The long-waited night noodle markets has finally open! This year, they are back for bigger in brand new location at Birrarung Marr (nearby federation square). There are three areas where you can find varieties of food stalls. I really enjoy going to markets especially when comes to food. Although the price of the food may slightly steep, but it's a nice experience to experience the vibe of huge outdoor festival.
Here are some tips if going to the #nightnoodlemarkets:
- CASH ONLY - Make sure you bring enough cash to avoid the queue for ATM machines. There are ATM machines in the market but it's better to save your time and queue for food. I would say minimum spending $20 per person (a meal and a dessert).
- Arrive EARLY - some may not like crowded places but interested to try out the food. My advice is arrive at the opening time. I went there for four times (yes, no kidding!). From my experience, I went there at 4pm and there wasn't any crowd at all. No waiting time for queue and quickly order food in few seconds!
- Bring your own water bottle - There is water station for water refill if needed.
- Picnic Rug - It will be nice to bring your own picnic rug if you couldn't find any seats.
- Last but not least, enjoy the food and drinks!
Less crowded and quite empty around 4.30pm.
When comes to 6pm, the tables are almost fully occupied!
Ice Lemon Mint Tea (if I remember correctly, there is ginger too) - $5.
It was refreshing and not too sweet.
Soft Shell Crab Burger from Hammer and Tong ($14)
Glad that they didn't marked up the price and remains the same as what they offer in the cafe. One of dishes that worth to try in markets. I always feel that one burger is not enough but I would like to have two instead! Good portion of juicy crab, light and soft brioche and mayo coleslaw are well combination of the burger.
Custard Bun ($5) and Twice Pork Belly Gua Bao ($7) from WonderBao.
The bun is soft and light. However, it slightly overpriced to me.
Chicken Biriyani form Himalayan Serpa ($10)
Still looking for something else? Try out their rice and you feel full afterward. Taste average though.
Ramen Burger from Kokoro Ramen ($10)
It's interesting to see something different as I never try ramen burger before. But the dish was a let down. Wasn't sure what to expect this dish but the flavour wasn't right to me. Strong pepper flavour, oversized grated cheese, and chewy ramen. But I do like the teriyaki chicken.
Chilli caramel pork doughnuts with plum dipping sauce ($2.50) from Fred and Ginger
It's very a small size of doughnuts but worth a try!
Crispy Prawn with wasabi sauce, fresh lettuce and sesame ($7)
My friend ordered this and she said taste alright.
Miyagi Fried Chicken ($10)
One of the popular newcomers - Mr Miyagi. After hearing the hype about their fried chicken, I have to return to the market and tried out their fried chicken. It certainly lived up to the hype! It is crispy and well marinated chicken.
Nothing new to know that I'm a fan of gelato messina as I posted a few photos of their ice cream in my instagram and twitter. I went there at 4pm, there is no queue at all. But when I arrived there at 7pm, I queued for at least half an hour for the ice cream. Still, WORTH THE WAIT! One of the best ice cream I ever tasted.
Street Hawker ($9)
Lime & chocolate brownie, peanut gelato, coconut & caramel jam, fortune cookies clusters and peanut cookie.
$9 for three scopes of gelato, base (brownies, sponge cake..), biscuits and top with mousse or cream. This is the real deal!
Bangkok Holla ($9)
Kaffir lime sponge, pandan & coconut sorbet, pineapple & lemongrass mousse, chilli coconut cookie.
This is my top favourite compared the others.
Phuc King Tasty ($9)
Cinnamon scroll, coffee gelato, condensed milk pannacotta, walnut crunch and asian spiced cookie.
Happy Taste Bud Time ($9)
Lychee sponge, mango puree, rambutan & coconut gelato, whipped salted coconut cream and coconut macaron.
Gelato Messina is one of the main reasons why I visited markets for four times! Haha I have aimed to try all the flavours in the menu. Mission completed!
Today is the last day of Night Noodle Markets. Anyone who is going to the market, hope you find the tips are helpful and enjoy the authentic Asian hawker markets. More information about the markets, link here. Also, feel free to drop a comment below and let me know what's your favourite dish in the market!
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