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Saturday, January 19, 2019

No. 1 BBQ House, Campsie

Chinese bbq meats at No.  BBQ House in Campsie

Want the best Chinese barbecue shop in Sydney? No 1 BBQ House in Campsie is the business, which is why you’ll find a queue of customers spilling out onto the footpath no matter what time of day. And while the shop does a roaring trade in takeaway – the Lunar New Year queues are legendary – eating in is much more fun.

Just five tables dot the interior, mostly filled with single diners smashing down a plate of glistening roast duck or caramelised barbecue pork with rice. You’ll pay more to dine in than takeaway but it still makes for a bargain meal, with no washing up.

Chinese roast duck and roast pork with noodles at No.  BBQ House in Campsie
Roast duck and roast pork with noodles $13

The menu is one A5 laminated sheet, but the best stuff is on the back – that’s the side starting with combination BBQ – a mixed meat platter of all the good stuff hanging in the front window. Pick what you want and then the man with the cleaver will chop it up with alarming speed and precision.

Chinese roast pork with crackling at No.  BBQ House in Campsie
Roast pork with crackling

There are two dishes with no English translation. Intrigued? Ordering one will net you a platter of offal. The other scores you a soy sauce duck head. Both are a part of a Southern Chinese traditional dish known in Cantonese as lou mei, usually meat, offal or offcuts braised in an aromatic and slightly sweet soy-based master stock.

Lou mei offal platter with braised tendon, tripe and intestines at No.  BBQ House in Campsie
Lou mei offal platter with tendon, tripe, pigs ears and intestines

Go to town with duck tongues, pork liver or fatty pork intestines. Braised pigs ears are a wonder that deserve broader appreciation, contrasting a gelatinous outer layer against the gentle crunch of soft cartilage. And if you love tendon, you’ll be in heaven here. It's a never-ending pile of soft and sticky luxury.

Soy sauce cuttlefish at No.  BBQ House in Campsie
Soy sauce cuttlefish $14.80 

Get the soy sauce cuttlefish too. The orange tint comes from an added food dye but it's the texture that wins on all fronts, somehow both tender and crunchy at the same time. It's a phenomenon the Cantonese call “song”.

Free house soup at No.  BBQ House in Campsie
Complimentary house soup

Free tea and complimentary house soup make this a perfect pit stop for a cheap and hearty feed. That's why it's number one.

Cheap Chinese barbecue meats at No.  BBQ House in Campsie


No. 1 BBQ House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

No. 1 BBQ House
152 Beamish Street, Campsie, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9718 6147

Opening hours
Daily 10am-8pm


This article first appeared in Time Out Sydney. Read this article online or read more of my Time Out Sydney reviews.

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