Thankfully, Sydney still has some to offer in terms of budget meals and you can always rely on random little Asian eateries to deliver a filling meal for under $10. I was introduced to a little Chinese cafe down Bathurst St named Y M House earlier this year by Sharon, who is obsessed with their dessert menu.
Udon with dumplings, fried balls, chicken $11.80
Dessert menu aside, they also serve a pick-n-mix menu of noodle soups for $9.80, from which you're able to select a type of noodle, broth and two toppings. Awesome heart-warming noodle soup will always cure your ails and leave your belly feeling nourished.
Chicken and Mushroom Baked Rice $9.80
Strangely enough, they also serve a couple of baked pasta dishes which you're able to have with rice instead. The odd fusion of cuisines piqued my curiosity and I tried the chicken and mushroom baked rice. It wasn't as odd as I'd expected and was a tasty mix of rice wrapped in gooey melted cheese and studded with chunks of chook. You can't really go wrong with carbs, cheese and meat.
Black Glutinous Rice, Coconut Milk, Fruit $6
There's an extensive dessert menu of course, with different combinations of asian desserts. I love black glutinous rice and it goes so well with coconut milk, the fruit in this dish just tops it off.
Saigo, Mango, Strawberry, Grapefruit $6
Mango, Saigo, Coconut Cream $6
The mango, saigo and coconut cream is probably my pick of the dessert menu. I'm fairly certain the mango is from a can as it tastes strangely sweet but it's delicious with the saigo and coconut. I've actually started requesting saigo and coconut cream on its own and was brought a milkshake glass filled with it with crushed ice and a little sugar syrup. It's amazing.
Mango, Saigo, Fruit $6
Y M House
73 Bathurst Street, Sydney 2000
(02) 9283 8859