Coming in all shapes and sizes, the humble noodle is a fundamental part of many cuisines. We’ve curated a list of 10 venues across London offering an array of excellent variations from across Asia.
Colourful in both its menu and in its layout, the Cirilo Filipino Kainan on Cable Street promises “a humble, unpretentious eatery serving take on classic hearty Filipino Food”. Dishes include Pancit Bihon (rice vermicelli noodles and seasoned vegetables cooked atsuete, gluten-free soy in a vegetable broth) and the chicken or beef ‘Mami’ (noodles, vegetables cooked in a miso broth with oriental spices). You can pick your noodle type, with a choice of egg, rice vermicelli, or udon noodle.
If you value great beer as much as you value great noodles, the Bermondsey outpost of London franchise Bone Daddies is lip-smack bang where you want to be. Tucked away beneath one of the many arches that make up the city’s legendary “beer mile”, this Japanese, rock n’ roll-embracing noodle restaurant provides all the meaty and brothy sustenance you and your pals will need. Drop in for a bowl of tonkotsu ramen, some Korean fried wings, perhaps a bao bun or two – and cool the spicy flavours with more ice-cold IPAs. The exclusive DEYA Brewery X Bone Daddies collab beer most definitely hits the spot.
And that’s not the only first it proudly lays claim to – all dishes traditionally served with pork-based ingredients can be ordered with Halal chicken instead – a thoughtful touch for the local Muslim community that makes this noodle restaurant fully deserving of a place on this list.
With six London outposts, Shoryu Ramen has become so reputed that it has been recommended by the Michelin Guide. Proud of its heritage, its specialty tonkotsu ramen originates from the Hakata district of Fukuoka, Japan. This style of ramen is made with a rich pork soup and thin, straight noodles with – according to Shoryu – “plenty of bounce and chew”. Using this as their basic component, the team at Shoryu have designed some brilliantly creative dishes, including Dracula Tonkotsu (ramen with caramelised black garlic mayu and garlic chips) and Piri Piri Tonkotsu (ramen with jalapeños and top-secret spicy gochujang sauce).
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Tara Huezé.
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