The eagerly awaited Night Noodle Markets presented by Citi has revealed the sizzling menus of this year’s food festival, with a range of bold, rich and diverse dishes from local and Australia-wide favourites. The bustling Asian street food festival will return to Birrarung Marr from 7-24 November, filling the riverside air with spicy, salty and sweet aromas as over twenty sizzling hawker-style stalls take Melbournians on a vibrant flavour journey through Asia.
A feast for the senses for food-lovers who can enjoy the vibrant colours, smells and tastes of signature dishes and ingenious creations from the likes of Gelato Messina, who this year will be transporting festival-goers to tropical Thailand, plus Hoy Pinoy, Let’s Do Yum Cha, POKLOL, Puffle, Twistto, Flying Noodles and Wonderbao – all served with a side of live music and views of the city’s stunning nightscape. Melbournians and visitors alike can look forward to new and eclectic culinary offerings as they explore the wide variety of tastes and flavours on show from interstate favourites such as Bao Brothers, May’s Malaysian, Waffleland, Wok Master, Donburi Station, Foodie Del Mar, and Raijin.
Gracing the Melbourne Night Noodle Markets for the first time will be Drumplings’ unique modern dumplings, Kumokumo’s Japanese souffle pancakes, The Pham Sisters’ vegan delights, Pinchy’s juicy Maine red lobster and Alaskan king crab rolls, Scoopy Milk Bar’s Korean shaved ice desserts, Potto’s slow-cooked crispy pork, Okonomiyaking’s savoury pancakes, and Fry’d’s ice cream sweet treats.
Here are some of the delights expected at the Night Noodle Market:
Bao Brothers – Bringing the street-food culture of Gua Baos to a whole new level with the ‘peeking cluck’, ‘shroom shady’, loaded sweet potato fries and Korean fried cauliflower.
Calabang – Crispy calamari with flavour hits to choose from like seaweed, hot and spicy, and paprika seasonings, alongside their foot-long potato fries.
Dainty Sichuan – At the top of the to-do list for any self-respecting Chinese food-obsessive, Dainty Sichuan will spice things up with their Sichuan cold noodles and fried crispy chicken balls.
Donburi Station – Donburi will serve up their Japanese rice bowls with beef and chicken, alongside their fusion ‘Tokyo Taco’ with beef served with salsa and toppings on rice, and Japanese Fried Dumplings for something deliciously oily and crunchy.
Drumplings – The unique modern dumplings that offers a global twist on a traditional classic – think Cheeseburger, Mac & Cheese, Beef Rendang, Truffle Mushroom and Pepperoni Pizza, hand wrapped into a traditional dumpling.
Flying Noodles– If the sound of ‘Flying Noodles’ doesn’t already demand attention, the names of their offerings sure will, like ‘The Big Boss’, a dish of chicken tenderloin, diced and marinated with soybean paste, roasted sesame, sautéed mushrooms, and bok choy; or the ‘Fist of Fury’, a mix of chicken and pork noodles.
Gelato Messina– Gelato Messina will wow the crowds yet again with their new tropical Thai-inspired range including their ‘Eye of the Thai-ger’ – condensed milk pudding, condensed milk crumble, lychee and sala shaved ice, lychee gelato, rainbow jellies; ‘Bangkok Banana’ – Thai milk tea cheesecake
sandwiched between tea sponge and dipped in Italian meringue and sprinkled with desiccated coconut; ‘Phuket Bucket’ – deep fried banana fritters, caramelised palm sugar banana gelato, coconut and lime Chantilly, peanut crumble; ‘Coco Phangan’ – Mango sorbet served on coconut sticky rice with salted coconut sauce and toasted coconut flakes.
Also, after its barking-mad success in Sydney, the Night Poodle Markets are set to pop up at the Melbourne Night Noodle Markets from 4-7pm on Saturday 9 November providing the pawfect excuse for a puppy date with a difference. Dog-owners are encouraged to take advantage of the Night Poodle Markets pho-dog-rapher, so they can capture paw-traits with their pooches and claim their very own Night Poodle Markets dog treat. Tickets cost $5 and include a photo and a dog treat, with 100% of proceeds going to RSPCA Victoria. Online registrations recommended, with limited spots available on the day – goodfoodmonth.com/melbourne/night-noodle-markets
The Night Noodle Market is on 7-24 November at Birrarung Marr. For the full program and additional information visit https://www.goodfoodmonth.com/melbourne/night-noodle-markets/