Wagamama’s menu is now 50% plant-based as it launches new vegan dishes

Author: Molly Pickering

Read Time:   |  11th October 2021

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Wagamama adds four more delicious vegan dishes to its menu, becoming the UK's first high street restaurant to offer an equal plant-based menu


Wagamama celebrates a vegan victory following the launch of its 50% plant-based menu.

Guests can now enjoy four new vegan dishes, including; Spicy Teriyaki Vegan ‘Chicken’ Steamed Buns, Spicy Vegan ‘Short Rib’ Ramen, Teriyaki Vegan ‘Chicken’ Ramen, and Shu’s ‘Shiok’ Jackfruit.

The high street chain announced its plans to make half its menu plant-based in its ‘2021 Positive Action Plan’ and have delivered the vegan goods 3 months ahead of schedule.

Moreover, Wagamama is urging and incentivising guests to pledge a ‘small choice for big change’ as part of their ‘Plant-Pledge’ campaign to combat climate change.

Wagamama vegan menu

To equalise its vegan menu, Wagamama has included four new inspiring vegan dishes.

First on the menu is the Teriyaki Vegan ‘Chicken’ Ramen – Vegan ‘chicken’ in a spicy teriyaki sauce topped with sweetcorn, bok choi, chilli sambal paste, spring onion, and chilli, served on a bed of ramen noodles and vegetable broth. Perfect for warming up our souls during the winter months.

Next is the Spicy Vegan Short ‘Rib’ Ramen – a blend of mushroom and soya protein ‘ribs’ in a sweet and spicy sticky sauce. Served with roasted bok choi, spring onion, chilli, sesame seeds, and noodles served in a rich broth. Delicious!

In addition, the chain has collaborated with chef Shu Han Lee to create its Shu’s Shiok. This flavourful dish includes turmeric and ginger marinated jackfruit, roasted and served on a bed of lemongrass dressed rice, with pickled slaw, radish, chilli, coriander and caramelised lime.

Finally, no meal is complete without scrumptious sides, Wagamama’s Spicy Teriyaki Vegan ‘Chicken’ Steamed Buns will not disappoint! The two fluffy Asian buns are filled with Asian slaw, fried shallots and spicy teriyaki sauce. How can we resist?

Wagamama's new plant-based dishes include Teriyaki Vegan ‘Chicken’ Ramen and Shu’s Shiok

Wagamama's new plant-based dishes include Teriyaki Vegan ‘Chicken’ Ramen and Shu’s Shiok

“We’ve been making choices, both big and small, to tread more lightly on our earth”

In a statement made to Vegan Food & Living, Wagamama CEO Thomas Heier said: “This menu launch marks an important moment for us as a business, as we officially make our menu 50% plant-based.

“We’ve been making choices, both big and small, to tread more lightly on our earth.”

Heier added, “We’re privileged to have restaurants in most major UK cities, therefore feel a real responsibility and exciting opportunity to make plant-based food as accessible as possible to all guests no matter their dietary preferences.”

He explained that Wagamama’s hopes its new menu will inspire diners to try something and not miss out on its iconic flavours.

Don’t forget, guests can sign up to Wagamama’s Plant Pledge and receive a free plant-based side with every main. Enjoy!

Hungry for ramen? Turn up the heat with this Asian Fusion Ramen with Vegan Hot Sauce!

Written by

Molly Pickering

Molly is the Digital Executive and former podcast host at Anthem's Vegan Food & Living, she also works across other titles including Women's Running and Classic Pop to create affiliate content for the website. Starting out as a Digital Marketing Apprentice at Vegan Food & Living in 2021, within 14 months Molly was shortlisted for ‘Best Editorial Assistant’ at the BSME Talent Awards 2022 and won the BCS Special Recognition award for Digital Marketing Apprentice of the Year in 2022

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