My favourite Asian restaurants in Auckland right now

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Favourite Auckland Chinese noodle restaurant

We have SO many good Chinese restaurants in Auckland, it’s hard to pick. So I figured I’d zero right in specifically on noodle houses. Shaolin Kung Fu Noodle House and its handpulled noodles are where it’s at right now. Bonus points for being open through January, when most of the other Asian eateries along that stretch of Dominion Rd are still closed.

I’m also going to put in a quiet plug for my new local dumpling house, Mr Zhou in New Lynn. Quietly, because it’s already getting popular and I don’t want it to become overrun :)

Favourite Auckland Malaysian restaurant

We are blessed with an abundance of good Malaysian restaurants in Auckland – Mamak, Sri Pinang, Bunga Raya, and the list goes on.

But the best of all, IMO, is KK Malaysian in Epsom. There’s a reason it’s always packed, and usually with a pretty good mix of nationalities. Book ahead.

Oh, and if anyone can recommend a place to get GREAT assam laksa in Auckland? I’ll be forever in your debt. That dish is getting harder and harder to find.

Favourite Auckland Indian restaurant

Again, so many choices, but I’ll throw my hat in the ring with Satya. They have a few different branches but I’ve only ever been to the Sandringham one. Satya gets an extra gold star because they put on a free Christmas meal every year and offer to send out vouchers to anyone in need. 

For vegetarians, Jai Jalaram Khaman across the road is hard to beat. And for a meal on the go, the Pakistani takeaway down at the Mt Albert Rd/Sandringham Rd intersection is fiery and intense.

Favourite Auckland Thai restaurant

A local food writer once bemoaned the fact that there’s nowhere to get really good Thai food in Auckland. Now that I’ve been to Thailand, I am inclined to agree. There are still people who’ll happily eat at Mai Thai and rave about it because they don’t know any better. Heck, I used to be one of them.

But if you want better than bland and overpriced, try a food court – or head to Narm Thong in Roskill South. Delightful.

What are your favourite Asian cuisines?

6 thoughts on “My favourite Asian restaurants in Auckland right now

  1. I’m an Asian woman, I’m here from the Philippines, we do have lots of delicious cuisine and one of our best Filipino foods are pork adobo, lechon, and many other foods. You must try our foods and I’ll guarantee that you would surely love it!

  2. Oh my god, drooling just thinking about Thai food. Om nom nom!

    I love Thai and Japanese food, and I really want to try Vietnamese and Malaysian. I’ve never had legit Chinese food, but Americanized Chinese food is always something I enjoy (until I regret it a few hours later!).

  3. We have this place in Pittsburgh called LuLu’s noodles. It’s amazing. And then another non-chain hibachi place called Miyako’s. Also amazing. Though I’m sure only remotely authentic.

  4. My favourite is Japanese food hands down followed by Chinese (Guangdong style and Shanghai) cuisine, Vietnamese food, then Indian food. I enjoy Malaysian and Thai food too.

    The only Asian cuisines that I don’t really enjoy much is Korean, Sri Lankian and Indonesian. I’m so-so for middle eastern cuisine usually. And I haven’t had much Filipino food except for lechon, longasia sausages and adobo chicken so I can’t really comment if I really like the cuisine. What I have tried, I do find yummy though.

  5. Malaysian has to come first of course. Then Thai food, which I’ve always liked and was further reinforced when I visited Thailand. I’ve surprisingly developed a liking for Vietnamese food since visiting the country for the first time – I never cared much for it before.

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