The Night Noodle Market is bringing the energy and noise of Asia to the banks of the Yarra River; mirroring the authentic, bustling, smoke-filled Asian food markets minus the humidity and stress of haggling in a foreign currency.
Kicking off in sizzling style, thousands of Melbournians poured down to Alexandra Gardens on Monday night to welcome the Asian hawker style festival to town.
25 food stalls churned out the best in Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Nepalese, Filipino, Indian, Taiwanese, Vietnamese (and many more!) cuisines.
Chin Chin, epitomised for its hawker style and Asian fusion cuisine, featured alongside Izakaya Den and Longrain. Peking duck pancakes and hot-and-sour salad of pork, glass noodles, peanuts, mint and coriander were among favourite dishes.
Market goers all enjoyed Victoria Street Vietnamese hang outs, including I Love Pho and Thanh Phong.
For those riding the food truck bandwagon, Bean Rollin’, Let’s Do Yum Cha, Lil Nom Noms and the Banh Mi Boy were all in attendance.
Melbourne’s obsession with sweet treats carried on into the market, with new to town Gelato Messina also on exhibit. The Monkey Balls Sundae was the perfect dish to settle a belly full of Asian cuisine on a hot Spring night.
This seriously fun festival is open for two weeks, openings its doors at 5pm weekdays and 4pm on weekends. Escape the office and immerse yourself in the Asian food frenzy that is the Night Noodle Market!
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