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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Good Food Month: Night Noodle Markets, Hyde Park

If you go down to Hyde Park today, you'd better go in disguise...

We made it to the second and final week of the Night Noodle Markets, one of the more popular and accessible events during Good Food Month. It's been cold and blustery this week--almost a return to winter temperatures it seems-- but the allure of food stalls, alfresco dining and an opportunity to catch up with friends after work has been too good to resist for many Sydneysiders.

Roving lion dancers prowling on young children were a crowd highlight and the screens showing Monkey Magic were a cherished flashback down memory lane as well.

Hokkien noodles with vegetables $7.00/$9.00
from Wasinee Thai Cuisine

Prawn dumplings
from East Ocean

Spanish paella $10.00
from Spanthai Food

Steamed chocolate and coconut pudding $6.00
with vanilla bean sweet cream
from Banana Blossom

Crispy sticky rice balls with pork larp salad $10.00
from Banana Blossom

Coconut grilled chicken breast salad $10.00
with crispy egg noodles and sweet tamarind dressing
from Banana Blossom

Pad thai noodles $10.00
from Banana Blossom

Chicken satay $2.50
from Jackie M Malaysian Cuisine

The queue for Jackie M was crazy busy all night. Get there by 5.30pm unless you plan on queueing for at least 20 minutes.

Persian orange cakes $4.00
from Mayan Coffee

My dinner: Crispy sticky rice balls with pork larp salad
from Banana Blossom

I had my usual crispy sticky rice balls from Banana Blossom, a little heavy on the fish sauce but there was irresistible joy from the spiky balls of glutinous rice -- deliciously crunchy and golden on the outside, starchy and chewy on the inside.

R's dinner: Lamb rogan josh
from The Curry House

R's dinner was spicy but disappointingly tepid in temperature.

Sticky rice with mango and coconut $6.00
from Junior Thai

And dessert for me was a container of sticky rice with mango and coconut. Hurrah for the start of mango season.

Where's the lion

The SMH Good Food Month Night Noodle Markets finish this Friday, 24 October 2008.

Night Noodle Markets
Hyde Park North, Hyde Park Sydney (near the Archibald Fountain)
October 13-17 and 20-24, 2008
5pm - 9.30pm

Related GrabYourFork posts:
GFM 2008: Sugar Hit #1: Kings Cross Hotel

GFM 2007: Sugar Hit #3 at the Westin Sydney
GFM 2007: Sugar Hit #2 at the Sofitel Wentworth
GFM 2007: Sugar Hit #1 at the InterContinental Sydney

GFM 2006: Night Noodle Markets Week 3
GFM 2006: Night Noodle Markets Week 2
GFM 2006: Night Noodle Markets Week 1

GFM 2005: Night Noodle Markets
11 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 10/22/2008 10:49:00 pm


  • At 10/23/2008 12:56 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Ahhhh niiiceee!! and great shot with the little girl screaming hee hee. I can't believe I haven't gone this year yet >_< and only 2 days left :( I think looking at your post and photos has convinced me that I must go haha :D

  • At 10/23/2008 1:18 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ah big wow! i wanna eat that all. haha

  • At 10/23/2008 7:03 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    there is not a single food pictured that i would not gladly eat at this precise moment.

  • At 10/23/2008 10:42 am, Blogger Y said…

    Sticky rice balls! I want those sticky rice balls!

  • At 10/23/2008 2:15 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Been reading your blog quite a while but first comment. I lived in Sydney for a couple of years and discovered it then. Now that I'm back in Canada your entry brings me back, if only for a moment, to Sydney. I used to love the noodle market.

    And by the way, thanks for the Ryo's Noodle review. It became a favorite of ours.

  • At 10/23/2008 5:47 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Brilliant photos of the scared little girl!!! Did I hear you say vanilla bean sweet cream? I'm there!

  • At 10/23/2008 6:24 pm, Blogger Simon Leong said…

    hi helen, glad to see lots of food photos from the night noodle markets. it's a great outdoor location and it's good to see them expand the area for more seating and so many stalls to choose from. I find it really hard though to choose a good one and so many of the places seem to cook up their dishes too far ahead of time so they do have the tendency to become a bit dried out and luke warm by the time you order them I think and prices seem to be getting more expensive this year too. happy eating
    Simon :-)

  • At 10/23/2008 6:59 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    that larp w/ rice balls looks good helen!

  • At 10/24/2008 8:27 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi FFichiban - The lion was stalking lots of kids, and this kids really enjoyed the fun of it all!

    Hi Parantar - Me too :)

    Hi Michelle - lol. They all looked even tastier up close!

    Hi Y - They were so good! I heart starch. And fried things. Deep-fried starch = bliss.

    Hi Anon - Aww thanks, and congrats on your first comment! Keep 'em coming - it's a bit like talking to an empty room otherwise :) Hope you're finding some good eats in Canada - I keep meaning to have poutine when I was there but never quite found it!

    And yes, Ryo's is fab isn't it? Not my discovery (hurrah for fooding friends) but one I was glad to share with others!

    Hi Christie - I'm sure she was having the time of her life :) And cream! Ooh yes please!

    Hi Simon - I think juggling hot fresh food and huge queues is always a tricky balancing act. Some foods keep better than others - sticky rice balls for example!

    Hi Kay - It was incredibly delicious. I love those sticky rice balls! So crunchy and goooood :)

  • At 10/24/2008 6:54 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    thank for posting!

    i headed today after work and i was so close to giving up where to find the larp with glutinous rice (because i forgot to read where you bought it from).. i walked in circle for 3 times! but luckily i found it at the end, it was well worth it, so nice!

    i wonder if they sell it normally at their restaurant...

  • At 10/25/2008 10:40 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi isLa - Wow three circuits is quite a walk. The noodle markets are quite spread out! Glad you finally find it though - aren't those sticky rice balls amazing? I'm sure they sell them at their restaurant, but have yet to venture there personally.


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