Hawker Lane: a food lover’s guide to Chatswood's eat street
Inspired by the buzzing atmosphere of street food markets, Hawker Lane at Westfield Chatswood is an Asian marketplace boasting 15 different cuisines. Wander along the stalls and discover tasty Pho, delicious dumplings or a fusion ramen burger. Hawker Lane is open late so you can satisfy any pesky dumpling cravings well into the night.
Although their specialty is the Kathi Roll (a roti wrap, stuffed with fillings, salad and authentic sauce), Cha Chu's offer a variety of Indian street food including a mean biryani, kulcha and delish homemade mango lassi. Plus, Cha Chu’s is a great pit stop for vegetarians, serving up veggie options a plenty.
Served straight from a copper bowl, you can’t miss China Chilli’s traditional Sichuan cuisine. Featuring bold, spicy flavours, the chefs here aren’t afraid of a bit of garlic, chilli or Sichuan pepper. If you’re feeling daring, the noodles with intestine are a favourite amongst regulars.
Offering authentic Malaysian street food with a modern twist, Jim’s Malaysia serves up time-tested classics such as Hainanese Chicken Rice, Char Koay Teow and Malaysian Fried Rice. Still hungry? Jim also offers a selection of snacks including satay skewers, curry puffs and smoky fried noodles.
Bringing authentic Thai cooking from the banks of the Khoon Gorn River to Chatswood, Nahm Jimm strikes the perfect balanc between sweet, sour and spicy. Our go-to is the kor moo yang (chargrilled pork neck) with khao neow (sticky rice), but if you prefer to stick to the classics, their pad thai wrapped in an egg sheet is hard to beat.
Wash down your meal with a tasty bubble tea from Gong Cha. Named after the act of offering tea to the Emperor in ancient Chine, Gong Cha offers classics such as Milk Foam with Alisan Tea, as well as more health-conscious options like the Aloe Vera with Chia Seeds.
Home to some of the best Vietnamese Pho around (no bias!), Madame Nhu serves up hand-crafted Vietnamese classics with a modern twist. Along with their Pho, Madame Nhu is famous for their summer rolls. Made in-house daily, our favourites are the grilled lemongrass pork and BBQ duck fillet with hoisin sauce. Yes please!
If you prefer more familiar Japanese fare, Sushi World offer a wide range of sushi and sashimi options, prepared fresh each day. Perfect for a quick and delicious grab and go lunch.
Named after the traditional cooking method of Sichuan in China, Mao Cai serves up an array of authentic Sichuan street food. Leng Chan Chuan is their signature dish – think skewers of meat and vegetables cooked in a hot and spicy soup. Prepare to have your mind (and taste buds) blown. We warned you.
Into fried food? Taiwanese restaurant Cheers Cut takes it to the next level with their signature 12 oz chicken schnitzel. They’re also known for their snack boxes of nuggets, crispy fried squid and king oyster mushrooms. Plus, their wide range of sauces come in both sauce and powder form, so you don’t have to choose between flavour and crispiness.
If you’re in the mood for ramen, this Japanese noodle shop is your go-to. Choose your broth base - pork bone, chicken and soy, chicken and miso – and then add in any extras you fancy. If you’re feeling game, they have a super spicy ‘volcano’ ramen, which is definitely not for the faint hearted. Makani also do a mean katsu curry, in case you're not in the mood for soup.
Lamb & Cumin
Serving up barbecue lamb skewers covered in authentic Xinjiang spices, Lamb & Cumin is a tribute to the popular street food from Shenyang, north of China. Lamb & Cumin offer a wide range of roasted meats, focused on Xinjiang’s most common one - lamb spiced generously with cumin.
Whether you’re looking for ripped noodles, wok fried noodles or noodle soup, Noodle Warriors covers all bases. If you’re not feeling any of the noodle options, they also offer a delicious Mo Burger. Hailing from the north-western Chinese province of Shaanxi, Mo Burgers are toasted wheat buns filled with deliciously fatty, spiced meat that melt in your mouth.
Dumpling & Co
If you love a soupy dumpling, you’ll be all over Dumpling & Co’s pork and crab meat xiao long bao, but the jiaozi, baozi and dim sum are also well worth the visit. Order the steamer of mixed dumplings if you can’t decide, but our top pick is the sheng jian bao – perfect doughy dumplings with a crunchy bottomed base.
Finish your meal with an aqua blue sea salt soft serve from Aqua S. Originally from Okinawa in Japan, Aqua S have taken it one step further, creating ice cream works of art with a variety of Insta-worthy toppings. Plus, with an ever changing list of innovative flavours, you’ve got an excuse to keep coming back.
You can find Hawker Lane on level 2, near Fresh Food.