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5 dishes you should have eaten if you love Asian food

From Chinese to Vietnamese and Japanese, the depth and variety of Asian food in Sunnybank is extraordinary. Whether it’s an authentic recipe that’s been passed down for generations, or a dish that’s a little more non-traditional, every restaurant and eatery in Sunnybank has a unique menu item that’s worth tasting. So if you’re a lover of the flavours, textures and aromas of Asian food, then satisfy your cravings with this list of five dishes you need to try ASAP. You can thank us later!

Restaurant Categories malatang


Ever heard of malatang? With hot and fiery flavours, this dish is one of the newest food obsessions and is the cause of queues around the country. The street food originated in the Sichuan region of China and the word malatang translates to “spicy, numbing soup” as a key ingredient of the dish is the mala sauce, which is made with Sichuan peppercorns and dried chillies. Known as a choose-your-own-adventure hotpot or hotpot for one, the flavour-packed dish is extremely popular for those looking for a fully-customisable soup. Think a huge, piping-hot bowl of broth filled with a hearty mix of various food items and noodles, all bobbing in a broth flecked with chilli and Sichuan peppercorn. This is Chinese comfort food at its very best. There is a unique way of ordering malatang – most restaurants have a wide range of ingredients to choose from in an open fridge, and at some eateries it’ll be more than 100 different choices. There’ll always be a variety of fresh noodles as well as vegetables, seafood, sliced meat bean curd, fishballs, fish cakes, meatballs and more. Some spots might offer more adventurous but no less tasty options such as blood pudding, spam and tripe. After choosing your ingredients, the bowl is weighed and then passed on to the chef who artfully dunks them into a thick and rich spicy broth. If you’re keen to delve into malatang, make sure you visit David’s Noodle & Hotpot, Sichuan Gourmet or Sichuan Deli.

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Vietnam Corner Dish Roast Duck Laksa

Roast Duck Laksa

Love laksa? Love roast duck? Then you’ll adore this combination of the two! Most have tried laksa before, but for those not in the know its a rich spicy coconut milk noodle soup that is filled to the brim with noodles, vegetables and meat. This hearty Hong Kong style version is topped with slices of roast duck that’s succulent and tender with deliciously crispy skin with oodles of noodles on the bottom. If you’re wanting to delve into the rich and creamy soup that’s all spice and everything nice, then make a stop at Sunnybank institution Vietnam Corner. The restaurant serves the roast duck laksa with vegetables and your choice of egg or rice noodles and is packed full of flavour. The laksa broth has just the right amount of spice and the servings are huge. Plus, the duck in this dish is all sorts of crazy delicious.

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Zencorner Dish Wonton Noodle Soup

Wonton Noodle Soup

Some dishes are so iconic that restaurants can’t take them off their menus for fear of revolt. This is the case with the wonton noodle soup at Sunnybank’s Zen Corner. This popular Hong Kong dish features a fragrant and delicate chicken, pork and dried fish broth, egg noodles and juicy wontons filled with succulent minced prawn, pork and fish roe. The soup is then topped with strips of egg omelette, seaweed and shallots. Zen Corner’s famous broth is made from scratch in-house each day and is boiled for 10 hours to extract the perfect flavours, while the mouth-watering wontons are handmade by chefs each morning.

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una gyudon


Hailing from Japan, this super popular dish is a must for those who love Japanese flavours. Known as comfort food for the Japanese, gyudon is traditionally made with thinly sliced beef that is cooked up with onions and simmered in a mildly sweet sauce and served on a bowl of steaming rice. The hearty dish is simple, but filling and delicious. Head to Sunnybank’s Japanese haunt Udonya Tokoton and order their una-gyu don, which is a bowl of steamed rice topped with traditional Japanese marinated eel and slices of beef. The pieces of tender eel are combined with a mildly sweet Japanese sauce that is specifically used with eel and is very authentic in taste. The strips of beef are cooked with Udonya Tokoton’s in-house made sauce.

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Dish Parkland Live mud crab with Ginger and Shallots served with E Fu noodles

Sautéed Mud Crab with ginger and shallots served with noodles

Classic flavours never go out of style and that sure is the case with this Cantonese dish. This simple recipe requires few ingredients but relies heavily on the freshness of the mud crab. Chefs say the secret to the dish is stir-frying the ginger and shallots for longer, which allows the mixture to become more fragrant. Sunnybank mainstay Parkland serves this quintessential Cantonese dish on a bed of golden E-Fu noodles, which is a variety of flat Cantonese egg noodles made from wheat flour.

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A world of Asian flavour sensations awaits you!

Prepare to delight your tastebuds with all the flavours of Asia. With over 60 dining and entertainment options, Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park are an authentic Asian food experience like no other.

You’ll find an extensive choice of dining options including Chinese, Hong Kong style, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese cuisines.

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