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 ● 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)

Miso ramen with prawns and scallops

I’ve been on a bit of an Asian food roll lately. Sushi roll, of course, but not only.

On Monday, it was sushi, on Tuesday, miso salmon, on Wednesday, Korean pork stir fry (somewhat inspired by this recipe).

Then on Thursday, I somehow made it to the fishmonger before it closed and picked up prawns & scallops to try out this winner of a stri fry.

Souper miso ramen soup with prawns and scallops | Cake + Whisky

The scallops were so fresh and beautiful that I got a few extra to make myself an extra-indulgent lunch on Friday.

And extra-indulgent these miso ramen with prawns and scallops were indeed!

A treat that’s good for you, mind. Warm, comforting, filling, it’s packed full of protein, vitamins, minerals and all sorts of good stuff to boost your metabolism. And absolutely none of the nasties (no gluten, no dairy, no nothing!).

Miso ramen soup with prawns and scallops | Cake + Whisky

This easy miso ramen soup keeps for a few days, so you could easily make a batch for the week ahead and be ready to scoop, spoon ‘n’ slurp to your hearts content with a smug smile on your face come lunchtime!

Miso ramen soup with prawns and scallops | Cake + Whisky

Warm, comforting and utterly delicious… it really is souper!

Miso ramen soup with prawns and scallops | Cake + Whisky

Miso ramen with prawns and scallops (for 2 servings)


  • 1 bundle of ramen rice noodles (I used funky black rice ones from Clearspring)
  • 2 small pak choi, leaves removed and heart cut in quarters
  • 4 uncooked prawns, peeled
  • 6 scallops, each sliced in half to make 12 discs
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • a small pinch chilli flakes
  • 1 clove garlic, finely sliced
  • about 10g fresh ginger, cut into matchsticks
  • light soy sauce to taste (I used about 1 tbsp)
  • salt, pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • a couple of pinches of black sesame seeds
  • 1 small spring onion, finely sliced
  • 2 sheets of nori seaweed, finely shredded (I used those and if you haven’t tried them yet you MUST!!)
  • 2 single packs of instant miso soup (I like this one)

1. Cook your noodles according to the package. When they’re done, share in two equal portions and pop into the bottom of your bowls/lunchboxes and leave to cool.

2. Blanch the pak choi for about a minute in a pot of boiling water. Transfer into your bowls.

3. Season your scallops with salt and pepper. Heat the sesame oil in a frying pan or a wok until it starts smoking, then throw in the garlic and ginger and cook for one minute or until soft.

4. Add in the prawns and scallops and fry for another minute or until your start getting colour on the edges of the scallops, then turn the seafood over.

5. Add about 1 tbsp of light soy sauce and allow to cook for a minute, then remove from the heat and pile into your bowls.

6. Boil a small pan of water, then cook your egg until soft-boiled (about 6 minutes, less if you’re using smaller eggs). Remove from the heat, allow to cool in some cold water before peeling, slicing lengthwise and popping half on top of each of your bowls.

7. Sprinkle each bowl with a generous pinch of sliced spring onion, then top with some shredded nori seaweed and a little bit of black sesame seeds.

8. If you’re making this ahead of time, seal your boxes up and store in the fridge.

9. When you’re ready to chow, boil the kettle and prep your instant miso soup according to package instructions. Pop your boxes open, pour the miso on top and leave things to re-heat for a minute. Mix it up and tuck in!

Miso ramen with prawns and scallops