04 April 2013
Sunnybank ~ Brisbane's Suburban Asian Food Nirvana
We had no idea what to expect. Sunnybank is your typical Australian suburb with quarter acre blocks and shopping centres, except the shopping centres and surrounding commercial strips are packed with excellent Asian eateries. Urbanspoon lists 70+ of the them, and there's probably more. That's an impressive list, Sunnybank must be one of Australia's top Asian eating suburbs.
We get off the train in the summer midday heat and walk twenty-five minutes through ho-hum suburbia to find the food action. A street sign in Chinese was the first clue that we were in for something good. We find all kinds of interesting places in the commercial strips leading into the main shopping malls. Our favourite shop was the Mega International Commercial Bank, we wonder if MegaMan is CEO.
Sunnybank Plaza is your average suburban shopping mall, except it is packed with great Asian restos. It's so popular there's even restaurants in the carpark. We had to check we weren't dreaming when we see a branch of our favourite ramen joint, Hakataya Noodle, out the front, as well as a MOS Burger.
Below is a bunch of random pics to give you the gist of why were were so food-nerdy excited about a suburban shopping mall.
There's a Hazel Tea Shop in the Dixon Street mall in Sydney too, next to Superbowl.
Taiwanese pancakes, our favourite are creamy custard and corn.
There's even restaurants in the carpark at Sunnybank Plaza.
We gotta try a carpark restaurant, Home Town looks like us.
Inside Home Town. It's sparse and car fume free.
The food is good honest, homely Taiwanese food. Happy chappy. We try bubble teas, a tofu and veggie mix, a small cold dish of pigs ears and tripe, and three cup chicken.
We cross a busy main road to another shopping centre and there's loads more food there too.
As we leave we see strip malls in the distance with more food. We could spend months eating our way through Sunnybank, such a shame as we only had an hour to spare.
We'll be back next time we are in the Brisbane neck of the woods. In fact, we're contemplating having a week just staying in Sunnybank and eating as much as possible.
Our tip for getting there: don't go by train, the station is a 20 minute walk away from the main shopping centre. There are many buses that cross over the area from Brisbane.