A list of our faves after trying every stall in the Sussex Centre Food Court.
Hotpot bibimbap from Worree BBQ (Korean) - beef, veggies and a goodie on rice cooked in a clay pot. It's healthy and delicious. The crispy rice bits at the bottom of the pot are divine. Normally we like cold bibimbap but the hotpot version is the winner here. $9.50.
Roast Pork Noodle Soup from Fung Shing Gourmet (Chinese) - your regular Chinese noodle soup but with gorgeous roast pork with crispy skin. Oh yeah.
Special Tonkatsu Set at Kitchen OEC (Japanese) - a perfectly cooked tonkatsu (like a Japanese schnitzel) with a lightly cooked egg on top, and kept moist in some sweet dashi stock. Shawn's favourite tonkatsu in town. Served with rice and miso soup. $9.50.
Braised Pork Rice from Fried Dumpling King (Taiwanese) - sweet tender pork on rice, the pickled veggies add a nice tang. So simple yet so good. $7.80
Garlic chicken with tomato rice from Nasi House (Indonesian) - the chef is Indonesian (we think) but loves Japanese food, and this dish is a great Indo-Nihon mashup. Garlicky chicken deep fried in panko (Japanese bread crumbs), on top of rustic, subtle tomato flavoured rice, served with Japanese bulldog (sweet bbq) sauce. Served on a Japanese style salad with miso soup on the side. $9.50.
Sweet and Sour Pork from Ma's Kitchen (Chinese) - this stall is the best bet for your Aussie Chinese standards. The sweet'n'sour has some depth of flavour, nice crispy coating and some lovely wok smokiness. A guilty pleasure $8.80.
Shredded Duck Noodle with Mushrooom from Ma's Kitchen (Chinese) - Amazing light, soft noodles with twice cooked duck, what else do you need to know? $9.50.
Sizzling T-Bone Steak from Cafe de Relax (Hong Kong) - steak from a Chinese joint? Surprisingly it was a pretty good steak, big and tender, cooked on a flat plat (not a wok). The sauces are a bit sweet and gooey but fun. The dish remind us of an old fashioned RSL or pub counter meal, or the steak Shawn's mate's mum would cook in the electric frypan when he was a kid. $15.50.
50 Cent Barley Tea from Worree BBQ or Kitchen OEC - a generous cup of cold barley tea for only 50 cents, cheap and very refreshing. Two stalls serve it: Alison prefers the sweeter one at Kitchen OEC, Shawn prefers almost unsweetened version from Worree BBQ.
Samgyetang (Korean style chicken with ginseng soup) from Wooree BBQ - a whole, small poached chicken in simple broth, apparently served in summer to replace nutrients lost from sweating. Another dish that you need to be in the mood for but perfect at the right time. $11.80. There's quite a few interesting soups at this joint, we'll be back for more.
Double Steaks with rice or spaghetti from Cafe de Relax (Hong Kong) - this is like old fashioned RSL cooking, we secretly like it. Choose two steaks (beef, pork, chicken or fish), choose rice or spaghetti, choose your sauce (mushroom is safe but sweet), choose your complimentary beverage, choose a place to sit down, choose life.