High-street Japanese chain restaurant Wagamama has added a tasty selection of new and refreshed dishes to its vegan kids menu.
Wagamama has added some brand new vegan dishes to its kid’s menu as well as refreshing some old favourites in restaurants across the UK.
The menu features a range of refreshed plant-based dishes such as mini yasai ramen with udon noodles in a vegetable soup and fried tofu as well as a mini yasai katsu curry with sweet potato and butternut squash in crispy panko breadcrumbs and a version served with amai sauce.
To celebrate the new and refreshed dishes on the children’s menu and to encourage children to go outside their cuisine comfort zone, wagamama has revealed the top 30 plant-based foods to try before they’re 12. The carefully curated list, compiled in collaboration with Specialist Paediatric Dietitian Bahee Van de Bor, aims to encourage kids to be more playful with their palettes with a selection of fun flavours, crisp and crunchy textures.
The list includes foods such as tofu, edamame beans, guava, soba noodles, calcium-fortified plant milks, kale and artichoke.
As part of the new menu, the children’s menu now also includes the tofu challenge, where kids are encouraged to try a piece of tofu in vegetable broth for free at all restaurants across the UK to tempt them to try something new.
In a statement sent to Vegan Food & Living, Bahee Van de Bor said: “It’s vital that children who follow a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle are still consuming important nutrients. These include protein, iron and vitamin B12 for normal growth and immunity; essential omega-3 fats and iodine for brain development; and calcium for building healthy bones and teeth.
“The new vegan dishes on the children’s wagamama menu incorporates a number of these top 30, ensuring that children are getting all the nutrients they need whilst broadening their flavour horizons!”
Ross Farquhar, Chief Marketing Officer, added: “At wagamama, being adventurous with food is central to our ‘positive eating, positive living’ ethos. After the huge success we’ve enjoyed with our vegan and vegetarian menu and seeing how parents loved how visiting our restaurants helped their little noodlers broaden their culinary horizons, we decided that introducing a plant-based children’s menu was the obvious next step. With our 30 foods to try before you’re 12 list, we’re encouraging kids to try new tastes and textures and develop a playful palette.”