Night noodle markets have emerged around the capital cities of Australia’s states, as part of various festivals and celebrations of cultural diversity and food. Twinkling fairy like lights in beautiful locations in Hyde Park in Sydney, the Festival Centre in Adelaide, and on the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne, are enchanting a hungry audience of Australians and tourists. Yummy food in magical locations can inspire even the most jaded of palettes. The range of food offerings from the stalls at these night noodle markets is staggering and worth trying as many of them as possible.
Korean food is a big favourite in Sydney and Pok Lol do great Korean style tacos. The thing is that the restaurants involved have to adapt their traditional flavours to forms that suit the quick eating and casual seating of these events. Thus the Korean taco, which features the meats of your selection with a kimchi slaw; and it tastes divine. Bao Stop and Mr Bao feature pork belly crackling, XO fried chicken bao and Peking Duck fries. The Sydney night noodle markets also features some northern Chinese food at Mrs Ni: dumplings, shallot pancakes and Taiwanese- style fried chicken; absolutely delicious. Plus lots of noodle dishes, ramen noodles, knife-cut noodles, hokken and more. Robots cutting noodles at the Taste of Shanghai; very Bladerunnerish! The roti from Malaysian Mamak is so light and yummy with curry sauce.
More than half a million people visited the night noodle market in Melbourne with around sixty stalls feeding the thousands. Hoy Pinoy, Red Spice Road, Chin Chin and Gelato Messina were back again and the innovation knows no bounds. Wrapping food in food to avoid too many costly and polluting take way containers sees cultural traditions mutating in form but not at the expense of flavour. Great dumplings are a favourite of mine and delicious tacos and burgers attract the punters by the thousands. There are sweets and desserts as well with waffles on a stick, coconut sorbet, mango ganache, Nutella dipping sauce; just some of the flavours and forms you can indulge in.
The Adelaide night noodle markets were another great success, attracting many thousands of visitors to the centre of Adelaide on the Torrens River. Vibrant music rocked the concourse around the Festival Centre and Asian food in a myriad of designs and dishes took centre stage. The dumplings and noodles were great, as were the Thai quail and Korean BBQ. A beautiful spot to share some nibbles with family and friends; plus great wines and beers were available.
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