A Real Meal in Sydney’s Chinatown

Living in a fly-over state, I welcome Chinese authenticity.

P1080316I love Chinatowns where the food is interesting, even when not all the ingredients are appealing but where the menu features abundant options), where the decor is secondary to the food and where the waiters and cooks don’t look like me. On our last evening in Sydney, we found the Haymarket Chinese Restaurant — the kind I treasure.

Decor is simple as can be. Paper banners in Chinese, bright lighting, lots of tables for lots of people -- and a robust early evening take-out business.
Decor is simple as can be. Paper banners in Chinese, bright lighting, lots of tables for lots of people — and a robust early evening take-out business.
You know it's geared for locals when places are set with chopsticks but no metal flatware.
You know it’s geared for locals when places are set with chopsticks but no metal flatware.
Commendable hot and sour soup, not overly cornstarched,
Commendable hot and sour soup, not overly cornstarched,
Honey chicken. There's a bowl of rice on the side, but otherwise, chicken rules the roost. (Sorry!)
Honey chicken. There’s a bowl of rice on the side, but otherwise, chicken rules the roost. (Sorry!)
A stir-fry of vegetables and tofu atop crisp noodles.
A stir-fry of vegetables and tofu atop crisp noodles.

355 Sussex Street, CBD, Sydney, NS;  (02) 9268 0988.

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