You don't need to splurge to eat well in Sydney. In this preview from The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2017, here are the top 10 dishes you can find for under $10.
1. Banh mi thit pork roll, $5 from Marrickville Pork Roll, Sydney
Sydney's favourite street food is a crusty torpedo roll slathered with butter, mayo and pate and stuffed with pickles, salad and three kinds of pork.
236A Illawarra Road, Marrickville, 0411 167 169
2. Boat noodle, $4 from Chonsiam, Haymarket
This rich pork noodle soup with plump meatballs, meat and greens is fortified with pigs blood. Don't freak out. Trust us, you'll relish the iron boost.
38 Campbell Street, Haymarket, 02 9212 6588
Marrickville Pork Roll: worth lining up for. Photo: Edwina Pickles
3. Charcoal barbecue lamb skewers, $5 for four from Spring River, Haymarket
It's worth the wait for this protein hit, cooked to order over charcoal. The result is tender lamb coated in cumin with a tongue-tingling hit of Sichuan pepper.
Shop 2, 203 Thomas Street, Haymarket, 02 9211 5881
4. Lomito with tomato and mayonnaise and a side of chips, $9.80 from La Paula, Fairfield
Soft slices of juicy roast pork are the secret to this substantial sandwich, made even better with ripe slices of tomato and plenty of mayo.
1/9 Barbara Street, Fairfield, 02 9726 2379
5. Masala dosa, $9.90 from Chatkazz, Harris Park
Fermented rice and lentil batter gives a gentle tang to these trumpet-sized crepes. Choose any filling but we recommend the standard stuffing of spiced potato.
Shop 4/14-20 Station Street East, Harris Park, 02 8677 0033, chatkazz.com.au
Chatkazz in Harris Park has plenty of great cheap and cheery - and generously-sized - options. Photo: Fiona Morris
6. Meat pizza, $6.90 from Oregano Bakery, Hurstville South
A thin crisp base is the ideal carriage for lean lamb mince, chopped tomato and herbs. Add chilli flakes and freshly squeezed lemon for zing.
56 Connells Point Road, South Hurstville, 02 9546 3666 oreganobakery.com.au
7. Mohinga fish soup, $8.50 from Sun's Burmese Kitchen, Blacktown
Slurp up rice vermicelli noodles in this spicy lemongrass and ginger fish-based both boosted with boiled egg, fresh coriander and crunchy shards of chickpea fritters.
10 Tulloch Street, Blacktown, 02 9676 2837, sunsburmesekitchen.com
8. Pita pork gyros, $9 from Traditional Gyradiko, Bexley
There are few things greater than hot chips stuffed into pillowy pita bread with tomato, red onion and succulent pork carved fresh off the spit.
9. Tortilla Spanish omelette bocadillo, $10 from Encasa Deli, Sydney
Proving that you can never have too many carbs is the tortilla bocadillo, bread crammed with wedges of potato omelette, roasted pepper strips and aioli.
135 Bathurst Street, Sydney, 02 9283 4277, encasa.com.au/deli/index
Malibu has a cult following for its well-packed sandwiches and salads. Photo: Domino Postiglione DPP
10. Vegetable salad, $10 from Malibu, Surry Hills
Fulfil your vegie quota in this colossal serve of roasted beetroot, buttered carrots, celeriac coleslaw, blanched beans, creme fraiche potato salad, dressed greens and more.
Shop 1, 62 Foster Street, Surry Hills, 02 9280 2233