A noodle joint with customisable dishes and family-style tables.
Tucked in between the Central YMCA and 24-hour diner VQ, Tang is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it Singaporean noodle joint specialising in dairy-free broth. You can choose between rice, glass or wheat noodles: a nice touch. Chinese newspapers plaster the walls and chef Chen Ng serves straight to communal wooden tables once diners have ordered at the counter.
The rich, spicy broth in a bowl of ‘prawn tang’ came with a generous dollop of caramelised onions and fat king prawns, though another bowl of gingery ‘chicken tang’ sadly lacked depth. Portions are huge but expensive (around £11 a pop), so it’s best to forgo the pimp-my-soup protein extras (pulled pork ribs, six-minute-egg). If you’re really starving, there are generous starters such as crisp battered black bean tofu, which comes piping hot with a tangy, homemade white miso dip; it’s a moreish combo. On my Wednesday lunchtime visit, the place was deserted, but staff were sweet-natured and more accommodating than that YMCA next door.
|Venue name:||Tang London|
111 Great Russell St
|Price:||Lunch for two with drinks and service: around £35|
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Found the door to Tang almost hidden next door to another restaurant but was intrigued for a lunch fix. Went for a special called the Pablo Esco-bun that came with an interesting Karma Cola. Also ordered some Fried Chicken pieces with hot sauce. The fried crispy chicken is a winner on its own and in the bun. Cant quite place the seasoning but it tasted great. Bun itself was good, soft, didn't fall to pieces so you could actually eat it properly. The real win on top of it all though its the hot sauce. At last a hot sauce that delivers as promised! Good tang to it, doesn't over power the food but will leave you needing to blow you nose after...and a couple of glasses of water for the heat. Not a fan of the Karma Cola personally. Was quiet in there at the time but service was excellent, polite chef when ordering and staff checking in to see if we were happy...abliet I could only give a thumbs up with the hot sauce doing its job.
Tang really is one to discover. The food is delicious, warm, comforting and (for me) most important: gluten free! Even the chicken starter is in a gluten free batter and just to die for. And before I forget: I even love the tofu (normally not one of my favourite things to eat). The atmosphere is cool and cosy at the same time and the staff extremely welcoming. Chef Chen Ng is a great and interesting person and will help you to choose the perfect dish for you.