During lockdown, hospitality venues have needed to get creative in order to keep moving forward and this has led to the rise of DIY meal kits that recreate the quality of the food you would find in a restaurant.
A venue I’ve seriously missed being open in the UK is Shoryu, as it’s where I’ve been able to get my ramen fix for years and slurp many good bowls of heart-warming broth. The next best thing to eating ramen at Shoryu was to order one of their meal kits, so I dived into the awesome Piri Piri Tonkotsu pack.
Plentiful ingredients and easy instructions
There are several reasons why the Shoryu Piri Piri Tonkotsu kit offers great value for money. The first is that delivery is quick, and the ingredients arrived neatly wrapped and preserved. Secondly, there’s so much in the kit to enjoy!
Ideal for serving two people, the kit contains:
- Shoryu’s 12-hour tonkotsu soup stock
- Hosomen noodles
- Spicy sauce
- Char siu BBQ pork belly
- Spring onion
- Kikurage mushrooms
- Beni shoga red ginger
An instruction booklet is included, making it easy to follow the recipe and put everything together in a time range of 10 – 20 minutes. I opted for a longer cooking time because I was caught up in the scent of the tonkotsu broth.
As good as any restaurant
Once the dish had been assembled, I did what I always do with ramen and searched for the meaning of life at the bottom of the bowl. I’m pleased to say I found it. The Piri Piri tonkotsu kit is as good as anything you’ll find in the Shoryu restaurant.
The broth had good spiciness, to the point that it wasn’t overpowering. The noodles were soft, easy to pull apart and soaked up flavour well. The jalapenos provided great crunch, while the pork belly added some texture that elevated the dish even more.
The only disappointing thing about the ramen was that I couldn’t have more of it, but it did take me back to the days where I could sit in Shoryu for an experience and eat some wholesome food.
Supporting hospitality venues will continue to be important in a post-pandemic world and you can show your support to Shoryu by purchasing one of their meal kits. If you’ve got a love of spice, I’d definitely recommend getting the Piri Piri pack and you can grab yours from the Japan Centre here.