Unlike many of Australia’s streets, Sydney’s Chinatown continues to pulse with a sleepless energy even as day segues into night. Here is a confluence of Chinese, Thai, Korean restaurants and shops; in lieu of Starbucks at every corner, there is a bubble tea shop. Employees toting menus rattle off the name of their signature dishes in a bid to entice passers-by. Just a few paces from the paifang (dragon gates), there is a long queue right outside Emperor’s Garden Cake & Bakery. A female employee speaks with customers through a small window. Three cream puffs for just a dollar. Though the dessert be hot, most customers do not wait to tuck into the morsels as they perambulate along the thoroughfare.