Good Food Month

October is good food month, and there’s lots going on around Sydney. For a calendar of events, restaurant suggestions and special offers visit

As one of the highlights of Good Food Month, the Night Noodle Markets are back again, located in central Hyde Park. Each year the festival gets bigger and better and the food just gets yummier! For a quick overview, check out the Noodle Market menu and this map of all the stalls.


There are lots of different cuisines to choose from and the perfect opportunity to taste foods from the homes of some of your fellow students – Bangladeshi food at Singhas, Malaysian bites at Mamak, Korean BBQ at Poklol , or Chinese dishes at Mrs. Mi to name a few. For something sweet, there’s Gelato Messina’s Lucky Fortune Bar, Mini pancakes, Chat Thai Dessert or N2 Gelato.12079698_1209902735691781_7748403867730103345_n12109328_10153433632973961_4981132589866223241_n

If you’re really a fan of dessert, some of Sydney’s top restaurants are offering special late night treats as part of Sugar Rush. Or why not try some cheap eats from some of Sydney’s top eateries for only $20!

Some of our SIBT students went on the hunt for some tasty dishes too, so make sure to check out their foodie suggestions:

Exploring different food cultures in Sydney

The wonders of dim sum cuisine 

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Exploring different food cultures in Sydney

We are self-acclaimed food lovers always exploring and tasting the different foods Australia has to offer. We’ve reviewed our favourite cuisines and hope you’ll try them for yourself!

Food in China

Chinese people love dim sum! Especially Cantonese people. We often start the day with some delicious steamed dishes rather than fried! Going for dim sum is also often called yum cha, which means tea tasting or drinking tea. Usually, at dim sum restaurants we’re offered a variety of bamboo containers to select from. These include fresh foods such as Har gow (shrimp dumpling), Shao mai (steamed dumpling), chicken feet, etc. While the food is very different, the dining experience is similar to brunch in western countries and it’s a great way for family, friends and co-worker to get together.

Food in Thailand

2When trying a new cuisine, we often ask the restaurant staff for recommendations. In a recent visit to a Thai restaurant, we asked one of the waiters to bring us the most popular and traditional Thai dishes. He suggested a lot of hot and spicy foods – Som Tam and Gai Med Ma Moung (Chicken Cashew Nuts). He also explained that Thai people loved rice but they needed to eat something to go with it. They usually select hot and spicy foods and it’s the reason why Thai food is famous around the world.


Food in Korea

3Korean BBQ is famous worldwide and luckily, Sydney has an extensive variety of Korean restaurants. Korean people enjoy a dish that comprises of thinly sliced beef that marinated with different kinds of sauce such as pear juice, garlic and soy sauce. Eating this dish with a lettuce leaf is really worth trying. We tried it and it was delicious!




Food in Australia

4We couldn’t write a blog without mentioning Australian food! Sitting in a quiet restaurant or outside with plenty of sunshine, drinking a glass of wine, with delicious chips, salad or beef ribs is what Australian spend their time doing at weekends. The beef ribs are always so juicy and delicious. A fresh salmon salad, tasty pasta dishes and chocolate or vanilla smoothie makes a wonderful weekend for us. We’re really embracing the Australian culture but we also have the luxury to enjoy foods from other countries too!



Written by SIBT students: Rita, Karen

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The wonders of Dim Sum cuisine

We all love food, right? If it weren’t for the excess calories and daily commitments of our day to day lives, I bet most of us would spend most of our day eating, I know I would! Tragically, most good things have bad consequences.

The Chinese cuisine is both exotic and mind-blowing; this is especially for the Chinese people who are very culture-oriented, as well as other people, who have an appreciation for diversity.

We recently visited China town, eagerly searching for a restaurant that would endow us with a full-packaged China cuisine experience!  Having this in mind, we quickly spotted a brown-roofed and blue-lighted restaurant that seemed to be exactly what we were looking for. Moments later, after going through the menu, we discovered an exquisite Cantonese style of cooking, the popular Dim Sum.


As it was brought to our table, we couldn’t help but admire its presentation. It was served in small round bamboo bowls that held the contents magnificently well. It had a steamy, fresh and fragrant aroma, as well as a sweet and sour taste, due to the sauce that accompanied it. With the food came the chopsticks, and the forks, for those of us who haven’t yet mastered the art of using the simple but sophisticated sticks.

Yum Cha, is another name for Dim Sum, which means ‘’drinking tea’’. We, however, did not choose to accompany our food with the tea, though tea is part and parcel of Dim Sum. This delicacy cannot be characterized by the time of day it is taken, since it can serve as breakfast, brunch, or even dinner. A classical Dim Sum dish consists of an unequal percentage of shrimp and pork, wrapped in a thin sheet of dough. This dumpling is known as the Cha Siu bao. It also includes rice noodle rolls, and can either be steamed or fried. Different meats can be used, and the menu can also be prepared to suit vegetarians.

Dim Sum is truly an enjoyable experience for anyone who wishes to be part of a communal and elegant menu.



Students: Mohammed Ali Bumozah, Renyu Fang, Wong Wing Chi Vanessa, Thi Giang NGUYEn


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