
Check their website to see if they have a location near you!
Conclusion on Vegan Ramen
Much like all vegan food, there are countless ways to enjoy ramen once you know what you're doing.
With all of the available vegan ramen flavors and the endless idea of great recipes, this worldwide staple has a place in the vegan pantry.
Whether you're a junk food vegan or want to make a low-sodium ramen salad loaded up with veggies, there's truly something for everyone!
If we missed something or you have a vegan ramen brand/recipe that you recommend, be sure to let us know in the comments below...