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Night Noodle Market 2015, Sydney

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Another year, another Night Noodle Market, another chance for me to empty my wallet on various Asian street foods.

The annual Night Noodle Market kick started last (last) week, lighting up (or fogging up with all the furious meat sizzling) Hyde Park once again from Thursday 8 October to Sunday 25 October. As a part of Good Food Month, Sydney, the Night Noodle Market brings together Asian restaurants from all over Sydney and Australia to bring us an experience that we sorely lack in Australia, night markets.

The joys of late night food runs, where you’re not just stuck with fast food chains or kebabs (don’t get me wrong, I adore kebabs), where you can wonder down the streets at 11pm on a weeknight and it’s bustling with people sizzling skewers, ladies scooping piping hot soup noodles or icy cold sweet treats into plastic throw away containers while lights, sounds and amazing smells waft from every corner. That to me, as someone who loves food a bit too much and midnight snacking, is what dreams are made of! It is also probably the main reason why I want to live in Hong Kong for a year, instead of doing London, like a normal person does when they get that overseas working holiday urge.

The Night Noodle Market tries to recreate that exact experience, but in our own backyard, where there’s even a little bit of greenery to go with it!

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I must say, in the last few years the Night Noodle Market has come a long way from its humble beginnings. I admit, I wasn’t a massive fan after experiencing the Night Noodle Market in its first year. To me, it was just a poor attempt at gouging at people’s pockets and charging festival pricing for meals that could be easily obtained just five to ten minutes down the road. In the first year, Good Food Month, just brought together a bunch of restaurants from around the CBD. These restaurants seemed to just serve their standard dishes in smaller quantities and at massively over inflated prices and don’t forget the 30 minute or more wait for anything even remotely good and the lack of seating because it was so darn popular. I wasn’t going to pay that much and wait that long for something I could get down the street. So during the first Night Noodle Market, instead of waiting at the Mamak’s stall, I decided to just go to Mamak, at their actual store in Chinatown instead. In hindsight it was a pretty good night.

Ever since then, I haven’t been super keen on the Night Noodle Market. That, and me now being a three hour drive away probably contributed, instead of a stop over after uni. Flash forward thee years and it looks like things have changed! I now have to walk past the wafting smells of barbecued meats and other fantastic goodies each night to get home. So naturally, instead of eating dinner at home, I’ve been dropping by and getting a different treat each night.

The Night Noodle Market has definitely gotten a lot cooler over the years. There are now fantastic eateries from around Sydney and even some interstate and festival only stalls showing up as well! Plus, you’ve got eateries doing goodies that you can’t really get at their standard store, like Messina and Wonderbao, N2 and Black Star Pastry and Miss Dipity and Mr Bao doing awesome collaborations. Then there’s One Tea Lounge offering miso caramel and Everyone Loves Ramen’s ramen tacos. Pretty awesome right?!

So what caught my eye at the Night Noodle Market? This is the bit where I post pictures of things.

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Well, who can go past the dessert lovers dream? Messina meets Wonderbao with the David Bao-wy ($12), deep fried bao with salted coconut sorbet dipped in white chocolate mango ganache and rolled in crashed cashews. This tasted a lot better than it looked. Actually, it looks quite nice in real life, we just take horrific photos. So don’t let this put you off, just check it out on Instagram.

If I had to describe this bao in one word, it would be ‘rich’ but not necessarily in a bad way, especially if you like decadent desserts, then this is going to be right up your alley. But it’s definitely not for the faint hearted or I guess anyone with heart problems to be honest. This bao brings together a super fluffy while crisp deep fried bao with creamy sorbet and a splash of ganache to top it all off cos it wasn’t already flavourful and sweet enough.

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Although I wasn’t able to finish this whole bao myself, purely because it got too much, I actually enjoyed the bites that I did have. The bao was probably my favourite part. It was super fluffy, airy and light, as you would expect from the amazing people at Wonderbao. Thanks to the deep frying, the bao had a lovely crisp shell which contrasted the fluffy interior. Inside the bao, there was a lovely and smooth coconut sorbet. Finally there was the white chocolate and mango ganache which I thought brought the majority of flavour to this little bao. Finally cashews because no one ever said no to cashews right?

After having this David Bao-wy, I definitely think I’ll be dropping by Messina again to try the Great Balls of Fryer. Not a massive fan of peanut butter ice cream but fried ice-cream, I’m all there.

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After having the super sweet David Bao-wy from Messina on my first night, I was back but this time for something savoury and who can go past Ramen tacos ($18 for 3) from Everyone Loves Ramen. With the set, you get a miso beef with iceberg lettuce taco, a terriyaki chicken with spring onions and baby radish taco, and a pork belly with coriander and Sriracha mayo slaw taco. I’m not sure if you can buy these separately, I didn’t really notice an option for it on Everyone Loves Ramen’s menu but if it’s your first time trying these ramen tacos, all three are worth it, each are quite different in flavour and taste.

I really didn’t do these ramen tacos justice with my ‘amazing’ photography skills (this seems to be a running theme so far. I swear, I’ll improve). Nevertheless, they were tasty. It’s a simple concept, deep fried egg noodles with flavoursome meats and some veggies for garnish. The ramen taco shells tasted exactly like what you get in a chow mein but a lot crunchier, you also get that mildly eggy flavour and that deep fried flavour that I know I’ve described so well. I know that sounds totally gross but if you like fries, fried chicken or the baos from Messina than you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. Although tasty, I must say like anything made out of ramen noodles that isn’t actually soupy ramen, where it be a ramen burger or these ramen tacos, the structural integrity just isn’t there. Expect meat, iceberg lettuce and pieces of red cabbage everywhere.

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As for which combination I liked best, it was definitely between the chicken and the pork. The beef just didn’t stand up to the others at all. Too stringy and combined with the iceberg lettuce it was just all a bit too boring. Now the chicken and the pork, those were just packed with flavours. For me, I would have to say the pork. Awesome fatty and crispy cubes of pork coupled with creamy and flavourful red cabbage slaw. The perfect combination of big flavours and contrasting textures. The pork is what I’m going back for next time. If you can buy them separately. Which I’m not sure I can.

Well, thats it for now. Stick around, I promise there will be more. Well I’ve already got the pictures, now I’ve just got to write them up before the event ends this Sunday. If you haven’t been already, head over soon.

In the meantime, feel free to read our post from the Enlightened Night Noodle Markets in Canberra, 2015. I notice a few of the stalls that we ate at and wrote up are the same like Hoy Pinoy, Daniel San, Roti Road, Teppayaki Noodles, Span Thai and etc.

 

Churros King, Braddon

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I love this place. Ever since I first sampled the goodness from this rather unassuming food truck (well, I guess its more of a cart but whatever) many many months ago, I’ve been keen to share this hidden churro gem with anyone who is willing to listen. Outside of this blog, there aren’t many, so I figure it is time to write up this post and try and spread the love for the Churros King!

The Churros King is located in The Hamlet, right to the side of the entrance as you walk in. It’s a simple set up with nothing more than a frier, two dipping bowls and a dough squeezing machine. On most nights, there’s just the owner, pumping out freshly made churros to order and on busier nights, you’ll find another person helping out. I’m not 100% sure when the Churros King is open, it kind of seems dependant on the weather but over a good weekend, you’ll find the Churros King open from Thursday to Sunday, from about after work hours till pretty late at night, but not any later than anything else at The Hamlet. On rainy and super cold weekends, sometimes the Churros King decides not to turn up at all, which is fair enough. He is kind of just out there in the cold all by himself, with no cover and next to no customers anyway since no one seems to go out when the weather is terrible. But with spring just starting, I’m sure we will see more of the Churros King.

The offer at the Churros King is simple. There is only one thing on the menu, churros. You can either get one for $2 or 6 for $10. For a little bit of variety, you can pick between a dark chocolate or caramel sauce dipping. You won’t find anything else here at the Churros King, no drinks, snacks or anything else, just plenty of glorious golden sticks of fried goodness. Normally, I would want some water and what not but here it’s not too problematic, you can always grab what you need at one of the other awesome food trucks at The Hamlet, like BrodDogs, the Spit Shack, Mr Papa etc.

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So what makes these Churros (6 for $10, half dark chocolate, half caramel sauce) at the Churros King so good? Absolutely everything! I’ve never had a churros this good, either in Canberra or in Sydney. Okay, I haven’t been to Spain but these are the best you’re going to get around here and in my infinite geographical naïveté, I reckon they could give Spain a ran for their money too. Nevertheless, forget San Churro, forget Guzman y Gomez or any other place that offers churros, if you want some of that deep fried goodness coated in cinnamon sugar, this is the place to be.

The churros at the Churros King are super light and extremely airy. They’re fried to the sweet spot, where the churros snaps in half with a crackle as you bend it but aren’t too crunchy where it takes away from the fluffiness. You won’t find a heavy, dense and rubbery churro that leaves you disappointed and chewing like no tomorrow. At the Churros King, instead you’ll just find the perfect combination of fried dough and sweetness from the cinnamon sugar and dipping sauce.

Outside of the perfectly cooked churro, you can choose to dip your churros into a dark chocolate or caramel sauce. Personally, I like the dark chocolate as I find it adds a nice bitter contrast to the sweetness of the cinnamon sugar. If you’re a fan of caramel and a massive sweet tooth, I’m sure the caramel sauce will hit the spot for you. Both sauces are high quality and extremely well made, you’ll find no cheap substitutes here. My only qualm about these churros and its a pretty minor one, is the amount of dipping sauce you get. The crew at the Churros King, dunk the churros into the dipping sauce of your choice. Unfortunately, you only end up with about a quarter of your churros smothered in chocolate or caramel sauce and honestly, I want more!

Finally, my favourite part about these churros and what makes it stand out from all the rest? The flavour. I couldn’t work it out at first but after many many ‘tests’, I think there’s a hint of citrus to the churros. After every bite, you get this uplifting citrus note at the end. To me, this is what defines the churros at the Churros King. It takes it from a heavy and dense dessert to something light and almost snack like that you can eat hundreds of. Well, I can.

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Here is an action shot of a churros in the making. Pretty cool right?! Everything made right in front of you and served to you super warm. I’m normally not a fan of places that call themselves ‘the best x ever’ or ‘winners of x award’, they never quite meet expectations but these churros, they deserve the title of king for me.

Its a simple set up, with a simple product and with just a few ingredients and tools, the crew at the Churros Kings gives you something absolutely amazing. The perfect snack on the way home after a filling dinner in the city or Braddon. The perfect snack to end the night.

If you haven’t had the churros at Churros King and you’re a fan of churros or just desserts, these are a must. I know these pictures aren’t amazing but these definitely taste better than they look. There are a couple of things in the world of food that will never really photograph well, one being anything in a roll, like a kebab, another one is these churros wrapped in some baking paper. That and my horrible photography and composition skills. Don’t let my descriptions, writing or pictures put you off. You’ve got to try these.

Churros King

16 Lonsdale Street, Braddon

Opening hours:

Thursday to Sunday

6:00pm to 11:00pm

Churros King Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Harry’s Cafe de Wheels, Liverpool

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Harry’s Cafe de Wheels is a Sydney institution that started on a fateful day in 1938 near the front gate of the Wolloomooloo naval dockyard. It actually has some pretty cool history for a variety of things like how they came up with the name ‘Tiger pie’ (based on the owner being a great boxer) but I won’t go into that too much since it’s all on the website anyway.

Harry’s is probably the one place where I’ve eaten and thought ‘if for whatever reason I end up spending a lot of my time writing words about food one day, then I really want to write words about you, Harry’s Cafe de Wheels.’ So it’s with great joy that I’m able to do this today since it’s something I’ve been meaning to do for awhile. There’s something about being able to get a meat pie at midnight that’s unmistakably Australian and it’s something I’ve always appreciated since no one else seems willing to brave some of those cold winters nights to support people who just plain love eating food at all times of the night. Except kebab joints, wonderful, wonderful kebab joints.

Anyway, back when I was growing up, Harry’s was always a place I loved going to, but it wasn’t a place that I went too often, purely because it was just so far away from my house and a complete pain to get to. Thankfully, during my exile in Canberra, Harry’s answered my prayers and opened up a store in Liverpool, which means I can get Harry’s every time I head back to Canberra now. I think my heart hates me for it because there is also a giant Krispy Kreme next to the Harry’s in Liverpool and I always end up getting a crapload of donuts every time I go there as well.

Wow. When I read over that I realise I’m just really unhealthy.

Anyway, here’s some pies and dogs.

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First up we have the classic, the famous Tiger pie ($7.20). This has been voted as Sydney’s best pie and to be honest it’s extremely hard to argue with that. It’s a classic lean beef pie topped with mash potato, mushy peas and gravy. One cool little feature of the tiger pie is that the crew at Harry’s make a little dimple in the peas before they pour the gravy over the top. This ensures that whilst this is still fairly impossible to eat like a normal pie (that is, you must knife and fork this thing), it does make it considerably less messy to eat, and it make you feel fuzzy to know that the staff at Harry’s have your best interests at heart.

The pie itself is pretty standard, nothing gourmet about it, but you can probably tell from the above picture that it’s under no illusions of trying to be either. The crust is crispy and the meat inside is a really high quality beef, though it can get a little dry for me sometimes. One thing that I do to combat this, and I do this every time I eat a tiger pie now; I’ll use the knife and fork to poke a hole in the top of the pie, scoop some guts out, and then start mixing gravy and peas in the carved out pie carcass. It’s pretty fantastic, and I’ve never seen anyone do it so I’m going to try and patent that or something.

I’m not going to go into how the textures play off each other or anything because I figure if you can’t imagine how a meat pie with mashed potato on top of it would taste, then I doubt some words on a screen will help you. You know what will though? Going to any of their many locations and grabbing one of these. You likely won’t regret it, and once you do, you’ll be able to say you’ve had a Tiger pie from Harry’s. I’m pretty sure somewhere out there, there’s a list of things you must do as a Sydneysider. Getting a picture taken looking over your back while you look over Bondi Beach is probably on it, and trying a Tiger pie from Harry’s should probably be there too.

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Secondly, we have the Harry’s Hot Dog de Wheels ($6.50). First off, forgive us if the prices are kind of wrong, we forgot to take a picture of the menu board and the website doesn’t seem to list prices so we’re going off memory here. It’s close though.

The Harry’s Hot Dog de Wheels is Harry’s premier hot dog and is actually my absolutely favourite number one item to get there, just edging out the Tiger pie. I love pies as much as the next guy but this? Look at it! A fantastic wiener, with a big helping of chilli con carne, garlic onions, mushy peas, topped with a swirl of cheese sauce and to top all of that off, a big straight line of chilli sauce.

Everything about this hot dog is pretty fantastic, and again, I should mention that this is not a gourmet dog or anything, nor is it trying to be. It’s a hearty, homely hot dog and if you’re only interested in the kinds of dogs you get outside of the Grounds on Saturday morning, then you may be a bit disappointed. The dog itself is a straight up American style skinless frank, nothing too flashy, but in my opinion these dogs work best with chilli con carne anyway because they’re not trying to overpower things with too much herbs and spices.

One thing I feel I should mention is how big this thing is! It’s filling! I’ve made the mistake in the past of planning a big Sydney food trip and setting up Harry’s Cafe de Wheels as a pre-lunch snack. As you all know, on a food trip the biggest concern is how can you eat at all the places you want to and still keep that precious, precious stomach space. Don’t make the same mistake I did, the hot dog here is big and it deserves to be straight up lunch.

In conclusion, Harry’s is pretty great. It’s not gourmet and it’s not hipster (almost went a whole post without saying that word), but it’s filling, hearty and fantastically homely. One of my favourite places in Sydney and a great place to grab a quick, cheap feed.

Harry’s Cafe de Wheels

Shop 1/20 Orange Grove Road, Liverpool

Website: harryscafedewheels.com.au/

Facebook: facebook.com/harryscafedewheels

Opening hours 

Sunday to Thursday

9:00am to 11:00pm

Friday to Saturday

9:00am to 1:00am
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Mister Gee Burger Truck, Haberfield

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Over the Easter long weekends, I finally got the chance to try out Mister Gee. I’ve known about this place for a while now and I’ve been wanting to visit since forever but never really got the chance to due to exceptional laziness. This Easter however, I decided enough was enough and trekked out to Haberfield to sample this fine burger in its new home (used to be Burwood). Mister Gee is only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 6.30PM until 10PM. However, I’ve heard that they tend to run out of burgers way before 10PM, so we decided to get in early to ensure we got our hands onto some of Mister Gee’s sweet goodness, plus we wanted to beat the lines.

It looks like the word has really gotten out about Mister Gee. We got there exactly four minutes after 6.30PM and the line was already wrapping around the side, there were probably a hundred people already waiting! I don’t normally queue for food but we’d already trekked over 30 minutes through Sydney’s fantastic traffic (along Parramatta Rd) for this and well, I figure it was now or never. So we wriggled our butts over to the end of the line and the waiting game started. After about 15 to 20 minutes or so, Mister Gee finally opened up those sliding doors, another 40 minutes later, we were at the front of the line. So I guess, word of warning, be prepared to wait, if you’re in a rush definitely come back some other time.

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The menu at Mister Gee is simple, there is one burger which changes every week or so, one side, chilli cheese fries and one shake, baklava flavour! I don’t think the shake flavour ever changes, well it might in the future but so far it hasn’t. Since I first heard about Mister Gee ages ago, the shake has always been baklava, which isn’t a bad thing but more about that in a second. Mister Gee also sells water and other canned soft drinks.

Over the Easter weekend, the burger on offer at Mister Gee was the Geeism which included a beef patty, oakleaf, tomato, onion, kimchi mayo, bacon and havarti. I think you can opt to bulk up your burger by adding extras like bacon, more meat patties and etc. Sadly for me, there was no veggie or fish option so I procured the services of my sister to sample an additional burger with us.

We decided to grab our goodies and then headed home to pig out on it. Mister Gee is located in a random carparking area with limited outdoor seating. There’s limited lighting and no amenities. That’s what we get for loving food trucks, I guess. So we opted to eat in the comfort of our home.

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The Geeism ($10), beef patty, oakleaf, tomato, onion, kimchi mayo, bacon and havarti. The burger comes out lovingly wrapped in foil and I don’t know what it is, but I’ve never had a bad burger that’s come out wrapped in foil. This captures the American feel perfectly, and I think after a long time eating burgers I’ve finally figured out the difference between an American burger and an Australian one.

It’s the bread.

Yeah, that’s it I think. I’m no burger expert, but every time I go to get a burger from a take away, I’m met with dense, sesame seed topped bread thats primary role is to hold up the sauce and meat juices. American style burgers always tend to have softer (potentially steamed) bread that don’t stand up nearly as well to liquid, but generally (in my opinion) take far less away from the flavours of the burger itself. I should note, that I’m not talking about brioche here, no one can geographically categorise a brioche burger, they’re just fancy, they don’t need a home. I’m risking sounding unpatriotic here, but I definitely prefer American style burgers, and if you’re like me, then Mister Gee is a great place for you! Definitely American, definitely delicious. I’ll go into it more below.

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The Geeism with extra bacon ($11) beef patty, oakleaf, tomato, onion, kimchi mayo, bacon and havarti. This is the second burger we got, we were offered for $1 extra to add extra bacon to the burger, and of course, we obliged. Who could say no to bacon?!

Anyways, the beef in this burger is marvellous, cooked to a perfect medium rare, and served with the standard tomatoes and lettuce. Havarti cheese is a great choice for a burger, because of its propensity to melt into a goo, as well as its soft creaminess that doesn’t overpower the rest of the ingredients. The bacon here is honestly not required, and I’d have much rather an extra patty if I was given the choice again, the beef is that good. I’ve gone into a bit of detail about the bread in the previous paragraph but I’d at least like to try and overstate how much I prefer buns like this, I love the softness of this bread, and how fluffy it is, without the richness of brioche making it painfully obvious that you’re doing your body a huge disservice. It’s really a great burger, and I can now understand the lines now that I have had it. One word of warning however, it’s not a huge burger, probably about as big as a McChicken maybe. For $10 I wouldn’t call it immense value for money, but it’s still damn delicious, and something you should definitely try at least once, even if you’re cheap and care about that sort of stuff.

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I just can’t say no to Chilli cheese fries ($5). Couldn’t just munch on burgers without washing it down with some good old starch. So of course, we grabbed a side of chilli cheese fries. I kind of assumed this had meat on it before I ordered it, I mean chilli cheese fries normally come with actual chilli right?! Well, the chilli cheese fries at Mister Gee’s don’t. Instead, they’ve kind of taken the literal term for chilli. It really is just chips with a chilli sauce all over it, with some melted cheese over the top. Its not bad, its actually great if you dig crispy shoe string fries lathered in creamy cheese with a light chilli flavour. But sadly for me, I was looking for something more American, something with substance. As it stands, they’re decent shoe string fries, and the cheese on them is really quite nice, so you wouldn’t be upset with these at all. Unless of course, you were expecting beef mince and beans in the chilli. In that case you might be a tad upset.

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Finally, the Baklava shake ($6). I promise you, Mister Gee’s doesn’t serve half full cups of shakes, it was actually full when we first got it. However, the 30 minute car trip home saw some ‘spills’ (right into my sisters mouth). When I took a sip, I was kind of amazed there was anything left for us by the time we got home to be honest. If I was tasked with minding this baklava shake, it would have been gone within seconds. This stuff is good. I mean, people rave on and on about Mister Gee’s burgers, which are good of course but this drink really deserves more credit. Okay its not the prettiest thing out there and comes in a plain green eco cup but boy is it tasty. The shake feels and tastes like the crew at Mister Gee have made a super delicious and creamy vanilla milkshake and then grind up bits of baklava into it, giving it that fantastic maple and pistachio flavour with little chunks of baklava everywhere.

So there you have it, Mister Gee’s. Yes this place is worth battling Parramatta Rd traffic and waiting over 30 minutes in line for. I haven’t tried any of the other burgers but from the pictures I’m seeing and have seen on Instagram, they look just as droolworthy. Plus, if burgers aren’t really your thing and you’re like me and love desserts but can’t eat meat, don’t worry! The Baklava shake is a dessert on its own. Plus I hear that sometimes, these awesome ice cream guys show up and whip up some nitrogen magic as well. They weren’t there when we were there but that may have been because it was Thursday, oh well! Next time. I will be back!

Oh, as I was actually quite sick on this particular day, my awesome sister and Ouk took these fantastic photos. You know how I said we waited 30 minutes for this burger? We’ll they did! I was sitting on a random ledge feeling nauseous.

Mister Gee Burger Truck

315 Parramatta Road, Haberfield (April, 2015)

Facebook: facebook.com/MisterGeeBurgerTruck

Instagram: instagram.com/mistergeeburgertruck

Opening hours:

Thursday to Saturday

6:30pm to 10:00pm

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Enlighten Night Noodle Market, Canberra

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I absolutely love Enlighten, its almost my favourite event in Canberra (with the Multicultural Festival just barely in front). There is just something about pretty and bright lights, I just can’t handle how much I love them. I’ve been attending Enlighten ever since I first came to Canberra a couple of years back. Being from Sydney, I had no idea Canberra had such an event, I’ve always loved Vivid Sydney, which is a really similar event that happens in late Autumn, early Winter. I have been braving the winter cold to attend Vivid every year since it began in 2009. When I heard that Canberra had a similar event early on in my grad year, in the height of my missing homeness, I just had to go! Canberra’s Enlighten definitely focuses on projections instead of light fixtures but that completely makes sense, since Canberra has so many magnificent buildings to project on to. Vivid Sydney on the other hand has a lot more installation art, which I like equally as much. There, avoided a bit of a state versus state thing there. Phew.

This year, Enlighten has teamed up with Good Food Month to bring the Night Noodle Markets to Canberra. I must say, its almost like a dream come true, pretty lights with fantastic Asian street foods. The Night Noodle Market has been a regular food festival that happens during Good Food Month in Sydney. It has recently also expanded to Melbourne and Brisbane as well. I’ve always enjoyed the Noodle Night Markets, for a couple of weeks, Hyde Park is filled with various Asian restaurants from all around Sydney selling lovely snack dishes at “wonderful” festival prices. I was being sarcastic there, but seriously, I love the event despite festival pricing, it’s just a really fun night, and the convenience cannot be beat. Its the perfect place for all things dumplings, stir fries, skewers and more. Its also sees other much loved restaurants from Sydney coming out, like Messina with its ice cream burgers and treats, various bao stores and heaps more.

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Here in Canberra, the Noodle Night Markets combines bright lights with 15 eateries from around Australia, including plenty of restaurants from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. As well as a single restaurant from Canberra, Morks. I did find that it was a little weird that only one stall was from Canberra, especially with the Multicultural Festival having just finished, I mean come on, they’ve probably barely packed the tents away! I guess this will give Canberrans plenty of exposure to these other fantastic restaurants from across the country. I also noticed that the Noodle Night Markets had a heavy focus on Thai food, Japanese food and skewers. There was also a Malaysian shop and Let’s Do Yum Cha, which I guess is Chinese but there was no Korean food or Vietnamese food which was a bit of a shame but that means next year can only get better!

The Enlighten Night Noodle Market will run over the 10 nights of Enlighten (27 Feb to 8 Mar), starting from 5PM on weekdays until late and 4PM on weekends. Since it started last Friday, I’ve headed out to the Night Noodle Markets which is located in Reconciliation Place next to Questacon twice. There is plenty of space with some chairs and tables around. However, word of warning, on both Friday and Saturday, and from what I’ve been hearing from friends who have been heading out during the week, the Night Noodle Markets is completely going off! People were waiting over an hour to get food and the lines started stretching all the way to the end of the park. It was crazy. Knowing Canberra and its love for events, I got in early both days and hoarded my food as quickly as possible, then grabbed a table and settled for the afternoon. So I never really had any issues with crowd. Though I did see a lot of people complaining on Twitter about it, which I enjoyed because 1. I wasn’t in the crowds, and 2. They sometimes had puns.

Anyways, here are all the goodies I’ve sampled from the Night Noodle Markets so far. I think I’ve pretty much tried out all the stalls, except two or three Thai ones. I’m not a massive fan of getting full dishes or meals at festivals and those few Thai places were offering pad thais and etc. So that’s a no sale from me.

Morks Restaurant

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Here is the Boat noodle beef soup ($10) from Morks. Here at the Night Noodle Markets, Morks has brought something straight from home. This classical Thai dish is quite different to any of the dishes that Morks’ offers at their restaurant on the Kingston Foreshore which focuses on contemporary Thai food. After having this dish, I totally reckon they should introduce more traditional and less well known Thai dishes to their menu because this was delicious.

For the Night Noodle Markets, Morks’ offered two versions of this dish, this soup one and a dry version which has the exact same ingredients minus the beef broth. I opted for soup, since I figure why not. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from it, it was just some noodles and soup in the end of the day but it ended up blowing my mind. The dish came with a variety of meats including beef balls (like in pho), brisket, crispy pork skin, tripe and noodles. The crazy thing, everything had a weird “home made” feel to it, the beef balls were odd shaped, and didn’t taste as processed as the ones you get with pho, the brisket was just absolutely divine, chopped thick and pulled apart easily with fat hanging off the edge, the tripe was, well it was just normal tripe. The soup was super flavoursome and really meaty, the noodles were soft and silky, while the crackling pork skin added some great texture and crunch to the noodle soup. For me though, the brisket was the god of this dish, and I bowed down to it an appropriate number of times I believe.

Sadly, while we were hoarding this dish, we waited awhile and a lot of the soup got sucked up into the noodles, making them all bloated, but worst of all, removing our precious soup! Word to the wise, eat this as soon as you get it, because it doesn’t age particularly well.

This noodle soup reminds me of all the Thai two minute noodles I had while I was growing up, now I know what the true dish taste like!

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N2 Extreme Gelato

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N2 Extreme Gelato is also in town, offering their amazing gelatos and ice cream made out of nitrogen oxide. They’ve got the Kitchenaids out and everything, its great seeing clouds of white smoke go everywhere around the N2 stall. Though, it should be said, this is in between Roti Road and another place (I forget) and they were both just pumping smoke out on account of their BBQ’s roasting up skewers, so yeah there’s just a lot of smoke, nitrogen style and otherwise.

I could talk about N2 for ages, I love this place. I remember when it first opened up in Sydney while I was in uni. N2 became a regular meet up place in our last semester. Anyways, no life story this time. But if you do want a life story and want to see more goodies from N2, check out my N2 Extreme Gelato, Sydney review.

Here at the Night Noodle Market, N2 is offering two ice creams. I don’t know if they’ll be changing the flavours throughout the festival but if they do, that would be totally awesome! The below picture was really awkward to get (there was no way to hide that I was taking a picture) so I hope this is useful to someone out there.

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Currently, the two flavours are a Ferrero reveal which includes nutella gelato with crushed hazelnut with a rice bubble chocolate top and chocolate syringe. The second flavour is the Brokeback moment which includes vanilla gelato, bits of honeycomb and a chocolate top with a caramel syringe and a sprinkling of honeycomb. Both flavours are $8 each. I quite like that they have one chocolate base and one vanilla base, it nicely accommodates everyone, chocolate lovers and non chocolate lovers.

I did notice that N2’s ice creams here at the Night Noodle Markets are smaller than their standard cups in Sydney. They’re also the same price. Not too much of a complaint or anything, seeing as it is a festival and everything is more expensive at festivals as I mentioned earlier. There should be a term for it, like ‘festival pricing’. Where everything is just stupidly expensive yet we’re still all suckers for it. Oh well, at least it was as tasty as Sydney.

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On the first day, I went for the Brokeback moment ($8), vanilla gelato mixed with bits of honeycomb and a chocolate top with a caramel syringe and a sprinkling of honeycomb. When I first got to the Night Noodle Market, I knew I had to get this as quickly as possible. I figured as soon as people realised there was a place making gelato out of nitrogen, the lines were going to be insane, and while I love festivals, I’ve been to enough to know that the lines at them suck.

Anyways, this Brokeback moments totally caught my eye, I’m not much of a chocolate person and thought the nutella Fererro reveal flavour was going to be too rich. Plus, who doesn’t like honeycomb?! This totally lived up to expectations. The ice cream itself was silky smooth and really delicious and creamy. It did melt quite quickly and sometimes it makes me wonder what’s the point of the liquid nitrogen, I mean, if you’re freezing something in a cool new way, and that makes it more prone to melting then I don’t know, I guess it’s obvious where I’m going here. Though I should mention, since the crew at N2 dipped the vanilla ice cream into a warm milk chocolate, it froze up and created a delicious and crunchy chocolate top, at the expense of maximum freezicity.

The chocolate top added just the right amount of chocolate to the vanilla ice cream and when I mixed it up, it reminded me of stracciatella. I didn’t really notice any honeycomb within the gelato as the descriptions states but there was a sprinkling on top that was enough to introduce that lovely golden syrup flavour to the ice cream. Finally, to top it all off, there was some gooey caramel sauce that could be drizzled all over the ice cream and really added to that honeycomb flavour.

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Second time around, I couldn’t fight the allure of more N2, and tried the Ferrero reveal ($8), nutella gelato mixed with crushed hazelnut with a rice bubble chocolate top and a chocolate syringe. I must say, this was a lot nicer than I was expecting. When I first saw the menu I just assumed it was going to be this really rich chocolatey ice cream. Turns out, it had a really strong hazelnut flavour and replicated a Ferrero Rocher really well! After having both flavours, I think I actually prefer this one, which is weird because I normally prefer non chocolate options.

The nutella ice cream was absolutely delicious, it had a really strong hazelnut flavour with only a mild chocolate after taste. To top it off, there was the rice bubble chocolate top which perfectly replicated the nutty and chocolatey outside section of a Ferrero Rocher. This Ferrero reveal was perfectly nutty and chocolatey with just the right amount of crunch and texture to remind me of a Ferrero Rocher.  It was the perfect treat for the super warm weather we’re having here in Canberra. Oh, there was also a syringe with some chocolate ganache in it. Side note, squeeze it out quickly, otherwise it starts to solidify since its in the cold ice cream and becomes a bit of a pain.

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Let’s Do Yum Cha

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We also grabbed some Pork bun, vegetarian spring roll, har gow, siu mai ($2 each) from the Let’s Do Yum Cha stall. There was also a truck on the other side of the park selling the same things, so good news if you’re into dumplings! I think they were $2.50 each if you got less than five and $2 each if you got more than five. I’ve had food from the Let’s Do Yum Cha food truck once at Vivid in Sydney and wasn’t overly impressed. Nevertheless, being the only Chinese food stall at the Enlighten Night Noodle Market, I decided to give it a second chance.

I must say, this time the dumplings were a lot tastier (and tasty enough for me to definitely come back in the future!). Last time when I had them at Vivid, the baos and har gow skins were really tough and unpleasant, the inside was also pretty average and quite meh to me. This time, it was a lot better. The har gow and siu mai skin were all really soft and glutinous like they should be, while the inside was firm, bitey and meaty. The skins actually aged really well, because we took a bunch home with us and I ate one of the har gows about three or four hours after I purchased it, it was still pretty soft and delicious. Though one thing I should mention, I noticed that the skin of the har gow and bao was a lot thicker than you’d normally find elsewhere, which was a bit of a dampener, because nobody likes thick skins on their dumplings. At least I don’t think. This was especially evident with the pork bao, which I probably wouldn’t get again if I came back here, it’s roughly 5cm thick, and the white fluffy skin takes up probably 3cm of it. Not great if you’re a fan of pork. Nevertheless, pretty good considering its coming out of a truck. I thought the vegetarian spring roll was also really tasty and flavoursome, it had a really strong Asian flavour to it, which was nice. As opposed to the usual cabbage filling that you find in cheaper spring rolls.

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Daniel San

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This is the first of many many skewers that we ate at the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets. So get ready for some skewers galore! Apparently Daniel San is from Sydney, I have never really heard of it or seen anything about it but that might be because its a bar and its in Manly, not really my scene to be honest (mainly due to the fact that its too far away). Anyways, here at the Night Noodle Markets, Daniel San brought down two different skewers, a pork one and a chicken one. Nothing else, I guess they’re specialising which isn’t a bad thing because it’s probably the only thing I would’ve ordered anyway. The skewers at Daniel San were $6 each or 2 for $10. Also, they were called ‘giant’ skewers, and whilst the sticks were absolutely massive, the actual meat sections on them were pretty comparable to the other skewers on offer at the Night Noodle Market. Pretty smart advertising to be honest, I completely got sucked into it, and hence this was the one I went for first! So if you’re into really big sticks, then this is the stall for you.

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We opted for one of each flavour, the Chicken yakitori and pork belly with maple skewers ($10 for 2). I’m probably just going to talk about both of these skewers at once, mainly because I couldn’t really tell them apart, flavour wise or texture wise but you can put that down to skewer overload and everything becoming a bit of a blur. I thought these skewers were quite nice, they weren’t my favourite from the Night Noodle Market but that is more of a preference thing.

These skewers from Daniel San were quite firm and a tiny bit chewy. I couldn’t really put my finger on it, but I think the toughness came from the meat that Daniel San was using, and I know it sounds like I’m about to crap on the meat, but it’s actually the opposite. It seemed like quite high quality meat where each chunk of meat on the skewer was lean flesh. There was no filler fat like you would find on a cheaper skewer where its all dark meat with fat everywhere.

In a sense, its great value for money, it’s just a stick of pure meat but maybe it’s because I’m a terrible uncultured swine, but I actually seem to prefer cheap terrible meat for some reason. I guess this is why I preferred some of the other skewers. This just wasn’t as fatty and delicious as I would have hoped. Outside of that, the skewers were cooked nicely and had a lovely charred smokey flavour.

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Hoy Pinoy

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So, we got some more skewers, Chicken and pork skewer ($10 for 2). These were from Hoy Pinoy, like with Daniel San, skewers were the only thing on offer at Hoy Pinoy. They also offer a chicken and pork option like Daniel San. Unlike Daniel San, you had to buy two, they didn’t give you the option of one which is kind of weird actually, but I didn’t mind because these were fantastic!

I’ll talk about the chicken one here and the pork skewers below. Seeing as I ended up with three pork skewers, you can imagine what I’m going to say about the pork skewer from Hoy Pinoy! But before that, the chicken skewer. So, you know how I said the skewers from Hoy Pinoy were delicious about two seconds ago? Let me just clear something up. The pork skewers from Hoy Pinoy were delicious. These chicken ones on the other hand were a bit average. Flavour wise, it was fine. The chicken skewer was flavoured in a sweetish soy which was rather pleasant. Where the pork pulled away from the chicken was purely on texture. They were pretty dry and just stuck on the skewer and it was pretty hard to get the meat off, and it suffered from much of the same problems as Daniel San, tough chewy meat that I didn’t seem to enjoy as much. Chicken is probably one of the more temperamental meats and cooking on a hot and unpredictable BBQ isn’t ideal, so I sort of understand, but lets just move onto the pork.

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While the chicken skewers from Hoy Pinoy were rather average, these pork ones were amazing. So much so that I went back for seconds (or thirds, I guess). I mean, they weren’t even massive or anything and $5 isn’t cheap when it comes to a skewer but none of that mattered at the time because these were so fantastic! That should say something about how much I enjoyed them. These skewers were the perfect combination of meaty and fatty goodness. At Hoy Pinoy, it was pretty much a piece of meat, followed by a piece of fat etc. This meat every bite (or second bite, depending on how small your bites are) was a combination of delicious pork meat and fatty goodness). The fat added the perfect amount of softness to the tougher pork meat. To top off this fantastic texture, the flavouring of this pork skewer was super tasty. It was covered in a thick layer of plum sauce or that BBQ sauce they use on char sui, which gave it that smoky and sweetish flavour. Just fantastic. If you’re going to try one thing from the Noodle Night Markets (and you’re not a vegetarian) this has got to be it. Absolute favourite from the whole event.

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Roti Road

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So that wasn’t the last of our skewer overload, I also grabbed some Chicken skewers ($10 for 2) from Roti Road. Outside of these skewers, Roti Road offered some other Malaysian goodies including chicken wings and a sugar cane drink. These were some solid skewers, Daniel San may have called their skewers ‘giant’ but these ones from Roti Road were just as large and for the same price too.

These were pretty good, not quite as good as the pork ones from Hoy Pinoy but that’s pure flavour preference. These chicken skewers from Roti Road were really soft and cooked really well, the chicken was actually tender, it might have had something to do with this interesting spinning contraption they had going on at Roti Road, where the meats were in with upwards grill that rotated really quickly as it cooked. Then again that may have been for the chicken wings, I couldn’t really see on account of all the smoke. Nevertheless, good texture for chicken! Crazy! Flavourwise, it had this satay sauce on it, which gave it that whole sweet and sour flavour you find in a lot of Malaysian food, which I’m not the biggest fan of. I should have know before getting these skewers but for everyone else, I’m sure you’ll love the chicken skewers from Roti Road!

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I also decided to grab the Sugar cane drink ($5). There wasn’t much choice when it came to non alcoholic drinks (not including standard soft drinks, because man, what’s the deal with festival prices on soft drinks?!). So with soft drinks out, there was only this sugar cane drink, and the Ribena and longan drink from Pasar Malam but more about that later on because of course, I ended up with both.

I absolutely love sugar cane drinks. I grew up on these things. Every time we went to Cabramatta in the middle of summer, my mum would reward us with a sugar cane drink for behaving and not running around like crazy kids or begging for various candies, sweets and treats. Fond memories. Sadly, this drink wasn’t quite what I was expecting. Not sure if its a style thing, seeing as this was coming from a Malaysian shop, maybe they do sugar cane drinks differently over there? I know at Vietnamese shops, they normally mix the sugar cane juice with orange juice to add some tartness and balance out the sickly sweetness. It works surprising well as I’ve learnt. Here, it seems like they’ve tried to balance it out with water. The end result was a watered down drink that was really sweet but had little flavour. Not the best I’ve had but nevertheless still refreshing. By the way, sugar cane drinks are like $3 for a cup like this in Cabramatta, just saying *shakes fist* to festival pricing!

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Teppanyaki Noodles

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I promise these are the last set of skewers I got! Fanta chicken skewers ($10 for 3). I didn’t really care for these to be honest when I saw them. They just don’t look as good as the others on offer at the Night Noodle Market but after seeing the name I had to try it out. Were these skewers flavoured using Fanta or was it some other crazy thing?!

I guess when they say Fanta, they don’t mean what I think they mean. These skewers definitely didn’t have a sweet orange flavour to them, instead it seemed like they were flavoured with a light soy. I’m assuming its not soy and instead some interesting and weird Japanese condiment but to me, all things salty and dark in colour taste like soy, must be in my head.

I quite enjoyed this skewer. It was a nice change from all the other skewers that I had at the Night Noodle Markets. Everything else was really heavily flavoured in either a sauce or had been marinating for a long time hence the flavour had seeped throughout the meat. Here the meat itself wasn’t heavily spiced at all with the sauce doing all the heavy lifting. The meat itself actually had a really nice texture, another win for chicken on a stick! They were really tightly packed, so was actually quite good value for money and you can buy one for $4 or 3 for $10 making these skewers the cheapest at the market.

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Zagyoza

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Next up some Japanese gyoza, Pumpkin & fetta and ocean’s catch gyoza ($12 for 8, +$2 for ocean’s catch). I must say, by far Zagyoza had the most complicated menu of the Night Noodle Market and really, they were only selling dumplings. At Zagyoza, you could get 5 dumplings for $8 or 8 for $12. With these two options, you cannot mix and match the flavours. However, on their signs, it also states that you can also get 4 pork dumplings and 4 chicken dumplings for $12 but there’s no indication that you can do half and half with there other options. Nevertheless, we decided to give it a shot and asked if we could get half and half for $12, they happily said yes.

On a more food related note, the gyoza here were okay. They had a couple of flavours including: pork, chicken, vegan black bean, pumpkin and fetta and ocean’s catch. There was also an additional $2 charge for the seafood option. I thought the two flavours I got were okay but by no means delicious or value for money to be honest. I found the dumpling skin quite tough, especially where the skin joins up at the top and the filling inside was rather average. The filling inside was like a puree for both flavours, this was fine for the pumpkin and fetta gyoza but I was expecting more from the ocean’s catch, especially when I’m paying $8 for 4, that’s $2 a dumpling!! Although it had some nice flavours, it tasted like prawn with ginger, it was just complete mush, I was expecting something more like the filling of a har gow, with texture and biteyness. Nevertheless, I did appreciate that they had a vegan black bean version and I do wonder if the pork and chicken flavours are also texturally the same.

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Pasar Malam

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This was hands down by far my favourite stall from the Night Noodle Markets. Everything I had from here was delicious. I guess it could be a combination of a couple of things. 1. I like Malaysian food quite a bit. 2. I don’t really care for Thai food much and didn’t try any of the pad thai or the likes from Thai stalls, which made up a large portion of the Night Noodle Market. Having had that said, Pasar Malam probably had the most choice compared to the other stalls at the Night Noodle Market, it offered five dishes and one drink. Most other stalls only focused on two to three things. Plus, they had a combination of savoury dishes and sweet dishes as well as a seafood dish. In hindsight, I don’t recall anyone else really serving seafood (minus the ocean’s catch gyoza which wasn’t super tasty or anything)

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As you can see from the menu, the choices from Pasar Malam are probably the most modern and hipster of the Night Noodle Market. Most of the other stalls that were selling real food, that is, not just skewers and had lots of full on stir fry dishes, which I’m personally not a massive fan of since they just fill me up needlessly. I’ve got to try as much as I can and getting full is just one of the most depressing things ever. Here at Pasar Malam they instead offered a selection of snacky foods like deep fried chicken skins, delicious chicken drumsticks, and a soft shell crab dish. There were also two sweet treaties, including deep fried bread with condensed milk and sweet potato balls. Finally, they also had a longan and Ribena drink.

I pretty much ended up sampling Pasar Malam’s whole menu!

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First up, the Chilli soft shell crab ($14), this included half a soft shell crab with two pieces of deep fried bread. Since I was keen to try the mantou dessert as well, which is pretty much the deep fried bread served with condensed milk. I asked if I could have the bread that came with my soft shell crab to be served with considered milk and they were more than happy to help out with my request. Hence, the little tub in the left back corner.

The soft shell crab itself was really delicious, it was fried perfectly, giving you that crispy soft skin while not being overly oil. The crab was covered in a sweet sauce with a slight bit of spiciness to it and bits of a white sauce which seemed to add a lot of creaminess. The rich crab flavours and sauce went really well with the deep fried bread which was dense and had a hint of sweetness to it. There was also plenty of fresh coriander, which gave the crab that strong South East Asian flavour.

I do agree this dish is a bit pricey and definitely small but I enjoyed it so much, I got it twice. I’m a glutton for punishment. And probably just a glutton.

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We also grabbed a serve of the Nyonya chicken lollipops ($10). These are definitely not the prettiest chicken drumsticks around but they were very tasty. These were probably my favourite non skewer thing from the whole Night Noodle Market. The chicken here was really soft with plenty of moisture within it. I wasn’t really expecting these chickens to have good texture when I got them. Look at them!! They look burnt to bits and very overcooked. Nevertheless and to my completely surprise, pretty fantastic texture.

To accompany the great texture, the chicken had a lovely smoky and slightly sweet flavour to it. You could definitely tell that this had been marinated overnight, as there was a slight fruity sweetness throughout the chicken meat as well as on the fried skin. The chicken also came with a mayonnaise sauce but to be honest, I didn’t even touch it. The meat was that good on its own that I never felt the need to add to it. But I did end up dipping my deep fried chicken skin into it!

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If you like chicken skin, this is the snack for you. Chicken crispers ($6). This is essentially deep fried chicken skin, nothing more, nothing less. Okay, maybe there is some salt or seasoning but you won’t find any meat or anything in this little treat. Yet somehow, its still super duper delicious! If you’ve ever had the deep fried chicken skins from Pappa Rich, this is pretty similar. I honestly think I prefer this one. I found it a lot more enjoyable on its own, whereas the Pappa Rich one I find gets a bit salty and I need to eat it with something else like rice or noodles. Here, I was just munching on these on its own, a bit like eating chips.

These chicken skins were awesome, they were super crispy but still soft and fatty on in the inside. The chicken skins were seasoned slightly giving them this really great meaty and savoury flavour as well. On the side, there was also this chilli sauce that didn’t really have much spice to it, rather it had a slight sweetness to it and gave the chicken skins some extra flavour and some moisture as well. As delicious as it was, pure deep fried chicken skin can get a bit much after a while, so I really appreciated the addition of this sauce.

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For our final goodie from Pasar Malam, we grabbed the Sweet potato balls ($8). I actually had no plans to get this originally. I don’t really care for sweet potato, I much prefer taro to be honest. Plus, it was tiny and $8! But one of our friends tried it and said it was absolutely amazing, so I came back on Saturday to try it out. Boy am I glad I did. This was one of my favourite things from the whole Night Noodle Market! When I first saw them, I just assumed they were deep fried balls of actual sweet potato, pretty unappealing right. Well, they were nothing like that, instead these were glutinous balls of dough with a lovely sweet potato flavour to them. Okay, not the best description but they tasted fantastic. It was like squishy, slight chewy, sweet with this strong sweet potato taste to it. The coconut also added some texture to the sweet potato balls and some creaminess as well. Its probably not the best value for money, you only get about eight or so medium sized balls but I would definitely get this again. If you want something sweet and snacky, this is a must. MUST!!

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Finally, the only other Asian style drink from the Night Noodle Market. the Ribena with logan ($5). This was nice. I don’t know how much I can talk about Ribena and logan to be honest, especially if you already know what these two things taste like individually. I guess I never thought about combining them myself. These things together gives you a drink that is really tasty, fruity and refreshing. The Ribena wasn’t too strong and sweet which is always a positive thing. The addition logan added bits of extra sweetness here and there. I probably won’t get this again, simply because its $5 but I still reckon its better than the sugar cane drink. Maybe I’ll just stick to water for these Night Noodle Markets, which is a bit of a shame to be honest. Asian countries have heaps of really tasty drinks like herbal jelly drink, coconut water, Vietnamese iced coffe, Thai milk tea, Calpis, lassi and heaps more. Bit sad none of these were at the markets. Maybe next year!

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Spanthai

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Finally, the Sticky rice with mango ($13) from Spanthai. Like with the drinks, this was one of the few Asian desserts available at the Night Noodle Market, outside of this there was the deep fried bread with condensed milk and sweet potato balls from Pasar Malam. I really enjoyed this dish. It was a simple dessert but one that is greatly loved by South East Asian countries. Nothing quite beats sticky rice and creamy, delicious coconut milk. I think mine may be missing a sprinkling of crushed peanuts over the sticky rice but no biggie. The sticky rice on this dished was cooked exactly how I like it. The rice was sticky but with a slight dryness on the outside for some texture and crunch. The sticky rice was covered in a creamy and slightly sweetened coconut milk sauce. Then it was paired with half a mango which brought all the flavour and tartness that this dish needed. It looks as good as it taste. Well, I think it looks great, something about contrasting colours.

Questacon

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So this wasn’t quite a part of the Night Noodle Market but I totally reckon it deserves a mention, for pure tastiness and awesomeness. Outside of Questacon, they had a couple of different cool things going on, all within the colours, lights and lit up Enlighten theme. They had a table set up where the crew were doing different experiments and what not, then there was this table. Here they had various glow in the dark and light themed toys and what not for sale, this included things like glow in the dark hats, sparkly light up rings, hair clips and bands and other cool stuff like that. Big plus as well, most of the things on sale from Questacon were pretty reasonably price, I don’t think anything was over $10. Good for all the parents out there with kids who want cool sparkly lights!

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But by far, the coolest thing that Questacon had on sale was the rainbow light up fairy floss ($5). For $5, you get a stick that lights up in various different colours and styles. The crew at Questacon then wrap it up with some light blue coloured fairy floss and the end result is this really awesome looking thing. Probably not going to talk much about the taste. It was at the end of the day just a standard fairy floss but with the addition of lights! Word of warning, the line for this thing was insane and this was day one, when people probably didn’t even really know about it. Oh, plus there is a line to buy the ticket for this, then there is a second line where you have to wait for it to be made. I think I spent a good 20 minutes waiting in that line to get this. But totally worth every single second. I still have the light up stick somewhere too.

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So there you have it, pretty much all the goodies from the Enlighten Night Noodle Market. I think I did skip some of the Thai places but I’ve never been a big fan of full dishes at festivals, so do let me know how they taste! I know when I come back over the next couple of days, I’ll be aiming to get more of those delicious pork skewers from Hoy Pinoy, the rest I can probably skip, especially for $5 a pop. Other things I would definitely get again, include all the goodies from Pasar Malam but I’m biased, I’ve never been a massive fan of Thai and there were a lot of Thai stalls.

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Oh and since its Enlighten 2015, here are some more pictures of various things lit up. It doesn’t quite feel right to just talk about food and not post a couple of pictures of the pretty lights. I’m pretty sure the lights are what the actually event is about. So here’s some lights. You’re welcome.

The Mandalay Bus, Braddon

I always wondered what happened to The Mandalay Bus. I might have mentioned this earlier, but back when I first arrived in Canberra, it was just this graffiti’d up yellow thing on the side of the road, and to be honest I was never really sure why it was still there year after year, I figured it was our fantastically speedy government clean up crews at work (I kid) and no one had really gotten around to it yet.

One inspiring story later, I found out that this is actually an amazing food truck and joy was to be had by all! Then it closed. To this day, I don’t really know what happened to it, it was a complete hit, served awesome food to all the night crawlers and was really active and then one day it just all stopped. They stopped opening and there was absolutely nothing on their previously pretty active social media site. No one had a clue where they went, why or if they would be back. Like the sugarman of…food trucking.

Well, we’ve got some good news, The Mandalay Bus is back and the wild rumours seem to suggest that they closed because it was a bit too cold in winter. Yeah, I didn’t know how to make that more dramatic. Anyway I kind of get it, probably just wasn’t worth the hassle. Well, the crew at The Mandalay Bus are back up and serving their Asian inspired after-drink nibblies. The menu is still pretty similar to before, with new elements coming and going as they see fit.

After seeing that it was back and running we decided to head over after some drinks. Looks like word still hasn’t reached everyone yet because it wasn’t too busy when we were there on a Friday night. After looking at their menu for a bit we settled on a couple of plates and sat down, listening to some old school hip hop and rap, I think they had a theme for the night, the tip jar did say, ‘Biggie or Tupac’. After a pretty short wait, we were greeted with the below goodies.

The Canberra dog ($9), an institution that The Mandalay Bus has had from the very start, a dollar more expensive but that’s okay because it’s still just as delicious as ever. American skinless frank, sauteed onions, crispy bacon all smothered in thick melted cheese. This ain’t no dog for the health conscious out there, it’s thick and greasy but that’s me all over, so it probably doesn’t surprise anyone that I love this. The decision to go with a skinless frank just instantly gives this dog an American feel, and makes the sausage itself take a bit of a back seat to the other ingredients at play here, whereas a traditional aussie sausage would’ve overpowered the dog, and a traditional red frank would’ve just sucked. Seriously, who buys those sausages still?!

The one issue I have with this is that to be honest, I don’t think this dog really suits the name of Canberra dog. It’s a fine dog, and definitely one of my favourites in Canberra, but Canberra is not a greasy cheese covered bacon filled joy morsel, it’s more of a, sliced confit duck breast, foie gras papaya salad dog kind of town. Secretly I hate that this dog isn’t representative of Canberra, because it would be a better place if it was.

Some Buffalo wings ($9). A delicious little snack but I’m not really sure they’re buffalo wings. Now I might not know buffalo wings, there might be some sort of..buffalo wing sects and these are the non saucy variety. These wings though, were just drizzled in what seemed to be a sweet and sour sauce, not completely covered in the standard buttery hot sauce. Not sure how much this matters to you people, but they’re not really buffalo wings, I just feel like I need to get that out there.

Now whilst these weren’t actual buffalo wings they were delicious in their own right. The chicken wings were still lovingly deep fried and were really crispy on the outside whilst the meat inside was soft and tasty. To give these a buffalo tang to it, they’ve drizzled these with a sweet chilli sauce that gives it that standard buffalo sweetness, and covered it in spring onions for some great aromas and flavours. It’s actually a bit interesting, whilst not being standard buffalo wings, it had the chilli, it had the sweet, it had all the elements of a buffalo wing, but in a much easier to make (and eat!) form.

Not great if you’re expecting southern buffalo wings, but pretty good if you’re into good wings regardless of type!

Something more Asian inspired, the Crispy calamari noodles ($11) crispy egg noodles with carrots, cucumber and crispy calamari. I was tossing up between this and an eggplant dahl. After thinking about it for a little too long, I made a snap decision and went for the calamari. I can happily say, I had absolutely no regrets after digging into it. It was the perfect late night snack. It was essentially deep fried egg noodles (pretty similar to the ones you get at Chinese, Vietnamese etc restaurants) with shredded cucumber and carrots with a healthy sprinkling of super crispy and light calamari.Might sound pretty standard, but something about this just worked, absolutely amazing and made me not regret going with the more Asian inspired dishes on the menu.

The egg noodles were super crispy, almost like having chips or something. Every bite was just filled with texture. The carrots and cucumber were also crispy however they quickly absorbed the flavour from the fish sauce/nuoc mam sauce that covered everything. This gave the dish all the flavour it needed, savoury but with a hint of sweetness as well. The calamari then topped it off with a more mild flavour and a good type of chewiness. I’ve always been a bit wary about seafood in Canberra, and somehow, a midnight jaunt to a big food bus is what allowed me to face these fears. I hope that this experience can help someone out there as well.

I’ve done this a couple times now, but I ended up getting the Eggplant dahl with rice ($9) anyway. This was freaking amazing! It recently hit me that most people who eat at The Mandalay Bus normally get the more snacky treats like the waffle fries, hotdog, nachos etc. Which is completely understandable, after a couple of drinks that would be all I want too. But! There is so much more to The Mandalay Bus.

Every night there are about three heavier dishes with plenty of Asian influences. My guess is that these dishes are to stay true to the soul of The Mandalay Bus, serving curries like it did back in the day. Every time we order one of these more traditional dishes, you can feel how interesting it is for them to cook it! Next time you’re in Braddon and not feeling too drunk, try one of these goodies out because 1. they’re absolutely delicious 2. they’re pretty much dinner 3. they’ll take you back to the roots of The Mandalay Bus.

Let me talk about this amazing eggplant dahl! I wasn’t really expecting much, as you can see its not the prettiest dish out there. Its just various shades of brown with a sprinkling of white stuff on top. Totally not appetising, but after one bite, you won’t be keen to be sharing any of it! It’s a simple dish with only four elements but together they bring so much flavour and deliciousness.

There is a good serving of rice at the bottom, which fixes in perfectly with the heavily spiced dahl curry. The rice is fluffy and perfect in moisture. The dahl is full of delicious lentils, rather salty on its own but combined with the rice and eggplant, every bite is absolute joy. My favourite part about this dish was the eggplant foam, that’s right fancy schmancy foam and a generous sprinkling of Vietnamese (or Asian, I’m not sure) rice crisp. I don’t know 100% if they’re called that, but for any Asians out there, did your parents ever microwave those relatively small rice paper looking like sheets and after a minute or so it would become like a massive prawn cracker but white with black sesame dots throughout them?! Well, this is what The Mandalay Bus used to garnish the dahl. It was great and it gave the whole curry just that little bit of lightness and a new great crunchy texture. The eggplant foam was amazing, it was like being at a hipster joint but paying less than $10. The favours were quite mild and light. It wasn’t overly salty, which worked great with the dahl. Overall, an amazing dish. I will definitely be trying out more of these traditional treats at The Mandalay Bus, it’s been 2/2 for me so far!

A Popcorn prawns po boy ($11). This was quite different to what I was expecting from a po boy but not in a completely bad way, I suppose that it’s kind of happened a bit with this place, but if they advertise an American item, well, you kind of have to forget about what you expect it to be because it probably won’t be the same. It gets kind of Asian, I mean think about it, you get an American po boy, and you turn it Asian and what do you end up with? You kind of end up with a banh mi, which is the word I’d use to describe this.

This roll contained a Vietnamese salad which included shredded pickled carrots, cucumber, bean sprouts, coriander and lightly battered deep fried prawns. Together they made a super light, refreshing and delicious treat. Each element was absolutely delicious, when I saw that the prawns were deep fried, I was honestly a little bit concerned but they were really light with just a light crispy batter on the outside. The carrots still managed to be crunchy and had a lot of flavour to them from the pickling, the coriander and cucumber brought about refreshing and a different sort of crunch and finally butter, because well, it’s bread. Together these elements brought me back home to Sydney, a Vietnamese salad with some fresh cucumber and prawns, only difference is the bread, which is a fantastic idea. This bun was fantastic but a slight warning, it isn’t massive. Its not your traditional size Vietnamese roll, its about 2/3s the size, I personally didn’t mind, but just some perspective for you out there. My close ups can be huge bear traps.

Can’t say no to some Waffle fries ($9). These increased in price by $1 but they also drastically increased the amount of waffle fries you get, I think you almost get double what we got the first time we ate at The Mandalay Bus, not a bad move because these waffle fries are addictive! I’m honestly not sure how much I can go on about chips, these are deep fried potatoes, if what I say here is going to make or break this purchase for you, you might need to rethink how much you trust me on these matters.

To be honest, I kind of love the cool novelty of waffle fries, they’re like, chips but thick! These are a nostalgic thing for me, when I went to visit Hong Kong, there was this time where I just missed fried chicken and decided to get KFC. When I did that, I found out that at the KFC’s over there don’t serve normal fries, they serve waffle fries as their standard, and they were just so much better than our fries here! Since that day, whenever I travel to a new country, I’ll go and try their maccas or their KFC just to see if it’s got a cool local menu item. Everyone thinks I’m stupid to go overseas and then go eat maccas but dammit it’s amazing. In America they have a triple fillet o fish! THREE FISHES. I feel like I’ve gone off topic here.

Something to cool down, the Homemade lemon iced tea ($2). By the time we walked from the city out to Braddon we were hot and uncomfortable, clearly shows that Summer is in full swing, even though it’s spring. We had to get something to cool down, instead of going for a soft drink we decided to try The Mandalay Bus’s home made iced tea. This was a delicious surprise and had real green or black tea in it. When I took my first sip of this drink I was expecting some instant sweet iced tea, I mean it was $2 for a cup, I don’t expect much from that plus I just wanted something to cool down that wasn’t water. Instead I was hit with a pretty strong tea aftertaste and that got me pretty excited. It was super tasty, a pretty sweet drink overall but there was that great tea after taste that helped to balance it out and also some lemon which made it quite refreshing and helped bring on a scene of Summer.

Again another fantastic midnight snack at The Mandalay Bus. I’m very glad to see The Mandalay Bus is back up and running, we’ll definitely be making plenty of late night trips out to the bus this Summer for delicious wings, snacks, curries, other snack foods and Asian inspired goodies. Its good to see the Canberra food truck scene is back and booming, I foresee a great Summer of getting fat and delicious food ahead of me.

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The Spit Shack, Pialligo

I’ve been seeing and hearing some pretty awesome things about this place for some time now. Yet, until now I haven’t had the chance to head down. I think there are a couple reasons for it. 1. I completely forgot about it for a while. 2. I always thought Pialligo was pretty far away, something about what the area sells and does. Like Pod Food and the Mount Majura Winery. Whenever I think winery, I think far away, just something about the whole concept of wines. So this time we figured ok screw it, we’re setting a day aside for this, and loaded it up in the GPS. 11 minutes later we were pulling into the Spit Shack, so, I guess there’s a lesson there, but I’m not sure what it is. Pialligo only about five minutes from the city and right behind the airport in case anyone was wondering. It wasn’t very hard finding The Spit Shack either, its the first thing you see when you drive down the road. We got there about 30 minutes before closing, so while there was a massive spit, it was fully cleaned up instead of housing a lovely pig or lamb rotating inside it, sad to miss out on that visual feast, but I’ll definitely check this out again because it was freaking fantastic.

The Spit Shack was a bit of an impulse decision today, originally we were planning to head over to Gungahlin for some awesome pork rolls from Saigon Fresh and then a quick trip to the Belconnen Markets for some discounted goodies. After seeing someone post an image of their pork roll from The Spit Shack, I knew I wanted one and decided to make the trek out there. It really is just a shack on the side of the road, surrounded by lovely farms and plants. Really rustic vibe. It also had a really simple menu, there was only four menu options: the lamb and pork rolls, the Cevapcici roll and an egg and bacon roll which included three eggs! After much deliberation, we settled on the Cevapcici and the pork roll. They didn’t have any lamb left, so it looks like I’ll be heading over next weekend for some more BBQ meats.

While I waited for my Cevapcici to be cooked, people came and went. Considering how out of the way this place was, it was going off right up to 3PM! People were rushing over to get their fix of this goodness. Anyways, enough of that, lets talk about the rolls.

Our first roll from The Spit Shack, the Roast pork roll ($12.90), roast pork from the spit in a foot long roll. The Spit Shack has quite a few sauces, some the real traditional ones as well as some crazy ones, these included apple sauce, BBQ, tomato, ajvar sauce and their house made secret recipe gravy! Of course, we ended up with the gravy in our pork roll, gotta stick to the classic, and well, if someone comes up to you and tells you we have 6 sauces, and one of them is housemade secret recipe, what are you going to do? Inspired choice that gravy, because I cannot imagine any of the other sauces doing a better job of making this pork roll as amazing as it was.

This is probably the best roast pork roll I’ve had in Canberra or even ever, it was that good! For one, it was absolutely massive, I can see why this place is such a hit. For a shade under $13 you get a full lunch, not sure if the picture does it justice, but it’s really a huge roll that made dinner an optional meal. Of course, it wasn’t just the size that made it amazing, It tasted amazing too. The meat was super tender and heavily flavoured and moist. A lot of places you get roast roll, you’ll get tough harsh pork with tiny strips of fat along it, all shredded up. Nothing like that here, each chunk of pork had a big piece of fat along with it, that just made each bite wonderful. I should mention, I asked and unfortunately they ran out of pork crackling for the day, so what does this mean? It means they normally give out pork crackling! So next time I’m getting here early!

I’m not sure if the picture shows this, but the wrapping paper was soaked, they clearly did not skimp out on their wonderful gravy. I definitely can’t really do it justice with normal words, but it was just wonderful, you really have to try it. There wasn’t a single spot of this roll that got to dry or boring, it was just flavour left, right and centre. I loved this, and so should you. Unless you don’t eat pork. If you don’t eat pork I probably wouldn’t recommend this to you.

This roll really makes me wonder how good the lamb and bacon and egg roll is going to be! I really hope their lamb roll is good because I have yet to find a well done spit roasted lamb in Canberra so far and I’ve been hankering for one for awhile now, so I’m hoping that The Spit Shack can be my lamb saviour and really make its mark on Canberra here. I’m absolutely salivating at the prospect of trying these other dishes, so get ready for another post on this place, I’m just sitting here waiting for next week to happen already.

Our second and final roll, the Cevapcici roll ($12.90), gourmet skinless sausages with an ajvar sauce (paprika) and onions. This was a tasty roll, quite different to the pork roll and anything else I’ve had and still very enjoyable. This roll comes with a suggestion of red onions and ajvar sauce, though they’re both optional. I thought about keeping it consistent and decided to go with what they suggested. Out of the two I probably prefer the pork roll, but in hindsight I’m just a huge gravy fiend. I couldn’t help but keep thinking “man if this was gravy i’d be in heaven”. I’m sure other people will love this roll because not everyone is just an animal for gravy, but I definitely am. For me, next time I’m going to try this roll without the onions and with the gravy sauce, I can see it being just as amazing as the pork roll already.

The sausages on this roll were brilliant. They were cooked perfectly with a nice little bit of bite to them. They were heavily spiced and seasoned in a beautiful Mediterranean style, though I’m not 100% sure how I feel about the ajvar sauce, according to the The Spit Shacks menu, apparently its a paprika sauce but when I Googled it, its meant to be a roasted capsicum and eggplant relish. I can kind of see why I didn’t love it now, I’ve never been a massive fan of capsicum, I’m not sure if The Spit Shack had a lot, or if any capsicum in theirs but I’m going to assume there would’ve been some. It actually tasted a lot like tomato and had a bit of spice to it, enough to give the roll a little bit of a kick. The raw onions were nice, in their own way, adding more of that Greek, Mediterranean edge. Personally, a little too much for me but I’m just a hopeless girl who doesn’t liked raw onions. I can see heaps of people loving it. Overall, still a very tasty and interesting roll.

Oh I must add, I know these images don’t look great and I’m going to chalk that up to the fact that it’s a log of bread with chumped up bits of meat in it, they’re not going to be a hipsters delight. If you can appreciate the beauty in something like this, then you are a wo/man after my own heart, the rest of you, try it! These taste way better than any fancy schmancy dish that photographs well. If you love meat or spits, roast and what nots. You’ve got to try this place out!

The rolls are The Spit Shack were absolutely amazing. The meat was delicious and the rolls were absolutely massive, both of our rolls were a foot long. I absolutely cannot believe I’ve waited this long to try this out but boy am I glad that I’ve finally discovered it. This is definitely going to become a regular weekend lunch joint. I really wish the opening hours were better, (for me at least) but I’m sure it works great for the people in the area. The Spit Shack is open seven days a week from 6.30AM to 3PM. Plus, I think they also have one of their food trucks out in Bungendore or Braidwood. Pretty awesome! Absolutely cannot wait to come back to try out that lamb roll, that amazing sounding egg and bacon roll and to see some spit cooking in action. I will of course be hitting this place up in a week or two, hopefully a little earlier then 2.30PM but I can’t promise anything what with sleep and all. I must add, right till 3PM, they still had roast pork, so not bad for us later risers.

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Trunk Diner, Melbourne

Trunk Diner was the first place we visited during our most recent trip to the fashion and food capital of Australia, Melbourne! Trunk Diner wasn’t actually on our list of places to hit up but when we were on our way to the hotel, we passed Trunk and it looked amazing and we instantly wanted. Outside it was fitted out like a food truck that looked a lot like American diners that I love, inside its a restaurant with plenty of seating and a garden style fit out.

After settling down in the hotel, we quickly rushed down the street to check it out. There were two parts to the restaurant,  there was Trunk Diner, the more casual joint with American comfort food and drinks and then there was the proper restaurant which served full blown dishes. We couldn’t go past the heavily American influenced portion of Trunk Diner’s menu, so we decided to go for the casual one. Plus, the Diner’s the one with the food truck fit out stuck to it.

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First up, we tried the Breaking Bad diner dog ($12), bacon wrapped hotdog with mustard, ketchup, fresh tomato salsa and jalapeño. The name caught us, couldn’t say no to a dog named after the TV show and if the name wasn’t enough, then look at the description! Definitely couldn’t say no to something wrapped in bacon, all that fatty goodness! The dog was yummy. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of standard frankfurts and was a little disappointed when I saw it come out, but it tasted surprisingly nice. The toppings on this dog gave everything a wonderful kick and the bacon was flavoursome but not to strong that it overpowered the whole thing with saltiness.

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Next up, some Chilli cheese fries ($9), shoe string fries with chilli con carne and cheese. These were my absolute favourite thing at this place, they were nice, crispy and light shoe string fries lathered in chilli con carne and a generous layer of nicely melted cheese. Overall, it was a really generous amount of chilli cheese fries, between two people we couldn’t even get half way through it. The fries were so crispy you didn’t really need to go at this with a fork which was a welcome change from most chilli fries I’ve had in the past! Though, in hindsight I would’ve preferred a bit more chlli on this.  

Finally, The burger ($10), 175gram wagyu beef, brioche, lettuce, tomato and pickles. This was a cute little burger, it came out all deconstructed with the condiments on the side and you had to just place it all together. I was a little confused and annoyed because the burger looked quite tiny when it first came out, but as you start putting it together it becomes a bit of a mouthful. It was a pretty tasty burger, the meat was flavourful and cooked perfectly medium rare and its wonderful juices added so much to this burger. This was an American burger at heart and this meant pickles! They were really generous with the pickles,which gave it a huge traditional cheeseburger vibe. Really cool.

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Heres what the burger looks like when we assembled it. Look at all that pickle! The meat was also nice and thick and I was a big fan of the melted cheese on the patty. Its not a bad looking burger, I kind of like this whole open burger thing, makes it really easy to leave the condiments that you don’t like out instead of pulling your burger apart and taking bits and pieces out. This especially sucks when the cheese has bonded everything together. So this was a nice touch. For me, I left all the onions out.

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Finally a shot of how the burger came to us. Nice and hipster, DIY.

Trunk Diners not a bad place for quick snack for a night of adventure and food, very glad we stumbled across Trunk Diner and experienced it for ourselves. Not many American joints where we come from, so this is pretty awesome. Why aren’t there more American joints in Sydney and Canberra?!

Check out some of our other food adventures from Melbourne:

Hammer & Tong

Hofbrauhaus

Maccaroni Trattoria

Mr Burger

Madame Squint

Hardware Societe

1806

Chez Dre

Meatball & Wine Co 

The Grain Store

The Merrywell

Ito Japanese

Wonderbao

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Mr Burger, Melbourne

Food trucks! I left Sydney before the food truck movement really started and Canberra doesn’t really have any,  well there is Brodburger,  The Mandalay Bus, The G Spot and Gaby’s Takeaway but none of these move! So excited every time I go to Melbourne and I try to hit these up as much as possible. Weirdly enough, this is my first one, mainly because of their travelling nature it becomes a little hard to schedule in and track down hence they are normally the first to go if our eyes ever became way larger than our tummies. Happens more often than it should, we really don’t learn when we plan our trips.

So Mr Burger is pretty awesome they have five trucks that move around the inner city everyday and they post their locations on their website a day or two before hand.  They also have a fixed store on Little Bourke Street, apparently they opened this one up because businesses in Docklands would complain that Mr Burger and other food trucks took all their customers when they came down to Docklands. So that ruined any chance of having Mr. Burger come right to our doorstep, nevertheless we persisted and walked from our office in Docklands all the way to 428 Little Bourke Street. Nothing will stop us from trying these awesome burgers!

First up, the Mr Meat ($11), beef, cheese, lettuce, bacon, caramlised onion, pickle, BBQ sauce and mayo. Hands down best burger ever! Sorry Brodburger, you’ve still got a spot in my tummy but Mr. Burger has taken on the mantle. The thing that set Mr Burger apart for me was that it is really similar in taste and style to the burgers you get in the states, the cheese, the foil wrapping, the bread, everything about it! I really love that style of greasy delicious burger so these really spoke to my soul.

The burger is prepared like they do in America, where the cheese is fully melted onto the burger. This is done by placing a patty onto the grill top with a slice of cheese on top of this, they then place a metal dome over it to melt and almost steam the cheese into the patty. Fantastic.

As for taste, the bread is fluffy, soft and flavoursome but not oily or buttery like a brioche bun. This was a nice change from the brioche buns that we tend to get in fancy burgers in Australia. The beef patty was awesome, tasty and heavily spiced, a bit like sausage meat but so much better!

My favourite part was the foil wrapping, just exactly how they do it in the states. The reason I like the foil wrapping so much is because it makes the whole burger moist, warm and soft. Its like the burger its steamed!

Secondly, Mr Veg ($10), falafel, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, mustard, mayo and tomato sauce. This is just as amazing as the Mr Meat, the foil, the bun, the cheese but the best part of this burger was the falafel. I’ve never been a massive fan of falafel, I normally find it too dry, boring in flavour and texture but this time it was amazing. So good that I could easily pick one of these over a meat burger by choice! The falafel patty was super crispy but not oily, it tasted awesome and went well with all the other really strong flavours, almost helped to balance them out. I love this burger so much, I bought another one for later on!

I can’t believe there is a burger this good in Australia. Mr Burger is another place that’s been placed on my list of must eats in Melbourne. The best part, there are other food trucks and burger joints that are supposedly meant to better than Mr Burger, according to reviews and ratings so I absolutely cannot wait to check these places out.

Check out some of our other food adventures from Melbourne:

Hammer & Tong

Hofbrauhaus

Trunk Diner

Maccaroni Trattoria

Madame Squint

Hardware Societe

1806

Chez Dre

Meatball & Wine Co 

The Grain Store

The Merrywell

Ito Japanese

Wonderbao

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