Exploring ChinaTown in London
I spent the day exploring London’s Chinatown which is located in West London just a short walk from all of the famous theatres. My friend and I decided to explore Chinatown because I’d never really did more than briefly walk through on my way to SOHO. London’s Chinatown is similar to one that you’d find in New York or other majors cities.
The streets are lined with Asian cuisines from ramen to dim sum and everything in between. We came with a sweet tooth and were ready to get our hands on a famous Taiyaki ice cream. It’s a green tea flavored ice cream served in a fish-shaped cake for a cone. It’s really popular in New York so I’ve been dying to try one of the Japanese inspired desserts for a while.
We popped into a sweetshop called Bake 麵包屋 right in the middle of Chinatown. After we drooled over all of the options, we finally decided to get the ice cream, small custard-filled cakes and a coconut filled bun. All three were amazing but I was mostly impressed with the coconut bun because it was the most fluffy pastry I’ve ever eaten. It was so airy and the coconut flakes on top made it so much better. Perfect. We spent 7 pounds total ($9 USD) on everything so I’d say it’s pretty affordable.
Then we hopped over to Dean street in Soho to slurp ramen at one of London’s best ramen joints, Shoryu. The weather in London is really starting to get cold so ramen was just what the doctor ordered and who am I to not listen to my doctor? We were greeted and seated at a table immediately but the place filled up quickly so you might want to book a table in advance. We were stuffed from all the desserts so we opted to spilt their Chicken ramen and a chicken bao. After seeing just how massive the bowls of ramen were, I’m glad that we didn’t get our own because there’s no way I would’ve finished (I’m lying. I would’ve ate it all).
I’m really taking the time to slow down and revisit parts of London that I’ve ignored in the past. Chinatown was one of the places that I knew I should explore and I’m so glad that I did.