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Stir Frydays at Queen Victoria Market

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by JMBowen (subscribe)
Glutard foodie and adventure seeker.
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Spring-time Friday food fun
With a name like Stir Frydays, we had to check out Queen Vic Market's current night market. We could smell the smokey and spicy meat smells from a block away, and arrived to find it packed at 7.30pm.

Stir Frydays at Queen Victoria Market
Stir Frydays at Queen Victoria Market


We were hoping for fresh food, and something a little different for our Friday evening. This we got, however it was over-priced, as expected. Typical to QVM, everything offered at the food stalls are a few dollars more than the standard price you'd pay around the city, while the quality is more dubious. The problem is, once you're there you can smell all the meat sticks grilling over huge open, and you're stomach takes over.

Smell the grilled meat skewers
Mmm, smokey meat smell


We resisted the skewers, since they were priced at two for $12, which is just exorbitant. However, we capitulated over kimchi chips from Gorilla Grill for a cool $9.

Kimchi chips from Gorilla Grill
Kimchi chips from Gorilla Grill


While they were yummy enough, we were disappointed with the sogginess of the chips, and the big chunks of cabbage made for a difficult topping.

I next gave in to the Korean Fried Chicken, because I saw the GF symbol and instantly cracked. I haven't had fried chicken in a LONG time. Everytime I pass a KFC chain I feel sad, remembering the taste of battered, fried chicken.

Gluten Free Korean Fried Chicken
Gluten Free Korean Fried Chicken


This little box of cute scratched the itch for me, though the batter wasn't as tasty and heavy as some I remember (but my memory could be playing with me). Still, for gluten free, I was happy. Until I found the padding of iceberg lettuce at the bottom of the box. Stingy! It was a smallish box to start with, so they shouldn't feel the need to pad it out. Not a great way to end my only fried chicken experience for the year!

The options for non-glutards look more exciting, especially this donut place.

Korean donuts
Way too tasty looking Korean donuts


I eye-devoured the donuts I saw people carrying around, and inhaled deeply (and probably creepily) as they passed.

I also loved the atmosphere at the Goyza records, who were offering enjoyment to the ears and the nostrils for all passersby.

Goyza and tunes make for great vibes
Goyza and tunes make for great vibes


And since it's Friday, a few drinks wouldn't go astray, so there is also a bar area. The drinks aren't too badly priced; a beer, cider or wine will set you back $9, and you can listen to the Goyza records DJ while you people-watch for half an hour. There are definitely worse ways to start off a Friday evening. I think the best way to enjoy Stir Frydays is to start early, grab something small at a few places to share with a buddy, then find somewhere to lean with a drink in hand, and watch the many passing people, and check out their food.
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Why? Good smells, tasty Asian food
When: Fridays 5pm-9pm
Where: Queen Victoria Market, Therry Street
Cost: $5-$15
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