Most brands of Ramen are not vegan as usually the packets contain fish by-products or dried animal-stock, and unfortunately that’s the case for maruchan ramen as well.
All Maruchan Ramen flavors are non-vegan, including the pictured “Oriental” flavor. There’s many other vegan ramen brands, including some flavors from Maruchan’s main competitor (Top Ramen). I’ll briefly go over those below.
Before that, I’d like to say the noodles in Maruchan Ramen are technically Vegan and aren’t any different than any other Ramen noodles. Don’t go buying them to take their noodles, but if you have some already or you know a freak who doesn’t use the noodles, by all means take them and season them yourself!
What are the best vegan alternatives?
The best? Hands down Nongshim’s SOON veggie ramen noodle soup, which is certified vegan and super tasty in my opinion.
The most convenient and available? Nissin’s “Top Ramen” and “Cup Noodles” which is Maruchan’s #1 competitor would win in this respect, as both their oriental, chili, and very veggie flavors are vegan and they’re available dang-near everywhere, as well as online.
The healthiest? I’d say it’s definitely Dr McDougal’s Vegan “Chicken” Ramen, although personally I don’t buy them as they’re significantly more expensive, albeit not outrageous in price when compared to Nongshim’s.