Freelance writer and food photographer based in Perth, Western Australia. https://charmainehon.com
Published July 7th 2018
Update August 6th 2018
The market organisers have decided to stop the market through the rest of this winter season due to the ongoing wet weather. It is due to reopen after winter, but the date has not yet been set.
Start your weekends with a yummy Asian breakfast here
On Saturday morning, my mum convinced me to take her to check out Lau Pasar, Perth's newest morning breakfast market. With the family in tow, I drove down Canning Highway to McCallum Park along the Swan River's foreshore in the suburb of Victoria Park. From a distance, a small collection of food trucks and stalls beckoned to us at the edge of the park. As we walked closer, the smell of coffee, sizzling bacon and grilled meat wafted through the air towards us.
Lau Pasar means "old market" in a mish-mash of the Chinese and Malay language, reflecting the diverse offerings of the market itself. There is something for everyone here, from your classic bacon and eggs to a wide variety of Asian breakfasts. You can find delicious Japanese, Korean, Malay, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Malaysian, Singaporean cuisine and more. And yes, there is definitely a coffee van where you can get your all-important caffeine hit to start the day.
The highlight of my morning was the kambing golek (slow roasted lamb) on a rotisserie served with yummy briyani rice ($13) from Cili Padi Catering. The aroma of the savoury and smokey lamb made my mouth water even before I took the first bite, and the fragrant biryani rice complemented the heavily seasoned meat perfectly.
Delicious roasting kambing golek (rotisserie lamb) and satay skewers at Cili Padi Catering.
Kambing golek (rotisserie lamb) with briyani rice, satay and mee goreng from Cili Padi Catering.
If lamb first thing in the morning isn't your thing, fear not. You can find your classic fry up and pancakes from Logan's; Japanese desserts and udon from Tokyo Baby Cakes; curry laksa and chicken rice from the aptly named Chicken Rice Corner; and even Korean barbecue skewers from the always awesome smelling Burning Skewers. And that's just a few of the available stalls.
Get your bacon, eggs and pancake itch scratched at Logan's@McCallum Park
Miss Lucy Delicious Foods will give you your morning coffee fix.
You can smell the grilled meat from Burning Skewers charcoal Korean BBQ.
Food isn't the only thing you can find at this breakfast market. Over the school holidays, the market organisers have created a fantastic kids zone featuring outdoor games, bouncy castles, glitter tattoos, fairy floss, balloon making and even a petting zoo with many cute little critters to cuddle and a not so little llama to pet. This ensures your kids will be well-entertained while you enjoy a leisurely breakfast overlooking the beautiful Swan River.
Bouncy castles and petting zoo to entertain the little ones.
You can even do your weekly veggie shop at a grocers stall selling a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables at this stall.
When Lau Pasar was first being promoted, ads promised up to 50 stalls at the market. However, this wasn't my experience this visit. After asking the lovely ladies at Miss Lucy's, I was informed that fewer stalls set up in winter as the stallholders spread out over different weekends to cater to the smaller crowds. But when the weather is warmer, the market gets more crowded as foodies and vendors alike come out in full force. Even with the diminished number of stalls during my visit, the market did not disappoint with plenty of variety to satisfy everyone there.
Lau Pasar has only been open since May this year, but it is shaping up to be a stalwart in Perth's breakfast scene.
The market opens every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9 am to 2 pm, catering to brunchers, lunchers and all-round munchers. What better way to start your weekend than to bring the family along for food and fun along the Swan? The market is dog-friendly, and most stalls are cash only at the moment.