In winter-time, there is something very comforting about warming up from the inside with a steaming bowl of hot soup. Some people may prefer the traditional pumpkin soup or chicken & vegetable soup to ward off the lurgies, however (in my opinion) you can't beat a pho, laksa, ramen or Asian noodle soup to ward off the winter bugs. Many of the bases of these soups are made from bones that have been boiled for hours to achieve a flavoursome stock. This broth alone, full of vitamins and minerals, has a long list of health benefits on its own - and that is even before all the delicious meats and vegetables are added on top.
There are many tasty options around the city if you are looking for a delicious and hearty noodle soup. These are just some of my personal favourites, however if you have a top spot that you go back to time and time again, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article and share your tip. Which one will you try for lunch today, or this weekend?
1/ Au Lac Royal Vegetarian Cuisine is located in both Woden and Dickson and is easily the most popular vegetarian eatery in Canberra. Both restaurants have a wide range of Asian options on the menu, with many replacing the meat with soy alternatives. One of these dishes is the Au Lac Pho Soup with Soy Chicken, which had a flavoursome broth and soy chicken pieces - which always has me digging at the bottom of the bowl for more! Other soup options are Laksa, Soy Pork Rice Noodle Soup, Yellow Noodle Soup, Royal Noodle Soup and Wonton Yellow Noodle Soup. See here for details and here for a full article.
2/ Dickson Asian Noodle House is located on one of the best streets in Canberra for authentic Asian cuisine - Woolley Street. You could easily walk into any of the Asian restaurants on this street and have the best noodle soup in Canberra! If you are looking for the best laksa in Canberra however, don't walk past Dickson Asian Noodle House - it is the "go to" place for locals and renowned for being the best. The flavour combinations, heat, tenderness of the meat, size of the bowl - everything just hits the spot! See here for details and here for a full article. For more laksa options around the city, see here.
Combination Laksa - a spicy, full flavoured curry and coconut broth served with wheat noodles and rice vermicelli, chicken, pork and duck, combination garnished with bean curd and vegetables
3/ PappaRich is a Malaysian franchise in the centre of the CBD. This popular restaurant has photos on the menu to make it easier for people to order, as well as an easy and quick ordering system to get your food to your plate quicker. Although their other dishes on the menu are equally as good, they have over 10 noodle soups to choose from including a range of laksa, Ipoh Koay Teow Soup with Steamed Chicken and Pappa Pan Mee Soup. See here for details and here for a full article.
A wide range of noodle soups at PappaRich, Canberra Centre. Image: Original photos from PappaRich website
4/ Vietnam House is a casual Vietnamese eatery in Woden, just a few doors down from Au Lac, at the top of this list. Pop in and enjoy a steaming hot bowl of pho to warm you up and sit outside and watch the world go by. This is the ideal spot to visit in your lunchbreak, or for a quick bite to eat for dinner before visiting the movies nearby. See here for details and here for a full article. For more pho options in the city, see here.
5/ Ramentic is a small ramen eatery located on Lonsdale Street in Braddon, just a short walk up from the city centre. Ramen is a traditional Japanese noodle soup with a pork bone or chicken broth, topped with traditional ingredients such as nori, shallots and a marinated soft-boiled egg. This eatery has fast become one of the most popular places to enjoy ramen, with four varieties on the menu. See here for details. For more ramen options in the city, see here.
Ramenetic ramen - a comforting pick-me-up on a cold winters day. Image: Ramentic Facebook
These delicious and belly-warming winter soups are an affordable way to fill up, with every soup on this list ranging between $12 - $19. For me, there is nothing cosier than sitting in a warm restaurant looking out to the cold wind and slurping on a hot, steaming soup. Where is your favourite place to enjoy soup - of any kind - in Canberra? Please leave a comment at the bottom of this article and share your pick.
I don't know about you, but I don't think you can ever try too many!
The perfect winter lunch - looking out onto Bunda Street with a chicken broth ramen from Soi Noodle Bar in the CBD