Vegetarian street food still has a long way to go
We’re lucky to have an amazing choice of vegetarian street food vendors in the UK, but in Japan, vegetarian street food is a little harder to come by. We spoke to Kanako Noda, a Japanese food blogger, to get her take on vegetarian street food scene in Japan.
Does vegetarian street food exist in Japan?
Typical Japanese street food, such as Ramen, Okonomiyaki, Takoyaki, Oden or Yakitori, for example, can’t be vegetarian, or at least, Japanese people believe street food can’t be delicious without meat.
So, do any vegetarian dishes exist on the street food scene?
Most of my Western vegetarian friends have a terrible time eating in Japan: meat is seldom at the centre of a meal, but it’s virtually always in there in one form or another. And when it comes to street food – cheap and filling stuff, wow, it really is hard to think of any exceptions. Maybe, senbei (rice crackers), dango (rice ball with sweeten soy sauce) or kakigoori (Japanese style granita) could be interesting as vegetarian street food.
It seems that the yatai in Japan is making a comeback, but there’s still a long road ahead of us until vegetarian cuisine will be made mainstream, in the country famed for sushi. We have however found some AWESOME UK vendors that are serving up vegetarian street food for you to try, check it out.