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Alexandra Gibson4 years ago

Find a bit of oriental culture in your very own backyard

If you have always had an affinity with the East then you can find your very own Asian experience in the heart of Wollongong. Don't fork out a lot of money travelling across the world to embrace cultural authenticity and new customs. Follow us on a day trip inspired by the orient, featuring three different restaurants where you can enjoy dining with chopsticks.

Nan Tien Temple

Nan Tien Temple
Nan Tien Temple

Also known as ‘Southern Paradise’, the Nan Tien Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere. If you are looking for inner peace and need some quiet time to reflect on everything that is going on in your life, walk through the enchanted gardens surrounded by wildlife. Not a place of worship, but wisdom, you can enjoy a guided tour through the temple to immerse yourself in Buddhism beliefs. Their well-preserved grounds are home to all kinds of animals and flora which are simply magical to see throughout the day. Many individuals from all over Australia flock to enrol in self-development and cultivation classes as they try to find a balance and sense of purpose. Visit this retreat from the world with friends for the day.
Where: 180 Berkeley Road, Berkeley NSW 2506

Fish and Chips and Asian Food

Chinese Hotpot. Fish and Chips and Asian Food, Woollongong
Chinese Hotpot. Fish and Chips and Asian Food, Wollongong

This restaurant is where East meets West. For those of you who have a friend that just won’t venture out to try different cuisine, let them pull up a chair here. Located conveniently in the heart of Wollongong, many locals enjoy these steaming Chinese wontons or a juicy burger stacked to the brim. Their hotpot cannot be compared to any other Chinese soup bowl in the area, so grab your friends and head to this small but busy restaurant.
Where: 234 Crown Street, Wollongong NSW 2500

AOBA Sushi Bar

Culinary seafood dish, AOBA Sushi Bar - Woollongong
Culinary seafood dish, AOBA Sushi Bar – Wollongong

Drive just up the road for some fancy Japanese cuisine at AOBA Sushi Bar. Considered to be the ultimate Japanese sushi train in Wollongong, you certainly won’t be disappointed visiting this restaurant for fine asian dining. If you aren’t a big fan of raw fish then opt for something hot and freshly cooked such as the very popular chicken teriyaki or tempura for your friends that are vegetarians. Their food presentation is extremely impressive with Japanese chefs trained in using culinary knives to make meals that almost look like artwork. Open seven days a week, you can’t miss out on authentic Japanese food which transports you to the Eastern world in a couple of mouthfuls.
Where: 118 Princes Hwy, Fairy Meadow NSW 2519

Hai Long Bay Vietnamese Restaurant

Rice vermicelli and pork dish, Hai Long Bay Restaurant - Woollongong
Rice vermicelli and pork dish, Hai Long Bay Restaurant – Woollongong

The Vietnamese are known for creating simple and sophisticated dishes that aren’t greasy or oily. Hai Long Bay Restaurant takes inspiration from the bay area and brings the national food to the shores of Wollongong. You can enjoy a simple meal with rice and assorted dishes or opt for the banquet with your entire family at the table. Their dinner menu features house recommendations that include shaky beef, crunchy spicy squid and thai beef salad.
Where: 52 Crown Street, Wollongong NSW 2500

Know another great asian restaurant which serves up authentic dishes? Give them a shout out in the comments below.

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