16 December 2011

Best of Sussex Centre Food Court ~ Chinatown

A list of our faves after trying every stall in the Sussex Centre Food Court.


15 December 2011

Happy Chef ~ Chinese - Sussex Centre Food Court - Chinatown

Happy Chef's laksa gets mentioned all the time in those lazy Sydney Morning Herald 'best of' list articles. And Luke Mangan gives it the thumbs up (it says so on the signage), so it's got to be good, right?


13 December 2011

Tokyo Day 8 ~ Are We Not Ramen?

We sniff out the food under and around Tokyo Station, try some Japanese Italian, get jiggy at a Japanese synthpunk gig, and wash it all down with a killer ramen. And we discuss our favourite aspect of traditional Japanese culture: the Softbank dog.

12 December 2011

Jimmy's Recipe World Square ~ Malaysian - Haymarket\City [CLOSED]

Jimmy's Recipe is a hole-in-the-wall joint at the arse end of World Square that does good, cheap Malaysian street food for the city office crowd.

08 December 2011

Kitchen OEC ~ Japanese - Sussex Centre Food Court, Chinatown [CLOSED]

Kitchen OEC is a little ripper of a Japanese joint in the Sussex Centre Food Court, specialising in  korokke (Japanese potato croquettes) and tonkatsu (like a Japanese schnitzel).


06 December 2011

North and South ~ Chinese - Sussex Centre Food Court - [CLOSED]

North and South tries to cover some east and west too, so we find some uncharted territory in between.


04 December 2011

Chennai ~ Malaysian - King Street Newtown [CLOSED]

We've always reckoned that opening a Malaysian street food joint in King Street Newtown would be a dang smart move. Finally somebody's done it, yay! [CLOSED JULY 2012 - SHAME, THIS PLACE ALMOST WORKED BUT NOT QUITE...]

02 December 2011

Tokyo Day 6 ~ Karma Cola at Kamakura

If there was a technical term for the study of noodle soup  it may be the bad Greek translation minestraology. We decide to take a degree in the fine arts of soba, udon and other slippery numbers to find out more.

28 November 2011

24 November 2011

Top Choice Sizzling Hotpot ~ Chinese - Sussex Centre

There's kind of a 'North-South' thing going on in Sussex Centre Food Court. On the south side the hawkers yell at you as you walk past "Hello-Honey-Chicken-Fried-Rice!"

21 November 2011

17 November 2011

Yummy Thai ~ Sussex Centre Food Court ~ Chinatown

There's thirty-odd perfectly decent Thai joints near our home in the inner-burbs. So why would we walk all the way to Chinatown to eat Thai in a foodcourt? Because it's Yummy, mummy.

14 November 2011

Golden Fang ~ Chinese Malaysian - Chippendale

We hadn't been to Golden Fang for years until one of our readers suggested we try their lemongrass pork chop and cumin lamb. So we did. And went back twice. Thanks Sophie!


09 November 2011

Wooree BBQ ~ Korean - Sussex Centre Food Court [CLOSED]

Some years ago Wooree BBQ Korean in the Sussex Centre food court had a cult following, there was a hungry scrum at the counter at all hours of the day.


06 November 2011

Saigon BBQ ~ Vietnamese - Homebush West

Earlier in the day we were at a pokie club called Tradies Gymea, which sounds like a venereal disease caught on building sites, so we didn't eat there. Instead we end up at Homebush-West...

03 November 2011

02 November 2011

DY Sizzling Hotpot ~ Chinese - Central \ Broadway

Daylight savings is here and our beer-ological clocks kick in. Yikes. What is it about an extra hour of daylight that turns us into alchoes-in-training? We don't know. But we do know that DY Sizzling Hot Pot has the same magical beer-soaking properties as the kebab.

26 October 2011

Nasi House ~ Indonesian - Sussex Centre Food Court, Chinatown [CLOSED]

Most interesting and delicious Chinese Indonesian with a Japanese twist at Sussex Centre Food Court, Chinatown.


23 October 2011

Tokyo Tour Day 3 ~ Ramen, Sushi and Yakatori Without Tears

The Tokyo tour of gluttony continues with ramen in Harajuku, udon in Shimbashi, yakatori in Ginza, and sushi in Shinjuku. Plus some ponderings on the perils of privilege.

21 October 2011

Cira Turkish Cuisine and Samir Abla Pastry ~ Dulwich Hill

Back to the wonderful Turkish old gents' hangout, Cira in Dulwhich Hill, followed by a walk on the slightly naughty side at Abla's Pastry around the corner.

19 October 2011

Saray Turkish Pizza & Kebabs ~ Enmore

We revisit the long running Newtown\Enmore local institution that is Saray Turkish Pizza & Kebabs. It's been too long between sucuklus...

18 October 2011

15 October 2011

Best of Eating World Food Court ~ Chinatown

We're putting together a 'best of' for each of Chinatown's wonderful (and under-appreciated) food courts, starting with our first love, Eating World.


06 October 2011

Tokyo Tour Day 1 ~ Happy Landings in Shinjuku

After nearly 18 hours in transit we hit the streets of Tokyo. This is the very first hour of a ten day street food holiday, our third eating trip to Japan, our second visit to Tokyo, and we're near peeing our pants with excitement.

22 September 2011

Sayonara & A Quick Visit to Menya Oiden

Street Food is off to Tokyo to fall in lunch and solicit pats at nekobukuro. We warm up our tastebuds with a quick pre-trip feed at Menya Oiden.

20 September 2011

K&J Takeaway ~ Chinese - Eastwood

A visit or three to the long running Eastwood local Chinese institution, K&J Takeaway.

18 September 2011

Pinangsia Noodle House ~ Indonesian - Haymarket

We're thrilled to see Pinangsia Noodle House open in Quay Street on the southern edge of Chinatown/Haymarket. This means we no longer have to waddle all the way over to Pinangsia in Kingsford for our fix of bakmi goreng, Indonesian chicken noodles.

Sadly Pinangsia has closed - sniff sniff - but they are opening up again in Kingsford - joy!

 The downside is the wonderful Silk Road has closed down, but thank Allah there's another Silk Road around the corner in Thomas Street.

The name 'Pingangsia' is inspired by the Jalan Pinangsia Raya Chinese area of Jakarta. Hence the food is Indonesian Chinese, or Chinese Indonesian, or just plain yum.

Green Sands - apple and lime flavoured shandy, this is one of our favourites when we're on the road in Southeast Asia. It tastes a bit like beer but there's nothing beer-like in the ingredients, and no alcohol.

Bakso goreng - $1.50. A big ball of deep fried manufactured meat, yum.

Bakmi goreng ala Jakarta - fried thick yellow egg noodles - $8.50. Sweet and oily, a bit hardcore for us but countered nicely by the sweet, lightly pickled vegetables.

Bakmi ayam - chicken and mushroom with thick egg noodles - $7.50 + an extra topping of roast pork for $1. Shawn's favourite. The noodles have a chicken-y, buttery flavour - unique and delicious.

Ayam goreng bumbu bali - $7.50. Fried chicken coated with thick, sweet, coconut-y sauce.


We can't visit without trying the bakso goreng, a fried ball of mystery meat - $1.80. Great in a junk-foody kind of way.

#1 on the menu - bakmi ayam - the classic dish of chicken flavoured noodles, chicken and mushroom - $7.50. Such a great value lunch, fills the tum without overdoing it. As much as we like this dish it still doesn't quite have the magic that their Kingsford store does.

Bihun ayam rebus - $7.50. The same yummy chicken and mushroom mixture but served on plain, thin, boiled noodles. Nice but the bakmi ayam remains our favourite.

Pinangsia Noodle House Menu

Pinangsia Noodle House is at QG 13 Prince Centre - 8 Quay Street Haymarket / Chinatown - bordering Central.

This end of town has become quite a goldmine for Indonesian food fiends, there's a good handful of joints that are all excellent value and all a little different: Pinangsia, Cafe Joy, ATL Maranatha and Lestari Resto. Plus there's the excellent Pondok Satay 888 in Eating World and the (Shawn's food court favourite) Pondok Selera in Dixon House Food Court and Eating World. And Rumah Makan Immanuel not far away in Ultimo... And if too much Indo is barely enough, there's about three outlets of Shalom within walking distance...

Quay Street has become cheap eats central. Next to Pinangsia is the ridiculously cheap Daily Noodle Fast Food, a few doors down is Indo student classic Cafe Joy , and the always-packed Satang Thai up near George Street. If you've got $8 and a hole in your stomach, head to Quay Street.

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16 September 2011

Faheems Fast Food ~ Pakistani - Enmore

We've been in the trenches of Chinatown's foodcourts so long that it's great to take some Pakistani R&R at Faheem Fast Food in Enmore.