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Monday, October 10, 2005

Night Noodle Markets

bamboo steamer of char siu bao

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.

Night noodle market stalls

The crowds swelled exponentially from 6pm onwards and as we dithered over what to order, the lines just grew longer and longer.

Thai dishes on offer from Yai

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.


Night noodlers in front of St Mary's Cathedral

The Night Noodle Markets run
Tues 11 - Thur 13 October and
Tues 18 - Thur 20 October

from 5.00pm onwards.

Archibald Fountain
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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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 10/10/2005 11:59:00 pm


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  • At 10/11/2005 9:44 am, Anonymous Mel said…

    So many food bloggers went on the same day!

    If you'd gone a bit later (around 7), Sailor's Thai had more salad.

    I didn't see Yai though. It was hard to see what stores were there because the signs were in the dark.

     
  • At 10/11/2005 10:38 am, Blogger Jess (fushmush) said…

    One of my favourite things about the Night Noodle Markets was the view. We used to lie back on the grass and gaze at the wonderful vista of the Harbour Bridge.

    Now they've moved it to Archibald Fountain it's just not the same. No view and no grass! I'm not sure that i'll make the effort this year.

     
  • At 10/11/2005 10:59 am, Blogger deborah said…

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm green papaya salad. Oh dear. I've had the G.P.S itch since last Thurs and Sunday.

     
  • At 10/11/2005 11:18 am, Anonymous Big Bok said…

    Hey..AG,
    For any event i go to.. the highlight for me.. is definitely the food..!! hehehe!!
    yes .. i'm a glutton..!!

     
  • At 10/12/2005 12:46 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Mel - I wish you hadn't told me that about Sailor's Thai! =) Now I'm devastated!

    Yeah I got there about 5.45pm so I had time to check everything out in daylight. They definitely needed better-lit signs. Esp. with all the queues!

    Hi fushmush - I never actually made it to the Noodle Markets before this year.

    I think the location may increase its popularity this year since it's a lot closer to the suits now.

    Hi Saffron - I know exactly what you mean! I think I am thoroughly addicted now.

    Hi Big BoK - Food is always high on my priority list but I'm aware that the profit line is often a powerful factor for retailers.

    Still, it was a fun night though. I could think of worse ways to spend an evening with friends =)

     

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