picture of vegan Japanese tantan soup


There is a vegan restaurant at Tokyo main station called T’s Tantan. They have this amazing Japanese tantan soup that makes me get on a train through half the city, walk forever through the giant station and even buy a ticket for a train I don’t take, to get to the area where the restaurant is.

And every time again I come to the conclusion that this delicious, slightly spicy noodle soup is absolutely worth the effort. 

They were so kind to draw the ingredients on the wall, so I managed to create a recipe for a ramen soup very similar to the one at T’s Tantan. 

I have decided to use veggie broth, because everyone here has that at home and I wanted to make it easier. Feel free to use Japanese Dashi, which is of course what they use in Japan to make soup. 

Ingredients for the Tantan soup not everyone knows

  • Mirin is a sweet Japanese rice wine mainly used for cooking, teriyaki sauce for example
  • Miso Shiro is a mild soy paste that contains a lot of beneficial bacteria, which would be destroyed when boiling it. That’ s why it only goes into the tantan soup once it’s not boiling anymore
  • Tahini is a ground sesame paste, you can grind it yourself in a mortar, which is what I did when I started making this tantan soup, but it is so much work and so I just buy it now
  • Chili oil is spicy and orange. You can easily make it yourself with this recipe
  • Bok Choy is a bit like spinach or Swiss chard. For the tantan soup I recommend mini bok choy for space reasons. I fry it a little, add it to the soup and drizzle it with chili oil
picture of vegan Japanese tantan soup

Tantan men, as this soup is called in Japanese, was inspired by the Chinese dish dandan noodles which I once tried in a Szechuan restaurant in Hamburg and was almost unable to finish it because it was so spicy!

The Japanese version is not that spicy, but feel free to add as much chili and chili oil as you like 🙂 

vegan Japanese tantan soup with chopsticks

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vegan Japanese Tantan Soup/ Nina Bolders Food Photography


You can make a yummy vegan Japanese Tantan soup yourself – almost like in Tokyo!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course mains, Recipes
Cuisine Japanisch
Servings 2 servings


  • 1 cup textured soy protein 75 g
  • 1 cup veggie broth 240 ml
  • 1 scallion white part, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger chopped
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 cups veggie broth 480 ml
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup tahini 55 g
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter 55 g
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup oat or soy milk 120 ml
  • 1 tablespoon miso shiro
  • 200 g ramen noodles 7 oz
  • 2 baby bok choy outer leaves removed, cut in halves
  • sesame seeds
  • chili oil
  • chili flakes or strings
  • scallion green part, cut into rings


  • First, gather all your ingredients and prepare them in the right amounts. That makes it so much easier and more fun and you're less likely to forget anything. 
  • Combine the soy protein with the 1 cup of veggie broth, stir well and set aside.
  • Heat salted water for noodles.
  • Sauté garlic, ginger and white part of scallion in a little plant oil in a skillet. Add the soy protein, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and one tablespoon of ketchup and roast at moderate to high heat, stir frequently.
  • Combine 2 cups of veggie broth, sugar, tahini, peanut butter, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, mirin and paprika in a small pot and bring to a boil.
  • Switch off the heat and stir in plant milk and miso shiro.
  • Cook noodles according to instructions.
  • Move the soy protein to the sides of the skillet and put the bok choy face down in the middle. Roast for about 3 minutes.
    bok choy for the tantan soup
  • Turn the bok choy to roast a little from the other side.
  • Drain the noodles and put them into two bowls, add soup, soy protein and bok choy.
    tantan soup components
  • Garnish with sesame seeds, chili oil, chili flakes or strings and green part of scallion.
Keyword Japanese, soup
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  1. Amazing! I’ve been trying to recreate this soup since visiting Japan and this recipe is perfect! Thank you.

  2. Omg!! I came back from Japan last month and today I was cravinnggggg T’s Golden Tan Tan and I was searching everywhere to try find one that sounded similar and then I came across your blog and you have the exact one I’m looking for ! 😍😍 Bless you I’m so stoked, trying it out today!!

  3. PeterAndLisa

    So similar to ts tan tan in Tokyo station – great job and thanks so much for tweaking as you go we’ve been following along. Roasting/grilling the pak choi is a great idea, worked well.

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