The days are getting shorter, the weather is getting colder… what better way is there to welcome winter than by tucking into a warm bowl of soup? Skip all those ready-made soups at Coles and Woolies and try one of these freshly cooked Asian noodle soups and stews.
Highlight: Beef Pho
A cosy, rustic Vietnamese street food place, Bun Me is our go-to for banh mi (of course – we can never resist a great pun) and pho. We especially recommend their tasty beef pho, a perfect marriage of chewy rice noodles and flavourful broth made from beef bones that were left simmering for hours.
Highlight: Seafood Soybean Paste Stew
Look no further than By Korea to get your fix of delectable soup this winter. Earthy, comforting, and filling, the seafood soybean paste stew is a Korean staple made with fermented soybean paste – somewhat of an acquired taste, but once you get it, you’ll keep going back for it.
Highlight: Karaka-Men – Spicy Face
As one of the most popular ramen places in Queensland, Hakataya Ramen is famed for their delicious tonkotsu soup – a secret-recipe broth made from hand-picked Australian pork bones. The Karaka-Men Spicy Face, seasoned with soy sauce and chili, is served with free extra noodles in a 1050ml bowl – just the things for those days when you’re soup-er hungry.
Highlight: Tom Yum Noodle
If you’re looking to spice up your day, Bamboo Thai is the answer to all your prayers. Grab their beautifully fragrant hot tom yum noodle – a delicious concoction of mushrooms, Thai herbs, bean sprouts, silky rice noodles, and tangy soup.
Highlight: Miso ’N’ Possible
Named after an auspicious number in Japanese theatrical tradition, No.18 Ramen is here to satisfy all your ramen needs. Flick through their menu of punnily named dishes – Miso ‘N’ Possible is our pick, both for the great name and the fantastic miso-based soup, garnished with Japanese bamboo shoots, corn, seaweed, salmon, and chicken mince.
Highlight: Tadka Daal
An award-winning restaurant that serves a variety of authentic North and South Indian cuisines, Bombay Bliss is sure to hit the spot. Their lip-smacking tadka daal is our recommendation – a dish made with cooked lentils, adorned with dry chili, garlic and cumin seeds. So simple, yet so delightful.
Highlight: Wagyu Beef Udon
Fujiyama Noodle Bar serves up amazing value-for-money dishes, perfect for those days when you’re hungry enough to eat a horse (or in this case, a cow). Their wagyu beef udon is a delight, with the perfectly chewy noodles complemented by soft and flavourful wagyu beef. Get ready to slurp away.
Highlight: Chicken Curry Laksa
With dishes inspired by the hawker stalls that populate the streets of Malaysia, Monk and Me is your go-to for when you’re craving some Malaysian fare. Their chicken curry laksa is just delectable – imagine vermicelli and Hokkien noodles topped with pillowy fried bean curd puff, spongy fish cake, string beans and chicken, all drenched in rich, spicy coconut curry soup. Yum.
Highlight: Vietnamese spicy beef noodle soup
You can be sure that District 1, operated by a former butcher, brings only the best meat to the table. With fresh ingredients procured in local Chinatown grocery stores, this restaurant serves only the most authentic Vietnamese dishes. We’re obsessed with their spicy beef noodle soup, an impeccable concoction of fresh rice noodles, Vietnamese ham and pork hock, aromatic herbs and perfectly spicy soup.
Highlight: Signature HK Boat Congee
Tim Ho Wan needs no introduction – who hasn’t heard of this Michelin-star chain hailing from Hong Kong? If you haven’t tried BBQ pork buns, you’re seriously missing out. Just look at the feast in the picture! While you’re at it, grab some of their signature Hong Kong boat congee as well. This silky rice porridge is a Chinese classic, topped with fish fillet, jellyfish, pork rinds and crunchy peanuts.
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