Asian Noodle House has four restaurants in Canberra, located in the Civic, Tuggeranong, Woden and Belconnen. These popular restaurants deliver high quality, delicious specialities from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, China and Laos. Another feature that drew our family to this restaurant was the tasty children's menu - which has four simple (yet delicious) rice and noodle dishes for less than $7.20. With our young daughter happy, it meant that we could also enjoy a Laksa - rumoured to be the best in Canberra.
As our family walked into the Tuggeranong restaurant at noon on a Sunday, the simple interior was reasonably empty with two couples and another young family quietly dining together, with faint music tinkling in the background. For the next half an hour however, we watched as the doors continuously opened and shut as people came pouring in. The restaurant soon came to life and was busy with people meeting up to enjoy lunch together and the tinkling music was quickly replaced with happy chatter. There was also the occasional bursts of "oohs" and "aahs" as meals were delivered in front of them. It wasn't long before we were doing the same...
Combination Laksa with chicken, BBQ pork and duck - full size ($14)
The Combination Laksa that we ordered was particularly delicious, made with their own unique blend of curry flavours which work together perfectly. Floating in the spicy coconut broth is your choice of meats, hokkein noodles, rice vermicelli and vegetables - then it is garnished with tofu, fried onion and shallots. On a cold winters day, the heat of the soup simply hits the spot. In the past I have tried some Laksas that have literally made my eyes water (ie. visit Hokka Hokka in the Civic if you like them hot!), however this one had the right balance of flavour - for my taste anyway. Looking around the restaurant it seems it was a popular with the regulars also, with steaming hot bowls getting delivered to almost every table.
The Seafood Fried Rice was also a winner - full of flavour with plump and juicy prawns, squid and seafood discovered throughout the rice. This would be a delicious plate to share in the middle of the table or eat on its own as a meal. We were pleased to discover that the Children's Hokkein Noodles also went down a treat, with succulent chicken and vegetables entwined with the noodles in a mild soy sauce. As our daughter enjoys "suck up noodles" as she calls them, she happily enjoyed her meal and announced "This is soooo yummy!". Just what every parent wants to hear.
Seafood Fried Rice with prawns, squid and seafood stick ($12)
With such a resounding success all around and reasonable prices, this family-friendly Asian Noodle House is now our new local favourite. It is also available for takeaway so you can enjoy these tasty delicacies at home (see menu here). With other restaurants in Belconnen, Civic and Woden, Asian Noodle House can be enjoyed by all Canberrans around the region. If you try it out, ensure you give the Laksa a try - it is particularly tasty and loaded up with plenty of visible ingredients. We were impressed with the balance of heat and flavour, however we haven't tried enough yet to know if it is "the best in Canberra". Have you tried one in Canberra that you think is better? If so, please let a comment on the bottom of this article so others can try it out for themselves.
You can never try out too many Laksas - even the ones that leave your lips burning on fire are still delicious!
Laksa - jam packed full of flavour. Source: Asian Noodle House Facebook