A Night with Noodles

Last night, Joel took me to the Night Noodle Markets, an Asian food market set up in Sydney’s Hyde Park as part of Good Food Month. 50 food vendors, 8 million people, 7 million chairs, hundreds of lights, and one giant inflatable Happy Cat. While it was insanely crowded, the weather was perfect and the food was incredible.

The evening reminded me of food festivals back in the states–except the smell of gutter farts and stale cigarettes was blessedly absent. Just a drunk mix of rich business yuppie, school kids, hipsters and hippies taking up tables for too long, or sprawling out on the grass enjoying the dim sum, bao, noodles, fried chicken and curry fest. And I took lots of semi-blurry photos because I was getting knocked into a fair bit, and I don’t know how to play photographer yet.

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Note the family in the bottom left corner: the parents/grand parents were practically force feeding the kid who was all NOPE NOPE. /family
Note the family in the bottom left corner: the parents/grand parents were practically force feeding the kid who was all NOPE NOPE. /family
Chips on a stick, sprinkled with chicken salt. Perfectly fried and extra delicious. Nom.
Chips on a stick, sprinkled with chicken salt. Perfectly fried and extra delicious. Nom.

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We waited in line for like, ever to get some Wonderbao. I didn't get pictures of the bao, because it was too crowded and we were a bit hangry, but here's one from the interbutts.
We waited in line for like, ever to get some Wonderbao. I didn’t get pictures of the bao, because it was too crowded and we were a bit hangry, but here’s one from the interbutts.
Mmm, braised pork belly bao. Joel told me they would be life changing, and they were. (source)
Mmm, braised pork belly bao. Joel told me they would be life changing, and they were. (source)

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These girls were trying to put on a dance, a la Sparkle Motion.
This group was trying to put on a dance, a la Sparkle Motion.

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Yum! Joel's Massaman curry.
Yum! Joel’s Massaman curry.
unghh. Want.
unghh. Want.
Picnic! Pad thai is the least exciting food I could have chosen, but I haven't had it in months and I regret nothing.
Picnic! Pad thai is the least exciting food I could have chosen, but I haven’t had it in months and I regret nothing.

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Spider trees
Spider trees

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Man… I could really go for some Pork Bao right now.

brb.

2 thoughts on “A Night with Noodles

  1. “I was getting knocked into a fair bit” You’re talking like them now! You’re becoming one of them!! (probably that’s a good thing.) I used to get this dish at this tiny restaurant called “Night Market Noodles” and I always pictured the Night Market as being this dark but beautiful place where everyone ate noodles, and today I have learned that this place exists in Australia. I must go.

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