[UPDATED APRIL 2013].
Dixon House is many folks' favourite Chinatown food court. It is gloriously low rent with a decor crossed between a wood panelled ski chalet and a mirrored 1980's disco. We love it.
Here's a list of our favourite food finds that we hope will inspire more folks to get down and give it a try. We're probably preaching to the converted but it's worth a try eh?
Salted Fish Fried Rice from Phnom PenhTeo Chew Noodle House. Rustic with lovely smoky wok and salty fishy flavours. Some joints skimp on the salty fish, not here. About $8.
BBQ Pork Wonton Noodle Soup from Wonton Noodle House - a simple Chinese classic cooked very well, lovely noodles with the perfect amount of chew, one of our favourites around town. $6.50.
BBQ Pork Noodle Soup from Wing Shing ~ Wing Shing is a Hong Kong BBQ joint and they do a killer BBQ pork, duck is great too. $8.80.
Lamb skewars from Anna's Kitchen. These northern Chinese style cumin lamb kebabs are very popular, a great side-snack. A couple of bucks each, even cheaper in bulk.
Dongbei BBQ Fried Prawns from Anna's Kitchen - with just enough cumin to give it some zip while still tasting lovely prawnies. $9.50
Dongbei Fried Fish from Anna's Kitchen - a whole freakin' fish for $8.50, in a sweet gloopy sauce.
Why would you eat at home?
Chinese Hamburger from Oriental Dumpling King - Spicy, cumin flavoured pork or lamb in a fresh, stodgey bun. The chilis aren't nearly as mean as they look. $4.20.
Handmade Noodles with chili oil from Oriental Dumpling King. Good chewy, satiating noodles handmade on the premises, dressed with oil, roasted chilis and some slithers of sliced veggies. $9.80. Awesome.
Sliced bbq fish wrapped in banana leaves from Pondok Selera - ikan pepes. Fish cooked in banana leaves and foil with strong notes of tumeric and coconut and a nice but not brain-beating chili heat. $12.
Sizzling duck in special sauce from Sizzling & Hotpot Kitchen. This is probably the most popular stall in the joint. Don't let the hefty queue put you off, the lady in charge is super organised and quite entertaining. We like to sit near her and watch the show even if we order from the other side of the food court. Any hot plate dish from here is going to be a winner, we like the duck the best because it's duck and it's in foil. $13.80. This would set you back $35 in a fancy-pants restaurant.
Xi'an Pi Cold Noodles from Xi'an Kitchen - a Chinese regional classic: cold noodles with a garlicky dressing that kind of reminds us of pesto, intriguing and delicious. Only $5.80. Grab a $1 bun to mop up the sauce.
Spinach Dumplings from Xi'an Kitchen - a handmade spinach flecked wrapper with a lightly spiced meat'n'veg filling. $8.50 for 14 pieces.
Pork and Shallot Pancakes from Xi'an Kitchen - these are mind blowingly good if you can get them just-cooked fresh. $3.
Steamed Pork Belly from Xi'an Kitchen - #1 on the menu is almost as sinful as it looks, a bowl topped with thin slices of rich juicy fatty steamed pork belly. Underneath is a porky soup with greens and tofu skin which cut the fatty pork and salty soup perfectly. A masterpiece for only $10, with rice.
Hong Kong Pan fried dumplings from Daily Fresh - $6 for 10 pieces or 16 pieces for $10 with a can of soft drink. It's pretty hard to go wrong with pan fried dumplings with their juicy porky innards and crunchy pan fried bottoms.
Hong Kong steamed mini pork buns - $6.80 for 7 pieces or 10 for $10 with a can of drink) - simple steamed porky dumplings in pretty wrappers.
And Don't Forget the Lovely Sugar Cane Lady from de Juice! Fresh sugar can juice as found all over Asia. Her tea drinks are really scrummy too.
Dixon House Food Court is on the corner of Dixon and Little Hay Street's Chinatown.