SYDNEY | It’s Good Food Month and Sydneysiders are flocking to the Sydney Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park to get their fill of noodles, bao buns and all sorts of other delicacies. It’s not hard to see why it’s so popular, with its picture perfect location at the foot of the impressive city skyline. The City Lane was invited along for an evening at the Cathay Pacific Pavillion to taste a delicious selection of dishes from some of the markets most talked about stalls.
The Sydney Night Noodle Markets draw in a diverse crowd from office workers to families donning picnic blankets, and with over 50 tasty stalls to choose from, it’s difficult to know which line to stand in. The fun began on 8 October 2016 however there’s still a week to go. Our advice is to get yourself to Hyde Park this week and be strategic with your choices. Our favourites, in no particular order, included offerings from the following.
Subcontinental & Longrain
Not sure exactly what you feel like? No problem – pick up Thai, Indian and Sri Lankan inspired street-food all at the one stall. Subcontinental’s Chicken Tikka skewer with coleslaw and spiced yoghurt on roti is certainly bringing a new spark to Indian cuisine, and you can pick one up for $12.00.
It’s battle of the Bao’s this year, with Bao Stop and Mr Bao offering almost the same menu and both sporting some of the market’s longest lines. We were lucky enough to try Bao Stop’s delicious fried tofu Gua Bao, which despite a hefty piece of tofu was a market highlight. We recommend grabbing one of everything. Price: 1 for $7.50 or 3 for $20.00.
If, like us you’re a huge fan of Bao and can’t get enough, squeeze in a trip to Mr Bao for the Karaage Chicken Gua Bao, expect to line up, but don’t worry, it moves quickly! 1 Gua Bao will set you back $7.50.
It’s worth popping over to see Gelato Messina’s impressively crafted creations at what is without question one of the markets coolest looking stalls. Make sure to leave room for the very generously sized Messina maximum wealth bars, aka ice-cream sandwiches. We recommend the Gold Bullion Bar with Gulamalaka and condensed milk gelato, passion fruit jelly and banana bread for $10.00 – trust us, it’s delicious.
Stop by Hoy Pinoy, who have a stall and a truck stop this year in order to keep up with the demand for their popular meat skewers. Get in early to beat the queue as these guys are delivering up some seriously tasty Filipino BBQ. Choose from pork or chicken, 2 skewers for $12.00
Black Star Pastry x N2 Gelato
Last, but certainly not least make sure you check out the quirky mash up of Black Star Pastry and N2 Gelato. We couldn’t leave the market without trying their special collaboration dessert – the strangely refreshing Teafogato with Black Star Pastry’s signature watermelon cake, N2 gelato and Rooibos tea soda. It’s definitely worth a try, particularly if you’re a fan of a spider soda. Grab one for $10.00 or get 1 of everything on their menu for $25.00.
Sydney Night Noodle Markets
When: Thursday 8 October to Sunday 25 October 2016
Where: Hyde Park, Sydney