Tang

Asian
by HGAT | 21/10/2016
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6.2/10

In preparation for our upcoming December holiday to Thailand, I’ve been up to my ears in research of places to go, things to see, and most importantly, what to eat. You see, Thailand is known for their street food and they serve up just about anything and everything you could dream of. Fresh chicken and lamb satay barbecuing away on open fire, piping hot pad thai being tossed on a wok, sweet mango and sticky rice pudding, and even crunchy fried insects (yummy!); they have it all. Naturally, all this food gawking got me hungry for some good Asian street food and I soon found Tang.

Tang is a fairly new restaurant based in Tottenham Court Road. It’s a tiny, unassuming place that is easy to miss when walking by, but it’s so welcoming and the staff are really lovely, so you feel right at home. They have an open kitchen where you can watch them work their magic whilst you wait for your food.

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fried chicken bun
Fried Chicken Bun [£4.50]

Boneless chicken thigh that had been deep-fried, sandwiched in a steamed bun, and topped with spring onion, sesame seeds, and hot sauce. Although the hot sauce reminded me a lot of the Encona chilli sauce Dad thrives on, the chicken was deliciously crispy and had been coated in a well-seasoned batter. The additional condiments helped to excel the chicken bun, and that hot sauce had me reaching for several tissues.

braised short rib bun
Braised Short Rib Bun [£4.50]

A mouth-melting piece of beef short rib that had been braised with a dark, rich sauce and placed in a steamed bun with a generous helping of fresh coriander. Sadly the bun struggled to hold together, especially with such a big chunk of rib inside, so I ate the beef on its own instead which was really the hero of the dish. The meat had been slow-cooked so it was really soft and tender, with the fat melting away when bitten into, and the aromatic spices used really embedded into the beef.

steamed buns
Buns [£4.50 each]

I could not decide which was better; the soft, melting braised beef, or the crunchy friiied chicken. Both were exceptionally good in terms of flavour, but my only issue was that the bun was not as soft or squidgy as I had imagined it would be. Ah, I guess you’ll just have to get both!

chicken noodle soup
Chicken Tang [£9]

The ultimate cure to ANY illness is a chicken broth soup, the noodles are optional but a must in my eyes. Tang offer a roast chicken broth soup with shredded chicken, noodles (rice, wheat, or glass), and a soft boiled egg half. A big, hearty bowl arrived with all the goodies, and I got stuck right in. The first thing that really stood out to me was the strong ginger that was heavily present in the broth, giving the dish a certain sharpness but could be quite overpowering at times. The egg was cooked to a medium-soft boil, and the yolk mixed in nicely with the broth. The poached chicken shreds, unfortunately, were not enjoyable to eat and was in dire need of some seasoning which would have really enhanced the flavour of the noodle soup.  This wasn’t bad, but I feel if I was to return to Tang, I would perhaps opt for their beef dish or even a vegetarian option instead.

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The total bill for ONE (ugh) came to £19 including a cup of oolong tea. Of course, this is expensive for lunch and I’m not sure I would eat all of the above either if I’m in a hurry to get back to work. For a dinner date, the above would be ideal, plus another dish, so really, it’s not that bad. If you are heading their way for lunch, an order of two (and third if you’re willing to try tofu!) buns is ideal and at £9 for both, is a good deal.

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Restaurant Details

Address111 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3NP
Telephone020 7300 3324
Websitehttp://www.tanglondon.co.uk
ParkingAvailable on surrounding streets with pay and display
Nearest Station
Rating
  • 5.5/10
    Food - 5.5/10
  • 7/10
    Service - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Atmosphere - 6/10
6.2/10

Summary

– Halal status on chicken and beef verified by restaurant owner except for the prawn tang.
– Pork and alcohol present
– This is a child friendly establishment

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  1. Reply

    You need to have some Thai Crab Fried Rice and Shrimp Cakes in Thailand! Which part of Thailand are you visiting?

    1. Reply

      Oooooh will add those to the list. I’m heading to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket 🙂

      1. Reply

        How exciting! I’ve never been to Chiang Mai but you’d love Bangkok and Phuket! Must get a proper nice massage and spa 😉

    • Faisal
    • 02/11/2016
    Reply

    Where are you staying in Bangkok, have a look at Suki Thai, some great deals and a phenomenal hotel overall. Remember to go to the gigantic weekend market (weekend only!).

    We did some great cooking classes (check blue elephant and other) which included a trip into local markets to see a food side you might not see as a tourist.

    Thai boxing, was super keen but wasn’t all that in the end. Watch out for usual tourist traps, don’t ask drivers where to go…

    • Anonymous
    • 09/11/2016
    Reply

    Go to Sawasdee Restaurant in Phuket. It is in the Cape Panwa area, on the sea front. Also visit Tiger Kingdom where you can get into a cage with Tigers

    • Amina
    • 18/11/2016
    Reply

    You have to check out the Muslim Floating Village in Phuket where halal food is plentiful and great little buys are on offer at a fraction of the cost, including beautiful pearls! Definitely go canoeing near the James Bond Island, simply sublime and so relaxing. If you’re near Kamala in Phuket, check out Green Pancake for delicious crispy thai pancakes which contain everything from chicken and cheese to Nutella!

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