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The Food Diaries // 008

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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  • Ella

    Ramen! Oh man, how I wish I could be you. I’m still plagued with my egg allergy and can only dream about eating ramen. Out of curiosity, did you do anything in particular to grow out of your allergy? (ie. allergy shots, exposing yourself little by little, etc.) Mine used to be really severe but now I’m able to have a bit of mayo on a sandwich and not have an upset stomach for a couple of hours haha.

    Spontaneous food trips are always awesome. I look forward to my next one with my girlfriends. Our city is tiny compared to London but we always manage to find little restaurant gems in unexpected places.

  • Amy

    Wow, that looks amazing! I’ve never had ramen before, so I may have to try it at some point.

    It’s cool that you have a list of places to visit. I have a few as well, but I doubt it’s nearly as many. There aren’t as many places in Leeds as London!

  • Georgie

    This sounds so YUM. I don’t eat chicken or pork buuuuuuuuut all the food you mentioned sounds delicious. I don’t think I have ever been a huge fan of meaty broths, though, but kimchi and those tiger prawns sound amazing. Will definitely check out this place when I visit London πŸ˜€

  • Cat

    Ah! I love ramen so much! Tonkotsu is one of my favorite types, and the bowls you guys got look delicious. I’m glad it was good! Now I want some too πŸ™‚

  • Nancy

    Spontaneous food trips are the best! Ramen is major yum yum’s…. I need to go get myself some ramen soon πŸ˜‰

    It’s so cool how the buns come in a bamboo pot! I don’t think I have seen those buns before, what kind of texture do they have? They almost remind me of the Viet/chinese Banh Bao’s. Oh oh oh, Asahi beer is delicious ;).

    Wagyu is so delish! I had it as a nigiri once where the slice is lightly seared. Major YUM!

    Yay on getting over an egg allergy! I have never been a fan of the egg in ramen, but that’s just me. One of the places I go to charges a dollar-fifty for half an egg ~_____~

    Your ramen looks awesome. I am hungry now *o*.

  • Pauline

    CHYNNA I NEED TO GO ON A LUNCH/FOOD DATE WITH YOU, you seriously find the best places. When I’ve read your blogs in the past, I decided to look around for places to eat around my city but you always find amazing ones and since my city is relatively small theres not that many! Looks delicious though, hope you had a blast! :”)

  • Tara

    HOMINA HOMINA. Your post is making me want Japanese ramen! I love shoryu ramen with extra chyasu. YUM YUM YUM. Girl, I’m really craving them now!

    And those buns! They are truly interesting! I don’t think I’ve ever seen buns like those! I wouldn’t mind trying them myself!

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