The 5 Best Cheap Eats in Sydney

1. Ho Jiak

Haymarket & Strathfield

Bursting with Authentic Malaysian flavours, and packed with heart, soul and a whole lot of spice – Ho Jiak – is the food baby of Head Chef and Owner Junda Khoo and business partner William Xie. A place where Penang street food, traditionally eaten with your hands, meets generous family style Nyonya feasts.
With two Sydney locations, in Haymarket and Strathfield,  both menus have been crafted from traditional recipes passed down and perfected over generations – the depth of Chinese Malaysian flavours are lovingly refined and incredibly rich.

2. Faheem Fast Food


Faheem's is well known among locals and for good reason. They serve authentic, top quality Pakistani and Indian food at a very reasonable price.

Located on busy Enmore Road, just up from the Enmore Theatre and across from the Sly Fox, Faheem's is no frills dining but that won't put anyone off because the food is



3. Tipica


The Bologna involves folds of buttery, soft mortadella, contrasted with a crunch of a scattered pistachios. The Pumpkin uses roasted creamy gourds as a base and tops it with sweet, just-caramelised chunks of onion, smoky scamorza cheese and paper-thin slices of pancetta. It’s hard to reinvent the pizza wheel, but these two combos make strong arguments for steering away from the typical pie. Traditional numbers work too though – the classic Prosciutto and Rocket uses San Daniele prosciutto, and the simplicity here accentuates excellent, just-charred base.


4. BL Burgers


BL Burgers is situated on a busy stretch of Oxford Street, and they're in the right place for late night eats. It's a long space decorated with colourful graffiti, with bars lining each wall and high stools to sit at. There's a slide at the side that they're said to throw burgers down from the kitchen up the stairs, but no such luck when we visit.


5. New Star Kebabs


We’ve all been there. A late-night kebab loaded with meat and dripping with chilli sauce after a beer or three is a rite of passage. And even though New Star Kebabs is open late enough to help you kick that impending hangover to the kerb before it’s even begun (until midnight every evening), you’ll probably enjoy their kebabs even more when you’re sober. Seriously. 

The real stars of the show at this Turkish joint, though, are the shish kebabs, cooked on giant skewers that look like flattened swords. That’s no coincidence either. It’s said that Persian soldiers in the Medieval Age used their swords as makeshift skewers to cook meat over an open fire

(Credit: Helen Yee,

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