London: Brixton and Brick Lane
Fri-Sat: Brixton Station Road
Sun: Brick Lane
Price: £5-6 per person (drinks excluded)
I was walking with my family among the stalls at Brixton market this weekend. The weather was not particularly cold but not very bright either. After marvelling at the colours of the market, my attention is caught but a little food stall where a funny Japanese guy is calling out Japanese words while picking boiling noodles up from his big pot.
We stopped in front of the stall and smell the nice fragrance of ramen! A very happy and smily Japanese girl assists us with our order: we go for a Tonkotsu (pork) ramen and a tofu one. Both delicious!
The idea of actually being served by Japanese people was also pretty pleasant, as it is kind of a surprise in nowadays London.
The taste of the broth was very delicate, the pork was very tasty and the noodles were not overcooked, as they usually are on market stalls. The Tonkotsu was rich and perfectly balanced but I would recommend to add an half egg as extra topping to complete the tasteful and filling experience.
The tofu was also crispy and delicious, it did not fall apart as in most of Asian street food. The hot soup perfectly suited the grim weather.
I find Koi Ramen a good representation of Japanese street food: delicate, essential and healthy.
Absolutely perfect if you are in love with traditional Japanese street food and if you feel like a warm meal on a gloomy day.