Ganbaranba Noodle Colosseum Cairns

Eating Out : Ramen in Cairns

Ajisen Ramen Melbourne


Just in case you didn’t know, ramen is a Japanese noodle dish served with broth. The base of the broth can be miso, soy, fish, pork, or chicken and the dish can be served with a variety of things like slices of meat or poultry, boiled eggs, fish cakes, sesame seeds, a few vegetables like cabbage, kelp, sprouts or corn.  It is essentially a Japanese noodle soup and is mega delicious.


There are two fantastic restaurants in Cairns that serve up a wicked bowl of ramen – Ganbaranba Noodle Colosseum and Tokyo Dumpling.


Ganbaranba Noodle Colosseum

We visited this place many times and even got loyalty cards so we could score a plate of their delicious, freshly made gyoza (Japanese dumplings).  They are quite popular with visitors and locals alike, and at peak times there is usually a wait for a table.


They specialise in ramen, but also do a few rice dishes too.  You can pretty much order anything from the menu and win in one way or another.  When the waitress takes your order, you can choose whether you want your noodles done soft, medium or hard, and later on when you’re halfway through your meal, the waitress comes back to ask if you want another dose of noodles.


Ganbaranba Noodle Colosseum Cairns


Tokyo Dumpling

This place is much more casual than Ganbaranba Noodle Colosseum but is just as good in its own way.  They have a few ramen and rice bowl items on the menu, but their main treat is dumplings.  Choose between pork, chicken, vegetable, cheese potato, curry beef and potato or prawn!  They cook them fresh and either pan fry or deep fry.  If you have a sweet tooth, they even do chocolate banana dumplings…


Juz fell in love with the Tan Tan Noodles– pork mince, a boiled egg and some vegetables on top of ramen in a delicious soy milk broth.  Luscious, satisfying, addictive – and with their lunch or dinner special that includes three dumplings, how can you refuse?


Tokyo Dumpling Cairns


Noodle Kingdom - Fried Beef Dumplings

Melbourne : Do you love dumplings?

We love dumps – little bite-sized packets of goodness that can be either steamed, fried, baked or boiled.  They can be filled with meat, vegetables or sweet stuff and can be eaten in soups or on their own. Varieties include jiaozi, pot stickers, wontons, dim sum, gyoza and the Nepalese momo.


If you’re in or around Melbourne and you’re trolling for a quick and easy feed, look for dumplings and give these places a go.


HuTong Dumpling Bar

14-16 Market Lane, Melbourne

This is one of the fancy dumpling places in Melbourne, and while the service can be a bit shonky, their xiaolongbao (aka soup bags, Shanghai dumplings) are awesome. Classified as a bun in China, these delicious dumps are little sacks filled with pork and soup.

To eat it, put the dumpling onto a spoon, bite the top off and suck the soup out before devouring the rest.



North East China Family

302 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

NECF is a modest eatery on the south side of the CBD that does a great plate of chicken and prawn dumplings at a good price. Their salt and pepper squid is fantastic as well!



Shanghai Noodle House

Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne

The ultimate in poor uni student dining, this small eatery is very plain and basic but they know how to make fried pork dumplings with a nice, crispy casing and succulent filling. Pure perfection!



Noodle Kingdom

469 High Street, Preston

It’s fun to watch the cooks make dumplings in the window, but don’t forget to go inside and try some of their food. They have a great selection of noodle soups, but the fried beef dumplings are great. Big fat dumplings filled with beef and spring onion that are hot, fresh and full of flavour.




Do you have a suggestion on where to get good dumps?