Halal Ramen Ouka

A ramen shop that caters to various dietary needs

By Kim B    - 2 min read

Living in or visiting a foreign country is exhilarating, but it can often have elements that are overwhelming - particularly if you have dietary requirements you need to adhere to. With an ever-increasing understanding of these needs, Japan is seeing more and more restaurants pop up that take dietary requirements into consideration. One spot that caters to vegetarian, vegan, and halal guests is Shinjuku's Halal Ramen Ouka, which has been operating since 2015.

Full disclosure: I'm not vegan, nor do I follow a halal diet. However, I visited here with a friend who is vegan, and as a result I also opted for the vegan ramen from the menu. The presentation of the ramen was very visually appealing, with a host of brightly colored vegetables used as garnishes, including star-shaped carrot slices, baby corn, mushrooms, pumpkin and tomato. The vegan ramen can also be requested as a set meal, which comes with a side of soy karaage, curry rice, a dessert and a drink if you're feeling exceptionally hungry!

The process of ordering is easy - it's done via a machine which is labeled in English, so you don't need to worry about anything being lost in translation. The staff here speak English too, so you can rest easy even if you're not proficient in Japanese.

The restaurant itself only seats about 12 people, so if you turn up without a reservation you may have a slight wait before you can eat. However, if you're after great service, great food, and no stress about ensuring your dietary requirements are met, it's worth queuing for. If you want to avoid the potential lines, they take advance bookings on their website.

Getting there

Halal Ramen Ouka is located a quick three minutes on foot from the Shinjuku Gyoenmae Station, on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line. The restaurant is extremely close to the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, which is well worth a visit when you're in the area.

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Kim B

Kim B @kim.b

I'm an Australian who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan - specifically Tokyo and Niigata. I've  visited 44 of 47 prefectures - with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out. I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Geraldine Buergel 3 weeks ago
Those ramen look awesome!
Kim B Author 3 weeks ago
Highly, highly recommended! Super good!
Elizabeth S 7 months ago
You really can find anything in Tokyo these days.

The vegan restaurants I’ve been to in Tokyo serve flavorful and satisfying food. The ramen looks good.

Kim B Author 7 months ago
Yes! I've been pleasantly surprised by the vegan places I've eaten at. It often makes me think that it wouldn't be too hard to adjust to a vegan lifestyle.
Sleiman Azizi 7 months ago
I've noticed a number of developments in the ramen world. There has been more of an attempt by lovers of ramen to explore different ingredients to cater to people with differing cultural, lifestyle and religious choices. Good luck to them!
Sleiman Azizi 7 months ago
It almost sounds counter-intuitive but tradition never sits still. In this case, ramen is growing in many different directions and its great to see.