Noodle Markets & China Town
Last night marked the end of the Sydney Good Food Month Night Noodle Markets for this year. The collection of Asian-inspired street food stalls created a vibrant atmosphere that united Sydney-siders of all kinds of backgrounds and walks of life over flavoursome food beneath a display of lanterns. It was just a taste of Sydney's Asian culture and the flavour that they bring to the banquet of cultures that make up this city.
Sydney's display of Asian culture is not limited to events such as the Night Noodle Markets or the colourful festivities of the Chinese New Year. Even as the last stallholder packed his wok into a van and drove away from Hyde Park, people all around Sydney continue to enchant us with the unique customs and traditions of Asia. From the ancient secrets of the Chinese Herbalists to futuristic gadgets and super cute kawaii plush toys. From the backstreets of Burwood to the main strip of Cabramatta.
Today Tenzin and I decided to head to Haymarket, the home of Sydney's China town to explore what it had to offer.
We spent the day wandering around the streets of Haymarket, rummaging through quirky gift shops and the shelves of Asian supermarkets, sipping bubble tea, taking in the sights and smells of the busy food hall at midday, taking in the smells of steamed pork buns, wandering through brightly coloured laneways and joining the queue for piping hot custard filled Emperor cream puffs.
We headed back towards Central station with paper bags filled with paper bags full of sushi. I know, not authentically Asian at all, but it made me realise how blessed we are to live in a city where we get to experience the amazing things that so many different cultures have to offer.
You don't need to get on a plane to have a cultural experience - just get out and about in the cultural hubs of your own city. Do it, I dare you!