I’m a sucker for Asian food. A bowl of Vietnamese pho with a starter of Chinese dumplings, a side of Korean kimchi and a complimenting beer would be my perfect meal. Whilst Australia is brimming with quality Asian restaurants London is a bit more reserved with the number of quality restaurants that are in town.
Here are my personal favourites, a list of just three tried-and-tested restaurants I’d recommend visiting when you feel like something with a little bit of a zing when visiting London.
A taste of Vietnam
A rise in the popularity of Vietnamese cuisine, particularly street foods, has resulted in many pop-up restaurants around London but none beats the original Pho, started in Farrington.
Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup served with either beef or chicken, noodles and a selection of sides which you can choose to add for flavour – lime, bean sprouts, Thai basil, coriander, mint and fresh chilli.
Dishes are a little more expensive than what you’d find on Vietnam’s streets with a meal consisting of a starter (try the summer rolls!), main and drink costing around £15 – not bad for central London prices.
My favourite? Simple pho ga, that is chicken pho which I flavour with the sides to enhance the flavours even further.
Kimichi and BBQ in Korea
Korean BBQ has become my favourite meal since Chris from Aussie on the Road introduced it to me last year and Soju Korean Kitchen in the heart of London will not let you down if Korean BBQ on a budget is your thing.
All the usual favourites are here, such as bulgogi and bibimbap, or try one of their glass noodle dishes which are no fuss and will hit the spot. You can even choose to cook the meal yourself or leave it to the professionals in the kitchen; and don’t forget to wash the meal down with a shot of soju!
I recommend visiting during lunch as they have a lunch offer of £9.90 for a entrée, main, kimchi, and dessert (generally fresh fruit.)
Getting hot and spicy in India
Finding meals with decent portion sizes is easy in London. Finding meals with decent portion sizes and that will stay on budget in London is hard, and that is why Masala Zone is one of my favourite restaurants. Each restaurant, there are several located across London, is decorated differently with the dolls representing marriage in the Covent Garden restaurant being my favourite.
For those seeking a budget friendly option try one of the thalis. A regular thali includes a curry, two vegetable dishes, one dal (lentil) dish, papadum, chutney and a choice of rice or chapattis. A grand thali includes everything in a regular thali plus an Indian canape, raita, and kachumber (Indian salad) Thalis start at £9.50/£11.80, add in a beer and you’ve got the perfect meal which will leave you full and not put a hole in your wallet.
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Now it’s over to you:
Where’s your favourite Asian restaurant?
What cuisine do you like the best?
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