Kanada-Ya

There’s two approach to London’s grey-skied autumn.

The SAD one, and the noodle-based one.

Kanada-Ya ● London best noodle restaurant ● Cake + Whisky

If, like me, your preference goes to the later, I (and all of London’s ramen lovers) know just the place.

Kanada-Ya.

Kanada-Ya ● London best noodle restaurant ● Cake + Whisky

The authentic Japanese tonkotsu ramen specialist has two friendly, informal, one near Piccadilly and one just off Tottenham Court Road.

Neither take reservations and both are always incredibly busy.

Kanada-Ya ● London best noodle restaurant ● Cake + Whisky

Which is not all that surprising since Kanada-Ya is home to London’s most comforting dish – the ultimate bowl of tonkotsu ramen.

Originating from Fukuoka on the Kyushu island of Japan, the infamously time-consuming soup broth is based upon pork bones, boiled for several hours and served with ramen noodles and sliced pork belly.

Kanada-Ya ● London best noodle restaurant ● Cake + Whisky

At Kanada-Ya, the default toppings include sliced wood ear mushroom, seaweed and spring onion, with add-ons such as chashu-cured, gooey-yolked egg, spicy yuzu or porcini truffle paste coming highly commended!

Kanada-Ya ● London best noodle restaurant ● Cake + Whisky

And so do the small plates.

Not that you’ll really need them (the noodles themselves are plenty!). But if you’re able to resist the karaage chicken, well you’re clearly a lot more restrained than I am. And absolutely wrong at that.

I mean, if you’re going to stand in line with all of London’s noodle lovers, you might as well make the most of it.

So don’t be chicken and get it all – it’ll warm you to the bones!

Kanada-Ya – 64 St Giles High Street, WC2H 8LE (Covent Garden) or 3 Panton Street, SW1Y 4DL (Soho)
Kanada-Ya

Spicy Xi’an Style Noodles (Vegan)

When my Chinese-food-loving sister last visited London (back when I was living in Islington), we took her to Xi’an Impression for dinner.

Spicy Xi'an Style Noodles (vegan) • Recipe • Cake + Whisky

Located right across the Emirate Stadium, this un-impressive, barely better than your usual Chinatown joint -looking Chinese restaurant is a true hidden gem.

They specialise in dishes from the Xi’an province and that’s where I had my first taste of Xi’an style noodles. Hot, salty, with a strong taste of garlic and warmth of chilli, it’s China’s answer to Italy’s aglio e olio.

Needless to say, it was love at first bite.

Spicy Xi'an Style Noodles (vegan) • Recipe • Cake + Whisky

And as it turns out, Xi’an-style noodles also happen to be an excellent budget recipe, being entirely made up of store cupboard ingredients. (I added pak choi, but feel free to switch for any leftover greens you have  or to skip it entirely)

So next time you’re in the supermarket, I recommend you pick up the below ingredients.

Udon know when you might need a quick & easy dinner recipe!

Spicy Xi'an Style Noodles (vegan) • Recipe • Cake + Whisky

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More easy dinner recipes

Spring vegetable quiche (V)

Gnocchi with tomato & wild garlic (Vegan)

Tomato-coconut pasta (Vegan)

Spicy Xi’an Style Noodles (Vegan)

Tang London Noodle Bar

It looks like my optimistic salad phase will be on hold for a little while.

For which I blame the freezing-cold wind and my recent discovery of Tang London in equal measure.

Tang London Noodle Bar / Restaurant Review

Located minutes away from Tottenham Court Road’s hustle and bustle, Tang London is the very definition of a hidden gem.

And not only because it is indeed rather tricky to find (it’s just before the massive, flashy VQ terrace, in case you get lost).

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It has a cozy room, dotted with small tables and many a perching stool.

Tang London Noodle Bar / Restaurant Review

A passionate team of chefs.

Tang London Noodle Bar / Restaurant Review

And a short menu filled with dishes of the inventive, hearty, Asian-inspired kind that are perfect for those weeks days when the weather goes from nice and sunny to pouring rain in the blink of an eye!

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Signature, super-crispy fried chicken served with a side of fiery hot sauce for dipping.

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Black & White aka. crispy home-made black soy bean tofu served with the most addictive white miso sauce.

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Double dipping absolutely compulsory!

The noodle soup (‘tang’) selection is rather un-traditional but excellent all the same.

Tang London Noodle Bar / Restaurant Review

Chicken Tang – an excellent option if you’re feeling a bit under the weather (do swap the flat rice noodles for glass noodles though, as the former aren’t quite as good as we’d hoped)

Tang London Noodle Bar / Restaurant Review

Spicy Prawn Tang – fiery hot and a brilliant way to warm one’s cockles up!

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Dig in & slurp to your heart’s content!

And if you can manage it, definitely get a few of the steamed buns on the side (we couldn’t quite, but the beef one looks amazing!).

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Either way, make sure you finish with a scoop of Tang London’s signature sugarcane & shiso sorbet.

You might love it, you might hate it, but udon know until you try it!

Tang London, 111 Great Russell St (just before VQ), Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NP
Tang London Noodle Bar