Spontaneous food trips are all we really need in life, right?
After what felt like a ridiculously long week, I went to Mutay’s on Friday night, and we decided that we would go for ramen. That’s what you do after an extremely hard workout – dream about carbs.
Shoryu Ramen has been on our foodie list for a while now (our list has grown exponentially and we never seem to make a dent in it, but that’s neither here nor there), and who doesn’t love a bit of ramen? Meat, broth, noodles – you can’t go wrong really. Shoryu Ramen specialises in Hakata tonkotsu ramen from the Hakata district of Fukuoka city on the southern island of Kyushu, Japan.
We booked ourselves a table for two on Saturday evening, and after a disastrous trek in Antarctic weathers, we found ourselves in Liverpool Street and enjoying the warmth that is delicious, delicious ramen. Paired with Asahi beer and you’ve got yourself the perfect dinner.
Our waiter explained the different options of ramen that you can pick, and we were also lucky enough to catch their 2 for 1 on buns. We decided to go for soy marinated chicken karaage (which happens to be gluten free) and tiger prawn tempura buns. The bun itself was so soft and yummy, I almost cried tears of joy. I held it down, though, and instead stuffed the remainder in my mouth.
Next time, I would love to try their Wagyu Shoryu Buns – highly prized, tender, fat marbled beef yakiniku with shiso, daikon & shimeji. Wagyu is that premier beef, init.
Tonkotsu: rich 12-hour pork broth ramen comes topped with char siu barbecue pork belly, nitamago egg, kikurage mushrooms, spring onion, sesame, ginger, nori seaweed
We went for their recommended ramen, which was Kotteri Hakata Tonkotsu – a richer, thicker, meatier tonkotsu broth, double nitamago egg. Yeah, that’s right – double. The broth was definitely richer, thicker and meatier and ~Jesus, take the wheel~ It was so delicious!!!!
As someone who has recently gotten over an egg allergy, I thank my lucky stars that I was able to enjoy the full ramen experience. I feel like, without the egg, it would still be nice, but it would definitely be missing something. The pork was melt-in-your-mouth-give-me-more-give-me-give-me-more and I loved the noodles! You can choose the hardness of the noodle, in which we opted for standard. Simply perfect.
You see that side dish? Yeah, I know you saw it. Yeah, you are right – it’s that mother effing good kimchi right there. Mutay and I have a mad obsession for kimchi – still busily hunting London to find where I can get a JAR of it – and so we choose it for our extra topping. They have other toppings such as piri piri spicy sauce and takana mustard greens.
That glorious mix of spice and soup, and when you catch a big spicy piece of kimchi and your eyes are watering BUT you firm it because it tastes so damn good. Overall, we really enjoyed our experience at Shoryu Ramen and we will definitely be back again soon!
They have several branches dotted around London, so if you’re ever around then sure to check out Shoryu Ramen! Top notch stuff, mate.
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