King Jozo launched vegan ponzu as a part of their Hinode Mirin brand products. Ponzu is citrus flavoured soy sauce, which often contains soup stock from fish, but this ponzu does not contain any animal product and has received Vegan Certificate from Vege Project Japan.
Ponzu is a typical Japanese sauce and goes well with soup and boiled vegetables. Please try.
Midorie, an organic restaurant in Meguro, Tokyo, announced that they would begin accepting orders for their vegan osechi on the 10th of September. Osechi is Japanese traditional dishes for the new year’s day and most of its ingredients are seafoods. The osechi by Midorie, on the other hand, is a hundred percent vegan.
It’s not cheap and costs JPY 25,800, but, judging from the photo, it seems to have good value for money. Please try if you hope to spend the new year’s day like Japanese people do.
They have 6 flavours, each of which looks very nice. “Strawberry Bliss”, for example, is made from Amaou, a strawberry variety famous for its sweet taste, grown by an organic grower in Fukuoka: Ise Ichigo Farm.
March 2020 saw a memorial step toward veganism: first vegan meal in the Japanese convenience stores.
On 17th of March 2020, Family Mart launched a vegan meal called “soy-patty burger bowl”. I just tried it. It was JPY 498.
On the package is a vegan mark as you see in the picture. The label tells that it must be eaten hot: to be microwaved for 1 minute (1,600W) or 3 minutes 30 seconds (500W).
It’s a typical Japanese “don” dish. The bowl is composed of two layers. The bottom part is filled with rice and the upper part is with vege-meat and some vegetables. The sauce is like “demi-glace” and has rich taste. After microwaving the whole of the bowl, you put the meat and the vegetables on the rice; the combination of rice and the sauce was nice and beautiful.
Very unfortunately this nice and beautiful product still is limited in Tokyo and I do really hope it will be available all over Japan. If you are in Tokyo, just go to your nearby Family Mart and try one.