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Guide to the Night Noodle Markets 2014

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Published October 13th 2014
Sydney's Best Food Festival In One Spot - Everyday in Oct
The dangling red lanterns are lit up at the Night Noodle Markets in the beautiful Hyde Park and it is time to be feel excited about this annual food festival event.

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Latest Food Craze - Ramen Burger


The popular annual Night Noodle Markets is back, and it's bigger and more exciting than ever before! It starts on 10 October and concludes on 26 October 2014 from 5pm weekdays and 4pm weekends. This is a free event and is perfect for the whole family.



There will be plenty of restaurant-quality Asian street food on offer. This is one food festival where you can eat your way across Asia without breaking the bank. It is definitely a hard decision to pick between comfort dumplings, wok stir-fries, refreshing rice-paper rolls, fiery curry or smoky BBQ. Or you can have it all! There is plenty of variety for you to come back everyday this month.



The beautiful Spring weather is the perfect setting to come out in the evening.

If you enter from the Market Street entrance, you will be dazzled by the Lantern Garden with low-hanging red lanterns. This is the perfect photo opportunity to snap a quick 'before' the Night Noodle Markets photo of yourself.

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Lantern Garden


This year, the Night Noodle Markets is divided into 4 sections (see map here); each is filled with delectable street-food meals. I've highlighted my top picks from each of the sections:

Tiger Kingdom is the first section you will see on your right.

Viet Yum's BBQ Chicken pancakes look delightful and refreshing on this warm day. They are wrapped with fresh bean sprouts, Chinese lettuce, coriander and mint under a thin layer of pancake and then rice paper. It only costs $11 for 3 large rolls and it's gluten-free, too.

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Vietnamese Pancakes


I also fancy this Black Tiger Prawn Green Papaya Salad with pickled julienne green papaya, carrot, 5 different kind of fresh herbs, peanuts, fried onion and Vietnamese traditional sweet and sour sauce. However I do think $14 is a bit high for a small salad portion.

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Papaya Salad


Wonderbao is right on trend with Taiwanese-style steamed white bun filled with tender pork belly. I heard it's Sydney's latest new-found craze. Give it a go if you have never tried it before.

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Popular Wonder Bao Stall


The legendary Din Tai Fung's soup dumplings are just awesome. Plain, simple and freshly made to order. There is no need to go into a ballot, wait for months for a booking, you are seriously getting a Michelin-Star quality meal for under $10 right here at this Night Noodle Market.

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Din Tai Fung's Famous soup dumplings


The Citi Bank VIP area located between the Monkey Lane Section and the Tiger Kingdom Section is an impressive exclusive area for card holders to settle in for a night under the starry white lights.

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Citi Bank VIP corner


Next, you will find yourself in the Panda Parade section:

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All queuing for Mamak!!


Evidently, Mamak Stall is a big hit. The queue for the flying roti canai is unbelievable long. The authentic Malaysian roti, curry and satay chicken are highly popular and the price is really affordable as well. Be prepare for a long wait, but I guess that is part of the fun, too.



There are plenty of alfresco retreat corners to sit back and relax. DJs play funky music in the background to set the mood and you can order a few icy cold beer, cider and wine from the bars.

The highlight of the Night Noodle Markets is located at the Lucky Cat Corner:

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Hoy Pinoy BBQ


Hoy Pinoy is a fiery, smoky and an exciting stall. Their signature dish is the Filipino's Inihaw Na Manok BBQ chicken/Pork Belly skewers in traditional glaze.

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hmmm, yummmmm


These skewers are marinated and glazed with a sweet sticky sauce and charred over hot coal and smoke for that deep aromatic flavour. They are downright addictive and it only costs $10 for 2 large skewers.

You will truly appreciate these with a nice cold drink. It is a pure happy moment.

One Tea Bar & Grill's Ramen Burger ($13.50) is back on popular demand. This is the latest novelty burger that gained a lot of press attention.

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Ramen Burger with Braised Pork Rib .... GOOD!


It is essentially 2 fried ramen noodle 'buns' sandwiching braised pork rib, tomato, onion and sweet mayo. It is served with grated carrot salad and 3 watermelon cubes.

It is a clever way to transform the typical Japanese yakisoba noodles into a handheld burger-style snack. The braised pork rib filling is juicy and moist. The staff were awfully sweet and took care to explain his upcoming store despite the long queue behind me. The ramen burger is indeed delicious and the wait is worth it.

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Mango Pancakes, Strawberry Pancakes ...more pancakes ... take your pick


Surely by now, you are craving for some sweets. You can get some mango pancakes from St Honore Cake Shop or.... wait until you reach the Monkey Lane where you will find Gelato Messina's Lucky Fortune Bar.

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Lucky Bar ... Everyone is a Winner here at Messina


For Good Food Month Special, Messina created 4 Asian flavoured 'Pot Luck' ice cream pies ($9 each). These are limited edition and they all look too good for words:

Bangkok Holla (Kaffir lime sponge, pandan & coconut sorbet, pineapple & lemon grass mousse, chilli coconut cookie); or

Phuc Khing Tasty (Cinnamon scroll, coffee gelato, condensed milk pannacotta, walnut crunch and Asian spiced cookie); or

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We picked Happy Taste Bud Time :)


Happy Taste Bud Time (Lychee sponge, mango puree, rambutan & coconut gelato, whipped salted coconut cream and coconut macaron); or

Street Hawker (Lime & Chocolate brownie, peanut gelato, coconut & caramel jam, fortune cookie clusters and peanut cookie)

I can tell you, it is a hard decision.

One thing for sure, we will be back to try the rest of flavors.
..and of course, you will get a fortune cookie that bears a lot of common sense.

It's a sweet way to end the evening. We just love the liveliness of the atmosphere.



Grab a seat under the trees, enjoying a breezy Spring night, watch the starry sky, have a light drink and enjoy the peacefulness and abundance we have in Sydney.

Useful tip: Bring a picnic blanket if you will arrive after 6pm as seating is hard to find.
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Why? Fun outdoor night festival with food, music and fun
When: Everyday from 5pm onwards
Where: Hyde Park Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: Free Admission. Food price varies
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You will see me there tomorrow night...just wish Mamak's line wasn't so looooong!
by Maria M (score: 2|661) 1877 days ago
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