Got a bucket list? Time to add a subsection for the top 6 dishes to eat before you die ‘cause adventurous food choices can also get the adrenalin pumping. Don’t have a bucket list? Time to start one, and you bet you’ll be kicking off with the top 5 dishes while you’re still kicking on.

To help you curate this list, we’ve cherry picked some dishes to get you on your merry way.

Banh hoi heo quay

Our translation of this name is “delicious meal”. Picture this, pork belly pieces with crispy crackling served on a bed of thin rice noodles and lettuce with a divine dressing.


Order from: Mr Nam Authentic Vietnamese, Mascot, NSW


It’s no secret that dumplings are great. You know that, and we know that. But, if you haven’t tried the Afghan dumpling mantu, then you can hardly call yourself a dumpling king (or queen). These bad boys are little steamed or boiled parcels of spiced meat and promise to melt in your mouth


Order from: Afghan Flavour, Salisbury, SA

Ramen burger

You’ve seen them on Instagram, now it’s time to eat one IRL.

ramen burger

Order from: Fujiyama Japanese Cuisine, Banktown, NSW

Una don

Donburi is the original ‘grain bowl’, and why not live life on the edge if you’re going through your bucket list, and eat one with teriyaki grilled eel? It may keep you alive a little longer too, eel is vitamin-rich and full of those good Omega-3’s.

una don

Order from: Japonica Japanese Restaurant, South Yarra, VIC

Matcha mint cheesecake

You heard it here first, matcha isn’t going away anytime soon. Plus, what kinda foodie bucket list would be complete without a dessert? You might think we’re keeping it tame with this inclusion, but trust us when we say it’s worth it. And yes, it’s vegan and proud. Don’t discriminate.

matcha cheesecake

Order from: Superfood Sushi, Newtown, NSW