Melbourne's best noodle soups to help you stay warm

If you're in Melbourne this winter, don't miss a chance to eat some of the best laksa, pho and ramen to warm your insides!

Melbourne’s winter can be pretty dreary but it’s also the perfect excuse (not that you need one) to try out the city’s delicious noodle soups. Believe us when we say there is no better way to warm up than by slurping on a bowl of hot magic from one of these institutions.

Soi 38, CBD

Situated in a commercial car park in the middle of the CBD, Soi 38 knows it's unassuming, making it all the better when you try its punchy, tasty and satisfying noodle soups. The menu and concept is simple: Pick your soup style - boat noodles or Tom Yum and pick your noodle - there are at least six varieties to meet your every noodle need. And lastly, pick your style - dry, half soup or full soup. Pencil in your table number on the order slip and await a soup that will almost definitely change your life, or at least your body temperature. A classic place for all your CBD lunch needs.

Pho Hung Vuong 2, Richmond

If we’re being honest - it's difficult to pick the best pho on Victoria Street in Richmond. That’s because we are enormously lucky to benefit from the amazing culinary skills of the Vietnamese diaspora who chose to transform Victoria Street into its mecca of Vietnamese cuisine. You can bet on getting a flavoursome and refreshing pho in most Vietnamese restaurants in Richmond, but Pho Hung Vuong 2 is one of our favourites. Pick beef, chicken (and any of the extra offal offerings if you’re into it) or vegetarian and you will be guaranteed a heartwarming brothy experience.

Laksa King, Flemington

This royally named laksa house delivers spice and quality with every bowl of Malaysian goodness it serves. Each laksa on the menu has its own level of complexity in heat, tanginess, freshness and flavour. The two main bases - the Curry Laksa or Assam Laksa - are equally as good so we recommend taking a mate and trying out both! Also a teh tarik - Malaysian pulled tea - is the perfect accompaniment to this winter warmer.

Hakata Gensuke, CBD

So you know that saying, ‘good things happen to those that wait’? Remember that while you are in the cold queue waiting for ramen at Hakata Gensuke! That’s because this bustling Ramen joint is so popular it’s sure to make you wait for the umami, heartstopping noodle broth of your dreams. While that might be enough to turn you away in the middle of winter, once you get in, what awaits you is a completely customisable bowl of goodness. We recommend the trinity of toppings - nori, chashu (roasted rolled pork belly) and a soy-stained soft boiled egg - but go on and choose your own adventure.

Shimbashi Soba and Sake Bar, CBD

Soba and sake are a beautiful marriage if you’re looking to kick your winter blues and enjoy some of Melbourne’s finest Japanese cuisine. The buckwheat soba noodles are hand ground on site which adds to their light texture. The homemade broth is rich and gratifying - with our hot tip being Sansai Soba (mushrooms and wild vegetables) or the Kamo Soba (shredded duck meat).

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