The long-standing Sydney tradition of getting a group together and running around Hyde Park eating all kinds of Asian cuisine is coming to an end. Well, sort of. Good Food Month’s always anticipated Night Noodle Markets is once again getting ready to take over Sydney’s leafy central park, but for the very last time before it moves to another venue in 2020.
Held over eight nights (11th to 18th October) with extended weekend hours, the incredibly energetic festival-within-a-festival will be sticking to the tried and tested formula of populating Hyde Park with hawker-style stalls from some of Australia’s finest Asian eateries, most with exclusive menu items in the name of competition.
There will also be a smorgasbord of live music, DJs, pop up bars, and the regular Citi VIP space for those wanted a bit of a sit down restaurant-style experience. The second night (Sat 12th October) will even transform the space into “Night Poodle Markets”, encouraging folk to bring along their fur-babies, with proceeds going to the NSW RSPCA, and get some snacks from a custom local gourmet BARKery serving doggie treats. More information about that doggo-filled event, and to register your pup in advance, can be found HERE.
As for what us humans will be eating. There’s plenty. See below for some of what to expect and from who.
Bangkok Street Food – Bringing Bangkok’s world-famous street food scene to Sydney with crowd favourites pad Thai, tom yum noodle, pad see ew, basil chicken noodles and delicious mixed entrees.
Cala Bang – Crispy calamari with flavour hits to choose from like seaweed, hot and spicy, and paprika seasonings, alongside their foot-long potato fries.
Bao Brothers – Bringing the street-food culture of Gua Baos to a whole new level with the ‘peeking cluck’, ‘shroom shady’, and loaded sweet potato fries.
Biang Biang Noodles – Chinese noodles with flavour that packs a punch like the Biang Biang with chilli, beef or tomato and egg.
Chinese Dim Sum King – A mouth-watering offering of dumplings, buns, spring rolls and dim sum skewers.
Donut Papi – Small-batch Asian-inspired doughnuts that are Nigella Lawson approved, including the infamous Leche Flan Donut and Hotteok, Korean sweet pancakes.
Foodie Del Mar’s Fusion Flavourbombs – An exciting fusion of Spanish-influenced cuisines with paellas, quesadillas and sticky chicken wings.
Flyover Indian Fritterie – Sydney’s first pakora and chai bar serving up plenty of vegan options like chickpea and fresh vegetable fritters, served with salad or sandwiched into the tasty Chilli Pao Burger with pickled beetroot and chutney.
Fry’d – These fried ice cream sweet treats are bound to be crowd-favourites with flavours like vanilla bean and salted caramel and matcha green tea and white chocolate.
Gelato Messina – Gelato Messina will wow the crowds yet again with their new tropical Thai-inspired range including their ‘Eye of the Thai-ger’ – condensed milk pudding , condensed milk crumble, lychee and sala shaved ice, lychee gelato, rainbow jellies; ‘Bangkok Banana’ – Thai milk tea cheesecake sandwiched between tea sponge and dipped in Italian meringue and sprinkled with desiccated coconut; ‘Phuket Bucket’ – deep fried banana fritters, caramelised palm sugar banana gelato, coconut and lime Chantilly, peanut crumble; ‘Coco Phangan’ – Mango sorbet served on coconut sticky rice with salted coconut sauce and toasted coconut flakes.
Hoy Pinoy – Filipino BBQ street food superstars will serve up grilled pork belly ‘Inihaw na Baboy’, barbecued chicken skewers ‘Inihaw na Manok’ and garlic-fried peanuts ‘Pina-Usukang Adabong Mai’.
Johnny Bird – Doing what they do best with free-range fried chicken, bunless burgers and popcorn tofu.
Korbq – The energetic and vibrant Korean BBQ sizzle up with crispy chicken skin and chicken mayo fried and chicken rice.
Kumokumo – Kumokumo add to the sweet treat line-up with their souffle pancakes, tiramisu, crème brûlée and soft cream in a cone.
Let’s Do Yum Cha – Enjoy all the Yum Cha favourites including dumplings, steamed buns and spring rolls, handmade daily using local ingredients.
Chur Burger – The famous Chur Burger is moving to Brisbane but not before a last hurrah at the Sydney Night Noodle Markets. They will be serving a range of Asian inspired burgers including crispy pork belly, Japanese panko crumbed chicken and grilled beef.
May’s Malaysian Hawker – Incorporating a fusion of dishes with Malaysian cuisine, May’s sizzles with their mee goreng, Singapore noodles, nasi goreng, char kway teow, char bee hoon and fried radish cake.
Mr Bao – A Vietnamese and Japanese twist to the iconic Taiwanese street food, Mr Bao’s serving their pillow-soft buns with flavours harking from Vietnam, Japan and Taiwan, like the classic Gua Bao trio, gourmet Gua Bau trio, cheeseburger spring rolls and crackling pork belly fries.
Poklol x Puffle – The ‘Real Puff Daddies’ will be offering their mouth-watering Korean BBQ Tacos, Chi Chi Fries, KFC Puffle and Cheeseburger Puffle.
Raijin – Delicious Japanese cuisine from Raijin will see guests enjoy chicken karaage noodles, tofu karaage noodles, chicken karaage and gyoza dumplings.
Satay Brothers – This dynamic duo are serving up their classic satay chicken, karaage chicken satay, teriyaki BBQ beef ribs and delectable Thai Loaded Fries (a must try!).
Shallot Thai – Offering an abundance of authentic Thai tastes, Shallot Thai will see marketgoers enjoy flavourful classics like pad Thai chicken, pad see ew chicken, crackling pork noodle and vegetable spring rolls.
All information about the Night Noodle Markets can be found HERE.