The funny thing is time to time, I get Instagram messages along the lines of "I have never seen you eating at a cheap restaurant before. Do you get cheap eats at all?" Of course, the answer is a big yes.
If you have been assuming that my diet involved coffee and cafe food, although that's partially true, I really love cheap food and noodles are one of my favourites.
So here, I have put together my top ten noodle places in Auckland Central with my personal recommendation(s) from each place; this list is not in a particular order.
1. Dumpling Station
Currently, this is my favourite noodle place in Newmarket - I have taken many of my friends here and they all loved it. Serving fresh hand-shaven noodles, the noodle texture is one of the best I have had!
My personal favourite is Pork Noodle with Chilli and Hot Pepper; it is not as spicy as you think and the amount of juicy, grilled pork is very generous. If there is a small group of you there, perhaps also order some lamb skewers, too.
2. Tian Fu Noodles
Tian Fu Noodles always seem to be mentioned whenever people talk about "Best Noodles in Auckland" and I can see why. There are four types of noodles to choose from: wheat, shaved, rice and kumara but the shaved noodle is by far the most popular.
Their DanDan noodle soup is a good choice if you are visiting for the first time. If you are looking to try something a little different, try their Noodle soup with pork intestines. They have five spicy levels available and a little warning, level two Mild (Tiny, Mild, Medium, Hot, Extra Hot available) is still quite spicy.
3. King Made Noodles
Chewy and delicious hand-pulled noodles where you can pick from six different noodle sizes (thin to extra thick), King Made Noodles offer a small yet flavour-packed menu.
My favourite is the Braised Beef Noodle Soup - I usually go for the "3" noodle thickness (1 to 6, the higher the number, the thicker it is) but sometimes, their thickest, "6" as well.
4. Kang Chon Restaurant
Korean-Chinese food is actually Korean food with some elements inspired by Chinese cuisine; a very popular amongst Koreans, Kang Chon in Mount Eden is one of the best in Auckland.
I recommend their Samseon Jjamppong, which is a spicy seafood noodle soup; the portion is big and is packed with a variety of seafood.
5. Biang Biang City
Possibly one of the most famous hand-pulled noodle houses in Auckland, Biang Biang's thick noodles soak up all the sauce/oil, giving a chewy, flavour-packed bite each time.
Either try their Biang Biang noodle with spicy beef or spicy lamb; they are not that spicy so you will be okay.
6. Chongqing Noodles
There are so many good noodle places on Dominion Road and Chongqing Noodles is one of them.
When you visit for the first time, you may be overwhelmed by their extensive menu with so many choices of noodles. My favourite is their Pork Belly Noodles - I highly recommend it!
7. Eden Noodles Cafe
Having been one of Auckland's cheap eats icons for years, Eden Noodles Cafe recently opened in Newmarket as well.; I don't have to explain too much about this place because there are so many articles about this place you can read about.
My recommendations are Noodles with spicy beef (soup/thick noodles) and DanDan Noodles.
8. Tanpopo Ramen
Tanpopo Ramen located on Anzac Avenue in Auckland CBD is a popular destination for everyone - from workers nearby to students. This busy ramen shop offers traditional Japanese ramen.
My favourite is the Shoyu Ramen, which is a soy sauce base soup.
9. Bao & Noodles
Changed its name from Sunny Town to Bao & Noodles recently, this noodle house can be found on Lorne Street in Auckland CBD.
I love their DanDan Noodles and Beef Noodles. Also, I highly recommend their steamed vegetable buns.
Selera has always been a very popular place for laksa. With more Malaysian restaurants opening in the last couple of years, many people debate if Selera is still the best in town - that is very subjective and we will never get the right answer. However, their food is still good - that is why they are so busy every day.
My favourite is the seafood laksa.
From reading this, hope you found a new place to visit. If you have any other recommendations or have visited any of these places, welcome to let me know! Just message me on Instagram.
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