Everyone loves the bright, breezy and cosmopolitan atmosphere of this wonderful city and nowhere is that more apparent than in Sydney's Chinese restaurants. You can find these eateries all across the city, in the inner city, eastern suburbs, and also the inner-western neighbourhoods of Balmain and Leichhardt. Surry Hills, Paddington, Darlinghurst, and Bondi also have some of the best Chinese restaurants in Sydney. If you are looking to really experience the culture of China, however, you could do a lot worse than head to the city's Chinatown. Chinatown is located in the southern part of the city's central business district, in the Haymarket neighbourhood, which stretches between Darling Harbour and Central Station. It is here that the traditions and ingredients of oriental cooking meet with the ingredients and verve of Australia.
If you enjoy classic oriental dishes you will certainly find them in abundance on the menus of Chinese restaurants in Sydney. You can enjoy sticky sweet and sour spare ribs, aromatic Peking duck, char siu and spicy Kung Pao chicken. But these chefs also make use of local ingredients, such as fresh fish from the market at Pyrmont, to create some fantastic new dishes. These include tuna tartar, flying-fish roe with wasabi and plump Yamba prawns. You will also find Chinese restaurants in Sydney making great use of the local barramundi, lamb and pulled pork on steamed bao.
Along with some great contemporary dishes inspired by Australian ingredients, you will also find lots of Chinese restaurants in Sydney offering the classic regional cuisines of China. Of these, Cantonese food is probably the best-known internationally. Cantonese cuisine is renowned for its rice and seafood dishes. It is often quite delicate, lightly seasoned and even slightly sweet. Sichuan food, in contrast, is bold and spicy. Many recipes use lots of garlic, ginger, chilli and peanuts and the result is a powerful cuisine that delights the tastebuds. Sichuan food is probably the most widely eaten in China and it is particularly renowned for its use of the powerful Sichuan peppercorns.
If you're looking for the more refined cooking, look out for Chinese restaurants in Sydney serving the food of Jiangsu region. This is the province of China's largest city, Shanghai. Dishes can often be sweet and slightly salty and you will find lots of seafood and delicate soups on the menu. The cooking is precise and the presentation skillful, creating a memorable dining experience. Jiangsu is also reputed to be particularly healthy and it is this food that is often served at the most special government banquets. Zhejiang is the neighbouring province and the style of food is similar. Again, you will find good, fresh seafood and freshwater fish. Bamboo shoots are also popular. The focus of Zhejiang cuisine is freshness and food is often served raw or just very lightly cooked. In this respect the food of Chinese restaurants in Sydney serving Zhejiang dishes is often regarded as being almost Japanese in nature.
If you're feeling a little adventurous you might want to seek out Chinese restaurants in Sydney that serve food from some of the less well-known regions of China. These include Fujian province, where sweet and sour dishes use ingredients from the mountains and the sea. Scintillating spice adds an exotic dimension to the cuisine. Hunan food, meanwhile, is a little like Sichuan cuisine but it's even hotter. So if you like your food to have a kick, the hot, sour and spicy dishes of Hunan will fit the bill. The hearty mountain food of Anhui is robust and simple, using rare herbs and ingredients from the Yellow mountains. Shandong food from the north of the country is crisp and salty and makes great use of fresh seafood, vinegar and noodles.
There is absolutely no need to wait until dinner time to enjoy Chinese restaurants in Sydney. Breakfast can be a special treat and there are now lots of restaurants in Sydney offering Chinese dim sum in the morning. These beautiful little dumplings are typically served with a pot of tea and make for a delicious alternative to your usual breakfast. Booking with Quandoo is quick and easy, so there is no time like the present to take advantage of the varied and delicious food being served right now at Chinese restaurants across Sydney.