Bite into Sydney’s Chinese food culture

Bite into Sydney’s Chinese food culture

A sizzling selection of fabulous food is on offer this February as part of the City of Sydney’s 2013 Chinese New Year Festival.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said eating fabulous Chinese food was one of the best ways to welcome the Lunar New Year.

“Food is such an integral part of Chinese culture,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Take a guided food tour through Chinatown, eat out at Ms G’s or have home-style Cantonese food on traditional Chinese wooden mahjong tables.

“With such a wide range of dishes – from spring rolls and yum cha to 10-course banquets – there’s something for everyone.”

More than a dozen of Sydney’s top Asian restaurants will offer delicious set-price meals – catering for vegans and meat-lovers alike – as part of a brand-new event, Lunar Feasts.

Meanwhile, tea lovers can quench their thirst at a workshop complete with delicious yum cha lunch, and dedicated foodies can enjoy a guided tour of Chinatown’s top restaurants and gift shops.

Chinese New Year Festival highlights for food-lovers include:

Lunar Feasts
8-24 February at various restaurants across Sydney – prices vary

From a vegan Buddhist feast at the Bodhi Restaurant to a Taiwanese banquet at Blue Eye Dragon, Sydney’s restaurants are serving up affordable set-price meals to celebrate Chinese New Year. These feasts will delight your tastebuds and leave you with change for your red lucky money envelopes! Participating restaurants include Blue Eye Dragon, Chat Thai, Chefs Gallery, Din Tai Fung, Misschu and Ms G’s. Opening hours, booking requirements and terms and conditions vary between restaurants.

Chinese New Year Markets
8-10 February at Belmore Park – free

What better way to satisfy a food craving than a warm summer night at the Chinese New Year Markets? Tuck into traditional New Year dumplings, savour authentic noodles or tempt your tastebuds with a spicy treat – there are plenty of fabulous flavours to sample at our food stalls. And the foodie fun doesn’t end there – visit the demonstration kitchen to learn how to make your own mouth-watering New Year feast with former MasterChef Australia contestants Adam Liaw and Alvin Quah.

Chinatown Food Tours
16, 20 and 23 February at Dixon Street – $60pp (bookings essential)

Discover Chinatown’s fascinating past and delight in the flavours of this changing precinct on a tantalising food tour led by journalist and author John Newton and Chinatown artist and tea merchant Raymond Leung. The tour includes breakfast at Mother Chu’s, lunch at The Eight, and visits to gift and craft

Chinese Tea Appreciation Workshop and Yum Cha
9/10, 16/17, 23/24 February at Zensation Tea House – $66pp (bookings essential)

Take an unforgettable journey into the nuanced delights of tea drinking, from delicate white teas and earthy black teas, to fragrant oolongs and fresh green brews. Learn how tea is served and the culture of tea drinking while you enjoy delicious dim sum.

Poon Choy Feast for the Year of the Snake
24 February at Hingara Chinese Restaurant – $25pp

Originating in rural Hong Kong, Poon Choy (the Basin Feast) is a traditional celebration dish. Learn more about the history of Poon Choy and Sydney’s own Chinatown as you enjoy this communal feast.

Multicultural Chinese New Year
19 February at Alexandria Town Hall – gold coin donation (bookings essential)

Enjoy community performances and traditional and modern Chinese dishes at the South Sydney Community Aid Multicultural Neighbourhood Centre Chinese New Year celebrations. There are limited tickets available for this culinary extravaganza, so get in quick!

Chinese New Year at the Mahjong Room

This Chinese New Year, the Mahjong Room will serve up delicious home-style Cantonese food on traditional Chinese wooden mahjong tables, bringing together two favourite past-times: eating and games.

Banquet: 1-24 February – $59pp (bookings essential)
Enjoy a nine-course banquet to celebrate the New Year.

Mahjong Play Lunch: 9and 23 February – $39pp (bookings essential)
Lean how to play mahjong over a delightful dumpling lunch.

For more information, please contact:

City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Keeley Irvin.
Phone 0448 005 718 or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson.
Phone 0427 044 768 or email