Soup

Sadly, most pre-made soups available in supermarkets contain animal products such as chicken, beef or fish stock. Below are some soups that are/appear to be vegan. You will see there are soymilk soups that are potentially vegan (they contain emulsifier and flavouring that is not specified as being from plants).

INSTANT MISO SOUPS

Generally, vegan instant miso soups can be found in health food stores or online and the occasional upscale supermarket.

• Ohsawa Organic Tateshina Miso Soup/オーサワの有機立料みそ汁 Ingredients: organic rice miso (including soybeans and rice) , organic Japanese mustard spinach, organic onion, organic fried tofu, yeast extract, kelp powder. Genetically modified soybeans are not used.

Single-serving instant soup. Marked “for vegan” in English on the package. Bought at a branch of Bio C’ Bon supermarket.

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Tsubi Soup. Tsubi Soup, vegan miso soup, is available to purchase online (including on Amazon Japan) and in some stores, especially health food stores, and at vegan festivals. Click here to check out the website.

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“Tsubi Soup is a 100% vegan instant soup cube that delivers all the delicious and nutritional benefits of authentic Japanese miso in an easy-to-make, single serve package. All ingredients are natural and farmed in southern Japan, and free of MSG, gluten, GMO, or artificial additives. Tsubi Soup is jam-packed full of crunchy vegetables in a all plant based broth that magically blossom into a fresh soup with the touch of hot water. Available in 3 miso blends, feasting on such wholesome goodness has never been easier!”

VEGETABLE SOUPS

Japanese traditional sweet red-bean soup (おしるこ – oshiruko) is available in stores and vending machines and may be vegan. Here are a few examples:

Asahi Red Bean Soup. Ingredients: Sugar, red bamboo beans, kidney beans, adzuki beans, salt, stabilising agent (modified starch, carrageenan – from red seaweed), emulsifier, cellulose, acidity regulator.
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• Ito-En Dainagon Red Bean Soup. Ingredients: Sugar, adzuki beans, salt / thickener (processed starch), cellulose, emulsifier, cyclic oligosaccharide.

This product was spotted in an Acure vending machine. Uses Dainagon adzuki beans from Hokkaido, which are slightly larger than regular adzuki beans.

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Upscale shops like Biople by Cosme Kitchen carry Auga soups in Champignon (mushroom), Minestrone, Carrot and Tomato varieties. Only the Champignon variety lacks a vegan mark on the package, but the company confirmed it is vegan as well. Photos from website.

• Auga Soup, Champignon. Ingredients: Champignons* 50%, Water, Coconut Milk*, Rice*, Sea Salt, Spices*, *Organic Products

•Auga Soup, Minestrone. Ingredients: water, various vegetables 36% (organic carrots, organic cabbage, organic potatoes, organic bean sprouts, organic peas, organic paprika), organic tomato paste, organic rapeseed oil, organic spices, sea salt, organic sugar, organic rice flour.

• Auga Soup, Carrot. Ingredients: organic carrots 42%, water, organic coconut milk 10%, organic rice flour, sea salt, organic spices.

• Auga Soup, Tomato. Ingredients: water, organic tomatoes 20%, organic tomato paste 10%, organic rapeseed oil, organic spices, organic wheat flour, sea salt, organic sugar.

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• Chaya Macrobiotics Corn Potage/チャヤマクロビの粒入りコーンポタージュ Ingredients: Kombu broth, vegetables (corn, onions), sweet corn powder, rapeseed oil, potato starch, vegetable broth, salt, garlic paste. Photo from website.

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Kagome Smoothie Soy Corn Potage/とうもろこしのソイポタージュ. Ingredients: Ingredients: Vegetables (carrot, onion, corn, kale, spinach, asparagus, watercress, parsley, kabocha squash, lettuce, cabbage, beet, daikon, Napa cabbage, celery), fruit (apple, lemon), soybean, soymilk, soymilk cream, dietary fiber, salt, agar-agar/pH adjuster, flavouring, emulsifier, vitamin C.

This is actually a smoothie and can be found in the cold drinks section of convenience stores and supermarkets, but it’s soup-flavoured. Meant to be enjoyed as-is.

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Kagome Smoothie Soy Kabocha Squash and Carrot Soy Potage/かぼちゃとにんじんソイポタージュ. Ingredients: Vegetables (carrot, kabocha squash, onion, kale, spinach, asparagus, watercress, parsley, lettuce, cabbage, beet, daikon, Napa cabbage, celery), fruit (apple, lemon), soybean, soymilk, dietary fiber, salt, agar-agar/pH adjuster, emulsifier, vitamin C, flavouring.

This is actually a smoothie and can be found in the cold drinks section of convenience stores and supermarkets, but it’s soup-flavoured. Meant to be enjoyed as-is.

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• Kikkoman/Del Monte Soymilk Corn Soup. Ingredients: Supersweet corn, sugar, soymilk, powdered soy pulp (okara), soy flour, onion, vegetable oil, salt, yeast extract, dextrin, spices, thickener (modified starch), flavouring, acidity regulator, emulsifier. Photo from website.

Kikkoman has confirmed that they do use bone-char processed sugar in their products. It’s not clear if the sugar in this particular product was made using that method.

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• Kikkoman/Del Monte Soymilk Pumpkin Soup. Ingredients: Pumpkin, sugar, soymilk, onion, soy flour, salt, vegetable oil, powdered soy pulp (okara), yeast extract, dextrin, spices, thickener (modified starch), acidity regulator, emulsifier. Photo from website.

Kikkoman has confirmed that they do use bone-char processed sugar in their products. It’s not clear if the sugar in this particular product was made using that method.

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• Lumlum Organic Tom Yum Paste/Lumlum オーガニック トムヤムペースト. Ingredients: Organic red onion, organic lemongrass, organic chili pepper, organic sugar, organic galangal, salt, organic coconut milk, organic kaffir lime leaves. Attached packet: Organic kaffir lime leaves, antioxidant (citric acid).

This paste for making tom yum soup is certified vegan by Vege Project Japan.

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TopValu (the Aeon house brand) also introduced an extremely similar-looking line of soups to the Auga lineup. Photos from website. All ingredients organic with the exception of salt.

• TopValu Organic Champignon Soup/ORGANIC CHAMPIGNONオーガニックマッシュルームスープトップバリュ Ingredients: Mushrooms, coconut milk, rice, salt, spices, leeks.

• TopValu Organic Minestrone Soup/ORGANIC MINESTRONEオーガニック ミネストローネスープトップバリュ Ingredients: Vegetables (carrots, cabbage, potatoes, peas, green beans, bell peppers, onion, leeks), tomato paste, rapeseed oil, sugar, salt, flour, spices.

• TopValu Organic Carrot Soup/ORGANIC CARROTオーガニック キャロットスープトップバリュ Ingredients: carrots, coconut milk,  flour, salt, spices

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