Sensational Guilin

Serving big bowls of steaming soup bursting with unusual delights, Sensational Guilin is the perfect stop for noodle chasers to delve into the unique cuisine of China.

Set in the heart of Sunnybank Plaza, this bright and airy eatery pays homage to the traditional eats found in the mountainous city of Guilin, in China’s south west.

Guilin cuisine is a mixture of Cantonese and Zhuang cuisine, and is known for its sweetness and delicate use of spices, particularly chilli. The noodles of Guilin are also famous throughout China and Sensational Guilin’s kitchen specialise in the humble noodle soup. Each different soup packs a flavoursome punch and your choices of toppings are numerous.

Step into the buzzing eatery to find busy chefs stirring noodles, pots bubbling with broth and people slurping their way through bowls of traditional noodle soup.

Dish

Each dish is fully customisable. Confused? Try one of these popular combinations.

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Tossed Beef and Pork with Rice Noodles
Tossed Beef and Pork with Rice Noodles

This dry noodle dish is made with rice noodles that are topped with deep fried pork belly, spring onion,...

This dry noodle dish is made with rice noodles that are topped...

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sensationalguilin Dish Tossed Braised Beef fingers with egg noodles 440x354 - Tossed Braised Beef Fingers with Egg Noodles
Tossed Braised Beef Fingers with Egg Noodles
Tossed Braised Beef Fingers with Egg Noodles

This dry noodle dish is made with egg noodles that are topped with spring onion, peanuts, sour bamboo shoots,...

This dry noodle dish is made with egg noodles that are topped...

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sensationalguilin Dish Pickle Soup with flavoured beef fingers and rice noodles 440x354 - Pickle Soup with Flavoured Beef Fingers and Rice Noodles
Pickle Soup with Flavoured Beef Fingers and Rice Noodles
Pickle Soup with Flavoured Beef Fingers and Rice Noodles

This noodle soup is made with Sensational Guilin’s chicken and pork broth that has been blended with stir fried...

This noodle soup is made with Sensational Guilin’s chicken and pork broth...

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sensationalguilin Dish Big Pork Bones Soup with Tender fresh beef and egg noodles 440x354 - Big Pork Bones Soup with Tender Fresh Beef and Egg Noodles
Big Pork Bones Soup with Tender Fresh Beef and Egg Noodles
Big Pork Bones Soup with Tender Fresh Beef and Egg Noodles

This noodle soup is made with Sensational Guilin’s chicken and pork broth. The soup is topped with egg noodles,...

This noodle soup is made with Sensational Guilin’s chicken and pork broth....

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sensationalguilin Dish Tomato soup with signature chicken and rice noodles 440x354 - Tomato Soup with Signature Chicken and Rice Noodles
Tomato Soup with Signature Chicken and Rice Noodles
Tomato Soup with Signature Chicken and Rice Noodles

This noodle soup is made with Sensational Guilin’s chicken and pork broth that has been blended with diced tomatoes....

This noodle soup is made with Sensational Guilin’s chicken and pork broth...

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sensationalguilin Dish Pickle mala soup with lamb ribs and rice noodles 440x354 - Pickle Mala Soup with Lamb Ribs and Rice Noodles
Pickle Mala Soup with Lamb Ribs and Rice Noodles
Pickle Mala Soup with Lamb Ribs and Rice Noodles

This noodle soup is made with Sensational Guilin’s chicken and pork broth that has been blended with stir fried...

This noodle soup is made with Sensational Guilin’s chicken and pork broth...

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sensationalguilin Dish Pickle Hot soup with pork liver pork and chicken giblets and rice noodles 440x354 - Pickle Hot Soup with Pork Liver, Pork and Chicken Giblets and Rice Noodles
Pickle Hot Soup with Pork Liver, Pork and Chicken Giblets and Rice Noodles
Pickle Hot Soup with Pork Liver, Pork and Chicken Giblets and Rice Noodles

This noodle soup is made with Sensational Guilin’s chicken and pork broth that has been blended with stir fried...

This noodle soup is made with Sensational Guilin’s chicken and pork broth...

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sensationalguilin Dish Mala Soup with signature tender fish and egg noodles 440x354 - Mala Soup with Signature Tender Fish and Egg Noodles
Mala Soup with Signature Tender Fish and Egg Noodles
Mala Soup with Signature Tender Fish and Egg Noodles

This noodle soup is made with Sensational Guilin’s chicken and pork broth that has been blended with mala sauce....

This noodle soup is made with Sensational Guilin’s chicken and pork broth...

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Recommendation

Want to know the most popular dishes? Try one of these.

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Tossed Braised Beef fingers with egg noodles

This dry noodle dish is made with egg noodles that are topped with spring onion, peanuts, sour bamboo shoots, chinese greens and slow cooked beef brisket. The beef brisket is fried and then slow cooked with a traditional Chinese paste for two hours. The beef is super tender and flavoursome.

sensationalguilin Recommendation Tomato Soup 340x510 - Sensational Guilin
Tomato soup with signature chicken and rice noodles

This noodle soup is made with Sensational Guilin’s chicken and pork broth that has been blended with diced tomatoes. The soup is topped with rice noodles, Sensational Guilin’s signature chicken that has been marinated with a traditional Chinese sauce, as well as quail eggs, luncheon meat (spam), bean curd, green vegetables, white pearl mushrooms, black fungus, bean sprouts and topped with fresh chopped coriander, fried tofu skins, fried peanuts and spring onions.

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Pickle Hot Soup with Pork Liver, Pork and Chicken Giblets and Rice Noodles

This noodle soup is made with Sensational Guilin’s chicken and pork broth that has been blended with stir fried pickle leaves, chilli oil and pickled chilli paste. The soup is topped with rice noodles, pork loin, pork liver and chicken giblets, quail eggs, luncheon meat (spam), bean curd, green vegetables, white pearl mushrooms, black fungus, bean sprouts and topped with fresh chopped coriander, fried tofu skins, fried peanuts and spring onions.

Ritual

Their menu is daunting at first glance, but don’t fret, it’s very simple - just choose your broth base, protein, noodles, your heat preference and the size.

Each different soup packs a flavoursome punch

Sensational Guilin opened its doors over two years ago in Sunnybank and is the only store in Australia. The restaurant is the brainchild of Guangwei Su – a very famous Guilin chef in China. He travels to the Sunnybank eatery often to bring new menu ideas and to make sure chefs are creating the dishes just like in China.

Their menu is daunting at first glance, but don’t fret, it’s very simple – just choose your broth base, protein, noodles, your heat preference and the size. Broth bases range from mouth-watering pickle soup, mala spicy soup, tomato soup and traditional pork bone soup, with protein choices including braised beef, crispy chicken fillet, lamb ribs and tender fish. You can also customise your soup by adding either rice and egg noodles, or a mixture of both.

Manager Luke said the chefs at Sensational Guilin cooked the deeply developed broth for eight to ten hours and they import their rice noodles from China to make sure their dishes have an authentic taste.

“The broth is all made in house from pork and chicken bones that have been slow cooked. Everyday we cook about 50 kilos of pork and chicken bones to make the flavoursome stock,” Luke said. “And we import our rice noodles as we want to keep to the traditional Chinese flavours.”

Once the stock is made, chefs add additional ingredients to create different flavoured soup, including the popular mala soup served with signature tender fish and egg noodles, tomato soup with signature chicken and rice noodles and their infamous pickle soup with flavoured beef fingers and rice noodles.

When your soup hits the table, make sure you top it with chilli sauce and black vinegar. When you finally dig in you’ll find that each soup comes with quail eggs, luncheon meat (spam), bean curd, green vegetables, white pearl mushrooms, black fungus, bean sprouts and topped with fresh chopped coriander, fried tofu skins, fried peanuts and spring onions.

Along with noodle soups, Sensational Guilin also make dry noodle dishes that are topped with stewed beef, deep fried pork belly, spring onion, peanuts and sour bamboo shoots, or order their dry noodle dish made with slow cooked beef brisket, sour bamboo, spring onion and chinese greens. Wash it all down with the restaurant’s Chinese soft drinks, bottled plum juice, winter melon tea or iced green tea.

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.

Restaurant Information

Shop 28D Sunnybank Plaza, QLD 4109 Australia
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