Held over two weeks in November, the Night Noodle Markets hosts a long list of Melbourne restaurants, who set up as mobile food stalls serving a showcase menu. From savoury noodles, spicy curries, and sliders to sweet ice-creams and alcoholic beverages, some of the highlight stores included Kumokumo Souffle Pancakes serving up infamous Japanese fluffy pancakes with a variety of decadent toppings; Pinchy's offering succulent Maine Lobster Rolls; and @Roll Up who wrap up fillings of protein (duck, tofu, chicken) with salad in a buttery flaky Malaysian roti bread.
I was delighted to see many options for vegan and gluten-free diets, with several vendors offering one vegan dish. The Pham Sisters offered all vegan dishes with fake meat substitutes, and May's Malaysian Hawker an all vegan and GF menu.
Tom Yum Chicken @ Bangkok Street Food, Night Noodle Markets
Our selections: Waa Waa Japanese Eatery's Unagi Don – rice and green leafy salad, topped with slices of unagi drizzled with a subtly sweet sauce. Flying Noodles' The Big Boss - marinated chicken fillets cooked with red wine sauce and house soy sauce, honey, tomato paste served with vegetables (I didn't see the vegetables but the flying noodles were Insta worthy); and Bangkok Street Food Tom Yum Noodle with chicken. Drink of choice Pimm's in a can – easy to walk around without it being knocked out of your hand by passersby.
Top tips 1. A cashless event, so bring a card. 2. Go early. 3. Plan what you are going to eat before you get there. 4. Download EASI app and pre-order your meal to avoid the queue.
5. Take sunscreen, hat and a bottle of water (free refill taps).
Make a night of it with family and friends; there is live music at two locations, and plenty of open grass areas to sit on. Be ready for crowds and long queues.