If you find yourself near Village Square with a craving for vegan noodles and dumplings, then Tomo Noodles and Dumplings is the place to go. Complete with a large manga mural on the wall, their hip west-side location is a cool spot to hang out and enjoy a warm bowl of vegan ramen, or a cool glass of almond milk or fruit teas in Las Vegas.
Start your meal off with their Tomo Fries or edamame. Just ask them to sub out the meat on the fries for their house-baked tofu, and leave off the katsu sauce. The edamame can be served either simply salted, or with a spicy garlic sauce. Their spicy garlic sauce is mayo-based, but you can request vegan mayo instead.
Tomo’s Vegetarian Ramen is actually vegan, with a deliciously savory broth, enoki mushrooms, roasted tomato, bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, edamame, baby corn, green onions, chili oil, and sesame seeds. If that’s not enough, extra noodles, tofu, and even vegan dumplings can be added to your ramen for a small charge.
Speaking of dumplings, you can also order a plate of vegan dumplings as an appetizer, or to simply devour all by yourself. The bright green dumplings, filled with vegetables and tofu, are served with sliced scallions, and vibrant ponzu sauce for dipping.
Their classic fried rice is already vegetarian, but can easily be made vegan by asking them to leave off the egg. To bump up the flavor and the protein of your fried rice, have them thrown in some of their delicious house-baked tofu.
If a burger is more your speed, then go for the Tom-Possible Burger. A shoyu-glazed Impossible patty is served on a grilled vegan bun with napa cabbage slaw, and green onion. Tomo recently started carrying vegan mayo, so that can be added to the burger as well.
Tomo Noodles and Dumplings shares their massive west-side space with Enso Tea Bar, which offers a number of refreshing fruit teas, milk teas, and slushes. Most of the fruit teas are already vegan, although the tapioca is sweetened with honey, and the milk teas can be made with almond milk upon request.
9410 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 130 (Village Square), 89117, 702-485-1782, Monday – Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Michael Monson, a former teacher turned vegan YouTuber and content creator, has been living and eating in Las Vegas for over 20 years. Michael started his vegan YouTube channel, “Monson Made This” in 2017 as a way to give back and help grow the online vegan community that helped make his transition to a vegan lifestyle so much easier. When he’s not developing vegan versions of his favorite childhood (and adulthood) recipes, he’s hanging out with his two rescued pups, Tuff and Odie.