From steaming bowls of Pho to hot ’n’ spicy Pad Kee Mao, noodles don’t get much better than this.
Noodle lovers, listen up. There are some seriously scrumptious noodles in Leeds for you to snaffle, but where can you get them? This is a round up of the best of the best, and there’s everything from fine-dining Thai restaurants to Vietnamese street food stalls. Whether you’re after a luxury Pad Thai or a no-nonsense Chow Mein, there’s something for everyone, so snap your chopsticks and tuck in.
Thai Aroy Dee
If you’re looking for cheap but tasty noodles in Leeds, you can’t go wrong with Thai Aroy Dee. Their menu is huge, with over 20 dishes for you to choose from. If you like the classics, you can tuck into a hefty portion of chicken Pad Thai for £5.95. Want something more adventurous? Try the fiery Pad Kee Mao for the same price – these boozy noodles are stir-fried with red-hot chillies, fresh basil and your choice of chicken, pork or beef.
Thai Aroy Dee, 120-122 Vicar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7NL.
Senbon Sakura is a charming Japanese eatery with brightly coloured murals and hanging cherry blossom garlands. But it’s not just the decor that makes this such a great spot – they do downright delicious noodles too. Ramen lovers can build their perfect bowl, choosing the noodles, stock base and toppings before it’s all simmered with bean sprouts, sweetcorn, seaweed and spring onion. Whether you go for the chilli chicken or vegetable tempura, it makes for a filling bowl that’ll sate all your noodle cravings.
Senbon Sakura, 71 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR.
The folk at My Thai whip up irresistibly tasty noodles in a flash and they’re some of the best in Leeds. They have all the classics, like Pad Thai, Pad Kee Mow and Chongkin Chow Mein, all made following authentic Thai recipes. You can get yours loaded with crispy chicken, braised beef, pork or prawns and there’s a tofu option for veggies too. The portions are more than generous here and prices start at just £7.50, so you’ll get plenty of bang for your buck.
My Thai, 43 Wade Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NJ & 26 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EY.
Step into Zaap Thai and you’ll be transported to a Bangkok street market, complete with Thai knick knacks, neon shop signs and tuk-tuks. Their extensive menu of noodles is inspired by the streets of Bangkok, so you can tuck into street food style eats like Pad See Aew, stir fried rice noodles in a sweet soy sauce, and Guay Jab Sa Tan Fah, a mix of crispy bork belly, liver and egg in a spicy noodle soup.
Zaap Thai, Grand Arcade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PG.
Banh & Mee
Fancy a bowl of pho? Make a beeline for Banh & Mee’s stall at Kirkgate Market. Their delicious broth is made the traditional way with marrow bones and a top-secret blend of spices. Throw in your choice of chicken, beef, pork or tofu with beansprouts and rice noodles before it’s simmered and topped off with coriander, red onion and chillies. Full of fresh and nutritious ingredients, it’s a scrumptious treat that’s wonderfully healthy too.
Banh & Mee, Leeds Kirkgate Market, 34 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 7HY.
May’s Thai is a simple eatery in Hyde Park that serves heaving plates of noodles for cheap as chips prices. You can feast on Singapore Noodles, Chow Mein and Pad Thai for £6.50. If you’re in the mood for seafood, try the Malaysian Char Kway Teow, a mix of thick rice noodles, prawns, squid and fish balls in rich soy sauce that’ll set you back £7.50. There’s only a handful of tables so you might have to queue, but with so many delectable noodle dishes on offer it’s well worth the wait.
May’s Thai Cafe, 215 Hyde Park Road, Hyde Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 1AH.
McNoodle King is a no-frills noodle bar smack bang in the middle of Leeds, so expect ready-to-eat boxes packed full of deliciously greasy grub. Their noodles are seriously naughty but oh-so-nice and you can get yours smothered in everything from sweet and sour sauce to Thai curry. Want something with a bit more of a kick? Their secret recipe XO sauce will knock your socks off. Each box comes loaded with pork, beef, chicken and Asian veggies, so it makes for a mighty feed.
McNoodle King, New Market Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6BY.
For seriously scrumptious noodles in Leeds, head to Sukhothai. You can tuck into spicy Pad Kee Mao, fragrant Tom Joad noodle soup and veggie-filled Sen Yai Pad See Aew, but it’s their signature Pad Thai Sukhothai that’s the real star of the show. Following an authentic Thai recipe, they stir fry rice noodles with bean sprouts, shredded carrot, spring onion, tofu and crunchy peanuts. Served in an egg nest and topped off with two crispy fried prawns, Pad Thai doesn’t get much better than this.
Sukhothai, 15 South Parade, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5QS.
It’s all about healthy Vietnamese street food at Pho, and when it comes to noodles you have three options. Will you go for the Pho Xao? It brings together wok fried noodles and Asian greens. Or why not try Bún, a heap of vermicelli noodles with an antioxidant-rich lemongrass and chilli topping? If that doesn’t tempt you, you can always go for their classic Pho. They load a noodle-filled bowl of broth with your choice of steak, tofu, chicken or prawns. Add your own fresh herbs and sauces for a warming soup that’s just to your taste.
Pho, Trinity Kitchen, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AY.
Chaophraya is a glamorous, fine-dining Thai restaurant and they’ve mastered noodles. Their speciality is Pad Thai, smothering rice noodles in a rich tamarind sauce and stir frying them with chicken breast, egg, oriental veg and owner Kim’s top-secret herbs and spices. Add a dash of lime for an irresistibly moreish dish that’s bursting with Asian flavours. Want to spice things up? Try their Spicy Udon Noodles, a plate that brings together medley of seafood with hot basil and fresh chillies – it’s a real taste explosion.
Chaophraya, 20A Blayds Court, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AG.
Get your chopsticks at the ready because you can dig into eight different types of Chow Mein at G-Wu, a modern Chinese restaurant in Moortown. The base is a classic Chow Mein – crispy noodles, bean sprouts and a blend of soy sauces. But things get extra special when it comes to the toppings. Get yours loaded with king prawns, chicken breast, lean beef or a mix of all three. If you’re veggie, you have the same amount of choice with faux chicken, veggie prawn, mushroom and mixed vegetable options.
G-Wu, 300 Harrogate Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS17 6LY.
Noodle House is a straightforward, no-nonsense noodle bar in Leeds. You can tuck into an array of quick Chinese eats here, but it’s their homemade noodles that have kept their fans coming back for years. There’s three types for you to choose from – Chinese egg noodles, ho fun or rice noodles. You can enjoy them stir-fried or in a soup with an array of toppings like pork, duck, chicken, tripe and dumplings. Fans of chips and gravy can even try a unique spin on the dish – noodles in meaty gravy. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
Noodle House, 20 Merrion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PQ.
Decked out with cherry blossom trees and huge murals, Blue Sakura is a Japanese restaurant with a cool concept – you order straight from the table with tablets. There’s an all-you-can-eat option, so you can gorge on all the Yaki Soba and Singapore noodles you like, but it’s the ramen on their lunch menu that’s really worth shouting about. The pork bone broth is simmered for hours to give it a deliciously rich flavour. Add in wheat noodles, veg and either roast pork, teriyaki chicken or lean beef for a hearty bowl of soup.
Blue Sakura, 2-3 Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BT.
Fuji Hiro is a simple Japanese eatery, but don’t be fooled – they do some darn tasty fried noodles. You can get boxes of Yaki Soba and Spicy Men, but it’s the Fuji-Udon that’s particularly delicious. It’s a heaving bowl of thick white noodles mixed with lean cuts of beef, peppers, ginger and coriander. If you’re on a health kick, they also do a noodle salad, dressed in fragrant sauces and topped with yakitori chicken skewers.
Fuji Hiro, 45 Wade Lane, Merrion Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NJ.
For relaxed Cantonese dining and some of the best noodles in Leeds, head to Home. Chow Mein is their speciality and you can have it your way, choosing either ho fun, vermicelli, udon or egg noodles to be mixed with an array of toppings. There’s everything from classic chicken to shredded duck, roast pork to spicy mushroom. And if Chow Mein’s not for you, you can snaffle crispy fried noodles, noodle soup and Singapore-style noodles. The dishes start from just £3.50, so you can fill your belly without emptying your wallet.
Home Chinese, 7 Back Blenheim Terrace, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 9HZ.