Open now: takeaway noodles

Published on 26 August 2020

Photo: Lee Ho Fook (credit: Tim Grey)

Whether you like your noodles smoky and topped with fried shallots or doused in chilli oil, there’s a dish for you in Melbourne. We’ve rounded up some of our city’s noodle champions that are open for takeaway now, ready to satisfy your need for dan dan, pad Thai or mie goreng.

Want more takeaway and delivery? Take a look at our map of who’s open in Melbourne and Victoria.

City and central

Makan

For a taste of one of Indonesia’s most famous culinary exports, mie goreng, you’re in safe hands at Makan. The restaurant, which opened in 2018 following a win for sisters Tasia and Gracia Seger on My Kitchen Rules two years prior, is known for careful renditions of Indonesian staples, often with a contemporary twist. The takeaway menu is no different. Here, the mie are tossed with chicken, egg and greens, with a vegetarian option also available; we reckon they’d sit nicely among the Ubud-style roast duck, some sate and a plate of gado gado.

Delivery available to inner Melbourne Wed-Sat, with other suburbs available on select days. Wed-Sat 6pm-8pm. Order and check delivery areas at makaninmelbourne.com.au

Lee Ho Fook

Chef Victor Liong flirts with Sichuan flavours on his Lee Ho Fook menus, adding extra depth and funk with house ferments and condiments. The dan dan noodles are thick, rich and heady with chilli oil, black vinegar, fresh and dried chillies and Sichuan peppercorns; in short, the perfect foil for cool Melbourne nights. Plus the at-home version is packed ready to freeze or heat. We’ll be ordering one for now and one for later when those dan dan cravings strike.

Delivery available within a 20km radius of the CBD, pick up available at 11 Duckboard Pl, Melbourne, Wed-Sat 2pm-4pm. Order at leehofook.com.au

Chin Chin

Any visitor to Chin Chin knows the menu runs deep. Noodle lovers can choose between egg noodles tossed with chopped prawns, garlic chives and chilli, a pad see ew made with rolled rice noodles with the addition of braised wagyu or, for the populists, there’s a chicken pad Thai. And then there are the dishes from the grill, curries, snacks – need we say more?

Delivery available within a 10km radius of the CBD or Richmond. Pick-up available from 125 Flinders La, Melbourne or 599 Church St, Richmond, Mon-Thurs 3pm-9pm, Fri and Sat, noon-9pm. Order at chinchin.melbourne

Supernormal

Some people go to Supernormal for the lobster rolls; others are there for the noods. If that’s you, you’ll be happy to know the Sichuan-style cold noodles are part of the takeaway menu. Get hands-on and layer and dress the dish just the way you like it when you order from Providoor, or let the experts take care of it and get it delivered hot. That’s what they’re there for, right?

Delivery of ready-to-cook dishes available within a 35km radius of the CBD, order via Providoor. Ready-to-eat dishes available for pick up from The Builders Arms, 211 Gertrude St, Fitzroy, daily, noon-9pm or Supernormal Canteen, 2/157 Fitzroy St, St Kilda, Thurs-Sat, 5pm-9pm. Order via supernormal.net.au.


South

Dainty Sichuan

Is your lockdown diet lacking in numbing spice? There’s only one surefire remedy and it’s called Dainty Sichuan. There’s plenty on the menu to give you that ma-la hit but if it’s noodles you’re after, opt for the cold ones, simply dressed and topped with peanuts, or the version with poached chicken threaded through it. Too cold for cold noodles? There’s a dish of vermicelli that’s tossed with spicy minced pork, spring onion and, of course, chilli. You can’t go wrong.

Delivery available to a range of suburbs across Melbourne, daily, 11.30am-7.30pm. Order via Easi.

Good Nights

Whether you’re looking for noodles in the key of rich comfort or whether you’re all about that crunch, Good Nights has you covered. The menu includes a char kway teow loaded with prawn, calamari and bacon, there’s beef pho (plus a vegetarian-friendly mushroom version), and the bún is loaded with pickles and herbs, and can be topped with grilled chicken, or spring rolls. Repeat visits recommended.

Delivery available to Prahran, Windsor, South Yarra, Armadale, St Kilda or pick up from at 12 Chapel St, Windsor, Tues-Sun for dinner, Fri-Sun for lunch. Order at good-nights.com.au

North

Lagoon

Any Lagoon fan will tell you that the rolled rice noodles with XO and cured pork belly are where it’s at. The trick is to get in quick: in takeaway times, they’re offered once a week on a Friday and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Thankfully, noodle fans are catered for on other days, with a ready-to-heat take on dan dan noodles available every day the kitchen is open, plus there’s a condiment lover’s dream range of things to add to your own wok creations: XO sauce, strange-flavour sauce and more.

Delivery available to select suburbs, minimum order $40, Weds-Sat, 3pm-5.30pm. Pick up available at 263 Lygon St, Carlton, Weds-Sat, 3pm-6pm. Order via lagoondining.com

By Emma Breheny 

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