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Asian Food Deliveries for When You're Craving Noods from the Comfort of Your Couch

Stay cosy in your blanket fort with a bowl of steaming ramen.
By Eliza Crisp
August 28, 2020
By Eliza Crisp
August 28, 2020


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Stay cosy in your blanket fort with a bowl of steaming ramen.

For the days when peeling yourself off the couch seems a little unlikely, a steaming bowl of noodles is a pretty heavenly thought. Whether you are craving ramen, udon or lo mein, we have you covered. Brisbane is packed with Japanese, Thai, Chinese and Korean options that'll have you slurping solo in no time. Any couch-bound warrior will tell you that convenience is king when it comes to a day under the doona, which is where DoorDash really shines. It'll have your expertly packaged noodles and sides delivered straight to your doorstep with just a few taps on your phone. All you need are some chopsticks (and the TV remote) and you have all the requirements for a sloth session on the sofa. It's 'self-care', right?

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    With over 35 locations scattered across the world, Ramen Danbo brings authentic tonkotsu all the way from Kyushu Island in Japan. After the original Fukuoka location won a local television contest, the brand became famous across the country, eventually making its way to Australia. We feel incredibly fortunate to have four Ramen Danbo restaurants at our fingertips, with locations in Southport, Surfers Paradise, South Brisbane and Sunnybank Hills. The delivery menu is a ramen lover’s dream, with no less than eight varieties on offer. Our pick is the classic ramen with nitamago egg, or the fragrant negi-goma ramen with sliced spring onions and toasted sesame seeds. Bonus points if you add in some traditional Hakata-style gyoza with dipping sauce.

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    Hands up if you’re guilty of organising big group dinners based solely on the notion that you’ll get to try more of the menu? Sure, hanging out with all your mates is nice, too, we guess. But the main thing is wanting to maximise dishes while minimising wastage. And this Korean fried chicken joint is one of the places you’ll want to do that. Momo Chicken and Beer has a few outposts across Brisbane, including this one at Westfield Garden City. You have 13 different flavour options for Momo’s signature dish: fried chicken. There are the obvious contenders like the super spicy fire flavour or sweet, sticky honey, plus some left-of-centre additions like carbonara and candy.

    But don’t let the name fool you; Momo isn’t just about chicken and beer. While its Korean fried chicken is, understandably, excellent, this Mount Gravatt favourite also boasts an impressive hotpot and noodle menu, too. Depending on your mood, you might feel like the creamy chicken curry udon or perhaps the spicy kimchi soup. While you’re browsing, you may as well throw in a savoury Korean pancake or the toppoki stir-fried rice cakes.

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    This sweet little South Brisbane gem is tucked away just a few blocks from QPAC, featuring a traditional horigotatsu table in its private dining room. With its delivery menu, Okuman continues to spoil us with a roundup of Japan’s most beloved dishes, with some bonus vegan options thrown in, too.

    As an appetizer, grab a pair of the crispy chicken bao or a serving of scallop sushi with tartare sauce. For mains, try the cauliflower karaage with sriracha mayo or the seafood ramen topped with sliced shallots. Okumen even offers vacuum-sealed home packs via DoorDash, which means you can have family-sized portions of char siu pork or salmon sashimi ready for your next late-night snack-attack. Sure beats instant noodles, huh?

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    Craving Thai food, but a bit tired of ordering the same pad thai dish every damn time? We feel you. Luckily, the team at Chai Thai in New Farm is serving up some seriously worthy alternatives. This eye-popping menu is extensive, covering everything from curries and soups to dumplings and fishcakes.

    Here are a few favourites to get you started. We love the barramundi with shiitake mushroom, ginger and vegetables. We also rate the red curry with pineapple and lychee or, if you want something crunchy, try the crispy tiger prawns with tamarind sauce. If you’re after a sweet treat to finish off the feast, there are two excellent options: tapioca pudding with lychee and black sticky rice with coconut cream. Order both — we won’t tell anyone.

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    If you’re feeling a bit paralysed by food indecision, this is a great place to look up. Located at the heart of Boundary Street’s dining strip, Izakaya Goku serves up an impressive menu of Japanese cuisine. If you’re dining solo, udon noodle soup or a bento box, packed with steamed rice, spring rolls, gyoza and your choice of main, are the obvious picks. But if you have a few hungry mouths to feed, you’re in luck. Since izakaya-style dining usually involves multiple rounds of small plates, you’d be foolish to just stick to a single takeaway dish per person (trust us). The crunchy soft shell crab with yuzu citrus mayo is pretty memorable, as is the salmon and scallop tamari sushi. Oh, and the pork okonomiyaki with yum yum sauce and mayo. Plus, Izakaya Goku serves up adorable Japanese sodas, such as Ramune Fizzy Pop and the weirdly wonderful Calpis.

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    After starting as a single tiny restaurant across from the casino in the late 90s, Jackpot Dining now has a collection of five restaurants across Brisbane. It was this original venue that inspired the name; diners could listen out for nearby punters hitting the big bucks. If you are looking for high-quality Chinese food served at lightning speed then Jackpot Dining is your best bet.

    We love its selection of warming noodle soups, with roasted duck, beef brisket, steamed chicken and barbecue pork varieties available. Also worth a look-in is Jackpot’s spin on a classic roast dinner, which subs out traditional roast beef or chicken and trimmings with soy steamed chicken, barbecue pork or roasted duck, rice and steamed veggies. You can get in and out of this place in record time, thanks to its fast service. But if any amount of time out of the house is too long right now, you can also get it delivered via DoorDash. And, before you ask — yes, its famous deep-fried ice cream is available for delivery, too.

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    Chef Boo is quite possibly the most adorable chef in all of Brisbane. Growing up in the Isan region of northeastern Thailand, Bussakorn (Boo) developed her love of food under the tutelage of her mother, who sold traditional meals directly from the family home.

    The menu at Boo’s Kitchen is infused with her signature wit and warmth, with each item carrying a little story to help new diners select their dishes. Our top picks for mains: the drunken noodles with prawns and scallops (allegedly created many years ago by a drunk chef) and the wagyu steak crying tiger (with an eye-watering spicy dipping sauce). Boo’s signature seafood dish is the soft shell crab with yellow curry (boo means crab in Thai), which is topped with shallots, onions and carrots and doused with yellow curry sauce. Pro tip: add a roti canai to your order to mop your plate.

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Take advantage of the $0 delivery fee on your first order and order your next meal via DoorDash here.

Top image: Hennessy Trill.

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