Life is all about choice and, when it comes to eating out, we believe there’s no such thing as too much. And one of the best ways to execute your fundamental right to dining choice is to pay a visit to Spice Alley, just off Kensington Street in Chippendale. These guys combine all the colour, fun, choice and fabulous flavours you would expect to find in a traditional Hawkers market overseas, with the type of quality food you expect from a restaurant.
With so much beautiful choice on offer, we took one for the team and tried the signature dishes at each of Spice Alley’s vendors. We admit, it was hard work… Well, if by hard you mean delicious and a pretty fabulous way to spend a few hours, but someone had to do it and we were just the people to get the job done.
Alex Lee Kitchen
This eatery brings the authentic tastes of Singapore to Sydney. Lead by Head Chef Alex Lee, the master behind Ginger and Spice in Sydney’s Neutral Bay and formerly Temasek in Parramatta, his kitchen plates up a serious laksa along with a favourite around The Urban List office, the Chatterbox Chicken Rice. This comes complete with your own chicken broth so you can pour as little or as much as you like, giving you all the choice you so rightly deserve.
Old Jim Kee
The tastes of Malaysia are dished up daily at Old Jim Kee, the same Jim behind Mosman’s Uncle Jim’s Malaysian Restaurant. From their always on point char kway teow to seriously good salt and pepper chicken wings, which FYI you probably won’t want to share (no judgement here) and which you do need to eat with your hands.
This Thai offering is bang on the money—see what we did there? And serving up what has been labelled Sydney’s best pad Thai. We suggest trying this for yourself, because we did, and there’s no arguments here. Along with their crispy pork belly, which is everything good pork belly should be and served alongside perfectly crisp Asian style greens.
Hong Kong Diner
Nothing says Hong Kong like hawker food and we’re talking all the good stuff like prawn dumplings, pork buns and the wonderful crunch that is a hearty serve of pork toast, so we tried them all and they didn’t last long.
Rounding out our Spice Alley taste test is KYO-TO. A complete offering of Japanese delights, their tonkotsu ramen is not only Instaworthy but damn delicious, their salmon teriyaki don perfectly seasoned and our absolute favourite, the takoyaki balls in all their bonito garnished glory were superb, get two serves, one is just never ever enough.
Image credit: Federica Portentoso