Top Asian chefs announced for Kensington Street precinct

28 August, 2015 by
Aoife Boothroyd

Sydney’s newest dining and lifestyle precinct, Kensington Street in Chippendale is set to become an Asian street food experience named Kopi-Tiam on Spice Alley.

According to Kensington Street’s developers, Greencliff, a number of top Asian chefs have been secured to create Sydney’s answer to the traditional ‘kopi-tiams’ (translating to coffee shop in Malaysian slang) and hawker stalls founds across Asian cities.

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The precinct is set to offer diners a mix of Asian cuisines including Thai, Singaporean, Malaysian, Hong Kong and Japanese and a selection of chef signature creations which will be enjoyed in an open-air courtyard with communal seating.

Housed in a hawker-style market setting, Kopi-Tiam on Spice Alley will comprise of four distinct courtyards each designed to reflect the cuisine being served within them.

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“By securing some of Sydney’s most reputed chefs of their particular cuisines, we have created a destination that will enliven the senses and invite visitors on an authentic and rather extraordinary culinary experience,” says executive chairman of Greencliff, Dr Stanley Quek.

Confirmed chefs for Kopi Tiam on Spice Alley include:

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  • Singaporean chef, Alex Lee, from Ginger and Spice in Neutral Bay and formerly from Temasek in Parramatta who will run Alex Kitchen;
  • Tiw Rakarin, formerly of Mama's Buoi in Surry Hills, will be serving his signature modern Thai and Vietnamese street food at his venue named Bang Luck; and
  • Malaysian chef Uncle Jim of Uncle Jim’s Malaysian Restaurant in Mosman will be opening Old Jim Kee.

“‘Kopi-Tiam on Spice Alley will bring what we hope is a little taste of true Asia to Sydney,” says Quek. “On one corner you will find a Malaysian shop house with hawker carts pushed to the shops edge and bamboo blinds hung from the portico, another will house a Hong Kong diner with crumbling brickwork and roasted ducks hanging in the window, while the Asian timber house with louvered panelling will serve up laksa and a number of other specialties.”

Kensington Street is located on the eastern edge of the $2 billion mixed-use urban village, Central Park in Chippendale.

The Kensington Street precinct is expected to be open mid-September 2015.