Noodles are associated with different types of cuisines, for example there is;
-Soba noodles; a Japanese style buckwheat noodle, which can be served cold or hot.
-Udon is another popular type of noodle in Japan which is made from wheat flour.
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 Sydney, it is quite easy to find a local version of many of the above dishes and on WeekendNotes we have already highlighted some Sydney noodle shops; for example In and Out Thai Noodle Bar, Chinese Noodle Restaurant and Chinese 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 Menya Mappen in the CBD. The menu here is a celebration of Japanese style udon and soba noodles. Kake Udon is probably the most popular menu choice, but there are other variations such as beef, curry, tempura don, ontama bukkake, zaru and many more. The various dishes are incredibly affordable as well; priced from $3.90 to $8.90. For a detailed review of the various Menya Mappen noodle bars, please see the WeekendNotes review WeekendNotes review..
The second pick for the best noodle shop in Sydney has also been previously featured on WeekendNotes; Gumshara Ramen Noodles. As the title suggests, this establishment is a celebration of ramen noodles. So what are the menu recommendations? If one has to narrow it down, well, pork spare rib tonkotsu ramen is the favourite, but only 10 bowls are served daily, but really everything on the menu is worth a try. Another bonus is that most dishes are priced under $15.
The third and final pick goes to the Chefs Gallery, also located in the Sydney CBD. The noodle menu here is divine; try the handmade noodles, served with pork and prawn wontons and Shanghai style spicy sauce, or try the one of the noodle soups with pork ribs and handmade noodles or opt for a wok style noodle dish; handmade noodles wok fried with prawns in chilli paste. Most of these noodle dishes are also priced under the $15 mark.
We have only named three celebrated noodle shops/restaurants in Sydney, 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.