Where to Get the Best Chinese in Sydney
Sydney's enduring love affair with Asian food and Chinese food is a definite mainstay. Sydney is full of authentic, incredible Chinese restaurants that dish up everything from san choy bao to stir-fries, fine dining to fusion fare. But, the one thing that stays the same across the board is that it’s always a feast for the senses.
Here’s where to go to chow down on the best Chinese in Sydney.
Home to celebrity chef Kylie Kwong, this glossy Potts Point restaurant is one of the go-to for Chinese-Australian fusion fare. Every plate features locally grown produce, with delicious results. Try the stir-fried organic hokkien noodles and the red-braised caramelised wallaby tail with black bean and chilli. Make sure to arrive early- the eatery doesn't take bookings.
1/28 Macleay Street, Potts Point
The streets of Ashfield are lined with Chinese restaurants, but Shanghai Night has been a crowd favourite since day one. The cheap and cheerful eatery serves up delicious dumplings in generous portions. Along with the usual offering, there are lamb and beef morsels on offer. When you’re dumpling-ed out, order the stir-fried noodles still hot from the wok.
275 Liverpool Road, Ashfield
In the CBD, Angel Place is known for its distinctive bird-cage display and for China Lane, a modern Chinese restaurant run by the good folk behind China Doll. Expect the classics served with a twist – think pulled pork bao with mayo and crisp shallots. The lamb and chilli hot pot has a spicy hit, as do the salted chilli king prawns.
2 Angel Place, Sydney
After the success of its Taipei restaurants, Din Tai Fung brought its dumplings Down Under, making Sydneysiders very happy ever since. The eatery is famous for its xiao long bao, pork dumplings filled with meat and hot, soupy broth. Sweet-wise, go for the Golden Lava (sweet and salty egg custard bun) or the steamed black sesame bun.
Sydney CBD, Chatswood, Miranda and Chippendale
Located in Chinatown, this sprawling Cantonese restaurant is something of an institution. Thanks to its live seafood menu and late-night hours, it’s where the best chefs go to eat after they’ve finished their shifts. The menu is massive but you can’t go wrong with the steamed lobster or pippies in XO sauce and the salt and pepper mud crab
393-399 Sussex Street, Sydney
Led by legendary chef Dan Hong, Mr Wong has a flash, Shanghai-inspired fit-out and the menu to match. The dim sum, and the roasted angus beef shortrib hits the spot every time. For seafood lovers, the wok-fried mud crab is a must! Make sure to ask for lashings of the housemade XO sauce.
3 Bridge Lane, Sydney
To taste-test traditional food from the Hunan province in China, Chairman Mao is a winner. A word of warning, though: it’s hot! The territory is known for its spicy, peppery and chilli flavours, and this Kensington eatery does it justice. As for standout dishes, the five-spice tofu with leeks and chilli, and red-braised pork are great.
189 Anzac Parade, Kensington