Pad Thai, Larb Gai, Vietnamese pho, Rendang curry, San Choi Boy... when it comes to Asian cuisine, we have the East to thank for a number of our foodie favourites.
But where to discover the best Asian fare the city has to offer? It's a minefield. From inner city jaunts to gastronomical gems further afield, we've made easy work of uncovering the top five Asian restaurants in Auckland, each offering their own unique flare on classic Asian dishes!
Whites + Wongs
149 Quay Street, Viaduct Harbour
Whites + Wongs takes an 'east meets west' approach to cuisine, elevating classic Asian fare hailing from the likes of Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand.
Must try menu item: Bang bang chicken salad - It oozes Asian flavour and depth whilst also having fresh elements such as bean sprouts and cucumber.
Lower Hobson Street, Auckland Central
Monsoon Poon is the ultimate melting pot, offering Indian, South Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Philippines, Malaysian and Indonesian cuisines. Snuggle up with your other half in one of their booths or grab a larger table for more social dining experience. Added bonus: dishes can be offered as singular or sharing.
Must try menu item: Fire cracker chicken sliders - Perfect for those who like it hot, these sliders pack a very spicy kick! Best shared between two.
Shop 1, 129 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna
Gluten intolerant? Vegan? Vegetarian? Then consider Tok Tok your new go-to for the best Asian fusion fare in town. The diverse menu has dishes to impressed even the most devout vegans or stone cold carnivores.
Must try menu item: Duck Pad Thai - Infused with chilli jam and peanuts, this delicious dish will tantalise your tastebuds with dried shrimp and rolled rice noodles.
486 Lake Road, Takapuna
Drawing inspiration from traditional Malaysian hawker-style fare, Madam Woo serves up the freshest flavours in a fun and modern setting.
Must try menu item: Beef Rendang - Served with coconut rice, this classic spicy dish with it's own Madam Woo twist is a total crowd pleaser!
71 Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay
Opened by Eddy himself who immigrated to Auckland from Asia to pursue his foodie dream, Rickshaw Eddy's offers a wide range of dishes inspired by Asian street style food.
Must try menu item: 1KG Spicy Baby Back Pork Ribs - Best value for your $$, if you are in the mood for an authentic dish of Asian infused baby back ribs coated in BBQ sauce - this is the dish for you.
Photo credits: Tok Tok, Rickshaw Eddy's, Madam Woo, Monsoon Poon, White + Wong's.
Story originally featured in April 2017 issue of Remix magazine