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An Asian food truck fiesta at Melbourne's favourite market
The Queen Victoria Market is turning up the heat and stirring up a storm at Stir Frydays Asian Food Truck Festival, every Friday night until 27 November 2015. Therry Street will come alive with the sights and sounds and smells of woks hissing and grills sizzling as Melbourne's favourite market plays host to a dazzling array of dishes from our city's most popular Asian food trucks and carts.
The action kicks off at 5pm, and with live entertainment as well as fabulous food truck fare, it's the perfect way to eat your way into the weekend. From fried chicken to burgers to Vietnamese and Filipino street food, there'll be plenty to tickle your taste buds and keep you coming back for more…and more…and more (anyone else feel that they may be gravitating towards Therry Street after work EVERY Friday night until 27 November?!).
For Thai food with a twist, White Guy Cooks Thai will bring his passion for fresh, fast Asian hawker style food and his love for eating outdoors under the stars to Stir Frydays, with a mix of traditional Thai food and perhaps some lesser known Asian dishes to ramp up your Friday night.
Hoy Pinoy will be smoking up the street as they hawk their traditional Filipino Inihaw na baboy and Inihaw na manok (that's pork and chicken skewers for you and me)—and no doubt your mouth will be watering as the skilful staff behind the flat top barbecues toss and turn and twist the wooden skewers until they're cooked to perfection.
For the fresh flavours of Vietnam, stop by the Nem N' Nem food truck for Vietnamese hawker food, where the talented crew will be serving up their best street food—their spring rolls, noodle salads and pork belly buns have been gaining quite a following, so they're sure to make an appearance on the menu at Stir Frydays.
Have a hankering for yum cha? Let's Do Yum Cha will be there, steaming up mini morsels of deliciousness in bamboo baskets while you watch—dim sims and dumplings, spring rolls and barbecue pork buns, perfectly sized to munch on while you wander the market, soaking up the atmosphere and pondering what to try next.
Stir Frydays is not all stir fries and spring rolls though. For something a little off the wall, head over to the guys behind the wheels—and the grill—at the Gorilla Grill, where their fun, flavourful food is inspired by their Asian heritage and mixed with a touch of Americana. And if burgers are more your thing, Burger 1090 will be there, flippin' up their famous burgers (named one of the top 10 burgers in Melbourne by The Age in 2014), along with all the trimmings and sides—bring your appetite though, these burgers are mammoth!
For the Korean fried chicken and barbecue lovers, rejoice—there'll be more Korean delicacies at Stir Frydays than you can poke a pair of tongs at. The Korean Fried Chicken Truck will be frying up Melbourne's favourite chicken (no sign of Colonel Sanders here), and Caliko BBQ will be dishing up their Korean barbecue tacos, quesadillas and burritos. For the barbecue aficionados, Digging for Fire BBQ will also be parking their wheels at Stir Frydays, so stop on by to stuff yourself full of wings, pulled pork and slow-cooked lamb.
Phew…still hungry after all that? There's still more….Hammer & Tong—who have a dining hall and coffee house in Fitzroy, but also operate a mini Hammer & Tong on wheels—will be there, as will the Ghost Kitchen, with their Taiwanese street food that combines the traditions of Taiwan with a contemporary burst—and always fresh and full of flavour.
Finish of your Friday at Stir Frydays with a bang at Lil' Nom Noms, with their take on Vietnamese street food. The friendly folk in their funky food truck will treat you to a little taste of Vietnam with their Banh Bao, Banh Mi, Bun Cha and much more. And if you can squeeze in just a little more to your already overstuffed belly, swing past Gyoza Records for fresh steamed Japanese dumplings—and yep, there'll be just a few old vinyl records decorating their crazy set-up to add a touch of quirkiness whilst the dumplings steam away.
The Queen Victoria Market is a Melbourne favourite, famous for its fresh food and market stalls during the day. But come Friday nights throughout October and November, the market will turn into a food truck fiesta of fabulous food from all corners of the Orient, with a few twists and turns thrown in to appeal to everyone's tastes. A feast of food and fun, full of colour and noise, sights and smells, Stir Frydays brings the best of Melbourne's food trucks to one place, on everyone's favourite night of the week. Come and say hello to the friendly vendors, eat yourselves silly, and enjoy the wonderful vibrancy that the city of Melbourne exudes on a Friday night. Bring some cash, a sense of culinary adventure, and of course, an empty belly!