By the time we reached the gate entrance, the night market well and truly came to life. Food vendors sizzling and grilling various authentic Asian street eats, filling the air with delicious smells, our eyes were curious at the various offerings and our tummies beckoned to be filled.
It was very crowded and the foot-traffic is slow with people stopping in mid-step to look or make a purchase.
There are restaurants on both sides with ladies holding out the menu to welcome you in. We do not want to be confined to a sit-down restaurant where there was so much fun and bustling going on at the market.
Don't you worry about the chance of starvation. Everywhere we looked, food beckons. Just wonder down the path and you will discover a vast array of food choices.
I highly recommend the grilled beef/pork jerky sheet ($4.50).
This is definitely the true Asian street eat, you can't just get it anywhere. Precisely cut square meat sheets sizzling on hot wire grill, watch the caramelized meat prepared in front of you.
Sweetly marinated and absolutely delicious. Would you go for seconds? Most definitely. If you find yourself a bit thirsty, the stall also sell fresh coconut juice and other dessert drinks.
The best way to have fun here is to think that you are in Asia, exploring. Be adventurous and satisfy your curiosity. At least all the unit prices are relatively cheap ($3 for octopus skewer, chicken dim sum skewer etc). If you are unsure, go for the stall with long queues, such as emperor's puffs (3 for $1.00. Seriously, what can you get for $1.00 in Sydney these days?)
You will see the crowds hovering all the food stalls, some need to take a ticket and wait for your number to be called. Money changes hands quickly and be sure to wait patiently for your food to be prepared in front of you.
It was definitely interesting watching the nearby food stalls shouting out order numbers and happy customers collecting their bag of goodies. The bbq lamb skewers (usually sold in a packet of 10) was doing a roaring trade. Mamak roti stall is also fantastic - with flying roti demonstrations.
Tonight, we decided to try the Chinese Hot Dog Pancake (煎餅果子) - there was a long queue going around the tent stall. They also offer delicious BBQ whole calamari.
After watching everyone collecte their food, when our numbers were called we were excited. Thin egg pancake wrapped around a Frankfurt hot dog and a Chinese fried donut stick with crunchy shallot onions. Thin coated in their home-made sauce. Yum~
'highly recommend the grilled beef/pork jerky sheet' - sure it looks and smells appetizing sizzling on the grill - but let it get cold and try tasting it - like greasy cardboard - not something I'll try again ...