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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Happy Chef, Chinatown

Sydney's Chinatown foodcourts rock. Where else in Sydney do you have a plethora of cuisines and dishes at your calling, promising a satisfying meal in under three minutes for less than $10?

Of course there are good and bad food courts, good and bad vendors, and good and bad dishes. No matter how much you think you are aching for deep fried goodness, step away--I repeat--step away from the all-you-can-eat-buffet.

My favourite food court is the Sussex Centre which is light, airy and clean in the communal dining area (the toilets, as always, are another story) and offering a wealth of options. Choose from Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese or Thai. Noodles or rice. Eel or tripe.

Continuing the cleansing dining experience from the night before and desperate for something warm to chase away the sudden onset of Sydney-spring-chill, the need for a rice noodle soup for today's lunch was clear.

Happy Chef is always the most popular noodle soup vendor here and with good reason. The soup stock is always tasty, the noodles fresh and service is super fast. Creating your own concoction of soup ingredients is never a problem--the dish I chose is usually served with laksa soup but Happy Chef can always accommodate any preferences.

Why have a Happy Meal when you can have a Happy Chef (and tummy)?


Rice noodles with seafood and tofu $9.00


Happy Chef Seafood Noodles House
Sussex Centre, Shop F3, 401 Sussex Street, Chinatown
Tel: 02 9281 5832

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 9/01/2004 11:59:00 pm


9 Comments:

  • At 9/03/2004 9:06 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    (it's casey)

    Sussex Centre is my favourite too. The Japanese place near the stairs is ordinary, but does a very good (and good value) Katsudon.

    I didn't know which was Happy Chef until I saw your photo. My favourite place there is the Vietnamese pho place at the exact opposite position (Sussex-St side, closest to the window), I reccommend a side of fresh spring rolls, a beef ball noodle soup, and a plate full of bean sprouts, mint, etc. Yum!

     
  • At 9/03/2004 9:50 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Ahh yes indeed. This is probably where I eat the most, but I was restraining myself from providing further detail until I had the pictures to prove it!

    I'm quite a fan of the nem nuong (marinated BBQ pork) with cold vermicelli, lettuce, pickled carrot and drenched in nuoc cham. Perfect for balmy summer evenings, especially with a 3-colour drink in the other hand.

     
  • At 9/03/2004 10:07 am, Blogger Charr Crail said…

    I LOVE your blog, It's charming, funny, well written and just a joy to visit. Thank you!!!!!

     
  • At 9/03/2004 11:43 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Thanks Charr! You've made my day! I've been contemplating the need for therapy for my food photo obsession but perhaps now I can justifiably shoot and eat as a foodie matyr--for the greedy gratification of fellow Net foodies.

     
  • At 12/07/2004 4:53 pm, Blogger Ben said…

    The Happy Chef is the best place in that food court - their laksa is great. I remember eating there once several years ago when I saw a guy who was a dead ringer for Luke Mangan ordering some laksa there. I didn't have the chutzpah to ask if it was him - I've always wondered if it was.

     
  • At 5/15/2006 11:19 pm, Blogger Mark Vicuna said…

    Happy Chef is KNOWN for their Laska's!

    Actually, come to think of it, I've never tried anything else from their menu.

    They have other stores, but Haymarket is always the choice.

     
  • At 5/16/2006 10:53 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Mark - I've actually had the laksa since this post. It was pretty good as I recall. Good heat and creaminess.

     
  • At 2/13/2007 9:12 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I lived on the tofu laksa when I was there. Ask for more coriandar and go easy on the chilli.

    Also the vietnamese fresh spring rolls from the next concession along were pretty good.

    Happy Chef rocks!

     
  • At 3/24/2007 3:24 pm, Blogger ElegantGourmand said…

    My girlfriend and I just happened upon the Sussex Centre food Court today, whilst walking through Chinatown (we're from Melb). ee about the Happy Chef - hearty bowls of laksa soon had the both of us in a steaming sweat. Love the authentic look and feel of this food court - very similar in style to the ones in Singapore.

     

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