night noodle markets

Tuesday, October 21, 2014





When it comes to major events, no matter how much I complain about crowds I always seem to give in to the hype eventually. Last week I visited the Night Noodle Markets and it was no exception, although in theory it shouldn't even be that exciting for me! I eat Asian food all the time at home (and in the city, for that matter) but I guess the novelty of eating outdoors is too tempting, albeit at ridiculously inflated prices. I digress though – if anyone tries to tell you about the food, it's not really. I'd say it's worth visiting for the atmosphere alone, and the abundance of Instagram-worthy things to see!







So my friend and I got the much coveted ramen and rice burgers, and honestly? I'd say it was underwhelming at best. Maybe it was because it was ridiculously hard to eat, maybe it was the lack of typical burger fillings but it just wasn't that satisfying, which is a shame! I'm just glad we got there right when the markets opened at five, and before the lines got really crazy. I'll definitely be trying this out at home though, I think it'd be a lot nicer if the patty was just a tad softer.





      

On the flipside there was also a huge line for chicken and pork skewers from Hoy Pinoy, and holy moly. People were literally buying them by the armload, and I can see why! The BBQ pork belly with banana ketchup glaze was to die for, despite my usual aversion to anything banana flavoured. To be fair though you could hardly taste it in the marinade, and that succulent pork belly definitely ended up being the star of the show.





     

Aaand we decided to skip out on Messina at the markets and got gelato from Westfield Sydney instead. My green tea ice cream was pretty much like every other one I've had (pretty good), and the berry cheesecake flavour was really nice and zingy, for lack of a better word!

It's a bit of a shame that I didn't stick around the markets in time for it to get darker, but after a day of uni laziness got the better of me. Plus there was no way in hell that I was sticking around for the crowds at seven, which is when the sun sets nowadays! If that's a sign that summer's well and truly on its way, I don't know what is.

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18 comments

  1. The ramen and rice burgers look so delicious! I wish that we had such markets here where I live.

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    1. That's a shame! To be fair though, it's not like these markets are on all the time in Sydney. Just for two weeks every year :)

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  2. Great Pictures !

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  3. You got some nice pictures! I agree with you about the markets though. My friend said she tried the ramen burger and really liked it!

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    1. Darn, maybe I should've tried that instead! I have a feeling that the quality was kind of hit or miss.

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  4. Aww, I'm sorry to hear those yummy looking things were so underwhelming to eat! The satay and ice cream looked great though! Love your photos from the day, so colorful and so bright!

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    1. Thanks Sharylnn! At least you can never go wrong with skewers, haha :)

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  5. I just saw the Night Noodle Market post from Jane
    and now yours! I'm so jelly of the food, even its on
    the pricier side :P bummer about the noodle burger :c
    Xx

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    1. Haha yeah, we Sydneysiders tend to go to a lot of the same places!

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  6. Hahaha glad you admitted that the food isn't that good - we need some honesty around the hype. It does look delicious though!

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    1. I try to be as honest as I can! I think some vendors really are worth the hype though, just gotta know which ones :)

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  7. Great photos! I agree with your critique about the food. It wasn't that great and the prices were way too inflated. You made the right choice not visiting Messina. It wasn't worth the hype. I didn't really enjoy it. I think they tried too hard to make their combinations funky haha my taste buds was like "????" Btw, where did you get that green tea ice cream!!

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    1. That's a shame, considering everyone seems to rave about their regular gelato! It was from Via Del Corso by the way, in the Westfield Sydney food court :)

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  8. mniami! Probably tasty food :) kisses pretty

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  9. Hoy Pinoy was amazing. I hope they come to Sydney soon. Your pictures or the night noodle markets are beautiful by the way!

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  10. This looked SO tasty, too bad it wasn't for you, what a bummer. Thanks for sharing all the pics, though, really enjoyed it :)

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  11. ha, i'm the same, i hate the crowds but i always go to the night noodle markets anyway. although i was away this year but i was super jealous of everyone that got to eat the fancy messina desserts, but i'm sure there was a huge line up as usual!

    little henry lee

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