• Whether you skip the soup or stick with it, either option is worth ordering. (Nong Tang Noodle House)Source: Nong Tang Noodle House
Asian food businesses are struggling across the country, so what better time to get out for a meal and give some of our local favourites some support. We've got the hit list sorted, just don't forget to hashtag #iwilleatwithyou.
By
Camellia Ling Aebischer

2 Mar 2020 - 3:21 PM  UPDATED 13 Mar 2020 - 9:23 AM

Let’s clear something up. Eating at an Asian restaurant, eating meat, or visiting Chinatown or a suburb densely populated by Asian-Australians will not cause you to contract coronavirus (COVID-19). Authorities have already warned people to be mindful of fake news that has been rife across social media as the outbreak spreads.

Nonetheless, Chinese and Asian-run businesses are experiencing a very real decline in business, with some reporting a drop in sales of up to 80 per cent due to public reaction to the virus outbreak.

Times are tough enough, with Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg last week saying the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak will be more significant than the detriment caused by recent bushfires. With customer numbers dwindling, Asian food businesses could use a helping hand.

Chinese eateries are suffering over coronavirus fears and it's heartbreaking
It's time for us to support our Chinese food community.

Luckily, public support is gaining momentum with several food industry voices speaking out. Recently, activist group GetUp joined the conversation with a new petition labelled #IWillEatWithYou. The movement is not dissimilar to bushfire recovery support initiatives like the Empty Esky or Spend With Them, and encourages the public to 'vote with your wallet' so to speak.

To join the movement, all you have to do is pick an Asian eatery or grocery to visit this month and share your experience under the hashtag #iwilleatwithyou

If you need help choosing, we've compiled a restaurant hit list to get you started including recommendations from Luke Nguyen, Adam Liaw and Melissa Leong.

New South Wales

The soup is served with a salad which is mixed in before eating (Dominic Ryan).

Bun bo Hue in Canley Vale

This late-night joint slings some of the most sought-after bowls of Bun Bo Hue by local chefs. Some say it's even more satisfying than a bowl of pho.


Bun Bo Hue Gia Hoi
230 Canley Vale Rd, Canley Heights NSW 2166
Sun to Thurs 9:00am – 11:30pm
Fri to Sat 9:00am – 1:30am


Head out to Cabramatta with Luke’s Nguyen’s list
Vietnamese food crawl: Luke Nguyen's tips for a Viet fix in Cabramatta
Luke Nguyen shares his all-time faves, how many have you tried?

Gami Korean fried chicken all around Australia
How four uni friends built a multimillion-dollar Korean fried chicken business
Nearly a decade after coming up with its winning combination of fried chicken and beer, Gami is taking over Australia.

Hong Kong Classics at Kowloon Cafe in Haymarket
Try the mega French toast and egg sandwiches at this Hong Kong eatery
Kowloon Cafe in Sydney's Chinatown is a love letter to the classic cha chaan tengs of Hong Kong.

Lunch and dinner is served at Market City's 1909 Dining Precinct.

Eat the Market City precinct with Adam Liaw’s list

Next time you're in the heart of Sydney's Chinatown, you might just have to venture to Market City's 1909 Dining Precinct for sushi burgers, Chongching noodles and Korean barbecue.


Market City Dining Precinct
Level 3/9-13 Hay St, Haymarket NSW 2000
Daily 10:00am – 11:00pm


Korean comfort at Bibim Bar in Chippendale
A little Korean comfort food in Sydney's inner west
There's more to Korean food than BBQ.

Banh Cuon at a family-run Marrickville spot
The family keeping Vietnamese food traditions alive
Bringing northern Vietnamese steamed rice noodle rolls to the masses.
 

Anthony Bourdain-approved roast suckling pig in Newtown

So famed is the Cebu version of lechon, it's not uncommon to fly a whole pig from Cebu to Manila, but we've got a version right here. Be prepared to queue at Sydney Cebu Lechon.


Sydney Cebu Lechon 
Shop 4/80-80A Enmore Rd, Newtown NSW 2042
Thurs 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Fri 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Sat and Sun 11:30am – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 9:00pm


XOXO at General Chau in Chatswood
A Chinese restaurant dedicated to XO sauce opens in Sydney
Prefer your XO sauce with three kinds of chilli, topped with gold leaf or entirely vegetarian? General Chao has you covered.

Victoria

Whether you skip the soup or stick with it, either option is worth ordering.

A noodle bowl beloved in Shanghai laneway eateries

David Yang opened Nong Tang Noodle House last year with his mother, wanting to showcase the authentic Shanghai cuisine he grew up eating.


Nong Tang Noodle House
MidCity Arcade, Shop 16-17, 194-200 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Vic
Daily 11:30 am – 10 pm


Share a Sichuan hot pot in Melbourne
From the mountains of Sichuan to your simmering hot pot
The founder of Dragon Hot Pot has travelled to the mountains of Sichuan to pick the perfect ingredient for his signature broth.

Singaporean soul food in Collingwood
These owners have delayed retirement to continue cooking Singaporean food
The Old Raffles Place's Alan and Carol Han can't stop cooking “carrot cake” and char kway teow – and Melbourne doesn't want them to stop.

A soul-warming laksa in Flemington
Is this Melbourne's best laksa?
After two decades in the business, Laksa King's noodle soups are spectacular. And they keep getting better.
 

Pho Thin might be known for it’s stir-fried beef pho, but there are four other bowls to choose from as well.

A taste of Vietnam with ‘the most authentic’ pho

Pho Thin in Melbourne’s CBD touts the original unique recipe from its namesake shop in Hanoi that starts cooking at 5:30am.


Pho Thin
Shop C, 389 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne (enter via Hardware Lane)
Daily 10:30am – 8:30pm


Iconic dumplings in Melbourne’s CBD
Chefs get their fish dumpling fix in Melbourne at ShanDong MaMa
Meet the mother and daughter serving up dumplings raved about by locals and top chefs, including Neil Perry.

Japanese hotdogs in Melbourne Central
Japan’s hot dog lookalike has landed in Melbourne
From yakisoba to gyoza, the sky is the limit when it comes to what you can put in this fluffy bread roll.

Pan mee at Go Noodle House in the CBD
Malaysia's cult noodle chain, Go Noodle House, has launched its first outlet in Australia
Hooray for the handmade pan mee at Go Noodle House - it's a new contender for the best bowl of noodles in Melbourne.

Pick-and-choose your Sichuan hotpot at Tina's Noodle Kitchen.

Melissa Leong’s top picks in Box Hill

Drive about 15 minutes from the centre of Melbourne, and you’ll hit the reasonably innocuous suburb of Box Hill. Somewhere around the 1970s, this predominantly English and Australian neighbourhood began its evolution into one of the city’s great (and possibly most overlooked) food destinations.


Various locations
Box Hill Central, Victoria 3128


Korean comfort in Ringwood at Mr Lee’s
How a Korean restaurant got a cult following with just three dishes
Get ready to embark on a journey with pork at this Korean soul food hot spot in Melbourne.

Historic dim sims at the South Melbourne Market
Six decades of South Melbourne Market Dim Sims
When Ken Cheng started selling his dims sims out of a trolley 60 years ago, he never knew they would become a Melbourne icon.
 

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One-pot Chinese chicken

Cooking everything together allows the rice to soak up the stock and for the flavours to permeate. Plus, minimal cleaning! 

Fried dumplings

Indulgent and highly addictive, these fried dumplings are a staple of the Caribbean plate – warm and crunchy, yet soft in the middle. They’re also one of our favourite things to eat all day, every day, with everything.

Korean-style dumplings

Dumplings are the ultimate crowd-pleaser! This recipe uses a combination of pork, beef and tofu with aromatics, making them juicy and rich, yet light. 

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Veggie soba noodles with peanut dressing

Midweek meal dreams are made of veggie soba noodles with peanut dressing. 

Chinese beef with noodles

There are many versions of beef with rice noodles in Chinese cuisine, but they all have one thing in common: they're all equally hearty and comforting on a cold night! 

Singapore-style noodles (hokkien mee)

A delicious mix seafood and egg make these fried noodles the best example of Singaporean cooking. In classic style, this recipe uses two types of noodles: thick yellow Hokkien and thin vermicelli.