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.


Of the Chinatown foodcourts Eating World and Dixon House get most of the attention, but Sussex Centre is also highly recommended. And it's the cleanest of the three, which is a plus or a minus depending on your point of view. The windows at either end are great people watching spots, it's a bit more upbeat, and the loos are far less toxic than other foodcourts. If you asked us which was our favourite food court we'd say 'all of them'.

Here's a few of our Sussex Centre favourites...

Stewed Pork Leg from Yummy Thai - lovely slow cooked pork balanced with fresh veggies, pickled veggies and a googie egg. $10.90. Yummy Thai is Shawn's favourite spot in the Sussex Centre, we see lots of Thai folks eat here.

Boat Noodle Soup from Yummy Thai -  beef (or pork) and mystery meatballs in a lovely, rich beefy soup with clear noodles, a Thai street food classic. $8.50.

Fish Set from Yummy Thai - a whole fried fish with rice and a small tom yum soup on the side, very well cooked and amazing value - $14.

Pork Chop Combination from Saigon Pho (Vietnamese) - lightly fried Vietnamese pork chop on rice with a variety of extras including pork meatloaf, grilled pork and shredded pork skin. Very filling. About $10.

Beef Cubes with Rice from Saigon Pho (Vietnamese) - barbecued  marinated beef cubes. Squeeze the lemon into the side serve of pepper and salt and dip the beef cubes into to intensify the flavour.  About $9. 

Pho from Saigon Pho (Vietnamese) - the classic beef noodle soup that power a nation. Pho is the best legal hangover cure we can find. $8.80.

Fish and Chinese Chive dumplings from Runfeng 100% Handmade Steam Buns & Dumplings - all the dumplings here taste pretty good, but the fish and Chinese chive dumplings really stand out for us, especially with a dab of fresh minced garlic and chili.

$1 sushi from Aijisai Japanese Sushi Bar - How can you go wrong with sushi for a buck a piece? We love the aburi pieces the best.

Anything from Ramen Ikkyu (Japanese) - this joint is flavour of the month at the time of writing. Folks who would normally never set foot in a Chinatown food court are lining up at Ramen Ikkyu. That's because it's bloody good. We like the lighter soups best, particularly the Tokyo ramen.

Laksa from Happy Chef (Chinese) - it may not be the best laksa in town but it's very popular, consistent and there when you need it. It's not too fiery so it's easy on the tum. About $10.

Roast Pork Noodle Soup from Fung Shing Gourmet (Chinese) - your regular Chinese noodle soup but with gorgeous roast pork with crispy skin. Oh yeah.

 Ginger and shallot chicken hotpot  from Top Choice Sizzling Hotpot (Chinese) - Lovely fresh clean steamed chicken with a healthy dollop of ginger and shallots on top - $9.50. It's kinda healthy so mix it up with a lovely, oily sizzling hotplate. 

Fillet Steak Chinese still from Top Choice Sizzling Hotpot - any of the sizzling hotplate dishes will be good. Fillet steak dishes are always a winner, tender slices of beef in a dark, sweet sauce. It's oily food by nature, but this is less oily than other hotplate joints we have tried. $9.50

Sweet and Sour Pork from Ma's Kitchen (Chinese) - this stall is the best bet for your Aussie Chinese standards. The sweet'n'sour has some depth of flavour, nice crispy coating and some lovely wok smokiness - we see plenty of Chinese folks digging this, so fear no loss of street cred. $8.80.

Shredded Duck Noodle with Mushrooom from Ma's Kitchen (Chinese) - Amazing light, soft noodles with twice cooked duck, what else do you need to know? $9.50.

Sizzling T-Bone Steak from Cafe de Relax (Hong Kong) - steak from a Chinese joint? Surprisingly it was a pretty good steak, big and tender, cooked on a flat plat (not a wok). The sauces are a bit sweet and gooey but fun. The dish remind us of an old fashioned RSL or pub counter meal, or the steak Shawn's mate's mum would cook in the electric frypan when he was a kid. $15.50.

For something a bit different...

A few dishes we like that we don't see everywhere.

Baked Portuguese Spaghetti from Cafe de Relax (Hong Kong) - We love strange Asian versions of Western food, this is one of the most wonderfully wacky we've come across. We can't necessarily recommend it, but dang it's fun. Pan fried Portugues style chicken in gooey, yellow sauce that tastes of coconut with a hint of curry. $10. Choose rice or spaghetti, we recommend spaghetti.

Double Steaks with rice or spaghetti from Cafe de Relax (Hong Kong) - this is like old fashioned RSL cooking, we secretly like it. Choose two steaks (beef, pork, chicken or fish), choose rice or spaghetti, choose your sauce (mushroom is safe but sweet), choose your complimentary beverage, choose a place to sit down, choose life.


  1. Miam, miam, as the locals say...
    I LOVE your blog, it's one of my favourites. It is a little cruel reading and seeing all those tantalizing photos of amazing food, but we will forgive you both. It's all strangely comforting here in the cold, snowy countryside, so please continue to gobble and blog about delicious food for those of us who cannot!
    Bon appetit!

  2. Hi! A happy new year to you.

    I live near Hustville and found your posting about Kampong Boy - their Nasi Lemak is the best I ever tasted so far.

    I was also excited to see your report on Sussex Centre - I love the Beef Fried rice from Ma's Kitchen. It's really simple but delicious with the 'help yourself' ginger/shallot sauce and few chilli on offer.

    Happy eating!

  3. Good job, I really enjoyed your blog even though I have not eaten them yet ;-)

  4. Hi, Do you know the opening times for this restaurant or if they take credit cards? Thanks

  5. It's open from around 11am until around 8 or 9pm, cash only :-)

  6. Found myself sitting in Sussex overly hungry and overwhelmed by the choices. I google "best place to eat at Sussex Center" and find your blog. THANK YOU! I ended up getting the beef hot pot from WorreeBBQ which was amazing! I'll go back to try some of your other suggestions. Thanks again!

    1. Wow, thanks for your comment. This is exactly why we made the list, it can be overwhelming if you don't have a few hints on where to start. Glad you enjoyed your food and hope you can try some more.

  7. There's a new Sushi joint in Sussex Centre, where Kitchen OEC was before. Great work on this list though, really helps in finding something good to eat :)

  8. nasi house has the best nasi goreng i've ever eaten, the sambal chilli is packed with flavour

  9. Great reading and memories, we fell in love with the Sussex Centre, especially Ma's Kitchen which has got to be the best value in town, the bar across the way does great milkshakes too to wash it all down. Back in Tasmania now but reliving the memories. Thanks for the blog.


Thanks for your comment joy - please keep your musings happy - if you want to complain about a restaurant please do it on a restaurant review site (or your own blog) - we're all about celebrating cultural diversity and the great eats that come along with it :-)

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