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Gugsu kickstarts noodle box journey in London Whitechapel

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HALAL STATUS Fully Halal

UK’s fast food noodle bar concept has steadily been growing over the past decade, with a number of well-established Halal brands having now made a significant mark.

Gugsu Noodle Halal Restaurant Whitechapel London ChineseLocated opposite Aldgate East station in London’s Whitechapel, Gugsu joined this community earlier in the year with the tried and tested build-your-own noodle box.

Having chosen the size of your meal box size ranging from small, medium, large, or jumbo; you then get to choose from a selection of bases revolving around rice, noodles, and fries; before considering between a dozen freshly-made toppings.

If creating your own isn’t your thing, then there’s eight combo boxes to consider including the signature Gugsu Box with soba noodles, vegetable fried rice, salt ‘n’ paper chicken, and caramel chicken.

Situated on Whitechapel High Street, this 20-cover restaurant’s vibrant black and yellow colour scheme underscores a strong brand concept for Gugsu, with effective use of neon signage, as well as an Instagram-friendly plant-wall.

STARTERS

Gugsu Noodle Halal Restaurant Whitechapel London Chinese

An enjoyable range of starters, particularly their soups

Gugsu offer a good assortment of starters, the best of which turned out to be their selection of soups, with one packing a solid punch.

Despite only a pair of small prawns and some rubbery squid rings, our pick of the starters was the Seafood Tom Ka Soup, which was driven by a deeply flavoured, buttery, coconut broth that offered mushrooms and onions, before ending with a sour note.

As for the Tom Yum Chicken Soup, then with plenty of lime leaves underscoring its gingery broth, we appreciated the gentle heat of the red chillis along with the chunks of moist chicken therein.

The weakest of the lot was the crispy Vegetable Spring Roll, which was more potato than vegetables. On the other hand, the Sticky Wings made up for their small stature with a fairly robust smoky-barbecue glaze.

Although the Prawn Crackers went well with the soups, we’re not sure a couple of quid justified half-a-dozen of them.

And while the batter of the Crispy Tempura Prawns was certainly light and crispy, the crustaceans, despite being relatively moist, did betray a slight odour (although nothing off-putting).

NOODLE BOXES

Gugsu Noodle Halal Restaurant Whitechapel London Chinese

Base 1: Udon Noodles, Base 2: Steamed Fried Rice; Topping 1: Green Curry Chicken, Topping 2: Crispy Chilli Prawn (+£1.00) – (Medium Box) £8.49

Gugsu Noodle Halal Restaurant Whitechapel London ChineseThis box was stuffed with quite a flavourous Green Curry Chicken whose vegetables and moist chicken pieces all delivered on that distinct green curry flavour.

The Crispy Chilli Prawns weren’t anywhere near as crispy as we were expecting, with barely any heat coming through.

As such, the Udon Noodles simply did not have much to work with, while the Steamed Fried Rice appeared unseasoned. In the end, this entire combination fell flat on its face.

Gugsu Noodle Halal Restaurant Whitechapel London Chinese

Base 1: Steamed Fried Rice, Base 2: Subo Noodles; Topping 1: Chicken Katsu Curry, Topping 2: Caramel Chicken – (Large Box) £8.49

Gugsu Noodle Halal Restaurant Whitechapel London ChineseThis combo was a tale of two halves, with the sweet and semi-sticky marination of the tender Caramel Chicken offering a hint of smokiness, but the Katsu Curry turning out entirely bland.

As for the Subo Noodles, then given their thick and chewy texture, they would to be our choice over their Udon cousins, especially since they were beautifully coated by the sauces from the two toppings.

We also recognised by this stage that the secret to getting the most out of these combo boxes was to give everything therein a good mix before diving in.

Gugsu Noodle Halal Restaurant Whitechapel London Chinese

Base 1: Vegetable Fried Rice, Base 2: Subo Noodles; Topping 1: Penang Lamb Curry (+£1.00), Topping 2: Basil Beef (+£1.00) – (Large Box), £10.49

Gugsu Noodle Halal Restaurant Whitechapel London ChineseThis for us was the pick of the boxes, and not least because the Penang Lamb Curry and the Basil Beef will cost you an extra pound each.

Opting again for the Steamed Fried Rice and those thick Subo Noodles, the Basil Beef was the best topping we tried, with a satisfying chewiness to it, and a good balance between the heat, the smokiness imparted by the action of the wok, and the flavour of the basil.

However, the lamb didn’t quite match up to the depth of flavour delivered by its beefy counterpart. Granted it was tender and succulent enough, its mellow flavour quickly petered out to something far more subdued.

THE ROAR
Gugsu
3 FTL's Roar
5 Pride's Roar (1 Roar)
Alcohol/ Pork?
  • NO/ NO
FSA HYGIENE RATING
Last Checked: 23/04/2022
Facilities
  • CHILD SEATING
  • UBER EATS
  • DELIVEROO
  • JUST EAT
Summary
There isn't much to separate Gugsu as a fully Halal noodle bar from the other brands in this niche which offer the same build-your-own concept.

While all the food is freshly cooked and routinely topped up throughout the day, the very nature of mixing 'n' matching invaribaly leads to hits and misses. Some combinations work while others won't. In Gugsu's case, a few of their items did lack in flavour.

Overall, however, they have more than enough that works to encourage repeat visits, especially given their loyalty card. What's more, Gugsu is available for delivery through their partners Uber Eats, Just Eat, and Deliveroo.

Menu Recommendation

Starter - Seafood Tom Ka Soup/ Sticky Wings

Base - Subo Noodles

Topping - Basil Beef/ Green Curry Chicken

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Gugsu
68 Whitechapel High St, Whitechapel, London E1 7PL.

T: +44 (0)20 7650 7601 | W: www.gugsu.co.uk

Opening Hours: Sun-Thur 11:00-22:00 | Fri-Mon 11:00-23:00

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