Market Plaza Food Court, located within Central Market, Adelaide's Chinatown is a favourite among locals and tourists. Here you can find a wide variety of Chinese, Japanese, Singaporean, Malaysian and Korean food under one roof.
Ramen Tei Japanese Noodle Shop is one of my favourite stalls. Their karaage, the Japanese name given to deep fried chicken, is one that I enjoyed most. This is due to its crisp coating with just the correct mix of seasoning to give it a distinct flavour. It can be ordered as a set meal with rice, miso soup, egg omelette and potato salad or as a 'don' meal with vegetables. Don is the Japanese name for bowl, referring to the bowl the meal is served in. Other dishes available at the stall include various 'don' dishes such as katsudon, udon and ramen.
Next door to it is O'Sushi O'Bento which also sells Japanese cuisine, but more specialised towards sushi and the Japanese box meal known as bento. Apart from the mentioned dishes, it also has yakisoba, one of them being 'Spicy Pork Yakisoba' which consists of tender, spicy pieces of pork fried with soba noodles and vegetables.
Ricky's Chicken Rice, a Malaysian street food stall is one of my parents' favourite stalls. I'm not sure why the store is so named because its menu includes lots of other dishes besides chicken rice. Maybe they started with chicken rice and have expanded their menu since then. Their chicken rice is a popular dish with customers because of the fragrant rice cooked with chicken stock. However my parents usually order the Malaysian fried rice vermicelli, which is rice vermicelli stir-fried with dark soya sauce, belachan chilli, prawns, fish cake, egg and bean sprouts. This dish is the same as the popular 'Char Kway Teow' dish except that rice vermicelli is used in the place of rice noodles.
Taste of China is a family favourite because of the variety of dishes it offers. A favourite with my parents is the wanton soup. It has tender meat filled wantons (dumplings) in a soup with vegetables and fish cake. My favourite from this store is the fragrant pork with rice, which has pieces of pork belly braised in a fragrant soy sauce based sauce with tofu and a boiled egg. It comes served with pickled vegetables and chilli sauce that you can dip the pork pieces in to give a bit of zing.
The Omurice (Japanese Omelette Rice) stall, Omurice House is a recent addition. My favourite dish from the store is the 'Pork Cutlet Omurice', which has crispy pieces of pork cutlet accompanied with rice wrapped in a fluffy omelette. You can choose between having it with curry or a cream sauce, my preferred choice being the curry. Mum's Kimbap is a Korean stall that sells bibimbap and other Korean dishes. My mother's favourite dish from the stall is the soft tofu soup with rice.
For dessert, the whole family loves the egg tart from Seng Kee Yum Cha. It has light, flaky pastry wonderfully contrasted by soft egg custard. We patronise Pure Vegetarian, not for their vegetarian dishes, but for their desserts – sago pudding for my father and me; tofu (soybean) pudding and black sticky rice with coconut milk for my father, mother and sister. The sago pudding dessert is a jiggly mound of sago pearls sitting in coconut milk and gula melaka. Better known as palm sugar, gula melaka has a unique sweet taste and is at its best when mixed thoroughly with the coconut milk.
Market Plaza Food Court is only open during Adelaide Central Market's trading hours, which is a real shame because Friday is the only day you could have dinner there. As a result, the place is always very busy on Friday evenings. We like to go there before 6pm for an early dinner to avoid the hassle of hunting and waiting for a table.