Over the weekend, I headed down to Victoria Park to check out the Night Noodle Markets. Held annually, this event celebrates mouthwatering Asian street food from around the country.
This year, the Night Noodle Markets are being held over 10 days (Friday 1st to Sunday 10th December). There are 20 street food vendors to choose from, with dishes ranging from $5 to $15 each. I love the variety of the food too – think dumplings, BBQ’d meat, summer rolls, ramen, bao, loaded fries, spicy karaage fried chicken, pakoras, roti rolls, donburi, poke bowls, noodles, gelato, deep fried ice cream and smoothies in pineapples. Check out my foodie highlights below:
Hoy Pinoy – it was my first time trying Hoy Pinoy at this year’s Night Noodle Markets and they did not disappoint! They are a Filipino BBQ vendor, selling juicy pork and chicken on sticks. My favourite is the Inihaw na baboy – BBQ Pork Belly.
House of Dumplings – handmade dumplings in a variety of flavours. My favourites are their Nepalese Spiced Lamb and Korean Sesame Beef. For the Night Noodle Markets this year, they have brought back their Indian Dahl Coconut Cashew flavoured dumpling, which is delicious, plus it is vegan!
Chaiwalla – this Indian food truck makes deliciously spicy pakoras and three flavours of masala chai. The owners come all the way from Wellington.
White + Wong’s – my current favourite restaurant, which serves amazing Asian fusion food! I love their dumplings, edamame (with a killer sauce), pork belly bao, Korean spicy chicken bao, kingfish sashimi and cocktails. And, at the Night Noodle Markets this year, they are selling their delicious Roti Rolls – one with Bang Bang Chicken and the other with Fried Tofu.
Indochine Kitchen – a Vietnamese eatery located on Fort Street in Auckland CBD, who are selling delicious Bao with pulled pork ($4.50 each) and bun cha.
Lalele Organic Gelato – owners Mulan and Nathan, make delicious hand crafted gelato, using organic ingredients, and they have many vegan options available. My all time favourite flavour is their mango sorbet which tastes like you’re eating the real thing. If you’re feeling adventurous, I recommend trying their newest flavour – Black Sesame!
Vietnamese Delight – Cheap tasty Vietnamese food, including pork and prawn summer rolls, banh mi, crispy salted chicken and… sui mai dumplings! Not Vietnamese but we tried them anyway.
Mango Madness – Loved their smoothies served in pineapples (!!!) and Thai drinking coconuts, which are perfect for the beautiful warm weather we are having right now. This year, they have a new dish – Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl! I didn’t get to try one on the weekend, but planning to have one this week.
And something new for the first time this year, GELATO MESSINA have arrived in New Zealand! Those who have not heard of Gelato Messina, well, they have shops based all over Australia – 16 in total! They make creative and experimental gelato, with a range of flavours and toppings, check out their ‘gram here. You can purchase two of their creations at the Night Noodle Markets including:
It’s Sher-Berth-Day (White chocolate lined cone filled with mango sherbet, vanilla cream and mango jellies – dipped in white chocolate) and Great Balls of Fryer (Deep fried banana gelato, passionfruit caramel & coconut pudding).
I tried It’s Sher-Berth Day and it was delicious. I loved the combination of mango, white chocolate and vanilla – the perfect treat on a hot summer’s day!
The Night Noodle Markets are also licensed (Tiger Beer on tap/wines by the glass), there is live music, table tennis, face painting, performances, plenty of seating (or bring a picnic blanket), plus you can bring your dogs too!
All the details…
Night Noodle Markets
Dates Friday 1st to Sunday 10th December 2017
Location Victoria Park, Corner Beaumont Street and Victoria Street West
Times 5pm – 10pm weekdays and 4pm – 10pm on weekends
Admission Free entry
Notes The event is cashless, so only EFTPOS, credit card and pay wave are available.
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This post is not sponsored, however I was kindly sent a food voucher from Fairfax Media to spend at the Night Noodle Markets. All opinions are my own.