Whether you are into a vegan diet or simply want to eat less meat to reduce your impact on the environment, your dining options may seem more limited when you are traveling. Finding a decent meal can be tricky depending on where you are. Thankfully, there are many places where you can find delicious veggie-based dishes. If you are a vegetarian in Tokyo, you can find a wide selection of mouthwatering foods you need to try.
1. Traditional shojin ryori. You can find a restaurant that serves this simple Buddhist fare. But the best place to enjoy an authentic shojin ryori experience is in one of the temple lodgings that serve this type of meal made with ingredients like tofu and seasonal vegetables and fruits among others.
2. Mochi. Made with glutinous rice pounded into a paste, mochi is a popular Japanese food you can easily find in cafes, restaurants, eateries, and street food stalls across Japan. It is also used to make a wide array of other dishes and sweets like agedashimochi (fried mochi), kirimochi (grilled mochi), and ice cream mochi.
3. Tofu. The Japanese prepare tofu in many delectable ways, which makes for a lot of delectable discoveries. Some of the delicious tofu dishes you can try include agedofu (fried), nama tofu (fresh served with ginger and a special sauce), yudofu (hotpot made with tofu and vegetables), or as a salad served with seaweed toppings.
4. Rice. Japanese rice is one of the tastiest in the world you can eat it by itself. But with the various types of rice-based meals you can enjoy, you do not have to worry about eating plain steamed rice alone. Onigiri (o-musubi) or rice balls is just one of the many ways to get your fill of delicious Japanese rice. For snacks, you can savor the spicy or sweet flavors of senbei (rice crackers) paired with a delicious cup of matcha or green tea.