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Published September 22nd 2014
A 'Food Safari' Market in the heart of Chatswood
Every Thursday means late night shopping in Sydney where shops open till 9pm. In addition to the mega malls like Westfield Chatswood and Chatswood Chase tempting us to spend all our paychecks, the weekly Chatswood Melody Market also provides a fun and friendly dig at our pockets.
It is not your normal day-time market. The Melody Market runs from 9am - 9pm every Thursday and Friday and it fills a desperate need for a late night market for those nine-to-five office workers who have plenty of money but have no where to spend it.
The market is conveniently located in the Victoria Avenue Pedestrian Mall, right in front of Westfield Chatswood's entrance, and spread towards the train station.
You can smell appetizing aromas wafting through the air when you exit the train station. From there onward, you can do some market shopping, sample some exotic street food and listen to live musical performances before venturing into the conglomerate malls.
I find this is a great market because of ease in parking. Both Chatswood Chase and Westfield Chatswood offer free 3 hours secure parking. The parking spots are all under the shades so you don't need to worry about your dairy and meat go off under the hot sun.
In addition, this Melody Market offer delicious food at an affordable price with great atmosphere. Every week, there is a wonderful array of live entertainment performed by local and international artists to community music groups.
Come around dinner time and this market rocks. Bright spot lights are up and it becomes a lively festival-like market. It's all about food at 6:30pm and honestly, you don't come to the market at this time for anything else.
Here are the run downs for the tastiest street-food on offer:
The first thing you smell when you exit the Westfield Mall is this Spanish chorizo and garlic prawn stall. Sizzling BBQ chorzio and aromatic garlic prawns are big draw cards to allure us to join the long queue. The owner is a genuine hard-working bloke who always got a smile for every customer while grilling the sausages on the hot plate.
I always go for the good-value Chorizo Roll which only costs $5.50. You will get two generous slices of grilled chorizo sausages in a white bread roll. The roll may look crusty on the outside but it tastes soft and chewy on the inside. I love to load my roll with Mojo Picon's special Spanish salsa sauces.
These gourmet Spanish sauces are so good and I highly recommended to get them for your next BBQ. Your guests will be so wowed by the taste sensation.
The sizzling garlic prawns are really good, too. You can opt for a Chorizo and Garlic Prawn Combo Roll $9.50). It is just fantastic. I really love a good honest gourmet food stall that consistently deliver amazing meal.
This is another popular food stall, located in front of Lemon Grove entrance. Takoyaki is your typical Japanese street food. These stuffed fun bite-size balls are filled with choices of octopus, crab or prawn pieces.
Watch the staff pour, turn and cook these takoyaki with a happy energy. The wait time for these amazing snack can be a bit long but they are worth it when you see they top your order with sweet glaze, seaweed sprinkles, mayonnaise and dancing bonito flakes.
Taiwan is famous for its lively night market and delicious culinary delights. A night market is not complete without some Taiwanese food. Have you heard of Momofuku's famous pork bun? Well, you can get a similar version (gua bao) for only $4.50 a piece. The deep fried salted crispy chicken is another recommended snack.
The Seafood Paella looks just amazing. The chef freshly prepare the paella and cooks in this enormous large pan. It is filled with mussels, calamari, prawns, squid, peas and red capsicum.
It is such an inviting sight. They are very generous with the serving and you will get a large box for $9.00. It is quite flavoursome and filling as well. A good buy if you don't want to be tempted at the next stall.
This Turkish gozleme stall is insanely popular. I always see a long queue around it. Each gozleme are freshly prepared in front you. It costs $10 for a Combination Gozleme which contains feta, spinach and mince.
Personally, I find the taste to be just ok. Perhaps because my version tastes better than theirs. Check out my Kale & Feta Gozleme recipe here.
If you still can't find your appetite, how about a fresh Italian pizza from The Italian? The actual restaurant is located on High Street in Willoughby and I heard it's the local's favorite meeting place.
There are different variety food stalls to keep you coming back for more each week to to try something different. Live music sets the mood while you enjoy your lunch or dinner.
Delicious culinary delights and live music make Melody Market a pleasure to walk around. The atmosphere is vibrant, engaging and it brings the community together.
This is not the largest market you will find, but it is a good busy market that runs for the whole day and well into the night that offers appetizing cultural street-food, fashion, gifts, accessories and has a great atmosphere.