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