Yum Cha at East Ocean

Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

Photo Credit : Leon Korobacz

Yum cha craves in Sydney be like... this! It was our first time at East Ocean Restaurant, and my goodness, I'm already looking forward to the next time :)

Leon (my #instagramhusband // @hungrysydneysiders) and I, got super excited as this is our first yum cha after many, many months. 

East Ocean is an old school yum cha restaurant in Sydney's Chinatown, Haymarket. A very Chinese restaurant kind of interior - decked out in red and gold carpeting with gold coloured trimmed staircase. Expect friendly trolley ladies pushing their carts filled with yumcha goodness!

We ordered a handful, off the extensive East Ocean menu. The yum cha staples in Sydney has got to be Har Gau (Tiger Prawn Dumplings), Siu Mai (Pork & Prawn Dumpings) and Steamed BBQ Pork Buns. These Cantonese favourites taste so good, that I went for seconds. 

The Pan-Fried Pork Buns totally satisfied my porky cravings. It was highly recommended by everyone at East Ocean and it does not disappoint. Lightly pan-fried on the soft buns, the fillings inside was moist and succulent.

A must have in every yumcha is Chinese Brocolli. Perfectly steamed vegetable served with oyster sauce. Happy to tick my vegetable quota of the day.

My favourite has got to be Steamed Rice Noodle Rolls with Chinese Donut, Roast Duck and Mango Pancake. Who doesn't love Mango Pancakes? 

East Oceans is an iconic Sydney yumcha spot (or call it a Chinese brunch if you like). Such an awesome place for family and friends, to gather and to eat to one's heart content. It's a happy place for me and I will be dreaming of Mango Pancake tonight!

East Ocean Sydney

Level 1, 421-429 Sussex Street, Haymarket NSW 2000

Noodle Hunting With Miss May


So, the other day, I went on a Noodle Hunt with the crew. OMG, Kingsford is the place to eat. It's got everything you'll love - Chinese, Indonesian, Thai, Malaysian and Japanese restaurants, all right next door to each other. There is so much variety on Anzac Parade, that you probably do not even know where to start.

But fret not, I'm here to show share my Top 5. Scroll below to your ultimate food guide in Kingsford.

Everise Handmade Noodles

Look no further, if you're a fan of handmade noodles, this is the place to be. Everise Handmade Noodles is always packed with locals and students especially during lunch hour. 

The House Stir Fried Noodle with Beef and Dry Fried Noodles with Lamb are delicious. If you're looking for something different yet delicious, I would recommend the Cold Noodles with Fried Roast Lamb. It was shown with 3 Chillis (a measure of spice levels) in the menu, but if you can handle the heat, this dish doesn't dissapoint.

474 Anzac Parade, Kingsford NSW 2032

Chinese Dumpling & Noodle Restaurant

This place takes me back to one of the dumpling and noodle places in China, with its quirky interior and pleasant staff. The spring pancakes were an absolute hit with the crew. It taste exactly the same as getting it from the street vendors in Beijing. Yum!

The Northern style pork and chives dumplings and handmade noodles with beef are a must try. Huge portions made to share, so it's a great place to out with friends!

323 Anzac Parade, Kingsford NSW 2032

Kingsford Chinese Restaurant

Okay, as I'm writing this, I'm feeling so hungry thinking about the best Malaysian Chinese food in town. This is it,  Kingsford Chinese Restaurant is one of my absolute favourite.

The Braised Green Beans and Shan Dong Chicken are the most popular dish in this restaurants. As I sat there, waiting for my dish to arrive, I overheard every customer ordering the same dishes (and perhaps with a little bit more variety).

Shan Dong Chicken was succulent and the skin was just simply scrumptious. The dish was served in a sweet and spicy sauce, sprinkled with carrots and shallots. The Braised Green Beans just had everything going for. You gotta try these! 

426 Anzac Parade, Kingsford NSW 2032

It's Time for Thai

It's always time for Thai. Who am I kidding? We arrived at lunch hour and it was full house.  

The Soft Shell Crab is to-die-for. A yummy dish served with fresh salad. 

2/309 Anzac Parade, Kingsford NSW 2032

Imperial Peking Chinese Restaurant

Imperial Peking is a must visit, if you're a yumcha fan. And even more so, if you love duck. 

We tried all the handmade dumplings, they were all delicious, with the Gow Gee (Prawn Dumpling), my absolute favourite. 

This family run business has been going on for 17 years and Jenny, the manager, takes pride in serving one of the best Peking Duck in Sydney. On weekends, this place is packed, so be prepared to wait in line to get in.

558 Anzac Parade, Kingsford NSW 2032

And that's it for now...

It's so easy to get to Kingsford via Anzac Parade, with heaps of buses running along Anzac Parade. Even with all the construction going on, Kingsford is still open for business. So, don't be afraid to check Anzac Parade out and "Live It Up Locally" guys!

And looking forward to seeing all your flatlays inspired by the hashtag #liveituplocally! 

Have a fab day all!