Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Marukin Ramen | SE Portland

Vegan ramen exists, my friends. And at Marukin Ramen in SE Portland, it's freakin' delicious.

#Vegan Ramen at Marukin in Portland, OR | A Hoppy Medium

Still technically in its soft opening, Marukin just opened its second Portland location at the end of February. (Their original PDX outpost is at Pine Street Market). With nine locations throughout Tokyo as well, Marukin clearly knows their ramen.

The SE Portland location is small, casual, and full of natural light thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows that surround the family-style tables. You simply order at the small counter and are very quickly served savory, aromatic bowls of the good stuff.

There are three different bowls of ramen everyday - two meat, one vegan - and on Saturdays, the menu looks a little something like this:

Marukin Paitan Shio (まるきんラーメン塩)
Paitan - Creamy chicken based broth

Marukin Red (まるきんレッド)
Spicy Marukin ramen in Paitan broth

Marukin Vegan Tonyu (まるきんビーガンラーメン)
OTA Tofu soymilk broth with onions, garlic, shiitake mushrooms, and kombu

While friends raved about the meat versions, Z and I slurped up every last bite of our vegan creation ($10/bowl). The broth was incredibly flavorful, the vegetables abundant and fresh, and the portion size almost too big to finish (but we still managed). Alongside our bowls of ramen, we also enjoyed the Ebi Tiger (5 pieces, $8), plump, deep-fried tiger shrimp Karaage-style (meaning, similar to tempura), as well as the Takikomi Onigiri (1 piece, $2.50) - onigiri made with traditional Japanese rice and seasoned with dashi, shoyu, and mushrooms. 

My first experience at Marukin was delightfully successful (and delicious), not to mention affordable! I'll definitely be back for more slurp-worthy bowls of ramen soon.

Are you a ramen fan? If so, which restaurant serves your favorite ramen in Portland?

Marukin Ramen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


  1. i was just writing up a post about an amazing bowl of ramen I had a Little Big Diner. Glad you have great options in Portland!

  2. Yeah that vegan ramen is rich, "buttery" (unexpected in a vegan dish) and yum :) I'm a fan for sure!

    1. Glad to hear you liked it too, Bee! I'm already eager to go back...