Ok, I plead guilty for not updating my blog regularly, thus breaking my new year resolution. A lot of thing caught me in the moment: work, life, and travel! I went on 3 trips in almost a month which were very exciting and kinda refreshing. Will do a post on some of trips later.
It’s getting warmer here down under which means it’s time for the annual night noodle market. If you follow my instagram, you probably noticed a lot of night noodle market food posts last week. Three of my friends and I decided to go on weekdays to avoid the weekend crowd. Unfortunately we picked a bad day as it was cloudy and the forecast was saying that it was going to rain later in the afternoon. But, we decided to just go and brace the rain as we might not be able to make it on any other days. We arrived just after 5pm when they just started opening the stall. Silver lining is, the crowd was thinner that day, to the point where almost didn’t have to queue.
A few good tips for a pleasant night market experience:
- Be there early, on the opening time if you can: It will save you from having to queue.
- Go in groups of 3-4 max: Going in groups means not only you can divide tasks of buying the dishes from different stalls; but you also will be try more dishes. But don’t have too many people in the group as it will be harder to manage and, of course, less amount to try lol.
- Bring sanitizer, dry and wet tissues
- Bring enough cash
- Prepare your stomach, don’t eat too much beforehand!
We tried quite a few dishes, keep reading to see which dish I highly recommend, just recommend, or don’t recommend (ouch, no hard feelings though).
1st Stop: Mr Bao (Highly Recommended)
The dough is just soft and pillowy, no complain with that. All three baos are delicious, but amongst them, I absolutely love the karage chicken (surprise surprise right, you thought I would definitely go with the pork belly). The chicken is crunchy and the overall flavour is just awesome. Don’t get me wrong, the pork belly is cooked well, however I just don’t really like the sauce inside that bao which I think is hoisin sauce.
2nd Stop: Everybody Loves Ramen (Recommended)
Having noodles at night noodle market is a must. So I can officially say I have been to the night noodle market this year. The taco shells which are made of ramen were a bit tough probably because we left it for too long. So a tip for you is this dish must be eaten immediately. What makes this dish shine is the toppings. All of them are great, I can’t even pick which one is my favourite.
3rd Stop: Bao Stop (Not Recommended)
Yep, you read it right. Apparently duck goes along with fries. It looks super tasty, but that’s where the excitement stops. There’s nothing special with the taste.
4th Stop: Black Star Pastry x N2 Gelato (Recommended)
Make sure you wait near the counter, as the experience starts when you pick up the freshly made dish from the counter. They put liquid nitrogen directly into the serving bowl so it is going to look whimsical with the smoke for a few short seconds. Black Star and N2 never disappoint and they prove it this time too. You can definitely recognise the unique strawberry watermelon cake taste. The overall dish is very subtle, good to cleanse your palate.
5th Stop: Gelato Messina x Wonderbao (Highly Recommended)
This is the bomb! Seriously, winner of the night goes to this dish. The dough is crispy and not covered with excess oil. The milk chocolate sauce is velvety good. If anything, the peanut gelato is very subtle, it can be a bit nuttier. However, this is truly amazeballs!
Date of visit: 13 October 2015