The 2015 Night Noodle Markets is nearly over for another year (they finish this Sunday) and I have to say I think this year has been a bigger success than previous years. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger every year.
I spent many a night sampling the many menus that were on offer. Since the opening night (and previous post) I have spent a further 4 nights grazing. I can officially say that I am noodle marketed out.
I grabbed a Whisky and Maple cookie from Whisky and Sugar Milk Bar by Christina Tosi of Momofuku fame. They were soft in the middle with a chewy crust, just how a real cookie should be, but honestly wasn't wowed by them.
I stopped by Bao Stop for the Peking Duk Fries. This is comfort food at its best. A generous portion of roasted duck and hoisin sauce atop crispy fries.
Another night a friend from the States was visiting. She had been to the Night Noodle Markets in previous years on various visits and I knew she would love this years too.
We shared three of the Ramen Tacos from Everyone Loves Ramen. These were crispy ramen 'taco' shells topped with
- Beef bulgogi with iceberg, yuzu miso vinaigrette and baby radish
- Teriyaki chicken with spring onions and sesame slaw
- Pork belly with coiander and siracha mayo
We also shared a Mamak roti telur. Roti with egg through the dough, dipped in an awesome curry sauce and a sambal
We finished off our meal with Gelato Messina's Bao Chicka Bao Bao. Deep fried Gua Bao with peanut gelato, dipped in chocolate sauce and rolled in crushed peanuts.
The feasting continues over the course of the 18 nights. A deep fried tofu gua bao from my favourite Mr Bao Bun. Loved this steamed bun. A very large square of tofu is fried crispy golden topped with pickled red cabbage
I caught up with Miss Piggy one night and we sampled Daniel San's skewers. The pork was good but it was the chicken skewer that won me over.
Crispy Karaage from Ramen Zundo. 3 pieces for $4.50. The coating is crispy and salty and a great little snack to munch on.
Over at newcomer Trunk Road I dig into a Butter Chicken Roadie. Succulent and juicy pieces of tandoori butter chicken pieces, cucumber and tomato and coriander. This was really good and slightly different to what else is on offer throughout the markets.
Over all the Night Noodle markets have reached groaning point. You need to arrive early as lines become lengthy and you potentially spend half your night waiting in line! I found this year that dishes are becoming more expensive and portion size/quality variable. Saying that, it is a fun night out (if it isn't raining) but you just have to prepare for the crowds.
I can say I have certainly had my fill this year! Clear winner for me was Mr Bao Buns!!!