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12 restaurants that will satisfy your noodle cravings

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There are quite literally hundreds of different kinds of noodles. Thin ones, fat and chewy ones, nests of egg ones, rice noodles, flat noodles. You’ve got your chow mein and your lo mein, your Singapore, ramen and dan dan too.

One of the world’s great comfort foods, our slippery friends are eaten and loved everywhere. There is something wonderful about a hot tom yum soup and something equally exciting about a classic Pad Thai. But where in Manchester can you head when the noodle monster strikes?

From Saigon-style pho bo with rare beef and brisket at Viet Shack to the Korean sweet potato noodles (japchaebab) served at The Thirsty Korean, we’ve got every craving covered.

Our guide has everything you need to find hot noods in your area.

  • Noodles and vegetables at Blue Eyed Panda Manchester
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    Blue Eyed Panda

    Chinese

    Whether it’s go-hot-or-go-home Chinese fayre you’re after or something a little less tastebud blowing, Ancoats indie Blue Eyed Panda delivers on both fronts. While from the outside, the restaurant doesn’t look much, there’s nothing bland about the food, which has tons of kerb appeal – and packs plenty of flavour to boot. 

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  • The exterior of the Little Yang Sing, an acclaimed restaurant in Manchester's Chinatown.
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    Little Yang Sing

    Chinese

    Cantonese and contemporary, with a relaxed feel and lots of reds and golds tucked away downstairs in otherwise bustling Chinatown, Little Yang Sing is also dim sum-tastic and has plenty more besides, including much for the plant-based palate along with a proper wine list.

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  • Noodle soup from Mi & Pho, a Vietnamese restaurant in Northenden, Greater Manchester.
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    Mi & Pho

    Vietnamese

    You don’t have to fly halfway round the world to taste the authentic fresh flavours and healthy style of Vietnamese cuisine – you can visit Mi & Pho at Escape To Freight Island, or hop on the number 43 and head to their original set-up, in south Manchester’s Northenden.

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  • My Thai Restaurant John Dalton Street Manchester
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    My Thai Manchester John Dalton Street

    Thai

    The clue’s in the name and My Thai serves up dishes inspired by the street food markets of Bangkok – as bright and vibrant as the bunting-adorned decor in Manchester’s original “shack”, the first after the small chain branched out from Leeds, York and Bradford.

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  • A prawn dish at Siam Smiles Thai Restaurant in Manchester
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    Siam Smiles

    Thai

    Siam Smiles is famous amongst foodies in the city. Once a tiny café squeezed in next to some supermarket shelves in Chinatown, it now has (slightly) bigger premises but the same redoubtable chef manning the wok. Chef May is a bit of a legend on the Manchester food scene because everyone loves a story. She only took up cooking when the chef left and her professional training came down to watching YouTube videos of Thai cooks. Nevertheless, the food tastes like it has been years in the perfecting – and in a way it has: real recipes passed down from generation to generation and then sent out into the world via the magic medium of Internet.

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  • Tampopo Thai Restaurant Manchester Albert Square
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    Tampopo Manchester Albert Square

    Pan Asian

    Tampopo Albert Square is the original venue in this Manchester-born chain from restaurateur David Fox. It was here that they devised and tweaked their winning formula of fast, fresh and affordable East Asian food served in an informal, canteen-style environment, ideal for quick lunches or evening meals with groups of friends, before expanding to the Corn Exchange, the Trafford Centre, and beyond.

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  • Thaikhun Thai Restaurant Spinningfields Manchester
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    Thaikhun

    Thai

    The original in what is now a chain of Thai streetfood venues founded by Sukhothai province-born Kim Kaewkraikhot (also behind the Chaophraya empire), the cavernous Spinningfields Thaikhun comes complete with tuk tuk at the entrance and the promise of a true taste of Bangkok.

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  • Thai Kitchen No.6, Manchester, pork and rice
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    Thai Kitchen No.6

    Thai

    Thai Kitchen No.6 is a real family restaurant. That means it’s a homespun affair without the sheen of some other South East Asian venues in Manchester.

    But that doesn’t matter. There are plenty of decadent palaces around if that’s what you’re after. At Thai Kitchen No.6 the interior is basic but there’s a warm welcome and the sort of food eaten by families all over Thailand although they’ve turned the spiky heat down for British palates – perhaps a notch too far if you’re looking for the authentic experience.

    There’s a focus on salads with real Thai staples that don’t always make the journey to Western menus.

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  • The Thirsty Korean
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    The Thirsty Korean

    Korean

    The name is a reference to the fact that South Koreans are statistically one of the biggest consumers of spirits in the world – ahead of Russia, the US and even us reprobates in the UK. The Thirsty Korean brings this distinct drinking culture to Chorlton – but it’s a lot less boozy than you might imagine from those stats.

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  • Tokyo Ramen, manchester
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    Tokyo Ramen

    Japanese

    Spartan and stripped back is the only description for Tokyo Ramen – and that’s both the menu and the restaurant itself. With barely enough space to swing a noodle, the place only accommodates 20 walk-ins. It’s not a sociable place, more a utilitarian slurping station.

    As it is all about the food, is it any good? In a word, yes. The selection of drinks is limited, even the word ‘selection’ seems like too generous a term and the menu is brief and to the point. It’s the ramen which are the one-pot wonders with Tokyo Ramen billing itself as ‘Manchester’s #1 ramen shop’. It’s all in the broth – in this case 10 hour chicken bone broth, or mushroom dashi in the vegan option – which lifts the food to Mt. Fuji-like heights.

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  • Try Thai in Manchester's Chinatown at night
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    Try Thai

    Thai

    Up some steps and through a doorway flanked by two statuettes making the wai, and you’re welcomed into Try Thai, strong on liveliness, bright colours and cocktails, and the punchy flavours of Thailand, smack bang in the centre of Manchester’s Chinatown.

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  • A bowl of pho topped with fresh herbs from Viet Shack Manchester Ancoats, a recommended Vietnamese restaurant
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    Viet Shack Manchester Ancoats

    Vietnamese

    Nelson Lam and Leo Tran’s Viet Shack empire started with a humble takeaway stall in the Arndale Market which quickly gained a reputation for its dazzling lunch dishes at bargain prices.

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