Chinese cuisine is as diverse as its many ethnic groups, languages and environments. Every province has its own traditions – and sometimes the dishes are so niche, they’re only found in one district of one particular city.

Historically, most of Sydney’s Chinese restaurants were dominated by one of those traditions – Cantonese food – because most Chinese immigrants came from Hong Kong and nearby Cantonese-speaking areas. Now, it’s a completely different story. All over Sydney you can find the wheat-heavy traditions of west China, the spice of Hunan, and the sour and numbing sensations of Sichuan.

At the same time, a new generation of modern Chinese restaurants has emerged, some mixing progressive wine lists and fine-dining service with traditional Chinese flavours, others exploring what Chinese food means in an Australian context.

This guide provides a mix of all of these places: from high-end concepts and fresh-from-the-tank seafood restaurants to $15 noodle haunts and family-run spots serving dishes you can’t find anywhere else in Sydney.

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Mr Wong

A Shanghai-style dumpling den from Dan Hong.

3 Bridge Lane, Sydney

Taste of Shunde

Roast goose, “fried milk”, and fish dumplings – this is a rare opportunity to try a niche cuisine from south-east China.

A16/5 Belgrave Street, Kograh

Golden Sands

A strong contender for Sydney’s best yum cha.

2 127-141 Forest Road, Hurstville

Xi Xiang Feng Seafood Restaurant

Cantonese-style live seafood and stellar crispy-skin pigeon.

483-485 King Georges Road, Beverly Hills

Golden Century

Fresh seafood since 1989.

393-399 Sussex Street, Sydney
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XOPP

This restaurant is named after Golden Century's most famous dish.

The Exchange, Darling Square 1 Little Pier Street, Haymarket

Spice Temple

Romantic and innovative Asian-Australian fusion.

10 Bligh Street, Sydney
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Queen Chow Manly Wharf

Waterside Cantonese with a live seafood tank, oyster bar and dim sum.

22-23 Manly Wharf East Esplanade, Manly

Xi’an Eatery

Huge bowls of handmade thick-cut noodles for $12. And other dishes from the Shaanxi Province in China.

183D Burwood Road, Burwood

Nanjing Dumpling

One of the few places in the centre of town where you can try Nanjing specialties. If you’re into duck, this is the spot for you.

63-69 Dixon Street, Haymarket

Spicy Joint

A wildly popular chain repping the flavours of Sichuan in the middle of the CBD.

4 25-29 Dixon Street, Haymarket

Marigold

This stalwart is one of the oldest and best yum cha restaurants in town.

4 683 George Street, Haymarket

Palace Chinese Restaurant

Tied with Marigold in the CBD yum cha game.

1 133/145 Castlereagh Street, Haymarket

Chongqing Street Noodle

The meal deal here will get you an excellent noodle soup, a decent-sized side and a drink.

88 Liverpool Street, Haymarket

Xing Xing Sichuan Dish

Start with silky wontons, move onto a chilli-laced fish soup and finish with glutinous rice cakes coated in brown sugar.

42a Dixon Street, Haymarket

Yummy Seafood Restaurant

Seafood banquets and an all-Chinese menu of seasonal Cantonese specialities.

477 King Georges Road, Beverly Hills

Kiroran Silk Road Uygur

A Haymarket diner that offers a rare chance to try genuine Uighur cuisine.

3 6 Dixon Street, Haymarket

The Northeast Restaurant

The flagship location of a string of restaurants specialising in cuisine from north-east China.

436 Anzac Parade, Kingsford

Hurstville Chinese Restaurant

This institution has been serving cheap congee and superlative Cantonese seafood banquets for more than 30 years.

184 Forest Road, Hurstville

Eaton Chinese Restaurant

A lone, late-night Cantonese star among Ashfield’s strip of Shanghai dumpling dealers.

313 Liverpool Road, Ashfield

The Eight

A swish and enormous restaurant with an exceptional yum cha service.

9-13 Hay Street, Haymarket

Chinese Noodle Restaurant

Dumplings and hand-pulled noodles in a beloved Haymarket joint inspired by north-western China.

160 Thomas Street, Haymarket

Beverly Hills Beijing Roast Duck Restaurant

A little-known spot with some of the best Peking duck around.

493 King Georges Road, Beverly Hills

Chairman Mao

Head here for fiery Hunan cuisine.

189 Anzac Parade, Kensington

Yang Guo Fu Malatang

How to order at this Dixon House Food Court stall.

Shop B9, Dixon House Food Court 413-415 Sussex Street Sussex Street, Sydney

Dolar Shop

A Chinese-Macanese hotpot restaurant aiming to elevate the steamboat experience.

Level 3 9-13 Hay Street, Haymarket

Red Chilli Sichuan Restaurant

Seriously hot Sichuan food.

Shop 108 25-29 Harbour Street, Haymarket

Dainty Sichuan

The authentic flavours of Sichuan, via a Melbourne institution.

10/19b World Square 644 George Street, Sydney

Beijing Impression

A high-end restaurant chain serving Peking duck and north-eastern Chinese specialties you can’t find elsewhere.

9/13 Hay Street, Haymarket

Din Tai Fung

Bow down to the dumpling masters.

Westfield Sydney 188 Pitt Street, Sydney
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China Lane

Blending Shanghai glamour with CBD laneway dining.

2 Angel Place, Sydney

Old Town Hong Kong Cuisine

Get a taste of old Hong Kong.

10A Dixon Street, Haymarket