I’d visited this market a number of times, visiting Land Foods, Bespoke BBQ and Knight’s Kitchen, among others. Today I stopped to say hello to Mlle Macaron before heading over to the black, red and green noodle van.With an aim to bring a fresh and healthy option to sporting occasions, markets and festivals Nusou have very smartly built an audience via social media in the run up to their launch.
The welcome was as cheery and exuberant as you would expect from folks at the start of an exciting food journey. The chaps were quickly about making my noodle pot, assembling things to order.
Across three size options they offered three central element choices: pork meatballs, chicken or tofu. These were served with an array of fresh vegetables, a carefully crafted broth and noodles.As is my usual response when confronted with complexity of options I asked for a bit of everything. I was rather peckish after a walk around town that had taken me to The Apiary, Hemma, Dig in Bruntsfield and Archipelago Artisan Bakery (eating only a lovely little cup of soup in Bruntsfield) so opted for a large pot (£5.90).
With a brimming pot, topped with peanuts and chilli, soon with me I wandered along the road, eating as I went.It proved to be a deliciously hearty meal with plenty of good fresh crunch from the abundant vegetables. The chicken was beautifully soft and flavourful. The broth had good meaty notes while remaining quite refined and delicate. I was very satisfied with the dish.
So overall, Nusou made a very good first impression. I look forward to trying their noodles again as things develop over the coming weeks and months. I must pop back to the market to try the new pizza van, too, as it looked rather good.