March is National Noodle Month– a great excuse to ditch your desk lunch and discover some of London’s best noodles. If you’ve already got ramen fatigue, don’t worry – we’ve rounded up delicious noodle dishes from all over Asia and where you can eat them in London.
Pad Thai – Let’s start with a classic: silky rice noodles tossed with egg, tamarind, garlic, prawns, lime and crushed peanuts. You’ll find this popular dish on the menu at most Thai restaurants, but it’s particularly good at OpenTable diner favourites Mango Tree, Kinkao and Sukho. We like the crab and mango topped version at Busaba and the prawn-packed plateful at Soho date spot Patara.
You might also like: – Khao soi gai (Chiang Mai red curry noodle soup with crispy noodles) at Janetira.
Pho – This wonderful noodle soup, topped with beef and fresh herbs, is the national dish of Vietnam. You can grab a lunchtime bowl in Soho at Pho and House of Ho, or seek it out at neighbourhood gems like Song Que on Kingsland Road, Saigon Saigon in Hammersmith and Café East in Surrey Quays.
Char kway teow – Popular in Malaysia and Singapore, this smoky wok-fried noodle dish is packed with plump prawns, chives, bean sprouts and chilli. Try it with a cup of frothy teh tarik at Roti King or Sedap or with a side of satay skewers at Satay Bar in Brixton.
Ramen – London has achieved peak ramen, with restaurants like Tonkotsu, Kanada-Ya and Bone Daddies all battling for the top spot. We love the slow-simmered broths and bouncy noodles at Shoryu and Ippudo.
Best of the rest:
– Dan dan mian (spicy Sichuan noodles) at BarShu, Sichuan-Folk and Chilli Cool.
– Chinese lobster noodles at Mandarin Kitchen and Pearl Liang.
– Japchae (Korean stir-fried sweet potato noodles) at Jinjuu, Cah-Chi, Gogi or Koba.
– Xinjiang hand-pulled noodles with lamb at Silk Road in Camberwell.
– Laksa at Rasa Sayang, Singapore Garden, and C&R Café.