Woky Ko is a staple of Asian fusion cuisine in Bristol. Since 2016, residents have enjoyed several locations all over the city. Now Larkin Cen – founder and a former finalist of MasterChef – will launch a location in Birmingham next month, expected mid-October. But for now dishes will only be available for order-out. Blending authentic Asian flavours with modern twists, the Far East will arrive in the West Midlands at the Jewellery Quarter with surprising and exciting results.
Ahead of the news an authentic Chinese menu has been devised. Standouts include classic Hong Kong style bao buns and satay fish balls, which evoke feelings of China’s “delicious street food stalls.” Larkin has also placed a number of authentic Sichuan dishes on the menu too.
Guests will also be able to treat themselves to won tons, Cheung Fun noodle rolls served with fried chicken, braised pork and vegan fried chicken as well as house-made dandan noodle soup. The menu also offers fragrant curry spiced rice noodle rolls, the classic Sichuan dish of Mapo tofu and rice and Shui Zhu – a Sichuan hot pot. Woky Ko’s signature dishes like Korean fried chicken katsu curry will also be available.
Larkin grew up watching his parents cook in their Cardiff Chinese takeaway. He abandoned his career as a lawyer to become a chef, getting to the final of MasterChef in 2013. More recently, he gained attention for his appearance on Great British Menu.
“The city has such a vibrant food scene with so many incredible concepts – it’s definitely somewhere we can’t wait to be a part of,” said Larkin Cen. “Bristol has been amazing and everyone’s been incredibly supportive of our journey so far, and now we feel we’re more than ready to bring our food to Birmingham.”
To celebrate Woky Ko’s Birmingham launch, the first 100 customers to place an order over £15 will be able to claim two bao for free. To find out more about Woky Ko head here.