If you’re looking for authentic Asian food in Brisbane, branch out from Chinatown in Fortitude Valley. Instead, head to the dynamic suburb of Sunnybank, 20 minutes south of the city centre, home to Brisbane’s largest Asian community. In a town where one in five people speak Mandarin, it should come as no surprise to learn that the local Chinese food scene has flourished, along with cuisines from across Asia. Follow this foodie guide for top tips on where to eat in Sunnybank.
Landmark by name, landmark by nature. This Sunnybank icon is famed for its yum cha trolleys brimming with char siu bao, har gau dumplings and flaky egg tarts. The queues are long and the service can be brisk, but that doesn’t stop the locals flocking here for their yum cha fix.
Shop 101 Sunnybank Plaza, 358 Mains Rd, Sunnybank
The dumplings also come thick and fast at Taste Gallery, but rather than the Cantonese treats of Landmark, here it’s all about Northern Chinese specialties such as xiao long bao, pan-fried pork buns and Shanghai-style potstickers.
341 McCullough St, Sunnybank
With a menu that straddles Vietnam and China, Vietnam Corner aims to please. We wager you’ll find the most pleasure in the Hong Kong-style roast duck, barbecue pork and soya chicken.
Shop 140 Sunnybank Plaza, 358 Mains Rd, Sunnybank
Brisbane ramen lovers can’t get enough of the rich pork broth at Hakataya, which is simmered low and slow over 48 hours. This luscious soup comes with springy noodles, meltingly soft chashu pork and spring onion. Heat seekers should try the Karaka-Men or Miso Spicy-Men for an extra hit of flavour.
Shop 27B Sunnybank Plaza, 358 Mains Rd, Sunnybank
Another Japanese noodle master in Sunnybank is Ramen Champion, for the signature pork broth with flame-grilled pork slices. If you’ve got a sumo-sized appetite, sign up for the Giant Ramen challenge, a massive bowl that’s five times the size of a normal serve.
50/342 McCullough St, Sunny Park Shopping Centre, Sunnybank
As the name suggests, pho is the star at this no-frills Vietnamese eatery. Choose from beef or chicken versions, then play it safe with rare beef and brisket, or be adventurous with cuts such as tendon, tripe, liver, giblets and pig’s blood.
319-341 Mains Rd, Sunnybank
Korean comfort food is the name of the game at Madtongsan IV, where you can warm up with a hot stone pot of bibimbap, traditional rice cakes in a fiery sauce, or spicy seafood and tofu hot pot.
Market Square, Corner Mains Rd & McCullough St, Sunnybank
Fans of KFC (Korean fried chicken, that is) should hightail it to Seoul Bistro to indulge in all-you-can-eat fried chicken wings for $22. These golden morsels come with a choice of seven flavours, including sweet and spicy, honey and wasabi, peri peri, and buffalo. If you’ve got room, plump for a side of kimchi fries.
2/152 Turton St, Sunnybank
If you want to hit the ground running in Sunnybank, sign up for a Food Trail with Experience Sunnybank, which offered tailored tours around the suburb.
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