Food Guides

Insider eats: where locals eat for Lunar New Year

We can all agree on one thing: feasting on delicious food is the best thing about Lunar New Year. Along with seeing family, honouring ancestors and celebrating the coming of spring, the special 15-day festival is a time when eating and sharing food is mandatory throughout many Asian countries.

But where can you find the best places to eat for the New Year celebrations? Sunnybank is filled to the brim with a myriad of eateries and restaurants and it can sometimes be a little daunting or confusing. So instead of just choosing the first place that takes your fancy, we asked the locals where they’ll be feasting this new year. Because to find the best places to eat, just ask the locals!

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Zen Corner

Nestled in the heart of Sunnybank Plaza, Zen Corner is a Hong Kong style restaurant that is famous for serving traditional noodles. The bright and airy space is regularly packed with Chinese, Hong Kongers and adventurous eaters who are keen to delve into steaming bowls of noodle soup with flavoursome sides. The menu is short and simple, there are 20 dishes to choose from – which is a good thing, as not only has your dish been perfected by chefs, but it will be served within minutes. And like all typical Hong Kong restaurants, the food is a fusion of different cuisines. Order the slow cooked beef brisket noodles – you won’t be disappointed! The most ordered item on the menu is their signature wonton noodle soup – a flavoursome dish that features a fragrant and delicate chicken, pork and dried fish broth with a sea of perfectly cooked egg noodles and juicy wontons filled with succulent minced prawn, pork and fish roe.

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Simmer Huang

Discover simmering ingredients, secret sauces and exotic flavours at this contemporary hot pot restaurant. Decked out with industrial chic interiors with splashes of red, black and Chinese-inspired adornments, Simmer Huang is a sleek and modern restaurant that specialises in simmer pots. You order one of two ways: Either build a DIY hot pot and pick your own ingredients from a selection of meats, offal and seafood or choose one of their preselected combos. Once you’ve chosen your hot pot, the wait staff will come to your table and start assembling layers of seasoned fresh meat and vegetables into a modern induction cooker in front of you. The pot simmers away for about 15 minutes until you’re ready to dig in. Just before your chopsticks hit the pot, the staff will ladle Simmer Huang’s “secret sauce” over the top of the ingredients to complete the dish.

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David’s Noodle & Hot Pot

If you’re keen to introduce your tastebuds to a new style of Chinese cooking, then make sure you put David’s Noodle & Hot Pot on your must-visit list. The eatery serves the exquisite flavours of the Xinjiang region, found in the north western region of China. Options include beef brisket noodle soup, stir-fried noodles with lamb and chongqing street noodles. Along with serving a menu filled with delicious Xinjiang eats, David’s Noodle & Hot Pot also serves mala tang – a kind of choose-your-own-adventure hot pot that is hugely popular in north-east China.

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Vietnam Corner

A steadfast destination for locals, Vietnam Corner has an extensive menu that offers Cantonese dishes alongside Vietnamese favourites, with the restaurant’s chefs blending the two cuisines to produce dishes like their roast duck laksa or the steamed duck with egg pho. While you can find all of your classic Vietnamese dishes (think fresh vermicelli salads and beef noodle soup topped with bean sprouts and mint), the restaurant is well-known for serving some of the city’s truest tastes of Hong Kong barbecue. Each piece of meat is hand selected, marinated, air-dried and roasted in a traditional hung-oven. Their signature dish is roast duck, which is tender, juicy and fatty in all the right places.

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Sichuan Gourmet

Explore the depth and variety of Chinese flavours at Sichuan Gourmet, a restaurant that turns the humble skewer into a gastronomic affair. Step inside the restaurant to discover a wall of fridges filled with delectable food offerings – grab a tub and start filling it with skewers of your choice. The range includes tender beef, duck, crab sticks, pork ribs, coriander beef, fish fillets, quail eggs, tripe and lamb brains. For vegetarian options, there are seaweed skewers, tofu skewers and various kinds of mushroom. There are also sweet potato noodles, rice noodles and more. After picking your skewers, they are weighed and then passed on to the chef who artfully dunks them into the restaurant’s famous scalding thick pork broth that has been simmering with herbs and spices for 12 hours. They’ll then arrive in a copper bowl filled with the traditional fragrant broth. Once the steaming hotpot with your skewers swimming in it hits the table, grab your chopsticks and start dipping the little morsels of deliciousness into the eatery’s special sauce made with sesame oil, garlic, shallots and black bean paste.

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The Little Cube

Blending Cantonese and Sichuan-style food, The Little Cube focuses on creating modern dishes that combine classic Chinese ingredients. For more than a decade, The Little Cube has been serving its authentic and delicious food made with quality ingredients and local produce. Once seated, grab the menu, where you’ll find an overwhelming number of mouth-watering possibilities – we’re talking more than 100 different dishes on offer. While classic Cantonese food is littered throughout the menu, the restaurant focuses heavily on serving authentic hot and spicy Sichuan eats. These dishes pack a big punch with bold flavours including garlic, chilli peppers and the unique taste and aroma of the Sichuan peppercorn, while the Cantonese dishes are more subtle in flavour. Crowd favourites include their popular baked lobster with salted egg yolk, the braised chicken pieces with mushroom and their signature slices of double-cooked pork belly.

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Landmark Restaurant

Craving yum cha? This Sunnybank institution is your go-to for the quintessential Hong Kong yum cha experience. Between the handmade dumplings, steaming pork buns, crispy skin duck and flowing jasmine tea, it’s easy to see why the restaurant is known across Brisbane for serving some of the city’s best dim sum. There are over 100 different types of dim sum and we guarantee that your curiosity will peak everytime the bamboo lids are lifted. From prawn dumplings, steamed prawn and pork siu mai, deep-fried squid tentacles to chicken feet in black bean sauce (they’re delicious – trust us), bbq pork and congee, this Hong Kong style restaurant has it all. Landmark’s chefs are also renowned for creating melt-in-your-mouth roast duck with the crispiest skin.

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A world of Asian flavour sensations awaits you!

Prepare to delight your tastebuds with all the flavours of Asia. With over 60 dining and entertainment options, Sunnybank Plaza and Sunny Park are an authentic Asian food experience like no other.

You’ll find an extensive choice of dining options including Chinese, Hong Kong style, Taiwanese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese cuisines.

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