Just Open: Shanghai Street Noodle Wizard, Melbourne CBD

Melbourne's Shanghai Street Noodle Wizard's noodle soup with pork belly.
Melbourne's Shanghai Street Noodle Wizard's noodle soup with pork belly. Photo: Adrianne Harrowfield

The gang from Shanghai Street Dumpling (you may already be familiar with  the long queues outside their three city restaurants) has popped up on Russell Street with a new concept: Suzhao noodle soups from China's Jiangsu Province.

Unlike China's northern noodle dishes, where the emphasis is on noodle texture, Suzhao noodles are all about the soup base, a subtly aromatic tea-coloured broth usually made from pork and chicken bones.

The wheat-based noodles for Suzhao soups are long and thin, with just a little bite, generally made in-house but in this case produced off-site to Shanghai Street's specifications. Served with a protein (perhaps a sticky soy-marinated duck leg, or thinly sliced braised pork belly) and green vegetables, the dish is best self-assembled at the table for maximum flavour control.

Shanghai Street Noodle Wizard has had a simple spruce-up since its days as a cake shop.
Shanghai Street Noodle Wizard has had a simple spruce-up since its days as a cake shop. Photo: Adrianne Harrowfield

You'll find it smack bang across the road from Hakata Gensuke (which also sells noodle soups and has really long queues). The double-fronted space has had a bit of a spruce up since its days as a cake shop but it's not too fancy – the chairs are comfy, the tables are clean and the bathroom doubles as a storage closet.

With the menu also featuring many of your favourites from the Shanghai Street Dumpling collection (pan-fried pork dumplings, chilli wontons, spring onion pancakes), this is a one-stop-noodle-shop.

Open Mon-Thu noon-3pm, 4.30pm-9pm; Fri noon-3pm, 4.30pm-9.30pm; Sun noon-3pm, 4.30pm-8pm.

167 Russell Street, 03 9041 0605.