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We asked our contributors their favourite ‘Flavours of Haymarket’
Aaron VIII Creative Director Din Tai Fung’s Xiao Long Bao for days son! Red Chilli for Dan Dan Mian & Mapo Tofu, Ramen Ikkyu for a fat bowl of paitan ramen.
Karen Soo Editor in Chief Yum Cha musts; East Ocean, The Eight & Marigold. Seafood at Golden Century and Shui Zu Yu (sichuan boiled fish) at Red Chilli.
Joel Westworth Photographer Try the Ikan Bakar at Hawker on Sussex St. Here you can skip the queues of Mamak for some classic Malaysian street food.
Mivia Pinniger Hair & Makeup Artist Wagaya, I love the touch screen menus and their sake cocktails are sooo good! I’m addicted to the wonton soup at Din Tai Fung.
Aaron Stathi Contributor Gumshara has the best ramen in Sydney. Their tonkotsu is thick, porky, gelatinous and the noodles are firm and fresh.
Amber Yee Fashion Model My heritage is ChineseFijian but I don’t actually eat much Chinese food — except for Yum Cha which I love!
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Welcome To Haymarket Welcome to Haymarket Chamber of Commerce’s fourth edition of Live Work Play. This publication provides essential information for visitors to explore the delightful Haymarket area with its diverse range of shops, restaurants and entertainment, and to appreciate the cultural and historical value of Chinatown and its sense of place in an evolving Sydney environment and community.
A new breed of creative, innovative startups has permeated the business community, as a younger demographicinterested in engaging with the global economy is being welcomed into the Haymarket area. This progressive change aligns with the vision of City of Sydney to continue the establishment of Sydney as a global city with sustainable business practices and economic growth.
“A new breed of creative, innovative startups haspermeated the business community as a younger demographic is being welcomed into Haymarket” Haymarket Chamber of Commerce (HCC) marked its 10th Anniversary in 2016 with a celebration to remember at Capitol Theatre joined by its members, supporters, stakeholders and sponsors. The transformation of Haymarket and its surrounding areas has commenced with both the development of Darling Square and the construction of the Light Rail in progress. City of Sydney is reviewing its planning and development control for the Sydney CBD as well as the Haymarket area. HCC is actively involved in this dialogue in representing our members and stakeholders to develop sustainable growth for Haymarket while respecting the historical and cultural value of Chinatown. It is crucial that the significant and unique cultural identity of Chinatown be maintained and valued for future generations.
It also contributes to the multicultural characteristics and flavour of Haymarket where everyone enjoys the variety of food, entertainment and retail outlets on offer. I trust you will find Live Work Play to and fascinating, and that Haymarket is Live, Work and Play
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Home to Australia’s largest Chinatown, as well as the more recently formed Thaitown and Koreatown areas, Haymarket is a diverse and culturally rich neighbourhood on the cusp of Sydney’s CBD. Located within 100 metres of Central station, Haymarket is home to a young population of 16,000 residents made up of students, professionals and young couples from China and all across Asia. With over 200 restaurants, boutique retail outlets, major shopping centres, street markets and Asian grocers, nightlife and entertainment venues, Haymarket is a unique and vibrant destination for visitors and locals alike.
Australia’s most walkable neighbourhood Voted the most walkable suburb in Australia by walkscore.com, Haymarket offers a unique mix of dining, shopping and culture all a leisurely stroll away
The best place to eat Haymarket offers the richest range of Asian cuisine in Australia, home to over 250 restaurants, food courts and the bustling hawker style food stands of the Friday night markets
Rich in arts & culture NSW Tourism also declared Haymarket Sydney’s most popular destination for art and culture as well as one of the top three most visited areas for shows and events
A typical Haymarket resident is around 27 years of age and unmarried. Close to 70% of Haymarket residents have never married, however 56% are couples without children. The most common countries of birth for Haymarket residents are China (18%) and Thailand (15%), with 10% born here in Australia. Other common countries of birth include Indonesia, Korea and Hong Kong. Most Haymarket households are multi-lingual, with only 16% of people speaking only English at home.
Australia’s biggest Chinatown Haymarket also includes Australia’s largest Chinatown, plus the emerging Thaitown and Koreatown areas. It is also the top precinct in Australia for migrants
The most commonly spoken languages include Mandarin and Cantonese, Thai, Bahasa and English.
56% of Haymarket residents are undertaking some form of study, most commonly in a tertiary or technical college.
Haymarket is growing One of Sydney’s fastest growing suburbs, Haymarket is home to over 16,000 residents. 99.5% of Haymarket residents live in an apartment, flat or unit, and 30% live in group households. (Source: ABS) (Source: Haymarket Chamber of Commerce Research, 2016)
14% of Haymarket residents own their homes, while about 64% are renting.
We’ve listed some essential contacts to find out more about how you can participate in the local community. Haymarket is a diverse and growing multicultural community, we encourage participation in creating a safe, healthy, sustainable and vibrant precinct. You can contact the Sydney CBD Neighbourhood Service Centre customer service staff about rate payments, building, planning and development applications and information, reporting waste and graffiti, permits and notifications and other services. City of Sydney Council Town Hall House Level 2, 456 Kent Street Sydney NSW 2000 9265 9333 cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
Pontip Fruit & Veg 14 Campbell St Emperor’s Garden BBQ & Meat Market 211-215 Thomas St
Green Valley Spices Stand 714-715, Market City
Maruyu Japanese Grocer 537-539 Kent St
Smile Koreea Mart 636 George St, Sydney
Jarern Chai Thai Grocer 425 Pitt St Haymarket
Ho’s Dim Sum Kitchen 429A Pitt St
Thai Kee IGA R101, Market City 9-13 Hay St
Woolworths 61-79 Quay Street
14 Campbell St, Haymarket G3 Korean Groceries 14 George St, Haymarket
Health & Medical Haymarket Medical 5/650 George St Haymarket 9283 2808 Sussex Medical Centre 5/403 Sussex St Haymarket 9281 3822
Chinese Ginseng & Herbs 75-77 Ultimo Rd Haymarket 9212 4397
Miracle Supermarkets Ground Floor, World Square 644 George St, Sydney Market City 9-13 Hay Street, Haymarket 9288 8900 Red Bottle 374 Sussex St 382 Pitt St 04/9-13 Hay St
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Sydney Central Medical 306/451 Pitt St Sydney 9212 3953
Groceries & Other Essentials New Yen Yen Supermarket & Liquor 9/8 Quay St, Haymarket
Sydney City Police 192 Day St, Sydney (02) 9265 6499
Immigration Abacus Immigration Lawyers 51 Albion St, Surry Hills 9281 6888 abacusvisa.com.au Global-Edu.Imm.Law Jiande Building 3, 401 Sussex St, Sydney 9746 4500 geic.com.au
Real Estate P&G Mode Realty 431 Sussex St, Haymarket 9281 9999 pgmode.com.au SKW Property Suite 1, 1 Marys Place Surry Hills 9211 5822 skwproperty.com.au
In my years in the industryI’ve worked on and run lot of different projects, currently I’m on the board of arts & culture for Barangaroo. My most well known project is Vivid Ideas.
What is Vivid Ideas all about?
y ll u c S Jes s Hi Jess! Tell us a little about your background I was born in Western Sydney, I’ve lived here most of my life. Mum is Chilean & Dad is Indian — they met at a bank in Burwood, which to me is such a Sydney story — people from diverse cultures coming together. I’ve been living in the inner city for 16 years now.
You have a reputation as a real champion for the creative industries in Sydney… how did you get started? I got distracted! I studied journalism & law at UTS, and in the early 2000s I started editing magazines — very niche titles in fashion, design and music, stuff I was interested in that I eventually realised were all called ‘the creative industries’. It was from that stage onwards that I realised that creative people and people who have creative businesses of all kinds might be making very different products or providing different services, but share a lot of common challenges. Since then, my work has become all about supporting the creative industries.
I’m the founding director of Vivid Ideas, which is a festival of ideas within Vivid Sydney, focused on the creative industry. We are all about supporting, motivating and inspiring the people who want to make a career out of their passions. I have come to consider myself as more of a curator. 2017 is my 9th and final year working on Vivid.
What is unique about Sydney’s creative industries? Sydney’s #1 strength is our diversity, without a doubt. We have people from every culture, people who have lived or travelled to almost every place in the world. The ability to communicate with different audiences should be our number one export. Australia has a young, passionate, educated and globally connected talent base; that’s especially so here in Sydney. It’s really exciting to see projects like Haymarket HQ drawing upon the talent, knowledge and education people have locally, while helping them make the most of the connections they have globally. We have the potential to be the content shop, the tech shop for the world.
Tech is something you have been pushing through Vivid, right? There’s a real excitement about the tech & startup sector at the moment. Vivid has given me the advantage of being able to meet and connect a lot of people in different workplaces and industries. I want to continue to support them, while also looking at new and improved ways to connect people more, and all year round — not just during Vivid. 5
Congratulations on becoming a councillor with City of Sydney! What are your goals for the next 4 years? Sydney has been moving in a fantastic direction under Clover Moore’s leadership. It’s timely and exciting that we’re embracing the challenge of resilience and tackling climate change. Cities and the way they are run have an enormous impact on our planet, and how we live in our cities affects both our quality of life and the kind of citizens we are; whether we’re inclusive or not, whether we live sustainably or not; all of this happens at a city level. Clover has also been supportive of high quality street life, for example the recently created public space at Thomas Street where we are sitting right now. I’d like to champion these things even further, obviously with a big focus on culture and creativity. My biggest goal, and I don’t know just how I’m going to achieve it yet, is to make the creative, cultural and business life of the city more visible in the streets — people eating, living, reading, meeting and playing in the streets. This is something you definitely see here in Haymarket, but much less so elsewhere in the city. What happens inside Sydney’s skyscrapers is often quite mysterious to people outside — I’m really intrigued by how we could make the city more open. Maybe it’s by having different kinds of workspaces available, or by opening new communication channels within the community. There’s a big divide between the amount of information available digitally compared to what’s available on the streets. I’m interested in how we can use technology to bridge that gap between the physical and the digital.
in, but these laws have clearly not worked — there must be a better solution, and it’s important we keep trying. Instead of harsh restrictions, I think it’s about changing the focus from just drinking to offering different food and activities and bringing different flavours to different precincts — e.g. the CBD, Kings Cross and Chinatown. There are hundreds of different things we could do at night in Sydney, I think we need to ensure people know how to find them, know how to get there safely, and of course how to get home safely. That’s what’s missing right now. I believe we need to be treated like adults, in order for us to behave like adults.
It would be such a huge shame to see Sydney streets empty by night… The Friday night markets in Haymarket are a great example of why. Dixon street is definitely at its best when the whole street is bustling — it’s at its most awesome when there are too many people crowded into the place. We need to leave more room for this kind of thing. Australia is a risk averse country — we try to get rid of all the chaos. But sometimes chaos is a good thing! Think to Asia where you can eat, shop or dance anytime you like because things are open all night, think of the crowded hawkers markets. I think sometimes not everything needs to be ‘endorsed’ or ‘signed off’. Sometimes things just need to happen naturally to create a real soul.
Do you have a favourite place to go out at night in Haymarket?
You’re also pretty passionate about Sydney’s nightlife, right?
Well, there used to be a great live music venue called the Square opposite The Capital Theatre — I used to see bands there all the time. It had a perfect sized room & great location. It’s also really sad that GoodGod Small Club closed. It was such an incredible place, they worked so
Yes! Sydney’s nightlife was having issues which caused the lockout laws to be brought
hard and took so many risks with that venue. It was really sad for all of us to see it go.
I think it’s the one element Haymarket is missing. With its strong Asian influence, it has the opportunity to become a real centre for Sydney’s nightlife. I’d love to see more music venues & bars in the area. It’s always crowded and has a great vibe.
Where is your favourite place to eat? I could spend this whole interview talking about the food here! Since I studied at UTS, I have spent way too much time hanging and eating in Haymarket. Ramen is a staple of my diet — I eat so much of it. Ramen Ikkyu and Menya are the best. I’ve been eating at Chinese Noodle House on Thomas Street for at least 16 years, maybe longer. I don’t think the menu has changed in all that time, and the prices have barely changed either. It’s real comfort food, and I just love that I can sit and eat outside now! Happy Chef in the food court on Dixon Street does the best laksa in Sydney — it’s brilliant that Australia is so multicultural that we can make jokes about laksa being our national dish. There is Arisun, with its Korean fried chicken and giant kegs of beer, oh, and yum cha! I love eating at Zilver, and Marigold is a true Sydney institution. I think that’s where I first tried yum cha as a little girl, with my mum.
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What else do you like about the area? Chinatown is honestly my favourite place in Sydney. It’s always alive and full of people. I’m a real city person — I’m energized by other people, and coming to Haymarket you get that energy more than anywhere else in the city. I love shopping for groceries at Paddy’s. I’ll load up one of those grandma trolleys on a Sunday afternoon and get everything super cheap — that place saw me through a lot of skint times; something I’m sure most independent creative practitioners know all too well. I also visit 4A Gallery a lot — it’s super cool. Find out more about Jess’ creative endeavours at jessscully.com jerkscully jessaroo
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‘Aunty’ Jenny Munro Visitors to Haymarket would find it hard to miss the face of Wiradjuri elder Jenny Munro looming over Harbour and Goulburn streets. The breathtaking portrait of the Aboriginal rights activist and founder of Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy was painted on by street artist Matt Adnate June 2015. The portrait took 5 days to complete using spray-paint and captures the fierce spirit of the woman who famously stated “I fight ‘til I die and I ain’t dead yet”. Golden Water Mouth This symbolic entry point to Chinatown corner of Hay and Sussex Streets. Golden Water Mouth work incorporates Chinese Feng Shui principles with native Australian materials; a 10.7M high yellow-box eucalyptus tree partly covered with 23-carat gold leaf, and running water.
In Between Two Worlds By day, the blue cloud pattern painted and etched on the walls and floor of Kimber Lane symbolizes never-ending fortune. By night, 30 illuminated spirit figures hang from the sky to create a dreamlike atmosphere inspired by artist Jason Wing’s Chinese and Aboriginal heritage in tribute to our past, present and future ancestors. New Century Garden As part of City of Sydney’s long-term plan for Chinatown, Thomas Street was redeveloped into a pedestrian friendly public plaza. Chinese-Australian contemporary artist Lindy Lee was selected to lead a team of artists, designers and a feng shui expert to create this space. “I envisage a garden which holds ancient Chinese spiritual values, experienced through an Australian landscape” Lindy said.
HCC President Simon Chan with 4A Director Mikala Tai
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Chinese Garden of Friendship
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The Chinese Garden of Friendship was built as a beautiful symbol of friendship between sister-cities Sydney and Guangzhou in the province of Guangdong, China, to celebrate Australia’s bicentenary in 1988. The garden was designed and built by Chinese architects and gardeners and follows the Taoist principles of ‘Yin-Yang’ and the five oppositing elements — earth, fire, water, metal and wood. In contrast to the manicured lawns and neatly arranged flowers of Western-style gardens, the garden recreates wild aspects of nature such as waterfalls, mountains, lakes and forests. Admission is $6 for an adult or $3 for concession entry and children, with family and group discounts also available. Chinese Garden of Friendship 1 Exhibition Place, Darling Harbour
4A Celebrated its 20th anniversary in June 2016. 4A was established in 1996 as the Asian Australian Artists Association in response to Pauline Hanson’s maiden speech. Founded within a climate of anti-multiculturalism, 4As aim to facilitate cultural dialogue between Australia and Asia is as relevant today as it was twenty years ago. Over the past two decades 4A has managed to carve out a place for Asian-Australian artistic voices and continues to challenge audiences through thought-provoking exhibitions, artist exchanges and cultural programmes. 4A Centre For Contemporary Asian Art 181-187 Hay St, Haymarket Visit 4a.com.au/whats-on to view 4A’s 2017 programme 4a_aus
Hello, My Darling The Darling Harbour Transformation Project is the most exciting facelift Darling Harbour has seen in the last 25 years, and it is well underway. This 20-hectare, $3.4B transformation will create a new city neighbourhood: Darling Square. Along with reinvigorated public spaces, the project includes a luxury hotel, a new International Convention Centre, a new boulevard and improved public walkways for the community. The enriched public space will have new places for people to play, relax and come together with family and friends. More trees and vegetation will be planted amid iconic art installations and a celebration of Darling Harbour’s water story – all weaved into the area’s rich heritage. The new International Convention Centre and associated public realm has been delivered, providing improved connectivity in the area. This includes an expanded Tumbalong Park which is already being enjoyed by locals as a meeting place and a space for different cultural and celebratory events. The new paths allow easy access to Tumbalong Place, The Boulevard and the CBD through Darling Quarter. 10
Darling Square will house around 4,200 residents including 1,000 students and 2,500 workers with easy access to everything this new area offers. The first residents and workers will move into Darling Square in 2017. A quarter of Darling Square is public space. New laneways, streets, retail outletsand cafes are part of the design and a new boulevard will link the harbour to Quay Street. Features such as continuing Little Hay Street will encourage an easier flow through Chinatown and Darling Square with more open spaces. • There will be a new city Square in the Darling Square development which will be the size of Martin Place between George and Pitt Streets • Darling Square will be home to around 4,200 residents and about 2,500 workers • The new Boulevard is 20 metres wide • Tumbalong Park has been expanded by 3,000SQM • This project will create about 3,700 jobs during construction, with sustainable employment for 4,000 people
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The Mystery of Chinese Tea Chinese Tea; a subject matter shrouded with the same mystique as wine and single origin coffee. If you know your Barossa Shiraz from your Coonawarra Cabernet and your Kenyan coffee from your Rwanda, and are looking for a new sensory beverage experience, look no further. All tea comes from the same bush Camellia Sinensis, but like wine and coffee, there are literally thousands of variations with different flavour profiles and health benefits. These variations are due to influences such as soil, weather, water, climate, altitude and the preparation of the tea itself. To get you started, we look at the four basic types of Chinese Tea.
Green tea (绿茶) contains the youngest buds, plucked from the top of the plant. Green tea harvest season lasts for only a month and the price of the tea goes down each subsequent day, with leaves picked on the first day going anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars per 500g. The most famous variety is Dragon Well Tea (龙井茶) from Hangzhou in the Zhejiang province.
Oolong (乌龙), originated in the Fujian province and is considered a “blue” tea because it falls somewhere between green and red teas. The most famous oolongs are Iron Buddha (铁观音) and Big Red Robe (大 红袍). Oolong tea is said to increase fat metabolism and to help in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
White tea (白茶) is picked before Green tea and is amongst the most expensive of varietals, as the young buds are only harvested over a two-day period in early spring. The exceptionally delicate processing process — usually a quick basking in the sun or a light steam and the early picking means that these leaves retain the most polyphenols, flavonoids and catechins of any tea. This translates to powerful free-radical fighting properties that reduce the risk of cancer, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and even fight bacteria and viruses.
Pu’er (普洱) is the most famous variety of red tea (红茶), which most westerners know as black tea! Originating in the Yunnan province, Pu’er tea boasts the strongest flavour of all the Chinese teas and comes packed in compressed cakes. While green and white teas should be consumed a year after picking, black tea retains its taste for decades and, as with wine, older vintages cost more. Go for raw Pu’er (生, shēng), as the cheaper “cooked” (熟, shú) variety is chemically processed to mimic the natural aging process of the tea. Author: Aaron Stathi
Take George Wing Kee’s Famous Walking Tour In the past, cookhouses run by families from the Southern Province of Guangdong served the mainly Chinese locals. Now, food remains a dominant attraction to Chinatown, and with all the many cultures the area attracts, what were originally small stores have grown into empires. Haymarket Chamber of Commerce Founding Member George Wing Kee runs his famous Chinatown walking tours throughout the year in order to share his insights into the rich history and culture of the area. Chinese New Year Tours $38 With Yum Cha included Saturday 28th January 10.30am Tuesday 31st January 10.30am To book your ticket or enquire about tours email email@example.com
Download HCC’s new Chinatown app Experience your very own cultural and historical digital walking tour of Chinatown, based on George Wing Kee’s famous walking tours. Use the app to explore the many local delights and features of the area. Download for iPhone: bit.ly/1wiKsv2 Download for Android: bit.ly/1wRt7GQ
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With approximately 50,000 workers employed by over 3000 businesses, Haymarket accounts for around 15% of Sydney’s total workforce. Traditionally hospitality, retail and professional services such as finance, real estate and legal have been the main players, but in recent years a new wave of entrepreneurs are breathing new life into the area with exciting ventures in tech, design, online shopping and even virtual reality. With major redevelopment and improvements being made in the area, there are exciting times ahead as the next generation of businesses look at new ways of thinking, working and trading with Australia, Asia and the world. Sydney’s largest business precinct outside of the CBD Haymarket is home to around 3000 businesses employing apprixomately 50,000 people, and represents 15% of Sydney’s total workforce. A retail hotspot NSW Tourism named Haymarket as the most popular precinct for shoppers. The retail and personal services sector makes up around 22% of Haymarket’s total workforce. One of Sydney’s most popular tourist destinations NSW Tourism declared Haymarket one of Sydney’s top 3 tourist desinations. Over 2.5M visitors pass through Haymarket each year.
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Haymarket is an important base for many companies trading in Australia and Asia. Haymarket’s top three industries are Retail & Personal Services, Hospitality and Professional Business Services. Haymarket’s top industries by number of employeees are professional and business services, government, ICT, finance and hospitality. Only around 14% of Haymarket’s buildings contain residential dwellings, with the rest being dedicated to business. 37% of Haymarket residents walk to work each day. While only 63% of Haymarket residents own a car, there are over 20,000 parking spots across the suburb. Approximately 82% of Haymarket’s employees work in full-time positions with around 18% in casual or part-time roles.
Left to right: HHQ Founder Brad Chan with HHQ General Manager Duco van Breemen, CHEFIN’ founder Sukey Xu, Camp Director of Partnerships Victoria Kung
Haymarket HQ Haymarket HQ is a newly founded coworking space with a focus on innovative startups looking to expand into Asia. Founded by former Haymarket Chamber of Commerce President Brad Chan, HHQ is backed by a $300K investment from Gov- ernment Initiative Jobs for NSW, and aims to drive innovation while also connecting entrepreneurs with the support and advice needed to build meaningful commercial relationships with Asia. Current residents of HHQ include: China Australia Millenial Project (CAMP) who run an innovation program that brings together a mixed group of 150 Chinese and 18
Australian millenials to design innovative business solutions with the aim of creating cross-cultural startups that will go on to trade. CHEFIN’, a food-tech platform that offers a range of cuisines cooked by professional chefs prepared fresh in your own home or workplace, removing the hassles of shopping, cooking and cleaning. PrezentVR is developing a platform to create immersive presentations in a virtual reality space, allowing users to visualise concepts in 3D with a simple interface comparable to Powerpoint. Haymarket HQ Level 2, 63 Dixon St, Haymarket To find out more or get in touch visit haymarkethq.com haymarkethq
Kevin Chen, Westpac We discover the unique insights a Westpac bank manager can offer on trading in Haymarket Where were you born and when did you come to Australia? I was born in Beijing, China. I came to Australia in 2003, I was 16 years old. How long have you been working in Haymarket? I’ve been working at Westpac for the last 6 and a half years, 5 of which have been at Haymarket branch, where I am now branch manager. What do you think is unique about doing business in in the Haymarket area? Haymarket is home to many SMBs, particularly within food and hospitality, travel agents and professional services such as accountancies and lawyers — there is a lot of variety in the area. I would estimate around 80% of business owners in Haymarket are Asian, so it’s important to be able to understand their mindsets as to how they run their business and how they transact with their customers. From a banking perspective this area has many high net worth customers. Haymarket is holding one of Westpac’s biggest term deposit books Where do you see yourself in five years? As one of the few Asian leaders at Westpac, I want to make an impact both in the community here and the culture of the bank. I would like my staff to aspire not just for promotions but for positions of leadership. My own ambition is to be working with Westpac on a state level, perhaps as a state manager in private banking or premium financial services.
Why do you think it is important to see more Asian leadership in business? As more and more Asian investors choose to invest in Australia via equity and property, the Asian market is now a main strength to the Australian economy. In the local area, we see an increased amount of SMEs coming to Sydney to start their retail businesses. I believe Asian leaders are definitely a good strategy to win in todays market. Can you outline innovation in banking? Innovation can be explained in terms of technology such as upgrading our online banking applications and mobile apps in order to make banking easier and more convenient for our customers. Where do you like to eat? My favourite restaurant in the area is Red Chilli Sichuan. I like the lamb ribs, one of my favourite dishes I love it. They also have the Sichuan Boiled Fish which is great. I love spicy food. I also like going for yum cha at The Eight, I’m sure everybody already knows this restaurant but it’s fantastic. Westpac 671-675 George Street, Haymarket (02) 8217 0300 westpac.com.au 19
Game Boy Video games have grown from a bedroom hobby to a 90 billion dollar industry. We talk with freelance game designer Aaron Stathi What is your background? I’m a 5th generation Australian, my heritage is Macedonian. How did you get started in game design? I’ve always wanted to be a game designer, but growing up I was always told by teachers it was not the right move because there’s no career prospects or money in it, so I went down a different path working in the liquor industry for 10 years. At 28 I decided that wasn’t really what I wanted to do in life so I quit and went to study game design at The Academy of Interactive Entertainment in Ultimo. I spent three years working with tech startup Forcite. From there I moved into a production role at film and animation studio Plastic Wax. Recently I joined the Executive board of the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce where I work on the digital and tech side of things. What are you working on with the Haymarket Chamber? My role at the HCC is within the digital and tech field. I’m currently working on a mobile app based on George Wing Kee’s famous walking tours of Haymarket. Visitors to Haymarket will be able to start at a certain point using the GPS on their phone and take an audio version of George’s tour. This will be released early to mid 2017. What games you are working on right now? I’m currently working on a 2D platform 20
game for mobile called Sorceress Prism. It’s based on retro arcade games from the 80s and 90s — It’s a game that’s easy to pick up but difficult to master, it requires a higher level of coordination to get through it. Which other local game developers should we be looking out for? Featherweight Games have a great game on mobile called Rodeo Stampede which is really fun, they’ve put a lot of work into it. If you look up Dan Graf’s talk on YouTube about the making of the game it is really interesting and inspiring! SMG Studios also have a great game on mobile I been playing called Thumb Drift, worthchecking out - great on train rides. Where should hungry gamers go to eat? In the Winter I can’t go past Gumshara for a big bowl of ramen. I also really like the iced teas with grass jelly at Gong Cha. You can see Sorceress Prism in action at nightpager_
Lions’ Roar Into The 21st Century The stone lions that mark the famous gates of Sydney’s historic Chinatown act as symbolic custodians of the century old China Australian trade and commerce the area represents; be it past, present and future. Regarded as part of Australasia, Chinatown with its 1.2 million Chinese visitors and the cities now growing billion dollars of international students, this unique precinct reflects diverse culture, commerce and emerging communities. Haymarket and Chinatown can be likened to an “Asiatown” and its once-distinguishable boundaries are extending beyond it traditional boundaries. The borders of Chinatown are expanding away from Dixon and Sussex streets and a wave of ethnic restaurants, including China mainland, Thai and Korean, have brought new flavours to the zone. Chinatown is one of the fastest-growing parts of the City of Sydney’s economy, with jobs increasing by nearly 25 per cent and residents up 28 per cent in the Haymarket area in the five years to 2012. The construction of light rail on George Street, the redevelopment of Darling Harbour and a refurbishment of the southern end of Chinatown brings further transfomation to the precinct in the coming years. Haymarket Chamber of Commerce executive member and Banna Property CEO Brad Chan said there was “buzz and excitement”. “I think the challenge is to move ahead in a way that preserves the history but also appeals to demand,” he said.
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Over 1.2 million visitors each year come to enjoy the cultural melting pot of Haymarket. Haymarket is home to over 200 restaurants, and it’s no secret that Haymarket is the favourite late night dinner location for many of Sydney’s top chefs who you will regularly catch eating after hours at late night haunts like the iconic Golden Century and Old Town Hong Kong. For those in the know, some of the best Asian food in Sydney can be found tucked away in the food courts of Dixon House, Market City, Eating World and World Square. Sydney’s lockout laws have brought with them a complex range of challenges for late-night traders, but Haymarket has proven resilient, with business owners looking at new and creative ways to flourish, and Haymarket’s Friday Night Markets, restaurants, karaoke bars, pubs and small bars continue to thrive. With dozens of boutiques hidden away in the side streets and malls, and of course Market City, Haymarket is the best place for fashionistas to find the hottest labels from Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong to Paris, London and Milan.
Sichuan cuisine boasts bold and complex flavours thanks to liberal use of chilli, garlic and tongue-numbing sichuan pepper. Dishes: Dan Dan Mian, Mapo Tofu, Kung Pao Chicken, Double Cooked Pork Try it at: Red Chilli Sichuan (see page 26)
Uygur cuisine is mostly halal due to the areas predominantly muslim population. Meats, onion, eggplants and celery seasoned with cumin, chilli, saltanas and meat fats are served with flat bread. Dishes: Lamb skewers, Stir-fried chicken with potatos in chilli and garlic, Cucumber Salad Try it at: Kiroran Silk Road, 3/6 DIxon St
Sichuan Yunnan is home to many different ethnic groups and thus its cuisine is strongly varied and hard to classify. Many Yunnan dishes are spicy, and mushrooms are featured prominently. Yunnan is also famous for its Puâ€™er Tea. Dishes: Crossing The Bridge Noodles Try it at: Two Sticks (see page 28)
Yum Cha is a Chinese Style brunch which involves drinking tea and eating dim sum â€” small, bite sized portions of food serviced in steamer baskets or small plates. It is most popular in southern, Cantonese-speaking regions. Dishes: Pork Buns, Salt & Pepper Whitebait, Spicy Prawns, Dumplings Try it at: The Eight, L2 Market City, Haymarket 24
Flavour Map of China China is home to countless different types of local and ethnic cuisines, each with its own distinct ingredients, techniques and flavours. The Eight cuisines of China are Cantonese, Sichuan, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, Hunan, Anhui & Shandong. These are considered to be the eight most important cuisines to which other regional cuisines can be compared to. We take a look at some of the different cuisines and where they can be found in Haymarket.
Beijing has been the capital of China for many centuries, so its cuisine takes influence from all over China. Traditionally Beijing food is served more as snacks — dishes served as mains tend to come from other regions of China. Dishes: Peking Duck, Dumplings, Wonton Soup Try it at: BBQ King (see page 27)
Fujian cuisine is light and flavourful and makes good use of a variety of seasfood, meats and offal as well as wild woodland delicacies such as mushrooms and bamboo. Dishes: Marinated Black Fungus, Fish Head Soup, Marinated Duck Gizzards, Stinky Tofu Try it at: Three Lanes & Seven Alleys (See Page 28)
Guangzhou Hong Kong
Cantonese cuisine is probably the best known in Australia. It has a focus on using very fresh ingredients while using condiments and sauces sparingly in order to compliment the natural flavours rather than overwhelm them. Dishes: Pippis in XO Sauce, Steamboat Abalone Try it at: Golden Century, 393-399 Sussex St
Out of the many yum cha restaurants in Haymarket, the recently renovated ZIlver offers without a doubt the most stylish setting, which is a perfect match to ZIlver’s modern take on Cantonese cuisine. While the yum cha carts offer some of the most beautifully presented dim sum you will find anywhere in Sydney, Zilver also offers an extensive a-la-carte menu. It all comes down to details — while steeped in Cantonese tradition,
Zilver’s cuisine takes a modern approach and draws upon influence from the broader spectrum of Chinese cuisines, with a particular nod to Shanghai and Chiuchow flavours. Zilver gets very busy so you may find it best to book a table in advance. 477 Pitt St, Haymarket 9211 2232 500 Oxford St, Bondi Junction 8866 2999
BBQ King First opened in 1983, BBQ King on Gouburn Street with its windows full of of roasting ducks, and somewhat greasy latenight atmosphere was nothing less than a Sydney institution — until mysteriously closing its doors with little fanfare in 2015. The good news for duck lovers is that BBQ King is back with a new location at the former Spanish Club on Liverpool Street, as part of an expanding Chinatown. The roast ducks still hang in the window, but the new venue offers a more refined dining experience spread across three levels. The menu offers a wide range of cantonese dishes, but BBQ King is most famous for its crispy skinned peking 26
duck and roasted suckling pig. Price-wise it's one of the more expensive restaurants in the area, but the serving sizes are generous making these good dishes to be shared with friends. 76-78 Liverpool St, Sydney 9267 2433
Old Town Hong Kong Old Town offers a wide range of classic Hong Kong and Cantonese dishes with a modern touch. The braised beef brisket in noodle soup is classic Hong Kong comfort food, with chunks of beef that melt in your mouth served with tendon and chewy noodles in a rich broth. The peking duck in soft fluffy bao is to die for — tender with ohso-crispy skin thanks to a specialised oven imported directly from Hong Kong. The
softly lit dining area and bare brick walls make for a relaxed environment even when the place is full. Best of all, their Dixon Street location is open until 2AM every night, making it a perfect spot for a late night supper after a night out. 10 Dixon St, Sydney 9264 3888 Mercantile Walk, Barangaroo 9299 8833
Red Chilli Sichuan When a restaurant has chilli in the name, you know what to expect — and no lover of spicy food will be disappointed here, with a huge menu that makes full use of fresh, dried and oils of chilli, fragrant garlic and tongue-numbing sichuan pepper — though there are milder dishes available for the faint of heart. While there are smaller dishes available (try the Dan Dan Mian) we recommend coming with a group, most of the dishes here are enormous and made to be shared. 108/25-29 Dixon St 9211 8130 Level 1, 8 Dixon St, Haymarket 9211 8122
Two Sticks Two Sticks’ signature dish is its rice noodle soup, known in Yunnan, Southern China as ‘crossing the bridge noodles’. Legend has it that this hotpot recipe came about when the wife of a scholar was trying to find a way to keep the noodles hot while delivering meals to his island study. Folk tales aside, it’s a hearty bowl of chicken broth with chunky rice vermicelli, thinly sliced beef and chicken, pickled vegetables and quail egg in a chicken and pork broth. Try a side of beef or cucumber with hot and numbing sauce — made up of a spicy blend of chilli and sichuan pepper oil, it tastes exactly as the name says.
694 George St, Haymarket 79 Quay St, Haymarket Tower 3, 300 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
Chinese Noodle House Ask ANY food lover their favourite dishes in Chinatown and it is almost guaranteed that the special braised eggplant will get a mention. Grab some drinks from the nearby New Yen Yen supermarket and enjoy delicious Northern Chinese style dumplings, handcut noodles, pork mince pancakes and of course the legendary eggplant with its well deserved cult status.. Prince Centre, 8 Quay St, Haymarket
Three Lanes & Seven Alleys
The Tang dynasty architecture of the three lanes and seven alleys of Fuzhou from which this tiny Fujian-Chinese restaurant took its name are illustrated beautifully on the walls. Choose a bowl of soup with rice noodles accompanied by a side of offal, tender pork intestines, beef tongue or marinated duck gizzard. Less brave eaters should try the crunchy marinated black fungus. Don’t miss the stinky tofu — the chefs’ take on the infamous fermented tofu sold by Chinese street-vendors. 28
50 DIxon St, Haymarket 9281 7770
Din Tai Fung This Michelin-starred Taiwanese restaurant chain is world-renowned for its delicious xiao long bao: delicious soupy steamed dumplings with a variety of fillings from pork to crab, prawns and mouth-watering black truffle. You’ll also find a huge variety of Taiwanese style dim-sum on offer, with steamed pork buns, hand made noodles and plenty of meats, seafood and vegetables. Try the Shanghai style drunken chicken served cold in rice wine and the wonton soup. Din Tai Fung L1, World Square, 644 George St, Sydney 9264 6010
Hsin Shih Tang For a different take on Taiwanese cuisine, try Hsin Shih Tang. The signature Wagyu beef noodle soup is a delight to the tastebuds and not to be missed, with a rich and fragrant broth made from a complex recipe including 15 different Chinese herbs. 23-25 Goulburn St, Haymarket 8385 8573
Named after Kuala Lumpur’s own Chinatown, Petaling Street offers a huge menu of authentic Malaysian street hawker food, offering plenty of favourites such as Roti, Koay Teow, Nasi Lemak, and Hainanese Chicken Rice. While it has some stiff competition from Happy Chef, Petaling Street also boasts one of the best bowls of Laksa you will find anywhere in Sydney, offering both the coconut and currry based laksa lemak and tamarind-based asam laksa, served vegetarian or with your choice of seafood, chicken or beef. 760 George St, Haymarket 9280 1006 29
Umi Sushi lovers are in for a treat at any of Umi’s three restaurants, with artfully prepared sushi and sashimi that tastes as good as it looks. Rice wrapped with salmon sashimi and topped with roe looks almost too good to eat, and the made-to-order soft shelled crab handrolls are a crunchy delight to bite into. Umi's flagship restaurant Umi Kaiten Zushi will reopen early 2017 with a fresh renovation offering live seafood and an au-
Gumshara When Gumshara chef Mori Hogashida wrote to iconic Japanese ramen chain Muteppou asking to learn to cook ramen, he was told 30
thentic Izakaya style dining experience. Umi Kaiten Zushi 477 Pitt St, Haymarket 9281 2006 Umi Sushi + Udon 10/1-25 Harbour St, Darling Quarter 9283 2006 Umi Express Event Cinema Complex, 505 George St Sydney he was too old to become an apprentice and offered a position as a cleaner. 6 Months later after proving his prowess, the chef decided to teach him to cook ramen. Rumour has it that Mori prepared over 100,000 bowls of ramen during this gruelling apprenticeship — something that Sydney has been thankful for ever since Gumshara opened its stall at Eating World. There are several styles of ramen on offer, but you’re coming here for the tonkotsu — Gumshara’s infamous gravy-like pork bone stock is made up from 120kg of pork bones every day, and has been responsible for many a food coma. Add a chilli bomb for an even more intense flavour. Eating World, 25-29 Dixon St Haymarket
Forget fast food — the fried chicken that Arisun is famous for is something different — double flash-fried in a light batter, it lets you enjoy that fried chicken taste without feeling like you are eating junk food. There are many different options available, from the classic fried chicken with optional additions such as soy, chilli, cheese, tabasco or wasabi & mayonaise. Throw in a side of BBQ pork belly and wash it down with a beer and soju (Korean vodka) cocktail. You’ll also find a huge menu of korean BBQ and hotpots. Be warned that the servings here are huge — they are definitely meant to be shared, and with K-Pop playing over the speakers and its huge outdoor beer garden, Arisun is almost as much party as it is restaurant on any given weekend night. 35/1 Dixon St, Haymarket 9264 1588 Arisun Express Shop 10.26, World Square, Sydney 8540 2903
Cinema K Fans of Asian cinema must check out this Korean film night held Thursday evenings at the Korean Cultural Centre. All films are played with English subtitles, and there are tasty Korean snacks on offer. It’s free, but bookings are essential. Korean Cultural Centre 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney koreanculture.org.au
Koreatown is abundant in Korean shops, restaurants, karaoke joints (Noraebang) and Korean barbecues (Bulgogi). Koreatown begins on Pitt Street (between Bathurst Street and Goulburn Street), and extends to Liverpool Street (between George Street and Elizabeth Streets). Australia’s Korean population is estimated to be around 150,000 The Korean Cultural Centre The Korean Cultural Centre on Elizabeth street is a fantastic resource for anyone intersted in Korean culture, offering cooking and language classes, a free Korean film night and more. 31
Established in 1989, the original location of Chat Thai’s five restaurants around town sits — quite appropriately, in the heart of what has grown to become Sydney’s Thaitown. Inspired by Thai street and market food as well as regional cuisines, the food is fragrant, spicy and delicious. Don’t forget to save room for dessert — the mango sticky rice is a real crowd-pleaser. 20 Campbell St, Haymarket 9211 1808
Spicy regional Thai food meets live music at at this rowdy little restaurant. As well as the usual Thai staples, the menu offers some more obscure regional dishes you won’t see on more Westernised Thai menus. Be brave and try the spicy Bangkok style chicken feet soup. 730-742 George St, Haymarket 9211 5232 32
Jarern Thai & Boon Cafe
Stocked with a mix of fresh produce and imported Thai goods, Jarern Chai offers a full range of Thai groceries while also attempting to demystify things for Western shoppers who may be intimidated by typical Asian grocers. Inside you will also find the fantastic Boon Cafe where you can find unique Thai influenced sandwiches, coffee and freshly squeezed juices. 429 Pitt St, Sydney 9211 1808
Sydney’s Thaitown was the second Thai neighbourhood in the world to be officially recognised by its host city (following Los Angeles, California). Located along Campbell Street and around the corner to Pitt it is home to many authentic Thai restaurants, video stores and grocers. Sydney is home to Australia’s largest Thai population, around 100,000.
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And nature is a theme throughout your work, right? Not just nature, but the effect that humans are having upon it. Taiwan is a small island but has the same population as Australia.
Change is : Overdue We talk the importance of sustainability in fashion with Margaret Hwang of : Overdue Where are you from? I’m from Taipei, Taiwan. I’ve always dreamt of working abroad as a designer. I came to Sydney on a working holiday Visa and fell in love with it here, so I found a graphic design role who sponsored me to stay. I work there by day and work on : Overdue and other projects by night. I’ve been in Sydney 2 years now. It’s so multicultural here; back home all my friends were Taiwanese, but here in Sydney my friends come from all over the world, I am hanging out with Australian, Chinese, German, Italian and Greek people. What drew you to Australia? The Nature here — Australia is absolutely beautiful! I like to spend time walking in the National Parks and laying at the beach. I love to swim too, but only when the water is not too cold! 36
We are surrounded by the ocean, so water is really important to us, yet with the climate changes caused by global warming, Taiwan will not exist 100 years from now if the sea levels continue to rise at the current rate. It’s a terrifying thought that we simply won’t have a country anymore; the entire nation would have to find somewhere else to live. The actions we take today directly affect our children and grandchildren. This is so much more important than fashion or profit. I feel that Australians care more about the environment than people back home. In what sense? When I run my stall at Glebe Markets, people are interested in not just the concepts behind my designs, but whether the materials are organic, where they are made and that they are sweatshop free. This in turn makes me think more about my designs to ensure I’m using sustainable practices in my work. I’m prepared to spend more money on manufacturing to create a product that is made in a safe working environment, by properly paid workers and using organic materials. This goes with packaging too. I don’t believe in wasting materials, so all the leftover fabric from Overdue’s socks is recycled and turned into eye masks. They are a great conversation-starter on a flight — I have had so many customers tell me that people asked about them, which was exactly my aim. Design is about communication, it is our responsibility to start conversation about important messages. I chose to design socks, as they are something that most people wear every day — I thought; why not use them to share a story?
“The actions we take today directly affect our children and grandchildren. That’s so much more important than fashion or profit”
So what kind of stories are you exploring with your designs? Well, for my initial collection I chose four themes that were the most important to me. Over-farming; I choose not to eat meat because of the impact over-farming has on the environment so one design is based on this. Coral bleaching, the melting arctic glaciers and the Earth’s rising sea levels. These things are not just important to me but every creature on this planet. What do you think about Sydney? It is a unique city, with quite a big mix of Western and Asian culture. One thing I noticed is that every single Australian knows how to use chopsticks. When I visit Europe I feel like an outsider, it’s very obvious that I’m a tourist. But in Sydney I blend in — nobody assumes I’m not a local.
Where can we find the best Taiwanese food? Din Tai Fung make very authentic food — it’s not tourist food, it’s what we eat at home. I don’t eat pork anymore, but I used to love their xiao long bao, it’s so yummy. Many people don’t know that bubble tea also originates from Taiwan — try my favourite, the milk foam oolong at Gong Cha. See more of Margaret’s designs at overduestudio.com overduestudio 37
Haymarket by Night What influence does a cities nightlife have on the economy? We talk with restaurateur, bar owner and HCC Vice President Jessie Xiao to find out You are pretty qualified to talk about the night economy in Haymarket… I have been doing businesses in the area for over 11 years now. I own the Umi Group of sushi bars, am involved with two Chinese restaurants: ZIlver in Haymarket and The Eight at Market City, and also own three karaoke bars: Dynasty, Mizuya and K-Square. What kind of businesses do we see trading by night in Haymarket? Typically restaurants, karaoke bars and bars are the obvious types but we also see retail stores in fashion, grocers etc stay open later than the rest of the city which reflects the different spending habits in the area. As traditional in Asian culture, businesses in Haymarket and Chinatown open early and close late — it’s the Asian style. The lockouts have definitely had an effect on this, though the impact in Haymarket 38
has not been felt as badly as other night trading areas like Kings Cross. So the lockout laws have had an affect on trade in Haymarket? It’s a bit politically sensitive, but I don’t believe in the lockout law. I think it has been detrimental to the city. It’s not just pubs and bars that are affected, restaurants and other late-trading businesses are feeling it too. It’s possibly changed peoples spending patterns. I feel people may be spending less time in the city, choosing to spend more time in different suburbs where they have more flexibility to enjoy a meal then have a drink afterwards. It’s not just about drinking but the ability to move on to other venues without restriction to say, go and meet up with friends who are at a different venue — people like to have these options. What positive actions are business owners taking to deal with the changes? Well, the rule obviously applies to everybody; its not something we can change. What we’ve had to do at my venues is put a lot more effort into active promotion, think
more about marketing, special offers and similar strategies. Basically, we have to work a bit harder to attract people. Previously, we had a loyal customer base and could also count on a lot of walk-ins. We still have our loyal customers, but we have to put in a little more effort to get them to come out as often. We definitely feel the difference in walk-ins. Do you have any thoughts towards a better solution? Unfortunately there is no quick fix. Personally, I think it all comes down to education. I was in London last year and even on weeknights there are a lot of people out on the streets, and it is peaceful. I think it could be the same here. In Asia you can buy a can of beer at 711 twenty four hours a day and likewise in the US. I think there there should be more onus on people controlling their own behaviour rather than a blanket set of rules for everybody. There is a risk that we could see the cities nightlife dying if people continue changing their habits to go elsewhere at night, e.g. Double Bay which is booming since the lockouts. I don’t have any business interests in Kings Cross but I feel really sad for them. What happens there has a flow-on effect. People are losing their jobs, and business owners finding it much tougher. Ultimately, people will start choosing to open elsewhere or not open at all. In my view it’s very detrimental to the economy. Who is about late at night in Haymarket? A lot of people head into Chinatown for a late-night supper, including a lot of top chefs from other restaurants, who all come to Chinatown to eat after they finish work.
We see a lot of corporate people coming to the area for entertainment, people on business trips coming for dinner and drinks, karaoke — this is one way relationships are built on a business level. People on fly-in fly-out business trips from interstate or Asia often stay out late then head straight to the airport. As we see more residents in areas like World Square we tend to see more people around late at night, and this is reflected in the opening hours of the stores there, with the supermarkets and Priceline open until late because there is a demand. With Darling Square we will hopefully soon see an influx of residents and foot traffic. What do you like most about the area? It’s the ‘mum and dad’ style shops that make Chinatown really vibrant and authentic. We have a lot of small operators who are doing things a little bit differently to everybody else, we don’t see just the same old fast food chains or big shopping malls. The big shopping malls are the same no matter where you go in the world. For me, it’s all the small and unique businesses that give Haymarket its real flavour.
Haymarket by Night As the sun goes down and Haymarket’s neon lights add a fluorescent tinge to the atmo-
Try some tasty hawker style food and find a bargain at Friday Night Markets Dixon St, Haymarket
sphere, the streets begin take on a life of their own. We’ve tracked down some of the best places to spend your evening.
Belt out your favourite song at Dynasty Karaoke Level 2, 63 Dixon St, Haymarket
Fancy something sweet? Try Aqua S 27/501 George St, Sydney
Enjoy a cocktail at The Bear Capitol Square, Haymarket
DJ Dumplings What is your background? I’m a proud third generation Australian, I was born in Bathurst, and have lived in Melbourne and Sydney. My great grandfather came to Sydney from China in the mid 1800s and started his own vegetable farm in Matraville. Where did your love for hip hop begin? The love for hip hop began when I took on breakdance classes at the Dancekool studio. This is one of the oldest hip hop dance studios in Sydney and has always been situated on the outskirts of Haymarket. During these dance classes and attending a few competitions I’ve met new friends. We developed a strong appreciation for the positivity that hip hop provides, “peace”, “love” and “unity” — listening to music, watching dance movies, practicing, competing, sharing knowledge and sharing food – these things really matter! A few of us even formed and joined a Sydney dance crew called “Flavawave”. Where can we see you DJ? You’ll catch me spinning at various hip hop competitions at the local dance studios within Haymarket such as CrossOver Dance Studio or Oz Dance Centre. Also UTS Underground Bar with the UTS Hip Hop Society. I have been asked to play at the UTS Winter Festival. Where can people learn hip hop style dance? CrossOver Studio on Goulburn Street offers both dance classes and a place to train. It has become a mecca for k-pop dancing. So there is a bit of an underground hip hop scene happening around Haymarket? Before the Qantas Entertainment Centre was closed for apartment developers, it was a very popular place for hip hop dancers such as poppers, lockers, breakers and krumpers to unite and practice their art forms in front of their glass reflections of the building. It was nice to be outdoors, and also made Sydney a cooler place to be. Dancers seem to be
moving towards the new Exhibition Centre now, and I’ve even seen some practice at the Powerhouse Museum. The dancefloor is dead — what track is guaranteed to get it jumping every time? If we are talking about real hip hop events, I think Schoolboy Q’s Collard Greens is pretty good. I like to start with a low tempo banger track like this, then gradually work my way up to a fast track. This enables me to beat mix fluidly and distract dancers from noticing song changes, forget about time for hours and hours, and enjoy themselves. Otherwise, Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk, Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic and Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off are very popular on any dance-floor, and almost guaranteed someone in the room will move their feet. Let’s talk food — where can we find the best flavours of Haymarket? I’m really digging the eggplant dumplings at Chinese Noodle House — the flavor explodes into your mouth. I rate Zilver for yum cha, they have great variety and the food is always fresh. Gumshara in the Eating World food court has a real tasty ramen, with no MSG in the broth.. Where should we go out for a drink? I usually go have a few beers at Mr B’s on Pitt Street, otherwise Sanctuary Bar on the outskirts of Haymarket — we call it “the dancer’s choice”. The dancers from outside the Downing Centre on Liverpool Street love this place. Listen to DJ Dumplings in the mix at mixcloud.com/djdumplings 41
Chinese New Year 2017 More than a million visitors will enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of Asia when the city comes alive for the 2017 Sydney Chinese New Year Festival from 27 January to 12 February. Sydney will strut its stuff and shake its tail feathers when it celebrates the Year of the Rooster in one of the biggest Lunar New Year celebrations outside Asia. 2017 marks the 21st birthday of the Sydney festival, which started in Chinatown and now extends all the way to Sydney Harbour. In 2016 it attracted 1.3 million people making it the third largest yearly event in Sydney, which has developed into an internationally renowned celebration of Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Korean culture. The final weekend of the festival on 11 and 12 February will feature the excitement and thrill of the dragon boat races. With origins dating back 2,500 years to ancient China. 42
Celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Fire Rooster with the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce for an exciting evening of networking, 12 course banquet, entertainment and surprises. HCC is very pleased to welcome Charlie Teo and support the Cure for Brain Cancer Foundation for this event Date: Friday 10 February 2017 Time: 5:30 Arrival, 6PM-9:30PM Venue: The Eight Level 3, Market City, 9-13 Hay Street Cost: Members: $80 / Non Members $98 Book: firstname.lastname@example.org Find out more about these and other celebrations at City of Sydney http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/ explore/arts-and-culture/chinese-new-year
WHAT’S ON IN 2017? January 7-26 Sydney Festival sydneyfestival.org.au February 6-21 Chinese New Year Festival sydneychinesenewyear.com March Art Month Sydney artmonthsydney.com.au April 13-15 Songkran (Thai New Year) thaiconsulatesydney.org May 27 - June 13 Vivid Sydney vividsydney.com June 8-19 Sydney Film Festival sff.org.au September Sydney Underground Film Festival suff.com.au October Good Food Month goodfood.com.au October Sculpture By The Sea sculpturebythesea.com October 4 Mid-Autumn Festival haymarketchamber.org.au November International Chinese Film Festival icff.cc
WEEKLY Thursdays Cinema K koreanculture.org.au Fridays Chinatown Night Market chinatownmarkets.com.au
HAYMARKET CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESENTS January 28-31 HCC Chinese New Year Banquet January 28-31 George Wing Kee’s Walking Tour of Haymarket June Dixon Street Market of Lights September HCC Asia Panel October 4 Mid Autumn Festival November Christmas Celebrations For more information on HCC events please visit haymarketchamber.org.au
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Haymarket Chamber of Commerce (HCC) is a leading not-for-profit business representative organisations committed to the commercial growth and culturally diverse community for the Haymarket precinct. As one of the fastest growing precincts, Haymarketâ€™s diverse range of businesses, cultures and local residents reflects its century old rich and diverse cultural history of trade, commerce and cultural relations between China and Australia. As a key destination to live, invest and visit, Haymarket is now one of the key areas for new residents, local and international tourists and China / Asian business and HCC focuses on harnessing business growth and expanding network opportunities with wider local and international markets.
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HAYMARKET CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Arts 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art 181-187 Hay St, Sydney 9212 0380 4a.com.au Art Atrium 181 Old South Head Road, Bondi Junction 9212 4397 artatrium.com.au JoyJoArt + Design Studio 3, 40 Birriga Rd jojoart.com Monkey Baa Darling Quarter Theatre Terrace 3, 1-25 Harbour St, Sydney 1300 131 556 monkeybaa.com.au Beauty Kinly Eyebeauty G02, 675-699 George Street Haymarket 9212 6259 Shape and Glow shapeandglow.com.au Co-working Haymarket HQ L2, 63 Dixon Street, Haymarket haymarkethq.com Design & Creative Services Public Style 0468 382 047 publicstyle.com.au RAW Architects 27 Systrum street, Ultimo 9282 9465 RAWarchitects.net Education InSearch www.insearch.edu.au Level 9, 187 Thomas Street Haymarket 9211 6800 Nan Tien Institute 180 Berkeley Road, Berkeley 02 4272 0648 nantien.edu.au
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Eva Law & Associates Level 18, Citigroup Centre, 2 Park Street, Sydney 9264 8887 evalaw.com.au
City Index GPO Box 5464 Sydney 9270 3600 cityindex.com.au
First Class Accounts firstclassaccounts.com/ paddington-nsw
Prosperity Advisers Group L 11/ 309 Kent St 8262 8705 prosperityadvisers.com.au 45
Health Chinese Ginseng & Herbs 75-77 Ultimo Road, Haymarket 9212 4397 Homeware Brintons Suite 504, 10-12 Clarke St 9431 5202 brintons.net Hospitality Surry Hills Hotel Corner of Campbell & Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills 9211 6888 surfsidehotelgroup.com.au/ tripleace_home.html Sebel Hawkesbury 61 Hawkesbury Valley Way 02 4577 4222 sebelhawkesbury.com.au Dynasty Karaoke Level 1, 63-69 Dixon Street, Haymarket 9281 9006 dynastykaraokeclub.com.au East Ocean Restaurant Level 1/421-429 Sussex St, Haymarket 9247 0349 www.eastocean.com.au Harryâ€™s Singapore Crabs 188 Elizabeth St, Sydney 9281 5565 harryschillicrab.com.au
Star Hotel Corner of Goulburn & Sussex Street, Haymarket 9280 4700 surfsidehotelgroup.com.au/ Star_home.html Surfside Hotel Group Level 2, 65 Campbell Street Surry Hills 9281 8343 surfsidehotelgroup.com.au Surry Hills Eating House L2, 198-200 Elizabeth St Surry Hills 9212 4092 spiceiam.com/ surry-hills-eating-house The Eight Market City 9282 9988 theeightrestaurant.com.au The Hilton Hotel 488 George Street, Sydney 9266 2054 hilton.com/sydney Triple Eight Hotel 25-29 Dixon Street, Haymarket 9281 3888 gallagherhotels.com.au
Holiday Inn Darling Harbour 68 Harbour Street, Darling Harbour 9291 2000 ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/ en/sydney/syddh/hoteldetail
Umi Kaiten-Zushi 477 Pitt Street, Haymarket (Cnr Hay & Parker St) 9281 2006 umikaitenzushi.com.au
Market City Tavern 9 Hay St, Haymarket 90164449 surfsidehotelgroup.com.au/marketcity_home.html
Umi Sushi + Udon Shop TR-10, Darling Quarter, 1-25 Harbour St, Sydney 9283 2006 umisushi.com.au
Mizuya Pty Ltd Basement, 614 George St 9266 0866 Mount Batten Hotel 701 George St, Sydney 9211 8808 surfsidehotelgroup.com.au/ mountbatten_home.html Novotel Sydney Central 169-179 Thomas St, Sydney 9281 6888 novotelsydneycentral.com.au 46
Radisson Hotel & Suites monkey baa 72 Liverpool St Sydney 8268 8883
Umi Sushi Express Shop 2, 505 George St, Event Cinema Complex, Sydney 9264 2003 umisushi.com.au Vibe Hotels 111 Goulburn Street, Sydney tfehotels.com/brands/ vibe-hotels/vibe-hotel-sydney
Insurance Advisernet Suite 147, Level 4, Regis Towers, 416-418 Pitt Street, Haymarket 9211 1718 iaa-haymarket.com.au KAAA Suite 2013, L3, 35 Lime Street Sydney kaaa.com.au Legal Services Abacus Visa Immigration Lawyers 51 Albion St, Surry Hills 9281-6888 abacusvisa.com.au Affinity Migration L12, 210 George St 8880 0210 affinitymigration.com.au Avantro Suite 503, L5, 451 Pitt St, Sydney 9280 3122 avantro.com.au GEA Lawyers Suite 42 & 50, 37 Neridah Street 8065 8988 gealawyers.com.au Global-Edu.Imm.Law Jiande Building 3, 401 Sussex St Sydney 97464500 geic.com.au VTS Lawyers Level 26, 1 Bligh St, Sydney 8226 8686 vtslawyers.com Hughes & Co Solicitor Suite 4602, 343-357 Pitt St, Sydney 9221 4000 Marketing Creative Logic Communications 0414 636 244 creative-logic.com.au Professional Services Feng Shui Australia 8 Helena St, Lilyfield 0413 881 898 fengshuiaustralia.com.au Taylored Ceremonies and Life Celebrations 0414 967 309
Property Banna Property Group www.banna.com.au Suite 301, 160 Rowe St Eastwood 9804 6066 Colliers International colliers.com.au Level 12, Grosvenor Place, 225 George Street, Sydney 9257 0222 Crown Group Level 11, 68 Alfred Street Milsons Point 9925 0088 crowngroup.com.au Greencliff L10, 488 Kent St, Sydney 8823 8818 greencliff.com.au Knight Frank Level 18, Angel Place, 123 Pitt St, Sydney knightfrank.com.au L J Hooker Business Broking 333 / 71 Jones St, Ultimo 9552 1111 bbsc.ljhooker.com.au P&G Mode Realty 301. 431 Sussex St, Haymarket 9281 9999 pgmode.com.au Property Square 1/377-383 Sussex St, Haymarket 9113 0888 propertysquare.com.au
Ruyi Realty 9801 2553
Sydney Kings 9746 0828 sydneykings.com
Savills 3/63 Dixon Street, Haymarket 8215 9861 savills.com.au SKW Property Suite 1, 1 Marys Place, Surry Hills 9211 5822 skwproperty.com.au Advanced Pioneer Group Shop 6, 78 Harbour Street 1300 880 801 apgrealestate.com.au Retail Bullion List 8677 1899 bullionlist.com.au BUNDA Jewellery 488 George Street 9261 2210 Market City Shopping Centre 9-13 Hay Street, Haymarket 9288 8900 marketcity.com.au Red Bottle Market City Shop R1.04, Level 1, Market City 9211 5822 redbottle.com.au World Square 680 George St, Haymarket 9669 6900 worldsquare.com.au
L to R Front Row: Anthony Keirann, Brad Chan, Linda McCreath, Jessie Xiao, Vaighn de Vocht, Simon Chan. Back row: Aaron Stathi, Peter Wong, Stephen Wan, Jonathan Wong, George Wing Kee and Karen Soo.
Benchmark Business & Sales Levels 56 & 57, MLC Centre, 19-29 Martin Place, Sydney 1800 912 567 benchmarkbusiness.com.au Lendlease lendlease.com.au Travel Maps 8338 0842 thewordaustralia.com.au Technology Netstripes L3, 55 Pyrmont Street 0410 579 824 netstripes.com The IQ Group L3, 222 Sussex Street 8239 5400 theiqgroupglobal.com VR Corner L2, 63 Dixon Street 0438 065 690 vrcorner.com.au
The leadership team: President Simon Chan, Vice President Jessie Xiao, Co-founder George Wing Kee and Honorary members Peter Wong, Brad Chan and Excutive Officer Karen Soo are a driving force behind HCC's achievements and we are very thankful for the support of our many Chamber members, partners, volunteers and supporters. Special thanks: The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull PM and Lucy Turnbull AO, The Hon. Tanya Plibersek, The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian, The Hon. Victor Dominello, MP Alex Greenwich, MP Jodi McKay, City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Deputy Lord Mayor Kerryn Phelps, Councillors; Robert Kok, Jessie Scully, Jess Miller, Linda Scott, Angela Vithoulkas, Christine Forster, Craig Chung, Phillip Thallis, City of Sydney Team: Monica Barone, Ann Hoban, Kate Murray and Alice Chatwood, Stephen Gilby and Michael Abbott. Westpac team: Brian Hartzer, Jeff Hurdis, Jodie Laming, Peng Yang, Peirre Leung, Kevin Chen and Mary Dimopolous NSW Transport team: Marg Prendergast, Graham Pointer and Troy Griffith Committee of Sydney: Michael Rose, Dr Tim William and Campbell Young, Liveability & Loveability Committee, Sydney Living Museums Darling Square; Rosa Han, Heritage Council of NSW, International Convention Centre Sydney HCC Culture & History Tour Volunteers: Peter Bannister, Margaret Wing Kee, Linda Wing Kee, Hayden Wong HCC Events & PR Team: George Wing Kee, Peter Wong, Rei Wang, Sukey Xu, Kimmi Dao, James Cui, Jenny Ng, Julie Chu HCC would like to thank all of our long standing Chamber members
HAY M A R K E T L
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By Train: Haymarket is only minutes walk from Central Station — Australia’s largest train station. Take the Devonshire Street Tunnel through to George Street, turn right and you’ll be in Haymarket within minutes. By Bus: The main bus stop on George Street, just outside Central Station, services the CBD as well as Sydney’s Inner West. Note that between 7AM
and 7PM buses will not accept cash — you will need prepaid tickets, which are available from most newsagents and convenience stores. You can also take the free city shuttle bus (Route 555), which runs every ten minutes from Central Station to Circular Quay along George and Elizabeth Streets. By Light Rail: Within the city the light rail network con-
nects Central Station to sights including Capitol Square, Paddy’s Market, The Exhibition Centre, and Sydney Fish Market to the inner West as far as Drummoyne. By Taxi: You can find taxi ranks at the Mercure Hotel on George Street, or Novotel on Thomas Street. Timetables and fare info transportnsw.info
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Published on Jan 6, 2017
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