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Portland’s Most Comforting Vegan Noodle Soups

Ramen, pho, and more for vegans, vegetarians, and vegetable lovers

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During the cold, rainy months, Portlanders turn to steaming bowls of noodle soups to stay warm. Luckily for vegans and vegetarians, there are plenty of meatless noodle soups to choose from, including nutty tantan ramen, spicy bun hue, creamy Malaysian-style laksa, and savory Filipino-style “chicken” mami. While takeout and delivery aren’t the same as enjoying these bowls straight out of the kitchen, it’s a way for Portlanders to continue to support local restaurants through the winter.

As always, the restaurants are not ranked; rather, they’re organized geographically. Those seeking satisfying veggie soups sans noodles can peruse this map, while those seeking more vegan content should check out the vegan essentials map.

A number of Portland restaurants have resumed patio service. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ichiza Kitchen

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5411 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 702-8374
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This spacious Killingworth restaurant serves Asian plates like chili oil wontons and siu mai dumplings that impress vegans and omnivores alike. Ichiza Kitchen’s namesake noodle soup steals the limelight with an outstanding slow-cooked broth served with delicate rice noodles, fermented soy protein chicken, and crunchy yu choy, while the Filipino-style “chicken” mami offers a soul-soothing broth, fluffy tofu pillows, and bouncy egg-like noodles. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery.

A photo of Ichiza vegan noodle soup at Ichiza Kitchen, with hunks of soy protein resembling chicken thighs, floating minced scallions, and full leaves of yu choy
Noodle soup at Ichiza Kitchen
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2. Saff Ramen

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5240 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218
(971) 220-6345
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Located at Shady Pines food cart pod, Saff Ramen specializes in konkotsu ramen (vegan tonkotsu-style corn ramen) and onigiri stuffed with “feta” for takeout and delivery. Umi Organic ramen noodles arrive in a velvety vegetable broth accented by sweet corn, sumac-infused tofu, crunchy scallions, and sesame seeds. The cart also reimagines its ramen as a gluten-free rice bowl with the same savory house-made broth. Seasonal specials are announced regularly on Instagram.

3. Kayo's Ramen Bar

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3808 N Williams Ave #124
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 477-6016
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North Williams’ Kayo’s Ramen Bar offers a vegan version of almost every bowl, made with an assari-style kombu, shiitake, and vegetable base. The restaurant’s meatless renditions of classics like shio, shoyu, and miso are all great, but the star is the tantan ramen, a blend of creamy sesame paste and fiery Sichuan peppercorn. Signature bowls include the hearty curry, mouth-numbing mala, and fruity pineapple ginger. In addition to ramen noodles, Kayo’s offers no-carb or low-carb options featuring julienned and lightly-blanched daikon and zucchini. The restaurant offers heated patio dining, as well as pickup and delivery.

A photo of vegan tantan ramen at Kayo’s Ramen Bar
Kayo’s Ramen Bar vegan tantan ramen
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4. Basil Vegan Kitchen

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3131 NE Broadway St Suite B
Portland, OR 97232
(971) 319-0901
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This vegan extension of Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine serves up vegan and gluten-free dishes with Thai flavors, including pad see ew, yellow curry, and vegetable stir fries. Available for takeout and delivery, generous bowls of rice noodles come in peanut curry, coconut milk, or khao soi-style broths served with toppings like crispy fried wontons, crushed peanuts, sliced avocado, and pickled cabbage.

5. Hanoi Kitchen

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7925 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 252-1300
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This family-owned Vietnamese restaurant in Montavilla features a variety of meatless dishes on its newly revamped menu, from spicy lemongrass stir fry to lotus root soup to tofu rice crepes finished with garlic-lime “fish” sauce. However, the steamy vegan pho — rich with ginseng and loaded with tofu and crunchy vegetables — is a hit among vegans and vegetarians year-round. Hanoi Kitchen is open for takeout and delivery.

6. Top Burmese

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413 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 477-5985
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Located on NW 21st, Top Burmese is one of the few restaurants representing Burmese cuisine in Portland. Vegans can choose from a variety of knockout dishes, including crispy samosas and fermented green tea leaf salad; still, the khao soi, a coconut curry soup with chewy wheat noodles, is a must-order thanks to its intense depth of flavor. This bowl comes with crunchy accompaniments: wonton crisps, onions, fried garlic, and cilantro. Top Burmese and Beaverton sister restaurant Bistro Royale are open for takeout and delivery.

7. Marukin Ramen

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126 SW 2nd Ave #109
Portland, OR 97204

Marukin Ramen has two vegan-friendly locations: Pine Street Market and Ankeny Street. Even though Marukin specializes in Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen, this Tokyo-based ramen-ya also offers two meatless broths — the creamy soy-milk-based miso and the lighter vegetable-based shio — with the option of a spicy version of each one. Available for takeout and delivery, the vegan ramen comes with toppings like tofu, tomatoes, mushrooms, and shichimi chili pepper.

8. Obon Shokudo

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722 SE 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 660-3176
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Tucked inside Morrison Market, this all-vegan Japanese restaurant is best known for its curry, kenchinjiru ginger miso soup, and onigiri made with countless misos, but the udon noodle bowls are equally delicious. Smooth-yet-springy, the house-made udon pairs beautifully with Obon Shokudo’s rich and silky curry, finished with shiitake dashi, fried tofu, and kakiage fritters. A lighter soy-mushroom broth is also available. Obon offers takeout and delivery and makes regular appearances at farmers markets.

9. Berlu

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605 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

Formerly a minimalist restaurant with exquisite tasting menus, Berlu’s latest pivot is Friday noodle soup specials, which always includes one vegan, gluten-free bowl with house-made noodles and assorted seasonal vegetables. While pre-pandemic Berlu featured Vietnamese influences, Vince Nguyen explores traditional Vietnamese roots with the noodle soups, such as bun mang chay with a vegetable ginger broth, roasted maitakes, and brussel sprouts. Preorder on Tock for Friday evening pickup in Go Box reusable containers.

A picture of the vegan noodle soup from Berlu
Vegan noodle soup at Berlu
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10. Afuri

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923 SE 7th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 468-5001
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Tokyo-based ramen shop Afuri chose to open its first US location in Portland because the soft water from Mount Hood, much like Mount Afuri’s water, is ideal for making ramen. Made with umami miso tare, the vegan hazelnut ramen features some of bounciest ramen noodles around, topped with bok choy, shiitakes, leeks, miso cashew crumbles, and sesame chili oil. This next-level bowl is available for takeout and delivery at both the Southeast and Beaverton izakayas.

A photo of vegan hazelnut tantanmen at Afuri, with pieces of floating greens, hunks of mushroom, and swirls of onion
Afuri vegan hazelnut tantanmen
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11. XinhXinh Vietnamese Bistro

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970 SE Madison St
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 229-1492
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While many flock to this Vietnamese bistro for the banh mi, the noodle soups — including a simple-but-tasty vegan pho — are the highlights of the menu. The vegan hue, which arrives overflowing with savory and spicy broth, thick rice noodles, spongy tofu, and fresh vegetables, is most memorable. XinhXinh is open for takeout and delivery.

12. Van Hanh

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8446 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97266
(503) 788-0825

A favorite among vegans and vegetarians, Van Hanh is a roadside house-turned-restaurant in Southeast Portland. Run by Buddhist nuns and volunteers, Van Hanh serves an extensive selection of Vietnamese dishes — from steamed buns to papaya salad to vermicelli bowls — for takeout and delivery. Vegans can choose between the pho with tofu and traditional pho toppings and the popular spicy bun hue with thick rice noodles and mock beef.

13. Nudi Noodle Place

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4310 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 477-7425
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At this whimsical and forest-like Asian restaurant in Woodstock, the go-to order is the fragrant Malaysian-style laksa featuring a rich and soothing curry coconut broth and rice noodles topped with a mountain of vegetables and hearty tofu chunks. Those who prefer a lighter broth can dig into the vegetable-heavy green noodle soup. Nudi is open for takeout and delivery.

A photo of vegan laksa at Nudi Noodle Place
Nudi Noodle Place vegan laksa
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14. Mugen Noodle Bar

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10115 SW Nimbus Ave #150
Tigard, OR 97223
(971) 864-6974
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Although this ramen spot specializes in tori paitan ramen, it serves two truly luscious hazelnut-based vegan broths. The bowls arrive with toppings like tofu, menma, kikurage mushrooms, pickled mustard greens, and a nut crumble of macadamia, hazelnut, walnut, cashews, and peanuts. Available for takeout and delivery, Mugen Noodle Bar also offers vegan sides and a meatless mazemen. Mugen has two locations: Tigard and Hood River.

A picture of the vegan tofu hazelnut curry ramen at Mugen Noodle Bar
Tofu hazelnut curry ramen at Mugen
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1. Ichiza Kitchen

5411 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211
A photo of Ichiza vegan noodle soup at Ichiza Kitchen, with hunks of soy protein resembling chicken thighs, floating minced scallions, and full leaves of yu choy
Noodle soup at Ichiza Kitchen
Waz Wu/EPDX

This spacious Killingworth restaurant serves Asian plates like chili oil wontons and siu mai dumplings that impress vegans and omnivores alike. Ichiza Kitchen’s namesake noodle soup steals the limelight with an outstanding slow-cooked broth served with delicate rice noodles, fermented soy protein chicken, and crunchy yu choy, while the Filipino-style “chicken” mami offers a soul-soothing broth, fluffy tofu pillows, and bouncy egg-like noodles. The restaurant is open for takeout and delivery.

5411 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

2. Saff Ramen

5240 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218

Located at Shady Pines food cart pod, Saff Ramen specializes in konkotsu ramen (vegan tonkotsu-style corn ramen) and onigiri stuffed with “feta” for takeout and delivery. Umi Organic ramen noodles arrive in a velvety vegetable broth accented by sweet corn, sumac-infused tofu, crunchy scallions, and sesame seeds. The cart also reimagines its ramen as a gluten-free rice bowl with the same savory house-made broth. Seasonal specials are announced regularly on Instagram.

5240 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218

3. Kayo's Ramen Bar

3808 N Williams Ave #124, Portland, OR 97227
A photo of vegan tantan ramen at Kayo’s Ramen Bar
Kayo’s Ramen Bar vegan tantan ramen
Waz Wu/EPDX

North Williams’ Kayo’s Ramen Bar offers a vegan version of almost every bowl, made with an assari-style kombu, shiitake, and vegetable base. The restaurant’s meatless renditions of classics like shio, shoyu, and miso are all great, but the star is the tantan ramen, a blend of creamy sesame paste and fiery Sichuan peppercorn. Signature bowls include the hearty curry, mouth-numbing mala, and fruity pineapple ginger. In addition to ramen noodles, Kayo’s offers no-carb or low-carb options featuring julienned and lightly-blanched daikon and zucchini. The restaurant offers heated patio dining, as well as pickup and delivery.

3808 N Williams Ave #124
Portland, OR 97227

4. Basil Vegan Kitchen

3131 NE Broadway St Suite B, Portland, OR 97232

This vegan extension of Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine serves up vegan and gluten-free dishes with Thai flavors, including pad see ew, yellow curry, and vegetable stir fries. Available for takeout and delivery, generous bowls of rice noodles come in peanut curry, coconut milk, or khao soi-style broths served with toppings like crispy fried wontons, crushed peanuts, sliced avocado, and pickled cabbage.

3131 NE Broadway St Suite B
Portland, OR 97232

5. Hanoi Kitchen

7925 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97213

This family-owned Vietnamese restaurant in Montavilla features a variety of meatless dishes on its newly revamped menu, from spicy lemongrass stir fry to lotus root soup to tofu rice crepes finished with garlic-lime “fish” sauce. However, the steamy vegan pho — rich with ginseng and loaded with tofu and crunchy vegetables — is a hit among vegans and vegetarians year-round. Hanoi Kitchen is open for takeout and delivery.

7925 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97213

6. Top Burmese

413 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Located on NW 21st, Top Burmese is one of the few restaurants representing Burmese cuisine in Portland. Vegans can choose from a variety of knockout dishes, including crispy samosas and fermented green tea leaf salad; still, the khao soi, a coconut curry soup with chewy wheat noodles, is a must-order thanks to its intense depth of flavor. This bowl comes with crunchy accompaniments: wonton crisps, onions, fried garlic, and cilantro. Top Burmese and Beaverton sister restaurant Bistro Royale are open for takeout and delivery.

413 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

7. Marukin Ramen

126 SW 2nd Ave #109, Portland, OR 97204

Marukin Ramen has two vegan-friendly locations: Pine Street Market and Ankeny Street. Even though Marukin specializes in Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen, this Tokyo-based ramen-ya also offers two meatless broths — the creamy soy-milk-based miso and the lighter vegetable-based shio — with the option of a spicy version of each one. Available for takeout and delivery, the vegan ramen comes with toppings like tofu, tomatoes, mushrooms, and shichimi chili pepper.

126 SW 2nd Ave #109
Portland, OR 97204

8. Obon Shokudo

722 SE 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Tucked inside Morrison Market, this all-vegan Japanese restaurant is best known for its curry, kenchinjiru ginger miso soup, and onigiri made with countless misos, but the udon noodle bowls are equally delicious. Smooth-yet-springy, the house-made udon pairs beautifully with Obon Shokudo’s rich and silky curry, finished with shiitake dashi, fried tofu, and kakiage fritters. A lighter soy-mushroom broth is also available. Obon offers takeout and delivery and makes regular appearances at farmers markets.

722 SE 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

9. Berlu

605 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214
A picture of the vegan noodle soup from Berlu
Vegan noodle soup at Berlu
Waz Wu/EPDX

Formerly a minimalist restaurant with exquisite tasting menus, Berlu’s latest pivot is Friday noodle soup specials, which always includes one vegan, gluten-free bowl with house-made noodles and assorted seasonal vegetables. While pre-pandemic Berlu featured Vietnamese influences, Vince Nguyen explores traditional Vietnamese roots with the noodle soups, such as bun mang chay with a vegetable ginger broth, roasted maitakes, and brussel sprouts. Preorder on Tock for Friday evening pickup in Go Box reusable containers.

605 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

10. Afuri

923 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
A photo of vegan hazelnut tantanmen at Afuri, with pieces of floating greens, hunks of mushroom, and swirls of onion
Afuri vegan hazelnut tantanmen
Waz Wu/EPDX

Tokyo-based ramen shop Afuri chose to open its first US location in Portland because the soft water from Mount Hood, much like Mount Afuri’s water, is ideal for making ramen. Made with umami miso tare, the vegan hazelnut ramen features some of bounciest ramen noodles around, topped with bok choy, shiitakes, leeks, miso cashew crumbles, and sesame chili oil. This next-level bowl is available for takeout and delivery at both the Southeast and Beaverton izakayas.

923 SE 7th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

11. XinhXinh Vietnamese Bistro

970 SE Madison St, Portland, OR 97214

While many flock to this Vietnamese bistro for the banh mi, the noodle soups — including a simple-but-tasty vegan pho — are the highlights of the menu. The vegan hue, which arrives overflowing with savory and spicy broth, thick rice noodles, spongy tofu, and fresh vegetables, is most memorable. XinhXinh is open for takeout and delivery.

970 SE Madison St
Portland, OR 97214

12. Van Hanh

8446 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97266

A favorite among vegans and vegetarians, Van Hanh is a roadside house-turned-restaurant in Southeast Portland. Run by Buddhist nuns and volunteers, Van Hanh serves an extensive selection of Vietnamese dishes — from steamed buns to papaya salad to vermicelli bowls — for takeout and delivery. Vegans can choose between the pho with tofu and traditional pho toppings and the popular spicy bun hue with thick rice noodles and mock beef.

8446 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97266

13. Nudi Noodle Place

4310 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97206
A photo of vegan laksa at Nudi Noodle Place
Nudi Noodle Place vegan laksa
Waz Wu/EPDX

At this whimsical and forest-like Asian restaurant in Woodstock, the go-to order is the fragrant Malaysian-style laksa featuring a rich and soothing curry coconut broth and rice noodles topped with a mountain of vegetables and hearty tofu chunks. Those who prefer a lighter broth can dig into the vegetable-heavy green noodle soup. Nudi is open for takeout and delivery.

4310 SE Woodstock Blvd
Portland, OR 97206

14. Mugen Noodle Bar

10115 SW Nimbus Ave #150, Tigard, OR 97223
A picture of the vegan tofu hazelnut curry ramen at Mugen Noodle Bar
Tofu hazelnut curry ramen at Mugen
Mugen Noodle Bar / Official

Although this ramen spot specializes in tori paitan ramen, it serves two truly luscious hazelnut-based vegan broths. The bowls arrive with toppings like tofu, menma, kikurage mushrooms, pickled mustard greens, and a nut crumble of macadamia, hazelnut, walnut, cashews, and peanuts. Available for takeout and delivery, Mugen Noodle Bar also offers vegan sides and a meatless mazemen. Mugen has two locations: Tigard and Hood River.

10115 SW Nimbus Ave #150
Tigard, OR 97223

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