Top vegan picks at Tampopo


First of all, sorry if I’ve been MIA here. We went to Madrid last week (check my Instagram highlights for some shots of our trip!) and, as you can probably guess, things have been incredibly busy since we came back!

Excuses aside, I now have a post about my top vegan picks at Tampopo. You probably already know I’m not vegan (nor vegetarian) but we were invited by Tampopo to attend their vegan taste tour and share our feedback on their vegan dishes, so that’s what I’m doing today. I may not vegan, but of course I can still enjoy some yummy vegan/vegetarian options (like the food we had at La Famille, or this yummy cauliflower at Maray). Here are my favourite ones:

Vegan food at Tampopo, Manchester

Sticky tofu with sesame and a sweet soy and chilli glaze.

This is the vegan option of one of our favourite dishes at Tampopo: the sticky wings. And because I love those so much, I might be just a tiny bit harsh on these by saying that they’re not superior to our well loved chicken option, but they’re still an amazing vegan dish to try if you pay them a visit.

The chilli glaze and the sticky texture were absolutely amazing, and I loved the crispiness from the fried tofu. An extra comforting dish to have, specially on a cold winter night (although you’ll probably see me having sticky wings during summer too!). I’d definitely recommend them (either the vegan or chicken option, it depends on what you enjoy).

Vegan food at Tampopo, Manchester

Jackfruit Rendang. Not on the menu yet!

It kills me that this Jackfruit Rendang isn’t part of their menu because it was really delicious. The jackfruit could even pass as meat (at least that’s what G and I think) and dish itself was incredibly flavourful, although a bit spicy.

We loved the flatbread and thought it was the ideal complement. G and I stuffed the bread with the jackfruit and, after a couple of bites, we wished we had a bit more to eat.

We were seating next to MDOG (@MDOG_Manchester on Twitter) and we all agreed that this dish would have been even better if there was some lamb involved, but of course, that defeats the purpose for a vegan taste tour. Either way we enjoyed this Rendang and would definitely recommend it to vegans and non-vegans without a doubt!

Vegan food at Tampopo, Manchester

Sweet potato Katsu curry: deep-fried sweet potato in a panko breadcrumb with a mild curry sauce and sticky rice.

Fried and crispy sweet potato? Sign me in!

Even though the sticky tofu and the jackfruit rendang were my absolute favourites, this katsu curry came in a close second (can’t pick the first so it’s a tie, okay?).

The curry sauce was truly mild and the sticky rice was delicious. G didn’t love this one that much but I think it’s just because he prefers spicier foods (the rest of the dishes were quite spicy!). I personally loved the texture and the contrast of the sweet potato flavour against the curry.

If you like sweet potato and want to have something crispy, this is a great option!

Vegan food at Tampopo, Manchester

Spicy Rebus Noodle Soup: yellow noodles, cherry tomatoes, spring onions, beansprouts in a silky sweet potato and soybean broth, served with a soy seasoned egg.

Finally, because I know some people love noodle soups, I also have to share my opinion on this spicy rebus soup.

To be completely honest, it wasn’t my favourite of the bunch (but it wasn’t my least favourite either) and I think that’s just because of how spicy it was, and you know I’m not a fan of ultra spicy foods. G could tolerate this amount of chilli perfectly and I think that’s why he enjoyed it more than I did. The noodles were yummy, and I love a good soy seasoned egg. I just couldn’t really eat that much because it was too spicy for my palate.

If you can tolerate spicy food more than I can and need a vegan option, this might be a good noodle soup to try next time you’re in Tampopo. Now, if you can have meat, then I’d definitely recommend my absolute favourite noodle soup at Tampopo: their amazing Tonkotsu Ramen. It’s a noodle soup with pork belly and deliciousness, and you definitely should give it a go!

We tried other things, like a Lotus Root Salad (that isn’t on their menu yet) and a vegan dessert too, but the dishes I mentioned here are my top picks for both vegan and non-vegans when visiting Tampopo. It’s all going to depend on what kind of food you enjoy the most, but I hope my brief descriptions can give you some ideas for your next visit 😉


That’s it for today, guys! Thank you so much to Tampopo’s team for inviting us to their Vegan Taste Tour, it was a pleasure and we had an amazing time! If you enjoy asian food, I’d definitely recommend you to attend their taste tours some time 😉

Now, what are your favourite vegan (and non-vegan) picks at Tampopo? If you’re vegan or vegetarian, what other dishes should I try either at Tampopo or anywhere else in Manchester? I’d love to try even more plant based options. Leave me a comment or message me on social! You can find me on Instagram (@michellelovestoeat), Twitter (@mlovestoeat), and Facebook (@michellelovestoeat). I’d love to see your recommendations!

If you want to read about other meat-free dishes (and maybe get some inspo for your next recipe), you can check out this foodventure we had in Marrakech, or even this one we had in Liverpool!


Thanks for reading me, and if you’re still with me, make sure to come back on Wednesday to read about the food we had in Madrid (spoiler alert: it was amazing). I’ll talk to you again soon!





  1. WhatLydDid
    February 19, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    It makes me so happy to see lots of vegan options rather than one sad little mushroom burger! I’ve never had jackfruit so I think I’d be adventurous and try that rendang, I’ve heard the texture is similar to pulled pork and I can imagine it working really well.


    • Michelle
      February 20, 2018 / 9:20 pm

      It makes me incredibly happy too, specially because I love to see how creative restaurants can get when it comes to vegan dishes! I hope Tampopo puts this jackfruit rendang on their permanent menu because it was really really delicious. I’d say yes! The texture is quite similar. I seriously could have thought it was meat or pork.

      Any other recommendations for vegan/vegetarian dishes anywhere else?

  2. February 13, 2018 / 9:45 am

    some good options here. my friend went and also said about some dishes being too spicy! he loved the redang the best! thanks for sharing x

    • Michelle
      February 13, 2018 / 9:49 am

      The rendang (alongside the sticky tofu) was my absolute favourite! Some dishes were a bit spicy indeed but I think I’m starting to tolerate that a bit more (to a point, at least!)

    • Michelle
      February 13, 2018 / 9:11 am

      Yes, but I’m more of a chocolate kind of person (or anything super sweet, at least) so it wasn’t my favourite part. I hope this gives you some ideas 🙂

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