Chinatown gets spicy after dark

Traditional Korean food will make its culinary debut at the Chinatown night markets this October 2016 when famed Little Hay Street is transformed into Little Eat Street as part of the City of Sydney’s Asia on Your Doorstep program.

Since their launch five years ago, the Chinatown night markets have become a popular drawcard for locals and visitors, delivering Asian street food delicacies.

Dixon Street will also come alive after dark for the Friday night markets, with more than 50 stalls operated by young designers, local artists and nearby stores presenting an array of Asian cultural treasures.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Asia on Your Doorstep was a great way to experience the food, culture and creativity of Sydney’s bustling Chinatown.

“Chinatown is a thriving precinct with a unique cultural identity, making it one of Sydney’s key economic areas,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Our recent street improvements, laneway upgrades, new street furniture and art installations have helped make this one of Sydney’s biggest attractions, with almost half of all international tourists to our city visiting the area’s restaurants, bars and shops.

“The popular Friday night markets support local businesses, attract more visitors to the area and help make Sydney one of the world’s best Chinatown experiences.”

Korean-born Sydneysider, Minjung “MJ” Lee, will be using a recipe handed down from her grandmother when she serves up the much-loved traditional rice dish bibimbap at Little Eat Street for the first time.

Ms Lee’s Bibim Bowl stall will join a dozen other food vendors offering everything from pho to yum cha, teppanyaki to sushi and chicken feet to dragon beard candy.

“Kids love the rice, meat, vegies and fried egg combination, while their parents love to add some of my homemade apple chilli paste or peanut ssamjang that I’ve adapted for the Aussie palate,” said Ms Lee.

“Korean food is definitely getting more popular. I think Sydney people want to try new food using fresh produce, and Korean food has unique flavour combinations.”

As part of Asia on Your Doorstep, the City has engaged award-winning Taste Cultural Food Tours to host guided tours of the area’s leading restaurants.  Three tours will be on offer throughout October – Korean Cultural Progressive Dinner, A Taste of Chinatown and #Throughasia Taste Tour. The tours are priced from $79 per person.

The Little Eat Street and Friday Night Markets are open from 5pm to 10pm every Friday night during Good Food Month from 7 to 28 October 2016.

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