Ahhh, noodles. How we love thee. There’s no dish more comforting than a big, tasty bowl of slurplicious noodles. Whether they’re flat and wide or thin and spindly, we don’t discriminate. We want noodles and we want them now. Here’s where to find the best noodles in Auckland.
Eden Noodles Café
Ask any noodle fanatic where to go and you will be sent straight to Eden Noodles Café. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. The have the best noodles known to the human race—the long queue lining the pavement outside will give that away. Their signature spicy dan dan noodles topped with crispy pork mince is not to be missed. While we’re at it, their spicy and sour dumplings are equally divine!
Shaolin Kung Fu Noodles
Balmoral, Howick, Albany & Auckland City
Auckland’s much-loved Shaolin Kung Fu Noodles dish up some of the best noodles in Auckland. The secret behind their deliciousness? Their noodles are made by hand. Pay ’em a visit and there’s a high chance you’ll get to witness the chefs (aka noodle masters) pulling, chopping and rolling the fresh noodles in expert style. Their fried Xinjing lamb noodles are our go-to, while spice lovers should opt to devour a bowl of their hot and spicy beef noodles.
The phat Thai thamadaa from Kiss Kiss is the kind of phat Thai that fixes all of your problems. Feeling a bit sick? Get the phat Thai. Work got you down? Get the phat Thai. Sunday blues? Get the phat Thai. You get it. Full of thin rice noodles and all the usual suspects (peanuts, tofu, egg, garlic, chives and bean sprouts), this will dish will have you feelin’ A1 in no time.
Chop Chop Noodle House
Whippin’ up irresistible noodle concoctions in Ponsonby Central is none other than Chop Chop Noodle House. Here you’ll find noodle bowls packed with the likes of roasted pork belly, crispy fried jerk chicken and BBQ pork. While we assure you’re they’re all super tasty, we can’t go past their beef brisket number. Bacon, shiitake, sesame, spring onion and melt-in-your-mouth beef, what’s not to love?
Treat your taste buds to a flavoursome adventure at Saan. One of our fave dishes here is their kua gai starring delightfully chewy, flat rice noodles. The thick noodles are perfectly complemented with marinated chicken tight, eggs, preserved cabbage and the all-important spicy Sriracha sauce. Load your plate high and dig in.
Everyone knows that pad see ew makes the world a better place. And, in our humble opinion, the pad see ew from Mekong Baby makes the world a WONDERFUL place. The saucy, noodley dish features rich braised beef skirt, kai lan Chinese greens and shallots. No visit to Mekong is complete without a serve of this bad boy—the same can be said for their pork belly.
Asian-fusion eatery Bolaven knows the way to our heart is with a comforting bowl of Vietnamese pho. Referred to as “Grandpa’s beef pho”, this dish is our go-to on chilly days. Expect to be served a steaming bowl of slow-cooked broth with rice noodles, bok choy, mung beans, chilli and a whole lot of herbs. It’s comfort food at its finest and some of the best noodles in Auckland. Thanks Grandpa!
Image credit: Kellie Blizard at Shaolin Kung Fu Noodle, Natasha van der Laan, Mekong Baby