Italian pasta, such as pizzoccheri, may be referred to as a noodle. Pizzoccheri is a type of short tagliatelle.
Cellophane noodles or vermicelli is common is Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai and Indian cuisine.
-Mee pok is perhaps one of the most common Chinese noodles, but it is common in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
-Reshte is another type of noodle, often found in Afghani cuisine.
In regards to popular noodle dishes, there are quite a few to choose from, for example there is;
Chow mein; otherwise known as Chinese stir-fried noodles, then there is Ramen; a Japanese favourite which consists of wheat based noodles in a broth, Bún Thịt Nướng; is another great dish made with rice noodles, grilled pork and vegetables, Char kway teow is popular in Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore; it is stir fried rice noodles and shrimp, Mie goreng is a popular Indonesian stir-fry noodle and vegetable dish, Pad Thai is Thai style stir fried noodles, Singapore style noodles; stir fried noodles with curry powder, Pancit Bihon; Filipino style stir fried rice noodles with meat and vegetables and the list could go on and on.
In Brisbane, it is quite easy to find a local version of many of the above dishes and on WeekendNotes we have already highlighted some Brisbane noodle shops; for example Viet Hoa Gardens and AJ Vietnamese Noodle House, but in this listing we want to highlight some of the city's very best places to indulge in a quality bowl of noodles.
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To kick off this listing, let's start with the very popular Taro's Ramen and Café, located in the CBD. The noodle menu here is a celebration of ramen and more ramen. Menu highlights include tonkotsu ramen, the extra spicy fire tonkotsu ramen, the signature dish red tonkotsu ramen and the healthy shio ramen. There are many other ramen choices available, as well assorted ramen toppings and various side dishes. Most noodle dishes are priced around $15.
The second pick for the best noodle shop in Brisbane is Hakataya Noodle Shop, located in Sunnybank. Again, the main dish here is the ramen. The menu is limited to four dishes which you can personalise; the nagahama ramen has pork, the char-siu men has extra pork, the karaka-men is for those who like their broth extra spicy and if you like spice and miso, opt for the miso-spicy men. Then you can choose to add extra noodles if you wish or order a side of gyoza or ton-meshi; a pork soup with rice and pork. The various dishes on this no fuss menu are priced between $10 and $13.
The third and final pick goes to the Bamboo Basket for delicious handmade noodles. Menu highlights include prawn wontons and hand pulled noodle soup, handmade noodles in chicken broth, roast duck noodle soup and braised pork belly noodle soup. The noodle menu is limited, but the hand made noodle dishes are certainly authentic. The various noodle dishes are priced under $20.
We have only named three celebrated noodle shops/restaurants in Brisbane, and I am certain there are many more that could be included in this listing, so if you have a recommendation, please share it with us by leaving a comment.
For Indonesian, the best I had is @ Makanan Indonesia down at West End's Hargraeve Rd. Their spicy Bihun Goreng (Fried vermicelli with your choice of meat) must be savoured with a side dish of their sambal (chilli paste). mmmmmm......