Sydney - What is the best Asian food the city has to offer?
I will be traveling to Australia in September and my first stop is Sydney. I love all food but I'm specifically interested in any Asian fare that Sydney has to offer. I will be staying very close to Chinatown so I will probably start my culinary adventures there.
Any suggestions and advice would be greatly appreciated.
I can tell you some of my favorites -
laksa - probably on Hunter St at Malay Chinese
khanom krack (that is probably not how it is spelled!) at Chat Thai at lunch time
Thai food at Spice I am or House
Shanghai Tang on George St
hand pulled noodles
I'll think about it some more and add things.
There is lots and lots of choice. For example with Thai you can start formal with Sailors Thai Restaurant (in the rocks, downstairs not the canteen), go modern with Longrain, head north with House and Chat Thai and then go fiery hole in the wall with Spice I am.
Much he same is true with lots of the food styles with Sydney being able to cover most countries/regions (although Lao seems rare).
Chinatown is like a lot of Chinatowns, some good places and some pretty bad ones. I find a lot of the second generation Asian's have started to open upmarket places; the parents ran restaurants in Chinatown or Cabramatta and the kids have moved upmarket in prime restaurant areas like Surry Hils or Darlinghurst: Billy Kwong, Xage, Red Lantern. Often these are modern places but still rooted in the ethos of their cuisines, and it is good to try food that is evolving rather than being stuck in the "authentic" space.
My Top 10:
* Specialties in the City:
Laksa - Malay Chinese Takeaway (nr Wynyard)
Pho - Pho 24 (nr Town Hall)
Sushi - Kabuki Shoroku (nr Town Hall)
Yum Cha - Zilver (nr Central)
* Authentic Food:
Chinese (Sichuan) - Red Chilli 2 (City)
Japanese - Ju-Rin (Crow's Nest)
Thai - Spice I Am (Surry Hills)
* Good food, "Sydney" Atmosphere and Cocktails:
Chinese (non-Cantonese) - Spice Temple (City)
Japanese - Toko (Surry Hills)
Thai - Longrain (Surry Hills)
I'm not too good on Melbourne.
The one place I go to when I'm in town is a Japanese restaurant called Shoya, which is next to Flower Drum. The unitama, canapes and sashimi are fantastic. There are plenty of other good options as well.
I also had a good Sichuan meal at Szechuan House (the old Dainty Sichuan).
Oh! And Hutong Dumpling Bar!
Visitors from HK & Singapore to Sydney Chinatown will not fail to make a beeline for Golden Century Seafood Restaurant, 393-399 Sussex Street. And a fave dish to order there would be the giant Tasmanian King Crab, cooked 2 ways. The catch is: there need to be at least 3 or 4 of you to down this 2-course dish. And one of those monster crabs can cost between A$300-A$400 depending on the size you choose.
Thanks! Pippies with XO sounds delish - must try that on my next trip to GC :-)
P.S. - First time I was at GC was back in 1995, I still remembered we ordered a large platter of lobster noodles: 3 whole lobsters stir-fried with ginger & scallions and served on egg noodles. It was enough to feed 6 people (we did order 5 other dishes). Absolutely gorgeous!