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Published November 2nd 2017
Farmers markets and ethnic street food
The Woodridge-based Global Foods Markets is a veritable melting pot of food and cultural groups. It is made up of an extensive fresh produce section, a cluster of open-air food vendors, and a smattering of fleamarket stalls. Often referred to as the Woodridge Markets, it is coordinated by a non-profit group, the Ethnic Communities Council of Logan (ECCL).
The vendors are largely migrant groups from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, India, Myanmar, Sudan, New Zealand, and the Pacific. Not surprisingly, you'll find many foods that aren't found in your local supermarket or greengrocer – for example, lotus, yam bean, sin qua, sawtooth mint, taro leaves, cassava leaves, and neem. Also, the market offers different varieties of bananas, yams, and chillies, dozens of types of leafy greens and herbs, a few medicinal food plants, and a host of backyard garden produce.
Speak to the vendors if you want to know more about an unfamiliar vegetable and you'll be surprised with their readiness to share their knowledge and even recipes.
Example of hard-to-find vegetables like this sin qua.
The street food stalls, though mainly Asian cuisine, offer a good variety to suit most tastes. There are satay sticks, tom yum soups, curries, stir-fries, steamed pork buns, and sweet treats. Then there is a food truck called "Choice Kai" that specialises in New Zealand and Polynesian fare such as creamed paua, raw fish in coconut cream, beer-battered fish and chips, traditional boil-up, and curried mussel on fried bread. Prices at the stalls range from a tiny $2 for a snack to $10 for a hearty meal.
Chicken satay skewers being barbecued in readiness for the lunchtime crowd.
With bus and train stops close by and loads of free parking, business is usually bustling by 7.00am and becomes a throng of shoppers by mid-morning. My advice is to get in early if you don't like jostling in a crowd.
Early morning shoppers avoid the crush and snap up the best produce.