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Seven Belly-Warming Noodle Soups in Sydney to Slurp Down on the Next Super Chilly Day

Warm yourself from the inside out with a hearty bowl of brekkie ramen or sweet and sour soup.
By Dominic Gruenewald
May 21, 2021
By Dominic Gruenewald
May 21, 2021


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Warm yourself from the inside out with a hearty bowl of brekkie ramen or sweet and sour soup.

Winter is coming. And while that might send shivers down the spine of some, the silver lining is the abundance of winter food to warm you from the inside out. Soup season is a great time to branch out or revisit some old favourites, be it a steaming broth, hearty laksa or super-rich ramen.

Together with American Express, we've put together a list of belly-warming noodle soups you should seek out in Sydney as the days grow shorter and you find yourself needing a bowl of nourishing comfort to brighten your day.

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    There’s nothing quite like the smooth, full-bodied flavour of a bowl of ramen to soothe your soul. Now, imagine starting your day with that. Rising Sun’s breakfast ramen consists of a bread-and-butter bone broth, bacon, egg and tomato — it’s essentially a traditional English breakfast in soup form. Add into the mix that it’s served in an uber cool, motorbike-filled Newtown warehouse and it’s a pretty easy sell on a wintry morning.

    Late-riser? From midday, Rising Sun adds another three ramens into the mix — The Darkness (chicken, pork and shiitake shoyu broth with pork belly and an onsen egg), The Light (chicken and three-fish shio broth with pork belly, kale and a marinated egg) and The Monk (miso broth, corn, kale and black fungus shiitake).

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    Laksa from Temasek Parramatta

    An unassuming but bustling Parramatta eatery, Temasek has been going strong as a lunch and dinner spot for many years now. And it’s easy to see why — its Malaysian cuisine is some of the best in town.

    While we could go on (and on) about almost every item on the menu here, the stand-out has to be the Laksa Singapura. Probably the best known of the many laksa variants, this dish sees sweet and mild coconut milk  perfectly blended with ground dried shrimp and hot chilli oil and generously ladled out over your choice of chicken, prawns, fish cakes, calamari or vegetables, with your choice of egg noodles, rice noodles or a mix of both — and all for under $22.

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    Chatswood Place can seem a bit overwhelming, with many culinary delights on offer right next to one another. Here’s our hot tip: go to Eat Fuh for its low prices and big portions of fresh, zesty and very tasty Vietnamese food. It’s hard to go past a good bowl of pho at any time of the year, but it especially hits the spot in the cooler months. Eat Fuh’s Beef Fuh is a more than serviceable take on the classic, in which bone broth cooked with star anise, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, onions is served with slices of tender beef on thick rice noodles and garnished with coriander, basil, shallot and sprouts.

    If you’re looking to cut down on the red meat, there’s an equally delicious vegan pho on the menu, as well as a hearty white meat and prawn option, featuring a chicken and pork bone broth and king prawns.

    Image: Cassandra Hannagan

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    The name chaco comes from the charcoal fires previously used to serve yakitori skewers, as was the initial setup of this Darlo favourite. Over time, Chaco was simply unable to deny how much crowds loved the seriously impressive bowls of ramen it was churning out during the day. So, it pivoted to selling ramen all the time (and opened a Potts Point eatery to keep yakitori going).

    Here, there are six types of ramen available — but they’re not the standard tonkotsu and miso broths. And trust us, you’re going to want to try them all. So, which to order first? We recommend the yuzu scallop for its sheer originality. It features Hokkaido scallops, john dory and prawn wontons, black fungus and leek, all swimming in a delicate soup that’s a little sweet, a little sour and mighty tasty. You can also change to a gluten-free noodle if you’re watching the carbs.

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    A mainstay since 1986, Bay Tinh is one of the pioneering restaurants that earned Marrickville its reputation as one of the best places in town for Vietnamese food. Once you’ve eaten there, you’ll know why this joint draws flocks of people into its casual but always-bustling interior. The menu features many of the usual suspects, but we love the hu tieu my tho, a dish that originated in southern Vietnam in the 17th century and features glass noodles topped with prawns, calamari, chicken and pork in a rich broth of pork bone and dried shrimp.

    Image: Cassandra Hannagan

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    There are many dishes that make a visit to this bright and modern Thai eatery in Haymarket worthwhile — the crab fried rice and pandan custard croissant are particular highlights. But when you’re looking for a pick-me-up on a cold, gloomy day, pop in for a bowl of the delicious duck noodle soup. Expect generous portions of juicy, tender duck, thick egg noodles and bean sprouts floating in a robust, nourishing broth with just a hint of spice. And all for just $15. Sold.

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    1915 Lanzhou Beef Noodles Burwood

    When a restaurant is named after a dish, you can be pretty sure that it’s going to live up to its name. Set beneath an inviting red brick archway, 1915 Lanzhou Beef Noodles is something of a Burwood institution. And it’s no surprise its eponymous signature dish — a rich, hearty, aromatic broth with tender beef slices, delicate egg noodles and plenty of coriander and spice — continues to gain legions of new fans with every bowl.

    The beef-based broth is rich and spicy, as befits its origins from China’s frosty northwest. The option is also available for you to customise the noodle saturation levels, shape and width and the spice level of the broth in order to best suit your cravings.

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