Upcoming Food Festivals in Sydney

Food festivals – who doesn’t love them? With the spring season finally arriving and Good Food Month starting, there is no better time to go out and explore the plethora of food options in Sydney. Here are some food festivals to expect in our Sydney playground!

  • Taste Orange @ Sydney

21-22 September | Martin Place, Sydney

Taste Orange
Source: Taste Orange

No time to travel to Orange? Fear not – you can still enjoy the region’s famous cool-climate wine, food and fresh produce in the city. Enjoy musical performances by day, and have a drink at the After Dark Pop-Up Wine Bar by night. What more could you ask for?

  • Little Eat Street Friday Nights Market

Every Friday, 7 October-28 October | Little Hay St & Dixon St, Haymarket NSW 2000

Little Eat Street
Source: City of Sydney

If you are a regular to the Chinatown Friday Night Market, there’s a special edition coming up. You can take a culinary trip from Tokyo to Hanoi without leaving the city, with options ranging from yum cha, teppanyaki, takoyaki, sushi, spicy Sichuan dishes, to phở and more.

  • Newtown Good Food Fair

Sunday, 9 October | Newtown Square and Eliza Street, Newtown NSW 2042

Newtown Good Food
Source: City of Sydney

The suburb is well-known for its wide range of food options, and Newtown Good Food Fair is making our dreams come true by bringing all the food outlets together in this event. Featuring local businesses such as the Bank Hotel, Black Star Pastry, Bloodwood, Brewtown, Mary’s, Shenkin Café and Young Henry’s, Newtown Good Food Fair promises a great time in the form of street food.

  • Hunter Valley Uncorked

Sunday, 9 October | Balmoral Beach

Hunter Valley Uncorked
Source: Weekend Notes

The food and wine tasting festival is back in its eleventh year running. Located by the Balmoral beach, Uncorked features a great range of wine from Allandale Winery, Brokenwood Wines, First Creek Wines, Hope Estate, Hungerford Hill Wines, Oakvale Wines, Saddler’s Creek Wines, Tallavera Grove, Tulloch Wines, Tower Estate, Tyrrell’s Wines and Pepper Tree Wines to name a few. Not a fan of wine? Don’t worry, as there will also be craft beer and a wide variety of food options.

  • Night Noodle Markets

6-27 October | Hyde Park North, Sydney NSW 2000

Night Noodle Market
Source: The Age

It’s that time of the year again – all Sydney institutions are coming back to the market, from Mr. Bao and Mamak to N2 and Black Star Pastry. This year, House of Crabs and Queenies are joining the festival.

These are the food festivals that will hit the town soon – which ones are you going to go to?

Where To Eat Yum Cha In Melbourne

Weekend yum cha sessions are always something to look forward to – there’s a unique kind of excitement in waiting for the yum cha trolley lady to pass your table as well as choosing from the plethora of dishes available.

For those who have no idea what ‘yum cha’ means, it’s basically about eating dim sum dishes (dumplings, steam buns, and more) and drinking Chinese tea.

But how do you know which restaurant has the best dim sum dishes? I’ve chosen the top yum cha spots in Melbourne just for you – check it out!

  1. Oriental Teahouse

378 Little Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia | http://orientalteahouse.com.au

Oriental Teahouse
Source: Oriental Teahouse

Not only does Oriental Teahouse have tasty dim sum dishes ranging from steamed siu mai to fried wontons, but it also offers a wide range of tea for you to choose, from herbal-infused hot tea to tea cocktails!

  1. David’s

4 Cecil Pl, Prahran VIC 3181 | http://davidsrestaurant.com.au/

David's
Source: David’s Restaurant Facebook page

Ever imagined what white chocolate dumpling tastes like? Me neither, but you no longer have to imagine at David’s. You can enjoy this chocolate dumpling with every other thing that David’s offers at the all you can eat feast. Don’t forget to try their pork belly as well!

  1. Shark Fin Inn

50 Little Bourke Street in Melbourne | http://www.sharkfin.com.au

Source: Time Out
Source: Time Out

A Melbourne institution, Shark Fin Inn offers classic Chinese menu. Along with its variety of dumplings, don’t forget to also try the Deluxe Bird’s Nest (chicken, pork and seafood sautéed with mushrooms and vegetables).

  1. Andy’s Yum Cha House

13 Napier St, Essendon VIC 3040

Source: Amie Hu
Source: Amie Hu

The place may look small and unassuming, but once you try their fried calamari, you wouldn’t be able to stop yourself from grabbing more. The place also serves your classic yum cha range such as pan-fried pork dumpling and steamed buns.

  1. Shanghai Village
112-114 Little Bourke Street, CBD, Melbourne, VIC
Source: Natasha Abrahams/Weekend Notes
Source: Natasha Abrahams/Weekend Notes

The place would probably be the best if you’re looking to get more bang for your buck. The place is pretty crowded, but the service is quick. The succulent xiao long baos (dumpling with soup filling) are not to be missed. For vegetarians, the choice of ‘mock duck’ is available for you.

  1. Westlake

189 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 | http://www.westlakerestaurant.com.au/

Source: fluttersbymistletoe/Zomato
Source: fluttersbymistletoe/Zomato

The place is another Chinatown institution, and there’s a reason why they have stayed for decades. Make sure to try the cheong fun (rice noodle roll) and braised chicken feet!

  1. HuTong

14-16 Market Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000 | http://www.hutong.com.au/

Source: Joy/Weekend Notes
Source: Joy/Weekend Notes

HuTong doesn’t necessarily have trolleys going around the room, but don’t let that change your mind. You can watch the chefs make the dumplings live as you enjoy your xiao long baos and scallop dumplings.

  1. Red Emperor

Mid Level Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct 3 Southgate Avenue Southbank VIC 3006 | http://www.redemperor.com.au

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Located in Southbank, you can eat your dumplings in the terrace overlooking Yarra River and Melbourne skyline. Feeling a bit hungrier than usual? You can also choose all you can eat yum cha for $45-55 per person.

 

That’s my top eight yum cha picks. Where are you gonna go this weekend to taste some dim sum dishes?

Best 5 Food Trucks in Sydney

There’s something appealing and maybe a little bit nostalgic about getting food from a truck. Lucky for us who live in Sydney, there’s now an app to locate food trucks in the city. Here’s a list of food trucks to help you make a choice in your street culinary exploration:

  1. Mister Gee Burger Truck (https://www.instagram.com/mistergeeburgertruck/)

Consistently ranking high in the Fatties Burger Appreciation Society, Mister Gee offers a range of burgers, sides (chips and onion rings) and shakes. Be prepared for the long queue, though!

Source: Mister Gee Burger Truck Facebook page
  1. Urban Pasta (http://www.urbanpasta.com.au/)

The place serves freshly cooked pasta, ranging from fusilli to gnocchi, topped with your choice of sauce, ranging from Napolitano to lamb ragu.

Source: Urban Pasta Food Truck Facebook page
  1. Mama Linh’s (http://www.mamalinhs.com.au/)

Get your Banh Mi fix here! From crispy chicken to shitake mushroom, Mama Linh’s Banh Mi is to die for. If you prefer not to eat bread, they also offer Vermicelli Noodle Salad Bowl that can be served with your choice of toppings. You would find Mama Linh’s truck around CBD.

Source: Mama Linh’s website
  1. Eat Art Truck (http://www.eatarttruck.com/)

For an American food truck experience, try out Eat Art Truck’s menu – from pulled pork bun to nachos, all foods are complemented with generous sauce and toppings.

Source: Eat Art Truck Facebook page
  1. Veggie Patch Van (http://veggiepatchvan.com.au)

Not a meat eater? Veggie Patch Van might be the right choice for you. All of the food choices on the menu, ranging from burgers to fritters and dips, are all veggie-friendly.

Source: Veggie Patch Van Facebook page

 

There you have it, the top five Sydney food trucks. What’s your food truck pick for this weekend?

Cheap Eats Around Sydney

Picture this. You’re hungry with only ten dollars in your pocket. You turn to your mate and ask what he wants to eat. He shrugs and then asks you, “I don’t know, what do you want to eat?” And with the same remark of uncertainty and indecisiveness, you return his answer with the same annoying shrug. This exchange goes on for another ten minutes before you both surrender and settle for Maccas. This doesn’t have to happen of course. I can save you with my Cheap Eats Around Sydney guide list. Don’t worry, I’ve been poor before.

Dove And Olive (Surry Hills) http://doveandolive.com.au/
For affordable hipster pub-style food, Dove And Olive is the cheapest by far. For only $9.90 you can grab: 2 for 1 Chef’s specials on Mondays, schnitzels on Tuesdays, ‘Rump Day Hump Day’ steaks on Wednesdays and delicious cheeseburgers on Thursdays.
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Soda Factory (Surry Hills) http://www.sodafactory.com.au/
Who in their right mind would sell gourmet hot dogs for only a dollar? Well the Soda Factory does…every Tuesday night. Grab your mates and head down to Soda for a cheap feed and a great atmosphere. Regular hot dogs cost only $10 on normal days and for only $8 you could grab yourself a basket of chilli fries!
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Mappen Sydney (Sydney, CBD)
For an adorable authentic Japanese lunch or dinner, Mappen takes you on a journey to the streets of Japan. In the heart of Sky View Shopping Plaza, Mappen sits in the centre as a cafeteria-style self-serve noodle bar. They offer a range of delicious udon and soba noodles served with a broth of your choice and a variety of tempura side dishes to add to your tray. All dishes usually range between $5-$15, on average under $10. Seating is communal but it’s all worth the taste and price!  I highly recommend adding an ontama (their signature poached egg) with your noodles!
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Top Choice, Market City Food Court  (Haymarket)
$10 is all you need for a good Asian stir fry. Top Choice offers an array of different Chinese-style stir fry selections served on a sizzling plate, with all choices accompanied with rice. It’s ridiculously cheap, filling and hits the spot.
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J’s Kitchen (Cabramatta)
Eating a steak doesn’t have to be so expensive. J’s Kitchen located in Cabramatta has built itself a reputation for serving ridiculously large portions for an unusually low price. For only $10 you can get a large steak or any other selections such as schnitzels, calamari and kranskys, all served generously with chips and salad. Bonus – all of their drinks only cost only a dollar. Now that’s a steal!

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Thai-riffic Thai Restaurant Names

Thai food is amazing. Nothing quite satisfies that spicy MSG craving like Thai cuisine. But there seems to be a reoccurring trend amongst Thai restaurants that we all seem to quietly enjoy, and that’s the guilty pleasure of discovering hilariously pun-filled restaurant names. They’re cringeworthy as hell, I don’t know if they’re being ironic, but they still make me laugh. So here is an amazing list of the Thai-tastic and punny restaurant names that I’ve collected around Sydney: