A far cry from the standard fish and chips or Sunday roasts most Brits are used to, Asian cuisine is unique, extremely varied depending on which country, and more specifically, which region it originates from and incorporates ingredients and produce that were never before seen across the pond until recently. The influx of expats from the east has resulted in London being one of the best spots for authentic Asian cuisine in the world, and the Asian restaurants in London are only going from strength to strength.
Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent, ranging from Indonesia, right through to China, Japan and Korea, in addition to India and Pakistan and all that’s in between. This vast continent brings with it a multitude of cultural differences, traditions, language and of course, food. Londoners have certainly got a taste for all things east and their love affair with Asian restaurants in London continues to grow. And it’s not just the standard Cantonese or Thai cuisines available these days; you’ll be able to find Asian restaurants in London specialising in anything from sizzling Sichuan, to fresh Vietnamese, Malaysian and Taiwanese, just to name a few. Any of these cuisines, paired alongside a fresh Asian craft beer, various whiskies, curated cocktails or perhaps later on a sake or two, will top of the affair perfectly.
With many Brits journeying to all corners of the eastern continent, exploring untouched parts of Thailand, the marvels of Cambodia and the wild worlds of Shanghai, Tokyo and Delhi, it’s no surprise that the cravings for the delicate, bold and flavoursome dishes sampled on travels abroad has added to the influx of Asian restaurants in London that are a far cry from the more westernised Asian cuisines that London was used to. Nowadays, Londoners are opting for more regional and authentic specialities and trendy Asian street food restaurants in London, among bars, dumpling houses, pho hotspots and high-end banquet style eateries round up London’s best Asian restaurants. So get those chopsticks ready and get ready for a taste of Asia in London’s restaurants that are unlike anything you’ve ever seen in the UK until now.
While those who are more carnivorously inclined are covered when it comes to Asian cuisine, and can indulge in some unique and at times, interesting dishes like drunken shrimp, white ant eggs, lemon chicken and of course, British favourite, sweet and sour pork, it’s not just them that can reap the benefits of these varied cuisines. Vegetarians and vegans will be more than satisfied when dining at any Asian restaurant in London. The creative use of mock meats ranging from tofu right through to mock seafood and duck options as well as classic vegetable-based choices brimming with flavour, spice and fresh ingredients will leave all plant-based diners thrilled at the range on offer at London’s Asian restaurants.
Just a few short years ago, suggesting that soup would be up there with one of the most popular trends would be scoffed at. But now, eateries throughout London and the UK specialising in ramen, pho and tom yum, among many others have Londoners weak at the knees. Visit an Asian restaurant in London focusing on ramen and indulge in the several types of this Japanese noodle dish topped with meat of fish broth with seaweed, meat, menma and onions and sometimes an egg. Or go for a pho, the national Vietnamese dish brimming with fresh sprouts, vegetables and your meat of choice. In fact, any soup you’ll find in an Asian restaurant around London will leave you with a spring in your step, that’s for sure.