Wagamama to offer new vegan dishes in its Noodle Lab including plant-based pork buns and k-dogs

Author: Maria Chiorando

Read Time:   |  27th July 2023

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The Noodle Lab is Wagamama's Soho test kitchen eatery, where it trials new dishes - often offering vegan options


Wagamama is re-opening its Soho test kitchen, where it will be serving a range of new vegan dishes.

The Noodle Lab, on Great Marlborough Street, has been described as a ‘chef’s playground’, with foodies creating innovative dishes and testing them at the site.

Wagamama has previously pledged to offer a menu which is 50 per cent plant-based, and this test menu certainly stays true to that promise.

Among the dishes that will be on offer are some exciting vegan offerings, notably plant-based pork dishes.

Vegan options

Wagamama will be offering its own take on Japanese pork tonkatsu, boasting all plant-based ingredients.

Another upcoming option is the vegan k-dog, a favourite Korean street food featuring meat-free corn dogs with a crispy noodle crumb, smothered in toppings including turmeric vegan mayo and sriracha.

And it will be serving Tokyo fries, fully loaded crispy sweet potato fries, served with Korean sauce, vegan mayo and sriracha and either a meat or aubergine topping.

And the outlet will use commonly discarded ingredients like cauliflower stems and leaves in an effort to cut food waste and be more sustainable.


Welcoming guests back to the Noodle Lab

The next few months look like they will be exciting for the eatery, with collaborations with food innovators scheduled.

And Global Executive Chef, Steve Mangleshot told Secret London that the company is keen for diners to return to the Soho eatery.

He said: “We are so excited to welcome guests to the benches of Noodle Lab Great Marlborough Street.

“Our chefs can’t wait to showcase their skills and play with the weird and wonderful to create innovative and groundbreaking dishes.

“My team are taking on the challenge to cement Noodle Lab at the centre of the UK food landscape by serving relevant, sustainable and creative dishes. Our fantastic team has been working hard to ensure we can bring our much-loved Wagamama experience to guests.”

Fancy popping into your local branch for a meal? Before you do, check out our guide to Wagamama’s vegan menu

Featured photo © Wagamama

Written by

Maria Chiorando

Maria is an editor and journalist. Her work has been published by the Huffington Post, the Guardian, TechnoBuffalo, Plant Based News, and Kent on Sunday among other national and regional titles.

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