South Indian Thali $12.90
It's the best of everything in the restaurant, all on one plate. We love eating everything compartmentalised on a little silver tray – it's the only way to ensure our food items don't touch each other. Hey, don't judge us. 62-64 Wigram St, Harris Park 2150. (02 9687 7785).
Boat noodles $7.50
Authentic Thai food in the Galeries Victoria. We love the chicken blood stock boat noodles (pig testicles optional). Galeries Victoria, Shop 5, Lower Ground Fl, 500 George St, Sydney 2000. (02 9264 7109).
Tonkotsu ramen $9.50
You'll find the stall at the far end of Eating World. There's no phone number, and no menu except what's on the board. This collagen enriched noodle soup is so thick, rich and porky that one between two is enough.25-29 Dixon St, Haymarket 2000.
Lunchtime special $6
Four words for you: Noodles. On. A. Waterslide. This kooky new izakaya offers lunch specials for under $6.12/2-8 Dixon St, Sydney 2000. (02 9283 6678).
Korean-style hotdog $4
This Korean food bar sells chilli rice cakes, deep-fried sushi (yes, really), Korean-style hotdogs and other things on sticks.361 Pitt St, Haymarket 2000.
Lucky Thai Sweets and Video
Takeaway lunch $6
Incredibly authentic takeaway Thai meals ready to take back to work and bung in the microwave as well as dried shrimp and a good range of packet goods.40 Campbell St, Surry Hills, 2010. (02 9212 4842).
Peking duck pancakes $2 each
This is one of the busiest places in the area, where seating is prime real estate. Don't expect a table; more likely you'll be standing up, eating your Peking duck pancakes. Shop 1/150 Bourke St, Darlinghurst 2010. (02 8356 9988).
Vietnamese pancake $9
The eats are splendid here and cheap, too. The banh xeo – a type of Vietnamese pancake filled with fresh bean sprouts and slices of pork – is served with a fish and chilli sauce, basil leaves and lettuce that you wrap around pieces of the pancake.29–31 Greenfield Pde, Bankstown 2200. (02 9796 7586).
Bowl of beef noodle soup $12
If you're serious about your Vietnamese beef noodle soup, you'll be heading out to Bankstown-land of pho (sounds like fur), the national breakfast dish of Vietnam. 27 Greenfield Pde, Bankstown 2200. (02 9796 7826).
Mix and match special $12.80
It's like Din Tai Fung without the queues and they offer a lunch special. Try the shredded chicken alongside pork and chive dumplings and a hot soy milk. 653 George St, Haymarket 2000. (02 9281 0088).
Sushi rolls $2.80
A delicious range of fresh sushi rolls including feta and dried tomato, roast pumpkin and avocado, salmon teriyaki as well as spicy salmon and avocado for just $2.80 each! 71 Spring St Bondi Junction 2022 (02 9388 9581).
Things for the grill $3-$8 each
Their northeastern Chinese food involves lots of things on sticks to grill, as well as meats that you wrap in sesame leaves and dip in dry sauce (a coarse powder of ground peanuts, salt and cumin) plus mantou – sweet, doughy buns. Shop 42/1 Dixon St, Sydney 2000.
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