Binge-Eat Japanese Street Food at Rainbo Food

Rainbo Food, London, England
Dishes served by Rainbo were one of the tastiest I've had. They claim to be katsu connoisseurs and I think there really is some truth to it.

“Anything that’s instagrammable!” was what I told the incredibly helpful and informative staff of Rainbo Food in their Boxpark Shoreditch branch when he asked me what I would like to try from their menu. He immediately suggested all his personal favourites, it’s a good thing I’m not fussy with food at all. I eat everything and anything, it may be a curse and the reason why I’m not losing weight. 

Covid-19 Related Notes: We went to Boxpark at 3pm on a Thursday so there wasn't such a huge line going in. You do need to download their app on your phone and register yourself on the Track and Trace option before you're allowed to go in. The guard will also ask you to use the hand sanitiser before letting you in. The venue is huge and I do think that they control the number of diners at any given time. Lastly, you get a free drink when you download their app. Check your email right away as you'll get the voucher there. 🙂

Free drink at Boxpark, Shoreditch, London, England

His first suggestion was the Shiitake Mushroom Gyoza because of its green wrap which pops out in any photos. He wasn’t wrong, it’s a photogenic dumpling. Lol. However, I do have to say that my favourite among all the gyozas he gave us was the Prawn Gyoza, I have an affinity to anything prawny that’s why. 🙂

Gyozas at Rainbo Food, London, England

We also had a Katsu Sweet Potato Fries which I found weird at first because I’ve never eaten sweet potato fries with katsu sauce before. I thought the flavours will clash but surprisingly, it worked so well together. I then realized that you can basically put katsu sauce on anything and it will taste great! As you can tell, I’m a big fan of katsu sauce. 🙂

Katsu Sweet Potato Fries at Rainbo Food, London, England
Katsu Sweet Potato Fries at Rainbo Food, London, England

They’ve also given us Pumpkin Katsu Bao as well as Chicken Katsu Bao. I made my friend C choose which one she’d like to have as we can’t really share a bao for obvious (covid-19) reasons. She mistakenly took the pumpkin one which she wasn’t a big fan of. Lol. She told me that she generally don’t like the texture of pumpkin as filling. Lol. I, on the other hand, enjoyed the chicken katsu bao immensely! The bun was so fluffy and the chicken was seriously crispy and the katsu sauce added some more oompf into it! I loved it! 🙂

Bao buns at Rainbo Food, London, England
Bao buns at Rainbo Food, London, England

And just because all those weren’t enough for us, my friend C bought a Slow Cooked Pork Belly Rice Box which ultimately became the highlight of our meal (thank you C!). The pork belly was soooooooooo tasty and if you’re a Filipino like us, you’ll love the fatty bits of the belly. Oh how I have missed those pork belly cuts that we oh so love in the Philippines. I’m always very disappointed that the pork belly cuts in supermarkets here in London are quite lean with the fatty bits removed. This dish definitely brought us back to the good (unhealthy) meals we’ve had in the Philippines. Thinking about it now makes my mouth water!

Slow Cooked Pork Belly at Rainbo Food, London, England

Will I ever go back? Oh yes! I couldn’t find fault in any of the dishes served and I’m curious to try out more. 🙂

Note: I was invited to try Rainbo Food. Except for the Slow Cooked Pork Belly Rice Box that my friend C bought, everything else was provided on a complimentary basis.

Special thanks again to C for being my model in this blog post. 🙂

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Welcome to my blog! My name is Noemi, a Filipina who caught the travel bug at an early age and has never been cured. I blog about travel, food and my extraordinary mundane life in London with the Greek Mister.

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