Asian Food Lover’s Guide to Newcastle

With a multicultural community and a thriving food scene, Newcastle always has something new to offer. Discovering some of its best and most-loved Asian restaurants is a gastronomic treat.



Head to Newcastle’s harbour-side dining precinct to be treated to Nagisa’s modern take on traditional Japanese.  With shared plates, teppanyaki, sushi and sashimi, nothing is missed. Enjoy chilli pork ramen, prawn, pork and vege gyoza, chicken Kara age, dengaku eggplant

and kingfish carpaccio washed down with a fantastic range of rare Japanese craft beers, whisky and sake.

N2 The Boardwalk, 1 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle


Nagisa will have you craving more Japanese.  Why not try these recipes to impress your next dinner guests? Ponzu Stir-Fried Pork and Vegetables, Pan-Fried Chicken Thigh In Yakitori Sauce, Miso Glazed Eggplant

Ponzu Stir Fried Pork and Vegetables


VietKing Vietnamese Restaurant

If traditional Vietnamese is your thing, you’ll love this local favourite on one of Newcastle’s busiest eat streets. Don’t miss the signature dish – Banh Xeo Chi 9 or Sister 9 pancakes: authentic crispy pancake with prawn, pork, shallots, bean sprouts, mung bean, coconut cream and selected Vietnamese herbs. They also do steamboat and table top BBQ’s, so grab some friends and make it a party!

116 Darby St, Cooks Hill


Enjoy VietKing? Why not recreate your Vietnamese experience in the comfort of your home with these recipes Banh Xeo, Ca Kho Dua, Banh Cuon


Kinn Thai

Located on the roof top of Westfield Kotara, Kinn Thai is the place to enjoy wonderfully delicious Thai with a Chang beer, mojito or a Thai-friendly white wines like

 Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Sauv Blanc. You can’t go past the petite satay chicken, pad see iw, tamarind pork rib, chilli jam crispy soft shell crabs and the gang phed ped yang – a rich red curry of roasted duck with lychee, pineapple, cherry tomato and basil leaves. Yum!

Shop R3007Westfield Kotara, Cnr Northcott Dr & Park Ave, Kotara


From the scent of the fresh herbs to the amazing taste, there is no doubt you’ll want more Thai food after Kinn Thai. Try these recipes to satisfy your Thai cravings Pad See Euw, Pad Cha Beef, Moo Krob Nam Ma Prow




Vistana Malaysian Restaurant

With its “open-kitchen” style cooking, Vistana Malaysian Restaurant leads dinners right into actions delivering a fantastic selection of dishes that are rich, spicy and full of surprises!

Make sure you try the roti served curry sauce, beef rending, nyonya assam prawns, salt & pepper prawns, and of course the Malaysia’s all-time favourite dish, laksa.

115 Pacific Hwy, Charlestown


The taste of flavourful curries and fragrant spices will have you wanting more. Why not share this experience with friends and family with these authentic Malaysian recipes Malaysian Lemongrass Prawn Curry, Malaysian Chicken Curry Laksa, Malaysian White Curry Chicken


New Shanghai
Order a pot of Chinese tea or maybe a Tsing Tao beer and settle in for a taste of New Shanghai. There’s so much to choose from that it’s best to go with family and friends so you get the full experience. Signature xiao long bao (dumplings with deliciously hot broth inside) are a must. Other standout dishes include the drunken chicken with shanghai cold noodles, pork belly steamed buns, pot sticker dumplings, stir fried clams in X.O sauce, sautéed spinach with garlic, and Shanghai crispy turnip cakes.

Charlestown Square, 1035 Pearson St, Charlestown


Who can resist great Chinese food? New Shanghai’s authentic dishes will certainly have you wanting more. Try these recipes at home to relive your authentic Chinese cuisine experience Chinese Scallion Pancakes , Suan La Tang (Hot and Sour Soup) , Shi Zhi Tou with Mung Bean Threads (Lion Heads Meatballs)


Don – Japanese

Located a couple of doors down from the Tower Cinemas, Asa-Don is a small team of passionate food lovers lead by Asako Dalby, here to spread the experience of home-made Japanese eating. In addition to fantastically fresh sushi, you’ll be treated to delicious menu including tori katsu don, yasai ten udon, and kara-agge curry rice!

179 King St, Newcastle


The taste of delicious pork katsu will seriously have you craving for more. Try these simple and easy Japanese Don dishes in the convenience of your home Oyakodon, Gyudon, Pork Katsu Kare



House of Korea

For those searching for traditional Korean food, House of Korea is the place to be. It’s located above the Little Swallows on Beaumont street, another of the city’s busy and popular dining precincts. Head upstairs and you’ll be able to eat kimchi, bulgogi, bibimbap and Korean BBQ to your heart’s content.

54 Beaumont St, Hamilton


House of Korea leave you curious for more Korean? Have a little bit of Seoul right in your kitchen with these recipes SamgyetangSongi Sanjeok Gui, Galbijjim



Hooi’s Recipe

Tucked away in suburbia, the quaint and super friendly Hooi’s is somewhat of a local icon, serving eat-in and takeaway Malaysian, Chinese and Thai cuisine for over 20 years. Here you’ll enjoy family favourites like crispy spring rolls and roti, salt & pepper squid, chicken satay, laska udang, nasi goreng, beef rendang, and countless sambal and curry dishes.

55 Joslin St, Kotara


Why not recreate authentic Asian dishes with recipes like Malaysian Beef Rendang, Salt and Pepper Squid, Malaysian Sambal Chicken.


Time for dumpling

Dumpling houses are popping up all over Newcastle. Three impressing the locals include two in Hamilton and another in Darby Street. Nan’s Dumpling Time is the original, serving simply delicious dim sums for the family in a spacious restaurant tucked away at the end of the Piazza Arcade in Beaumont Street. Just a few blocks away, Dumpling Story has been wowing diners with their freshly steamped dumplings and Chinese beers, while Dumpling Flavour has recently opened on Darby Street – their lamb and carrot dumplings are proving to be a hit!

Nan’s Dumpling Time, 4/79 Beaumont St, Hamilton

Dumpling Story, 52 Cleary St, Hamilton

Dumpling Flavour, 88 Darby St, Cooks Hill


Who can resist a good dumpling? Perfect your very own dumpling with these recipes

Pork Dumplings with Prawn and Chives,
Fried Chinese Meat Dumplings

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