Last Thursday Saffron and I and a handful of foodies headed to the Night Noodle Markets, one of the more popular events on the Good Food Month calendar.
This year the markets moved location to the Archibald Fountain in Hyde Park, providing a pleasant piazza-like feel to the cool spring evening. The outdoor Art and About exhibition lining the Central Walkway was an easy pre-dinner bonus.
However the white tents beckoned as our noses followed the tantalising smells of frying garlic, onion and lots and lots of salt-and-pepper squid.
The crowds swelled exponentially from 6pm onwards and as we dithered over what to order, the lines just grew longer and longer.
There was plenty of Thai available, Indian, Himalayan, Chinese, Singaporean and did I mention the salt-and-pepper calamari? There must have been at least six stalls pushing the stuff!
Saffron purchased a green papaya salad for $9 from Sailors Thai which I tasted. It was zingy, fresh and packed with papaya shreds, prawns, beans and peanuts. After some deliberation, I suddenly decided that I, too, needed some papaya action and raced over only to discover they were completely sold out! *utter dismay*
I ended up with a Himalayan kebab of grilled tandoori chicken with potato salad and wrapped in half a pita for $7.50. It was okay but not a green papaya salad =( Saffron generously offered hers up for communal sharing though (bless!).
Sure the food may not be the highlight but I think half the fun in these outdoor events is eating under the stars, alongside the hubbub of other Sydneysiders, with a bottle of wine you've brought and uncorked to share.
The Night Noodle Markets run
Tues 11 - Thur 13 October and
Tues 18 - Thur 20 October
from 5.00pm onwards.
Hyde Park North
Dishes cost from $6 but most hover around the $8-$10 mark.
Bring a bottle of wine and get there early (by 6pm) to grab a table and avoid the queues.
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