On Tuesday this week I went for lunch with two of my lovely colleagues – Michael and Richard. Michael has been telling me about a guest recipe at Tonkotsu in London’s Soho. Gizzi Erskine’s Korean style ramen – a twist on a Japanese staple. I love Japanese food and I haven’t tried much Korean food, but being a foodie I enjoy trying new things and experimenting with flavours and textures. Variety is the spice of life after all.
I had a quick browse of the menu to see what else Tonkotsu offered but I already had my heart set on trying the Korean style ramen. For starters we shared her famous Korean style chicken wings and Tonkotsu’s sweet potato korokke. I’m not normally a fan of chicken wings as I find they can be a bit hit and miss but these were absolutely amazing! Deliciously sticky, smothered in a sweet chili sauce, crispy skin and succulent meat. They were easily the best chicken wings I have ever had. The sweet potato korokke was also delicious! Crispy panko breadcrumbs with perfectly mashed sweet potato on the inside. It was a nice contrast to the spice of the Korean chili sauce. MMM!!!
The mains followed shortly after, I am definitely someone who eats with their eyes first and my eyes were devouring this the moment it was placed in front of me! The colours were vibrant, it was well presented and the smell was mouth watering. The dish is based around a delicious pork broth with Korean chili and miso paste mixed in, noodles, cooked-to-perfection-egg, tender slices of pork and kimchi. It was garnished with white sesame seeds and chopped spring onions. I tucked in straight away and every bite and slurp of broth was delicious! I think I barely spoke for the next 10 minutes! I was enjoying the variety of textures and flavours from the egg and the meat, the spring onions and the bamboo shoots, the refreshingly spicy kimchi and spoonfuls of delicious warming mouthfuls of broth.
It was really lovely to get away from my desk for a little while and catch up with work friends. I think sometimes work gets very all encompassing and I often just end up eating at my desk so its such a treat to take time out, eat something delicious and chat about anything and everything.
I am not sure how long this meal will be available at Tonkotsu so you should definitely head on over and grab it while you can. 🙂