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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Night Noodle Markets, Hyde Park

night noodle markets

It's a welcome novelty to traipse through Hyde Park during Good Food Month's Night Noodle Markets. The smell of stir-fried noodles and deep fried salt-and-pepper squid hangs deliciously in the air, whetting the appetite and stirring the soon-to-be-impatient grumbling stomach.

Saffron and I joined the hubbub of night-time crowds on Friday for our first look at this year's markets. The biggest change was their relocation: the stalls no longer crowd around the Archibald Fountain, but have been staggered along two perpendicular avenues. The grassed area between them is filled with chairs and tables enabling better thoroughfare of traffic and more accessible oqueues than the year before.

Hundreds of red lanterns festooned overhead add to the Asian night market atmosphere. There were definitely more food stalls this year, which only meant a more agonising decision over what to choose for dinner.

bbq pork egg noodle soup
Barbecue pork egg noodle soup $8.00
from Yai's


chicken rice noodle soup
Chicken noodle soup $8.00
from Yai's


salt and pepper squid
Salt and pepper squid $8.50
from Bungalow 8


st marys cathedral
Night noodle markets with the Archibald Fountain
and St Mary's Cathedral

night noodle market stall
Decisions decisions at Singapore Quo Tiao King

wok on inn
Wok on Inn offerings

rice paper rolls
Vegetable rice paper rolls

more food stalls
Yes please

chilli squid salad
XO chilli squid salad $8.50
from Cargo Bar


thai pies
Thai flavoured pies $4.50
from Thai Pie


serendipity ice creams
Ice creams from Serendipity

bbq pork
East Ocean

calamari
Salt and pepper calamari $12.00
from East Ocean


salt and pepper prawns
Salt and pepper prawns with rice or noodle $18.00 or
Sweet and sour pork with rice or noodles $12.00
from East Ocean


rice, noodles, bbq pork and black bean beef
BBQ pork or beef with black bean sauce $12.00
with fried rice or noodles
from East Ocean


siu mai
Siu mai pork dumpling $2.00 each
from East Ocean


har gow
Har gow prawn dumpling $2.00 each
from East Ocean


custard tarts
Chinese custard tarts $2.00 each
from East Ocean


noodle markets and hyde park
Dwarfed by Hyde Park trees

pork sausages
Northern style pork sausages $9.00
served with crispy sticky rice balls and spicy pickled green papaya
from Banana Blossom, Cremorne


bbq pork skewers
BBQ pork skewers $5.00
served with fresh ginger, roasted peanuts and fresh chilli
from Banana Blossom, Cremorne


ocean trout
Salted ocean trout with mixed Thai herbs $10.00
served with crispy egg noodle salad

and a sweet tamarind and white sesame dressing
from Banana Blossom, Cremorne


Saffron and I both ended up choosing the same thing for dinner:

papaya salad with chicken
Papaya salad with sticky rice and chicken $8.00
from Thai Shallot


The sticky rice was the perfect consistency for mopping up the papaya salad dressing, and though the papaya salad was tasty, we found it a little too sweet and without nearly enough chilli. The chicken was dusted in curry powder and deep-fried to a finger-licking crisp.

chocolate coconut pudding
Steamed chocolate and coconut pudding $5.00
with sweet pandanus coconut cream
from Banana Blossom, Cremorne


Dessert was a shared chocolate and coconut pudding from Banana Blossom. It didn't look nearly as pretty as the one on display (see below) but it was still tasty. Served warm in a sealed plastic tubs, the soft chocolate pudding had a thick sticky sauce that tasted of caraemlised palm sugar. Coconut shreds were a little soggy but the thick paste of coconut cream made everything better.

pretty chocolate coconut pudding

The Night Noodle Markets are on Monday to Friday, 5pm-9pm until Friday 20th October.

Head to the Archibald Fountain, Hyde Park North, Hyde Park, Sydney
(where Market Street meets Elizabeth Street)

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 10/07/2006 10:34:00 pm


11 Comments:

  • At 10/08/2006 12:17 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    suu: is the food as good at its respective restaurants? my only worry is that mass producing reduces its quality. looks really good though! but $2/ hargow?? thats robbery!

     
  • At 10/08/2006 12:59 am, Anonymous FFichiban said…

    OOOHHHH
    i may have just tried the 1kg Ramen challenge from Komachi and got sick of noodles (also shamed and lost all my honour *tear*) but you make everything so appetizing!!! I wannntt to try all the noodles and salt and pepper seafoods and esp the chocolate pudding mmmmmmmmm^^!

     
  • At 10/08/2006 1:00 am, Blogger Tubby said…

    Oh no! I missed out on this! I also planned to go to the Sugar Hit tonight but unfortunately couldn't make it =(
    Is the Noodle Market for only one day?
    Great pictures always.

     
  • At 10/08/2006 1:16 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Suu - Cooking outdoors is never going to be as good as a custom-built kitchen, but I think it's more about the novelty of eating outdoors and getting to sample different dishes from restaurants you may not normally visit.

    $2 for har gow is a bit steep but they did have an $18 dinner box of 10 dimsim plus a chicken san choi bau. I suppose it's aimed at those who don't normally go to yumcha (or have unstoppable har gow cravings).

    Hi FFichiban - Did you really try the ramen challenge? Wow. I'm impressed. There is no honour lost. I am sure you fought hard! At least you tried!

    Hi tubby - The Night Noodle Markets are on until 20 October. There's still time :) All the details are at the end of the post.

    Sugar Hits continue until the end of the month. You should check out the Good Food Month website.

     
  • At 10/09/2006 7:56 am, Blogger Reb said…

    How do you choose just one??????

     
  • At 10/09/2006 2:03 pm, Blogger Julia said…

    Ooh it's great to see so many choices! Thank you for the thorough post!

    (And yes, I'm one of those people with "unstoppable har gow cravings"!)

     
  • At 10/10/2006 12:01 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Reb - I know! I guess that's why they're on for three weeks!

    Hi Julia - You're welcome. It pays to get there early. Much easier to take photos before the crowds descend!

     
  • At 10/12/2006 6:08 am, Anonymous gobsmack'd said…

    I must say I am not much of a fan of the noodle market - at least not since the likes of Longrain pulled out ... Now, its pretty much (in my trés humble opinion anyway) gone to the level of food halls at nightlight robbery (ha ha) prices!

     
  • At 10/13/2006 12:47 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi gobsmack'd - I think novelty factor will always pull in the crowds, but it is undoubtedly a lovely way to socialise with friends after work, in the cool green ambience of our much-loved Hyde Park.

     
  • At 11/02/2006 1:58 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I must say the chocolate cocnut pudding was the highlight of this years' Night Noodle Markets for me. So much so, that I bought one extra to take home for my boyfriend.

    I also thought that the Japancakes were pretty tasty too!

     
  • At 11/02/2006 11:08 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Anon - The chocolate pudding was very good. I've never been much of a fan of okonomiyaki though, not even in Japan :)

     

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