Earlier this year it was announced that Canberra was going to be introduced to the Noodle Markets made famous by Melbourne and Sydney, and it has been the talk of the town ever since.
When I lived in Sydney, the Noodle Markets were another one of those events that I already have marked out in my calendar. It usually takes place in Hyde Park in the CBD and is crazy busy, with a wide variety of Asian inspired stalls. Having moved back to what I consider to be a quieter city, you can imagine my excitement when I heard that the Night Noodle Markets were coming to Canberra.
I moved house this weekend. Remind me never to do that again! And despite all of the running around, the bruises all over my body and the absolute exhaustion by Sunday afternoon, I was determined to arrive at the Noodle Markets by 4pm; I had heard from friends who attended on Friday that the lines were 20 people deep within an hour of the Markets opening. I love food and all but lines are such a killjoy.
Anywho, we arrived on time. Upon entry I was a little bit surprised that the size of the market was considerably smaller than what I have experienced in Sydney, but I guess our population is also much smaller. There were between 12 and 15 stalls, the majority of which were in a single line. We decided to start at the beginning and work our way along.
We started at a stall serving hot mini pancakes and fresh drinking coconuts. Look at all those coconuts ready to go – Delicious!
Dumplings were up next: chicken dim sum, pork buns and prawn and chive gyoza. Dumplings are my all time fave!
Followed by massive chicken and pork skewers.
By this point we were quite thirsty, it was a very hot afternoon. We found these wonderful cups of Asian ice tea; they were just perfect!
After quenching our thirst we picked up a plate of chicken pad thai and then decided it was dessert time!
Waffles on a stick – great idea! Just don’t get the maple and sesame flavour … sometimes it really is better to stick with what you know, like Nutella, Nutella is always a winner.
And of course, we could not go past the famous N2 ice cream made using liquid nitrogen. It’s a quite a cool little experience. The kids love it! The big kids (like me) love it too!
There was a bunch of other foods too but as you can see, I ate enough to feed a small army. You will have to go and check it out for yourself.
The Canberra Night Noodle Markets are located at Reconciliation Place near Questacon and are running for 10 nights from 27 February to 8 March 2015. The markets open at 5pm on weekdays and 4pm on weekends.