What all Sydney foodies must do during 5-22nd October as part of Sydney’s ‘good food month’ is attend the Night noodle markets in Hyde Park. Each year, a section of the park is occupied by a number of pop-ups, showcasing what the Sydney food scene has to offer from across Asia.
With a number of Sydney’s most popular food joints congregating in a single area, it will allow you to easily tick off a few bites on your wish list such as Gelato Messina, Black Star Pastry, Cloud Thief, Waffleland, N2 Gelato, One Tea Lounge and Span Thai just to name a few.
We were keen to try some of our favourite foods, the Bao and peking duck fries from the recently re-branded Cloudthief (formerly known as Bao stop). They sell their original Bao stop menu but Matty Forwood, the founder and owner has recently upped their game by adding three new flavours for you to try. The delicious new bao trifecta consists of a cloud like Bao with fillings that include the beef spare rib in plum sauce, singapore soft shell crab and butter mushrooms. If you’re as much of a fan as as, make sure you visit their soon to open store in World Square.
We were lucky enough try some amazing burgers from Chur Burger; and dumplings from Taiwan noodle house and also one of our favourites, the custard dumplings from Let’s do Yum Cha. Include to the list; the BBQ options from Hoy Pinoy and Poke, one of the fresh and healthy options that is so popular these days.
For some top desserts, get your hands on waffleland’s waffle sticks with Nutella, strawberries, lychee or a mix of everything! Black Star Pastry also have the new mango sago cake and old favourite the strawberry watermelon cake. There are some awesome concoctions like a Katsu ice cream sandwich created by Gelato Messina.
Grab a group of friends and enjoy the extended daylight gifted through daylight savings and turn it into an evening out. There is a great vibe to the night noodle markets with family friendly music, dancing Chinese dragons and more importanly great food and drink to sample. There is something for everyone, whether you are after bao, poke, a range of dessert options, yum cha, Thai or Malaysian hawker food.
The noodle markets are busy, with line ups for certain favourites, however there is plenty to choose from and all stalls are cash free to keep the lines moving, so be sure to bring your cards. If you’re a Citi Bank card holder, there’s even a VIP area. The lines at messina and Black Star were quickly moving along. One of our favorites was the house of crabs, which had no line at all. The prawn toast was the goods and Soft shell crab Po Boy was our standout meal from the noodle markets, it was pretty much all the elements of Singapore Chilli Crab shrunken into a roll that you can devour in seconds.
Be sure to stop by ‘Beer the beautiful truth’ easy to find, just look for the giant schooner glass. Grab a table and browse through one of their information booklets. The booklet will guide you when pairing beer to enhance your food experience. Beer is diverse, it has more tasting notes than wine and can be paired with any meal.
The night noodle markets keeps getting better, it is well organised and has certainly upped the ante!