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A Tasting Tour of Sydney's Asian Cuisine

Hugh Stewart

Photo: Hugh Stewart

In a city so blessed by climate and geography, hyperbole comes naturally. And to the long list of Sydney superlatives, add this: dish for dish, it has the finest Asian food on the planet. No other city—not Singapore, not Hong Kong, not Bangkok—offers such assured cooking or such a wide range of cuisines. Why? Immigrants from East and Southeast Asia have formed a major demographic in Australia for more than a century, and in Sydney they have access to superb ingredients—fabulously fresh organic produce, renowned Australian beef and lamb, and seafood from the Sydney Fish Market, the world’s second largest, after Tokyo’s.

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    Fronting the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the Park Hyatt occupies the city’s most coveted location. A multi-million dollar renovation onl

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    Establishment Hotel

    Set in a mini-complex that includes several bars and a nightclub, this boutique property (just a stone’s throw from Circular Quay) is understandabl

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    Yoshii

    Owned by famed sushi chef Yoshii Ryuichi, this upscale restaurant serves Japanese cuisine in the traditional kaiseki style. Named after a heated st

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    Thanh Binh

    Situated in the western suburb of Cabramatta, Thanh Binh is locally renowned for its fresh, authentic Vietnamese fare. Large front windows admit pl

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    Tai Wong

    Owned by husband-and-wife team Ken and Amy Tai, this small restaurant specializes in traditional Chinese barbecued duck, as well as char siu (barbe

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    Spice I Am

    Not far from the central business district, this tiny Surry Hills restaurant is renowned for its authentic Thai 
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    Marigold Citymark

    This authentic Cantonese restaurant is best known for its yum cha, a traditional midday meal of hot tea and dim sum dishes. Located on the fourth a

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    The Malaya

    A mainstay on the local dining scene, this Southeast Asian restaurant was first established in the 1960’s by Hong Kong immigrant Wong Tai See. Situ

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    Ichi-ban Boshi

    Located inside the Galeries Victoria shopping center, this cash-only Japanese restaurant attracts large crowds throughout the day with its menu of

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    Chinese Noodle Restaurant

    Located in Chinatown’s Prince Centre, this no-frills restaurant is known throughout Sydney for its flavorful, homemade noodles and affordable price

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    Claude’s

    A Sydney mainstay for more than 30 years, Claude’s has flourished under the influence of chef Chui Lee Luk, who has worked at the restaurant since

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    Tetsuya's

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    Billy Kwong

    The Cantonese-inspired Billy Kwong, located on the hip Crown Street, showcases the culinary skill of Australian-born chef Kylie Kwong, who draws on

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    Sydney Fish Market

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