Night Noodle Markets 2014 - Part I

Posted by Unknown on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 with No comments
I must say, November has been rather exciting and it just keeps getting better. Not only does it herald the arrival of warmer weather, it also welcomed Australia’s largest food festival – Good Food Month.

The Night Noodle Markets swept Melbourne off their feet in 2013 and now they are back – bigger and better than ever. Migrating from Alexandra Gardens to Birrarung Marr, this year we greet over 50 food stalls and food trucks representing Asia: with delights from Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan to Burma.


Korean Crispy Chicken Ribs

We started with Gogi - Hammer & Tong’s newest food truck, bringing Korean street food to the streets (duh!). It was not an option to try these guys – it was a must. Half a bucket found us 8 pieces of piping hot chicken ribs, amazingly tender on the inside, super crispy on the outside, coated in a sticky honey glaze and studded with roasted sesame seeds.

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Inihaw Na Manok / Inihaw Na Baboy

A stone’s throw away from Gogi, Hoy Pinoy pleased the masses with their Filipino BBQ & street food. It seemed like everyone had a skewer (or four). Joining the hype, we grabbed two of their Inihaw Na Manok (BBQ chicken in a traditional marinade) and two of their Inihaw Na Baboy (BBQ pork belly with banana ketchup glaze). Unluckily for us, it seemed we may have gotten a bad batch though. Our skewers barely luke-warm, pork belly was tough. chewy rather bland.

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Spicy Pork Belly Bun / Peanut Butter Salt & Pepper Tofu Bun

Kong BBQ served up their buns – a mouth-watering Peanut Butter Salt & Pepper Tofu Bun with pickled mustard, crushed peanuts, coriander and a scorching lathering of burnt chilli mayo; and their Spicy Pork Belly Bun with pickled cucumber and crazy horse sauce. Both absolutely bun-derful !

Kong BBQ on Urbanspoon

Street Hawker

A few stalls down from Kong BBQ, Gelato Messina charmed the crowds with their phuc-king tasty Asian-inspired treats. My friend could not look past the Street Hawker, a dazzling combination of a lime and chocolate brownie, peanut gelato, coconut and caramel jam, fortune cookie clusters topped with a peanut cookie.

Gelato Messina Fitzroy on Urbanspoon

So what are you waiting for? Go on, head on down to Birrarung Marr with tastebuds ready to be tantalised and soak up the authentic Asian hawker market atmosphere.

What: Night Noodle Markets
Where: Birrarung Marr (near Federation Square), Melbourne
Cost: Free entry; dishes from $5-$15
When: Friday 14th to Sunday 30th November (From 5pm daily)