Outside of Gunnersaurus and a box of puppies, there are few combinations more soothing than noodles and soup. They’re warming, they’re nourishing, and they’re often soupy vehicles for a load of other delicious thing on top too. Combine their comforting feeling with a sense of mild achievement (opening packets, warming liquids, cleaning and drying a bowl) and you have an uplifting recipe for any chilly day. From ramen and laksa to udon and more, here are the noodle soup meal kits to warm you up.
Autumn Vegetable Agebitashi Udon or Sardine Kanroni Udon [vg]
Come on people, let’s celebrate good times, because you can now get London’s best udon straight to your door. Koya has joined Big Night along with lots of other great restaurants. If you fancy something fishy, get the sweet glazed sardine kanroni udon. Or, if seasonal vegetables in a dashi broth sounds more like your kind of thing, get the autumn vegetable agebitashi udon, as part of the vegetarian box. Order here.
Bak Chor Mee
There’s a limited quantity of Mei Mei’s bak chor mee meal kit, so you’ll want to order quick. The Singaporean spot provides the wonton noodles and the pork stock, along with pork balls, crispy lardons and shallots, braised mushrooms, and dressing. They recommend adding your own pork mince and livers as well, but that’s up to you chef.
A favourite and a nemesis of kitchens the world over, Ottolenghi restaurants have now made things much easier with their ready meal range. This includes their mafalda pasta and Gran Padano chicken soup which, like all great servings of noodle soup, manages to combine a rich and vegetable-backed broth with a generous load of deliciously chewy carbs (and roast chicken).
The Cult Ramen
The hit east London pop-up has made its ‘Cult Ramen’ available to put together with your own hands at home. It’s a a bowl of roast chicken broth and hand cut noodles topped with tamarind and chipotle chicken, confit garlic oil, mushroom soy, pickled chillis, and a fudgy orange egg. Order quick.
The Burmese spot in Shoreditch is delivering its coconut noodles in a kit. You’ll get coconut broth, noodles, egg, crispy noodles, shallot, and garnishes. It’s up to you whether you want to add chicken or prawns. At £18 for two to three people, it’s excellent value.
Special, Assam, Prawn, or Vegan Laksa [vg/v]
A go-to for laksa in London, you can now get the smells of Sambal Shiok’s signature campur-style curry laksa or their Assam laksa coming out of your own kitchen. The kits come with everything you need depending on what style you opt for. The Assam broth is feistier and more flavourful, while the campur-style is a homely and hot curry. Decide for yourself here.
Tonkotsu, Ganso, or White Ramen [vg/v]
Shoryu is an always-reliable spot when you need a bowl of something hot and nourishing in lieu of a hug from your mum. Thankfully they’ve got a few DIY ramen kits available to order for when you need this at home. Every kits comes with their 12 hour tonkotsu soup or a white soy milk soup, depending on what you order, plus noodles, toppings, and the rest.