There are oodles of noodle shops and restaurants to be found in Melbourne. Noodle dishes are usually quick and easy to prepare – but that doesn't always mean they are fantastic. Too often they are bland, greasy or made with ingredients that are low in quality, poorly stored or past their prime. Luckily, there are still plenty of places that adhere to the noodle rules, offering fresh fare that is full of flavour.
Notable noodle establishments around Melbourne vary significantly in style and origin of cuisine. Here are a few that pull in the noodle devotees:
Featuring udon, ramen, soba and shirataki noodles, popular Japanese dishes include broths, soups and stews. Ramen Ya in Bourke St is renowned for its rich dishes, while just down the road, Ito Japanese Noodle Café rates well for its high quality ingredients.
Chinese Chow fun and laksa are in high demand in many of Melbourne's Chinese shops. Mama Wong's Kitchen on Flinders St is a good place to start, for consistently fresh and authentic takeaway (you can eat in, but the food is better than the ambience of the layout), whereas while David and Camy in Box Hill can serve a big hit, you can also catch a miss, even if you stick to their signature dumplings rather than tangle with the noodles.
Vietnamese It's all about pho at the moment, a heavily garnished meat and noodle broth. Popular places to give pho a try are I Love Pho and The Pho Chu in Richmond's Vietnamese precinct.
Korean Cellophane noodle stir-fries, spicy noodle soups and cold noodles are in order when partaking in Korean cuisine. Well-known Korean restaurants include Seoul on Little Bourke St and Miso Korean Café in Bentleigh.
Thai Thai noodle dishes have many similarities with those from China and other Asian regions, adapted to the spicy, aromatic, strongly flavoured style for which Thai food is renowned. Thai restaurants in Melbourne can be very expensive, but there are reasonably priced options that still manage to win over plenty of patrons, such as Tom Toon Thai Noodle Café and Oriental Spirit in Richmond, and Ying Thai 2 in Carlton.
We want you to share your noodle knowledge with us. What do you think of the noodle shops and restaurants listed above? Have you discovered the nicest noodles in Melbourne somewhere else? Perhaps the flavours you favour are not of the Asian persuasion – do you know where to find a fantastic kasha varnishkas in a restaurant serving Jewish cuisine, or some superb shish barak with noodles in a Middle Eastern eatery? Leave a comment and let us know.