I visited the Sydney Night Noodle Markets at Hyde Park for the first time this year as part of the Crave Sydney International Food Festival. I went prepared with an growling stomach, a wallet full of dollars and a readiness to try everything and anything! Eating food prepared out of makeshift kitchens in a public space like Hyde Park definitely appeals to that bit within me who loves street food on the roads of Asia.
We ended up buying and trying:
- Fried radish from Jackie M – rice cakes with radish, bean sprouts, garlic, chives & eggs.
- Glutinous rice balls (peanut and mango flavoured) and egg tarts from Saint Honore bakery
- Vine beef rolls, grilled scallops and nem from La Mint
- Roast duck noodles from Chat Thai
The standout for me was the grilled scallops. Some of the other dishes suffered a bit from not having the luxury of being prepared in a full kitchen (despite the fact that it was ‘street’ food), but the simpleness of the scallops made it the perfect dish to prepare and eat in a public park.
Jackie M’s fried radish was definitely my next favourite dish. Rice cake is one of my favourite dishes (see previous recipe here), and combined with radish, one of my favourite vegetables, it was really an excellent dish. It’s something that I would like to eat in her actual restaurant one day.
I had a great time at the noodle markets. While we actually didn’t eat a lot, we made our choices after surveying all that was available, so I’m pretty confident we chose the best of what was available. The novelty is what is most appealing about the markets, and we made the most of that. It wasn’t a cheap meal, as we spent about $60 all up once you took into account drinks as well – but it was fun!
Did you go to the noodle markets this year? What were your thoughts?