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If you’re keen to introduce your tastebuds to a new style of Chinese cooking, then make sure you put David’s Noodle & Hot Pot on your must-visit list.

When thinking of traditional Chinese food, most Brisbanites will conjure up thoughts of Cantonese dishes, such as dim sims, fried rice and sweet and sour pork. However, the cuisine in China is extremely diverse and there are unique traditions, ingredients and recipes found all over the country.

David’s Noodle & Hot Pot is a Sunnybank restaurant that celebrates a different style of Chinese food. The eatery serves the exquisite flavours of the Xinjiang region, found in the north western region of China.

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Serving the exquisite flavours of the Xinjiang region

NaratiNoodles Dish Malatang 440x354 - Mala Tang
Mala Tang
Mala Tang

This is a kind of choose-your-own-adventure hot pot that is hugely popular in north-east China. Pick up a bowl...

This is a kind of choose-your-own-adventure hot pot that is hugely popular...

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NaratiNoodles Dish Mixed Set Meal 440x354 - Mixed Set Meal
Mixed Set Meal
Mixed Set Meal

This set meal is made from lamb and chicken skewers, Narati’s special rice and turkish bread. The skewers are...

This set meal is made from lamb and chicken skewers, Narati’s special...

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NaratiNoodles Dish Stir fried noodles 440x354 - Stir Fried Noodles
Stir Fried Noodles
Stir Fried Noodles

Narati’s stir fried noodles are made with a tomato based sauce, onion, garlic, shallot, banana and birdseye chilli, and...

Narati’s stir fried noodles are made with a tomato based sauce, onion,...

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NaratiNoodles Dish Lamb and capsicum noodles 440x354 - Lamb and Capsicum Noodles
Lamb and Capsicum Noodles
Lamb and Capsicum Noodles

These noodles are made with handmade plain flour noodles, slow cooked lamb shoulder, capsicum, shallots, onions and finished off...

These noodles are made with handmade plain flour noodles, slow cooked lamb...

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NaratiNoodles Dish Beef brisket noodle soup 440x354 - Beef Brisket Noodle Soup
Beef Brisket Noodle Soup
Beef Brisket Noodle Soup

This dish is made using beef brisket that is firstly stir fried with tomato puree, onion, shallots and chinese...

This dish is made using beef brisket that is firstly stir fried...

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NaratiNoodles Dish chicken and potato Noodles 440x354 - Chicken and Potato Noodles
Chicken and Potato Noodles
Chicken and Potato Noodles

This dish is made with traditional flat thick noodles, chicken, potato and capsicum, which has been stir fried with...

This dish is made with traditional flat thick noodles, chicken, potato and...

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NaratiNoodles Dish BBQ lamb skewers 440x354 - BBQ Lamb Skewers
BBQ Lamb Skewers
BBQ Lamb Skewers

These skewers are made with chunks of lamb that have been marinated overnight, seasoned with cumin, salt and chilli...

These skewers are made with chunks of lamb that have been marinated...

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NaratiNoodles Dish Narati Lamb soup 440x354 - Narati Lamb Soup
Narati Lamb Soup
Narati Lamb Soup

This soup is made using a whole shoulder of lamb that has been slow cooked for two hours with...

This soup is made using a whole shoulder of lamb that has...

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If you’re keen to introduce your tastebuds to a new style of Chinese cooking, then make sure you try one of these dishes.

Mala tang is a kind of choose-your-own-adventure hot pot that is hugely popular in north-east China.

Celebrating a different style of Chinese food

Famous for its Tianshan mountains and its gold and jade stones, the region shares its borders with Mongolia and Kazakhstan, which reveals a lot about the cuisine.

“Xinjiang food is influenced by its neighbours and is very different to other Chinese food that is usually found in Australia,” part-owner and head chef David Siomin said. “It appeals to both Chinese and Western tastes and is based on big aromas and copious amounts of flavours.”

Opening last February, the restaurant is known for its cumin-dusted lamb and chicken skewers, handmade wheat noodles, rich and thick soups and its special carrot and spice rice.

The skewers, made with cumin-dusted chunks of lamb or chicken, are marinated and cooked using an intricate traditional process of grilling and fanning over a bed of hot charcoals.

The Xinjiang region is famous for its chewy and soft wheat noodles, and Narati’s menu is filled with dishes made with these special handmade noodles. Our favourite: chefs wok-toss chewy wheat noodles with cumin, chilli, lamb, capsicum and cabbage, which are all common ingredients of Xinjiang’s cuisine.

Along with serving a menu filled with delicious Xinjiang eats, Narati Noodle and Grill also serves mala tang – a kind of choose-your-own-adventure hot pot that is hugely popular in north-east China.

For mala tang newbies, the ordering technique is simple. Pick up a bowl and some tongs from the counter and pick whatever you want from shelves stacked with fresh and preserved Chinese foods and place in your bowl with some freshly made handmade noodles.

There are more than 40 different items you can choose, ranging from sliced lamb, mussels, fish fillet, shiitake mushrooms, lotus root, Chinese wombok, bamboo shoots, quail eggs, tofu, meatballs and pork intestines.

Once you’re done, hand the bowl over to staff, who will weigh it, tally up the price per kilo and then fill the bowl with Narati’s signature steaming broth. When you receive your transformed bowl of goodness, add in garlic, shallots or chilli to give the soup texture and an extra layer of flavour.

“We travelled to China to learn the traditional art of mala tang,” David said. “Our broth is made using 50 different ingredients and is boiled for six to eight hours. The recipe is our very own and it is a secret…no one knows how to make it except me.”

Despite the complex broth being a secret, David mentioned that it was made using Szechuan peppers and packed a flavoursome chilli punch.

Chef

David’s Noodle and Grill owner and head chef is David Siomin. The Australian-born Chinese chef grew up surrounded by food and cooking as his parents ran a famous Chinese noodle shop in Sunnybank.

David Siomin

Chef

After learning traditional techniques and flavours in the kitchen at his parent’s restaurant, David has started is very own restaurant: David's Noodle & Grill. The Sunnybank eatery pays homage to the traditional food of the Xinjiang province, which is where his parents are originally from.

Our broth is made using 50 different ingredients and is boiled for six to eight hours.

Chinese Cuisine

Introducing the diverse cooking, ingredients and flavours of Chinese cuisine.

The most popular cuisine of China

Sichuan

Cantonese

Shandong

Hunan

Zhejiang

Anhui

The cuisine is China is deeply diverse and is an integral part of Chinese culture. Chinese people are arguably the most food-obsessed in the world – but they don’t just cook and eat anything, they are experts at making everything (literally everything) taste amazing. China is a large nation and its numerous regional cuisines are so varied, it’s hard to believe they are from the same country. There are eight major traditional cuisines in China, which have been formed by a complex combination of history, cooking features, geography, climate, resources and lifestyle. The eight different traditional cuisines are Shandong, Guangdong (Cantonese), Sichuan, Hunan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian and Anhui cuisine. While Sichuan and Hunan cuisines are hot and spicy, Cantonese, Fujian, Zhejiang and Jiangsu dishes are generally sweet and have light flavours and focus on seafood. Anhui and Fujian cuisines include a lot of wild foods from their mountainous regions, while Shandong cuisine food is fresh and salty with many seafood dishes. Three traditional aspects of Chinese food is colour, smell and taste, but a dish’s meaning, appearance and nutrition is also important.

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Shop 101 Sunnybank Plaza, QLD 4109 Australia
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