Your Ultimate Asian Food Odyssey without ever leaving Home
The unique flavours and scents of Asian cuisine are legendary. Rich aromas, powerful textures and unforgettable taste combine to make mouth-watering food that is more than just fuel for your body – it’s an experience. Think you have to spend big to fly over to Asia to experience this quality first hand? Think again. We’ve rounded up the top 5 Asian Takeaway options for you. From the streets of Bangkok to the Sidewalks of Shanghai, this is your ultimate Asian odyssey without ever leaving the home.
Red Petit – The Thai Experience
This tucked away Melbourne Eatery is a true hidden gem of the Asian cuisine scene. It’s widely known for an impressive takeaway selection and quite simply ranks as a leader in Thai food across all of Melbourne. Authentic flavours burst in every dish which both look, and taste, just as they would on the streets of Bangkok. An artful blend of the Thai 5 – Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter and Hot, make for dishes that hit you hard and remind you that good food should be memorable and enjoyable. Both of which sum up this Thai delight perfectly.
Try – Combine the Bangkok Tapas entrees here to experience a collection of Thai classics. Stir Fried Bean shoot with Eggplant along with Pan Fried Ground Pork will only set you back $10 each and come highly recommended.
Address: 194 Bank Street, South Melbourne
Dragon’s Den – A Vietnamese Adventure
This Sydney based Vietnamese Restaurant ticks all the right boxes with its sharp flavour profiles, light yet refreshing meals with minimal fats so you’re doing your waistline a favour as well as your palate. Fresh herbs and vegetables litter the menu with a focus on the exotic a common trait. Put simply, this is anything but simple eating. It is Vietnamese food at its crunchy, crispy best with wraps a popular choice – the Grilled Pork Belly Lettuce Wrap is a real crowd pleaser. It’s everything you’d expect from a sojourn up the Reunification Express without leaving the comfort of your living room.
Try – At just $25 the Duck Leg Confit in Tamarind Sauce (a sweet and sour sauce similar to the flavour profile of marinade or BBQ sauce) is a great value meal that must be tried.
Address: 259 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
Masak Masak – a Malaysian Night Market
It’s not often you get a takeaway meal so authentic you think it could have been delivered from across the Indian Ocean itself, this is one of those meals. This Malaysian eatery prides itself on providing the same street food fare you would find overseas and it hits its target on every item of the menu. Spicy, strong and aromatic flavours are common yet each dish has its own complexity of flavours you’ll be hard pressed to choose just one to order. Rice and seafood are a staple here but the range is great with vegetarian options, like the $13.50 Veggie Laksa, as well as a long list of chargrilled meals make for a tantalising and surprisingly tough to choose from, menu.
Tip – The Lemongrass Lamb Belly, Chilli Yoghurt with Pickle Green Papaya should be high on your ‘to-do’ list. At a great value $19 it comes with a Thai Basil Salad and is Gluten free.
Address: 230 Smith St, Collingwood
Wabi Sabi Salon – Authentic Cherry Blossom Japan
This authentic Japanese restaurant provides food that will amaze. On the back of the Japanese umami, or ‘pleasant savoury taste’, this menu is every bit as pleasing as you’d want. With an affordable menu to suit anyone this is a step up from your local corner sushi hut, this is the real deal. The Gyoza Dumplings offer the perfect starting point and at just $8 for either Pork or Vegetable options you’ll be onto a winner. To really experience the difference between ‘eating’ and ‘dining’ though go with a simple option like the Crispy Tempeh (a traditional Soy product) and Black Rice Salad ($18) and experience what makes Japanese cuisine so appealing – a delicate and slight flavour that purposely avoids strong flavours to astound with the subtle Umami satisfying the palate.
Try – The Homestyle Dinner Bento Box which comes with a main (changes daily), salad, side dish, pickles and Miso Soup for just $23
Address: 94 Smith Street, Collingwood
Chop Chop – The Chinese Night Out
This Brisbane eatery isn’t your average Chinese takeaway shop. Providing restaurant to door service with Chinese food that is aromatic and diverse, your dish won’t just tantalise your tastebuds but there’s a pretty solid chance it will look like a work of art too. It’s long been a feature of Chinese cuisine to incorporate diverse colours in dishes to arouse interest and prepare the palate for the flavours to come so it’s worth your while to try an option like the Seafood Supreme. With King Prawns, Calamari, Fish Balls and Fish Fillet all stir fried with veggies and oyster sauce it is a meal for all the sense. If you want to go the other way and embrace Chinese culture along with your food then get the whole family or a large group of friends, enjoy a banquet Chinese style and load up on noodles – your choice of toppings.
Try – It’s a classic but for a reason, so get stuck into the Braised Chicken Chow Mein. Stir fried with veggies on a bed of delightfully crispy noodles, this dish is Shanghai in a bowl.
Address: 590 Logan Road, Greenslopes