We know you crazy kids are always up for a ridiculous food challenge, or a free feed to go along with your enormous appetite. So, hungry and stingy friends of ours, we have rounded up our fave food challenges in Sydney that combine two things that you love so dearly—eating a lot and saving money.
Go forth and feast!
Mission Impossiburger Challenge | Palace Hotel
The Mission Impossiburger will set you back a cool $35 and, if you eat it in under 10 minutes, you’ll get your photo on the wall of fame, bragging rights and a free Young Henry’s brewery tasting for two. All you have to do is eat a burger that is as tall as a ketchup bottle. Let us break this monster down for you, because we know you’re curious. Starting with the 640g (four patties) of wagyu beef, each layer is separated by a single slice of cheese and bacon. Then there’s the 120g of pulled pork, lettuce, tomato, onion and tomato relish mayonnaise, all sandwiched between a sesame seed brioche bun. Don’t worry, you’ll also get a serving of chips, because what’s a burger without fries, right?
Pho Challenge | Huong Xua Vietnamese Restaurant
What do you get when you add half a kilo of meat, half a kilo of rice noodles and a whole bunch of fresh sides to 1.5L of rich, flavoursome soup? We’re glad you asked, because what we have just described is the ultimate pho challenge at Huong Xua. The rules are simple; order your MASSIVE bowl of soup and finish the lot in less than 11 minutes to get your meal for free, plus you’ll also get to keep your trophy bowl as well, to keep the bragging going long after you have left the restaurant.
Ramen Challenge | Komachi Japanese Restaurant
You know you’re a true noodle soup connoisseur when you appreciate the difference between pho and ramen and, if you lie on the ramen side of the soup fence, then this one is for you. You need to let Komachi know a day in advance before attempting the challenge, because they need to prepare accordingly. It’ll also give you a chance to mentally prepare yourself for a bowl of ramen that’s bigger than your head. The good news is this: if you manage to complete the challenge in under 60 minutes, you’ll receive a $100 meal voucher at Komachi. The bad news is that if you lose, then you have to fork out the shameful $100 for your ramen.
Killa Burger Challenge | Killa Burger Grill
The Killa Burger Challenge is so damn extreme that they lock you into a cage (dubbed the ‘Killa Kage’) for the duration of the challenge, which is 60 minutes, in case you were wondering. For only $35 (bargain!) your plate will be stuffed with a 30cm diameter burger, a serve of chips, drink of your choice AND a soft serve. Yeah, good luck with that champ.
Schnitzel Challenge | The Austrian Schnitzelhaus
Now we’re talkin’! Any Australian who appreciates a good pub schnitty (um, all of us?) should be up for this challenge that includes 1kg of chicken schnitzel with chips and sauce of your choice. As an additional add on, you will also have to finish 1L of beer on tap or coke if you are a non-drinker or want to strategically dodge the beer bloat, which will only waste space. If you complete the challenge in under an hour, you will receive free dessert, free schnapps, a commemorative t-shirt to wear with pride to your local next Friday night and your picture on the wall of fame.
Man or Mouse | Pyrmont Bridge Hotel
If you’re a little bit peckish come Thursday night, why not head along to the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel for their latest food adventure/eating competition, Man or Mouse. Order at the bar between 6pm – 9.30pm to receive your 1kg rump steak to complete all on your lonesome (i.e. no sharing). If you win, you’ll receive a $25 voucher to spend at the hotel and the pride of a job well done.
Big Breakfast Challenge | Sangria
Breakfast may very well be the most important meal of the day, so why not kick your day off with a breakfast challenge that is so meaty, eggy and hash browny that you’ll be feeling the food coma for days. It comes in a paella pan, but there is no rice in sight. What there is though, is four fried eggs, an entire packet of bacon (close enough), tomato, mushrooms, spinach, hash browns and toast. Hangover cure, sorted.
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Image credit: Claudia Shmueli at The Palace Hotel