Staff, 2023-01-21 17:14:54,
As Asian restaurateurs usher in Lunar New Year, Burwood Chinatown is emerging from the pandemic as a key destination for Sydneysiders seeking novel, inexpensive food experiences.
The resumption of travel from China, the return of international students and a growing appetite for Asian food are expected to bring prosperity to both of Sydney’s Chinatowns this year.
“It’s an improvement on pre-COVID times,” said Burwood Chinatown chief executive officer Gina Liros. “We’ve come back strong.”
The foodie shift from the CBD to the inner west coincided with remote work’s rise, said Hannah Yang, owner of Korean street food store Seedney Hotteok.
Yang opened her first Australian store at Burwood Chinatown in December, after six months of market research.
“The city was one of the busiest places in Sydney before, but when COVID began people started spending a lot more time in the suburbs,” she says.
“While Haymarket Chinatown was taking more time to recover, Burwood Chinatown grew up and developed a lot.”
The precinct recently doubled its number of eateries to 55, offering cuisines from China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and beyond. It now attracts an average of 80,000 customers a week.
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