Tang – Slip, slurp and savour

 

 

You have to know it’s there. Tang is a little secret in itself, a slightly hidden noodle bar in Fitzrovia. On one side of the door, Great Russell Street, cold and grey. On the other side, awaits a tiny restaurant with a warm South Asian hawker house vibe. The walls are lined with exotic newspapers and black and white photographs of Vietnam, Japan, China. The chefs are already at work in the open kitchen, piles of beautiful bowls behind them and the air is fragrant with ginger, chilli, coriander. London suddenly feels very far away.

The menu is divided is small-ish and big-ger dishes. I start with the black & white, which comes highly recommended. These little tofu cubes are made with black beans (instead of the usual yellow ones) then fried – it’s nutty, crispy and really, REALLY addictive. Especially if you dip them in the white miso sauce on the side, mixed with spring onions and sesame seeds. Do try the fried chicken too. Oh that perfect crunch! What is the secret? The ingredients couldn’t be revealed but everything, here is dairy free, organic and gluten free (noodles aside). Maybe rice flour then? It definitely makes a difference – no greasiness at all, just taste, heightened by the chilli sauce…

The signature dishes are tangs, meaning soup in Chinese. The broth is elegant, refined, a delicate dance of ginger, star anise and mandarin peel – food for the soul as much as the body… I chose the chicken one. Fresh ginger is added to the bowl before the broth, infusing it beautifully. Are then added poached chicken, juicy bean sprouts, a 6 minutes egg with a silky yolk and your choice of noodles – wheat, rice or even glass noodles. No matter which problems may have burdened you when you pushed that door. By the time you have slurped your last spoonful, you are guaranteed to be smiling again! Finish on a cup of Oolong and some shiso sorbet – refreshing, earthy, herby all at the same time. That would go so well with gin!

Do you work around Tottenham Court Road? Good news: you can enjoy the tang of your choice and a drink for just £10, Monday-Friday, 12noon-3pm. It’s the healthiest and tastiest deal around…

 

Tang | 111 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3NQ

 

 

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