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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 Anonymous on 9/01/2004 11:59:00 pm


  • 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 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 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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