A Sydney food blog by two travel nerds obsessed with travel food, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, and international supermarkets of mystery. Street Food is a (mostly) Asian food blog, a cheap eats guide, and a celebration of Sydney's great culinary underbelly.
This is a travel food blog by Shawn and Alison. We live in Sydney and love travelling, and the main reason we travel is food.
When travelling we find the best food by eating as the locals do: this is often on the side of the road...
...and in food courts, markets and no-frill restaurants.
The best street food is made by tops old ladies (check out the old-dear in the top left corner above), but there are also abundant treasures in supermarkets and even Seven-Elevens (in South East Asia you can live out of Seven Elevens).
Alas we can't afford to travel all the time. But fortunately we live in Sydney where there are hundreds of little no frills restaurants that service the local immigrant community and homesick overseas students with wonderful street food from the old country. Pictured above is one of our all-time favourites: Kaki Lima Old World Malaysian Breakfast Favourites in Kingsford.
When looking for good street food joints there is a golden rule: dodginess is next to godliness. Indicators of quality street food are basic no frill street signs, preferably broken.
Basic flooring, hard seats and cheap tables are essential, extra points for traditional formica tables.
One of the best indicators of authentic street food is the cutlery and condiment set on each table, extra points for a jar of tooth picks.
Some places offer little clue to English speakers as to what the hell is going on. We reckon the less printed or spoken English is involved, the better the food will be. Spelling mistakes and bizarre English on the menu is the next best thing.
Street food can also be found in more upmarket restaurants, supermarkets, markets, festivals and lunchboxes. We have been street food junkies for years and have decided to get with the 1990's and start blogging about it. We've also contributed to SBS Feast magazine and to the Eating and Drinking Guide to Sydney. So here we are...
~ Alison & Shawn ~
ACHTUNG PR & RESTAURANT FOLKS: please note we don't accept free meals or attend PR gigs, we just like to do our own thing and keep it fun.
The Street Food team. Alison & Shawn are the good looking ones.