The dishes, sounds, tastes and smells highlight the skipping across Asia, flavours blending harmoniously rather than haphazardly – including flavours from China, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, East Timor, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Korea and Singapore, plus many more.
It’s a blend of five star restaurants, including hawker style shops, Chinese bakeries, specialty supermarkets, produce stalls, food courts and restaurants. Souvenir shops. But its heartline is on pedestrian-only Moonta Street, which can’t be missed with its Paifang archways that bookend the north and south entrances, guarded by large gilded lions.
Either side of the thoroughfare presents two large mess halls of Asian food purveyors; in the new Arcade and established Chinatown Plaza, where people congregate, trade, live life and engage.
The arrival of immigrants from Asia, and dozens of Chinese labourers from the Victorian Gold Rush in the 1850s, particularly, a concentrated settlement in the market area saw the beginning of Chinatown and Chinese inspired architecture.
Pagoda style roofs, red lanterns, popular ethnic enclaves. It’s a beautiful work of art created in the style of the Qing Dynasty and harkens a revitalisation of the city centre.
Chinatown in Adelaide began to grow in the 1970s and 1980s with the influx of Asian migrants particularly from Vietnam, but now, the area is a melange, representing over 20 cultures and over 100 vendors.