15 October 2011

Best of Eating World Food Court ~ Chinatown

We're putting together a 'best of' for each of Chinatown's wonderful (and under-appreciated) food courts, starting with our first love, Eating World.

[LAST UPDATED AUGUST 2013]


We've picked some of our favourite dishes in the hope to inspire more folks to get in and try these places we are so lucky to have. We'll update the list as places change and new favourites arise.

Ramen at Gumshara - Gumshara's ramen (Japanese noodle soup) has a cult following and is possibly the most popular dish in all of Eating World. Some folks say the broth is too rich, thick and heavy for them to finish, but we see armies of tiny Asian girls knocking back bowls of this stuff and going back for seconds. So man-up (or lady-up) and get into it. Around $10-15. - Update: Shawn couldn't finish his pork rib ramen today, he is a big girl's blouse, man this stuff is rich and heavy!




Har Mee from Singapore Shiok - A Singaporean classic noodle soup with a a super prawnie broth made from prawn heads and lots of love. One of the best in town, certainly our favourite.



Hainanese Chicken Rice Set from Singapore Shiok - Chicken poached in stock alongside rice cooked in chicken stock and a peppery side soup. Order the $10.80 set and you get a side of beautifully cooked steamed Chinese greens. Sensational, and healthy.



Whole Fish from At Thai - We've noticed a lot of Thai folks eating here, a good sign. The whole Fish in Thai Salad Sauce ($10.50) is a huge hit. Beautifully presented, very tasty, the best whole fish in the food court in our bloated opinions.




Twice Cooked Pork from Gourmet Sizzling Plate - Georgous, almost western roast pork flavours stir fried with veggies, eye-wateringly delicious. We would have happily paid $25-$30 for this dish at the likes of Golden Century, here it's only $10.80 with rice and a side soup.



Sang Choy Bow at Hong Kong King's Chef - It ain't fancy but it's cheap and tasty. The finely grated cabbage under the pork adds an extra dimension of freshness, texture and yum.  $5.50 for two.



Chinese Veggies at Hong Kong King's Chef - Highly recommended as a fresh complement to any meal or also excellent on it's own with a bowl of rice. $4.



Chinese Pancake from Red Charcoal BBQ - Made on fresh on a hotplate in front of your eyes: a large flat pancake with an egg and hoisin sauce on top, plus a chinese breadstick, ham, and fresh coriander, rolled up and ready to cure the meanest of hangovers. It's not art but dang it's delicious, a perfect hunger buster or hangover feed. $6.



Grilled Stuff on Sticks from Red Charcoal BBQ - In Asia, just put your food on a stick and it's party time. Grilled skewars of lamb, meat, chook, prawns, the works. Very popular.



Whole Fish from Soy King - A whole fish for around $10, it's incredible. This is hugely popular with Chinese taxi drivers, enough said. Available fried or steamed in a few different flavours. This breed of fish that we call 'food court fish' is best fried or with a strong sauce at it has a strong, muddy flavour.



Gyu Don - Japanese Beef Bowl from Kimama Kitchen - Slithers of sweet, slow cooked beef and onions on top of rice. Simple and perfect and only $8. One of the best in town we reckon. The karage don - fried chicken pieces on rice is also hugely popular.



Saba Set from Kimama Kitchen  - This dish transported us back to Japan, a generous hunk of mackerel with miso soup and rice. Might try this for breakfast one day... $10.



$6 Vietnamese Roll with Ice Coffee from Phuong Special Vietnamese - It's easy to overlook the little Vietnamese roll joint in the corner. A roll with a super sweet, cold Southeast Asian style ice coffee for only $6 is an absolute bargain. Or just get the ice coffee on it's own for $2.



Nasi Campur from Pondok Selera - Three choices on rice from the bainmarie of love for about $8, great Indonesian food. Includes the classics such as beef rendang and chicken curry. Some folks may be put off by the bainmarie but that's the way this type of food is served in Indonesia. Pick three dishes and the lovely folks will also pour a scoup of curry sauce over the top for extra flavour. We recommended balancing your meat and veggie dishes so it's not too heavy in the tum.





Deep fried cumin lamb chop from Sydney Foodie Station -  crunchy fried lamb ribs (not really chops) coated with plenty of cumin, the cumin coated onions are nice and sweet and the roasted chilis pack a fair wallop. Eat them whole to get the full flavour on your taste buddies, you may need to spit out some bones. $9.80.




Country fried pork from Sydney Foodie Station - this has become a bit of a 'go to' dish for us, a perfect blend of fresh veggies with thin slices of lardy pork. This dish varies a bit from from chef to chef and season to season but it's always yum.



Deep fried finless eel from Sydney Foodie Station - kind of like salt'n'pepper white bait but with a touch more flavour to the flesh. Yay.




Dry pot vegetable with mushroom from Sydney Foodie Station. These guys do a few dishes brimming with fresh veggies and various types of mushroom. Our favourite was this one which was big enough for two folks to share, a big, very tasty vitamin hit. $12.80. Dishes such as the country style fried chicken ($9.80) also have loads of fresh veggies.



Eating World Food Court is at 25-29 Dixon St, Haymarket\Chinatown.


Eating World Food Court is at 25-29 Dixon St, Haymarket\Chinatown.


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10 comments:

  1. Thank you for this excellent list! Agree with both of you on all your choices here!

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  3. Looking forward to more "best of" round ups

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  4. Wow - you've seen it all! I have yet to step foot inside here, but at least I'll know what to order from each store!

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  5. Wow, this list is great. Got all my favourite dishes on it. Love Gumshara and Singapore Shiok.

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  6. Loving these lists - looking forward to more :)

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  7. I was SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO craving har mee on Saturday and went to Eating World based on your blog and a couple of others and.. they didn't have it! And apparently they won't for another 2-3 months! WTFFFFF!

    Great blog btw, am taking my time sifting through all your inner west posts :)

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  8. Oh no catty! This can't be true!

    We'll have to seek out an alternative and report back.

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  9. I came across this just after discovering Eating World when I arrived in Sydney in mid-January. I have to let you know that the fish balls are no longer available. It made me sad. They looked fukin good.

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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 nom noms that come along with it. Think Maeve O'Meara, not Masterchef :-)
Our ethics: We pay for all our own meals and travel (although sometimes our Mum shouts us).