Jinya’s vegetarian ramen packs a serious amount of noodles into the bowl. Diners with plant-based preferences can choose either the vegetarian ramen (mushroom, spinach, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, black pepper, served with thin noodles) or the creamy spicy vegan ramen (tofu, onion, green onion, spinach, crispy onion, garlic, garlic chips, chili oil, garlic oil, sesame seeds, served with thick noodles), and spinach noodles also are available. If the heat isn’t enough for you, add more chili paste. (Just don’t be too shy to ask if it’s the one without the fish sauce.) The vegan broth is creamy due to the sesame paste, with just enough kick to keep digging your chopsticks in for more. (The crispy kale lollipops, served as an appetizer, make a tasty do-it-yourself topping addition if you’re feeling adventurous.) Aside from the many Jinya locations offering vegan/vegetarian ramen, there's the newly opened Jinya Ramen Express at the Hollywood & Highland complex, a quick counter-service spot where you can customize your build-your-own ramen bowl with all the veggies you could possibly desire within a vegan miso ramen.
BY STEPHANIE KORDAN