Sydney’s Night Noodle Markets

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The intermingling smells of lemongrass, Annis, cumin, and lime reach me before Hyde Park North even comes into full view. I’m fresh off my late lunch interview with Mel from The Mellyboo Project and my stomach is full of crocodile pizza and good beer, but it growls appreciatively at the feast of flavors it imagines are right around the corner.

Hyde Park, normally reserved for picnickers and dog walkers, has been transformed into a bustling street market for the annual Night Noodle Markets. Chinese lanterns strung between trees sway gently in the warm October breeze and the murmur of a growing crowd accompanies the rattling of cutlery, the sibilant sizzle of woks, and the distant sounds of a city winding down after another busy working day.

For two weeks every October the Night Noodle Markets turn the usually quiet park into an old time market square as restaurants from all over the city representing cultures from all over the world gather to celebrate Sydney’s diversity and promote their cuisine. From the big names such as Chat Thai down to the often overlooked hole in the wall restaurants – they’re all on display here as Sydney locals turn out to sample the best the Asian community has to offer.

It’s all a part of the larger Sydney International Food Festival – which also brings world renowned chefs to the city for a series of masterclasses and encourages Sydneysiders to get out and sample from the rich tapestry of foods that Sydney has on offer. While the Night Noodle Markets focus on promoting the city’s Asian cultures, anybody who has been to the city will be well aware of the broad variety we have to choose from. Whether it’s a humble Lebanese kebab, some rich Spanish tapas, or some chilled Russian borscht, Sydney is a treat for anybody with a taste for fine food. And the Sydney International Food Festival is a celebration of that.

Feed Me!

My poor stomach took a beating earlier in the day as I interviewed Mel for my second Bite with a Blogger segment. That’ll go up just as soon as the lovely lass gets her answers to me.

Even as my eyes and nose were assaulted with all of the options on display, I took a moment to take in the whole festival while my friends Anthony (from the Art of Conversations), Nicole, Dave, and Steph (an upcoming guest blogger on this site) went off in search of tasty treats.

Magro is very excited by his walnut and banana salad
Magro is very excited by his walnut and banana salad

While Magro went off in search of healthy food and found the intriguing salad pictured above, Steph and Dave came back with the foods more commonly associated with our neighbors to the north – lots of noodles, meat, and spring rolls just begging to be devoured.

Dave bites off more than he can chew with some noodles and a few hearty skewers
Dave bites off more than he can chew with some noodles and a few hearty skewers
Steph looking lovely as she prepares to dive into her dinner
Steph looking lovely as she prepares to dive into her dinner

There’s a great community feeling about the whole affair. When the limited number of tables and chair on hand are snapped up, people simple settle down on the soft grass beside friends or family to share an evening picnic. Kids rush about giggling and dodging diners while their parents pop open a bottle of wine and enjoy the increasing beauty of the city skyline as the horizon turns purple and the lights of skyscrapers blink on to compliment the stars appearing overhead.

Sydney has turned on a pleasantly warm evening and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable fare as diners go back for seconds or thirds. There are far too many stalls on offer to sample everything the market has to offer in one evening – but between the five of us we tried to sample as much as we could.

A tasty looking Chinese snack box
A tasty looking Chinese snack box

 

Thai Food from Spanthai cooking at the Night Noodle Markets
Thai Food from Spanthai cooking at the Night Noodle Markets
Pad Thai and Pad See Ew
Pad Thai and Pad See Ew looking all delicious and stuff
Poffertje (Dutch Pancakes)
Poffertje (Dutch Pancakes) are not so Asian. But so, so delicious.

Photograph Me!

With bellies full and bed times approaching, my party begin to make their way home. This left my camera and I with some time to capture a few shots of the festivities. While the Night Noodle Markets are primarily about the food, there’s a lot of great people watching opportunities as well. Here’s just a few shots I snapped during the course of my evening.

An old couple out enjoying a bite to eat in the warm Sydney afternoon sun
An old couple out enjoying a bite to eat in the warm Sydney afternoon sun
Traditional Chinese dance on display at the Night Noodle Markets
Traditional Chinese dance on display at the Night Noodle Markets

 

Hyde Park all lit up for the Night Noodle Markets
Hyde Park all lit up for the Night Noodle Markets

 

The Sydney skyline is an impressive backdrop to the markets
The Sydney skyline is an impressive backdrop to the markets
Two girls posing by a fountain
These girls asked if I was a professional photographer. I think this photo is proof that I am not...

At the end of the day I could write pages about the fantastic food on display and the atmosphere at the festival, but I think the pictures above are going to do a better job than I ever could. Get out there and see Sydney’s multicultural side and treat yourself to some delicious food while you’re at it.

The Bad

While I had a great time at the Night Noodle Markets and would recommend it to anybody, I will give two warnings about the affair:

  • Lines can get pretty long. Get there early if you don’t want to wait too long and don’t want to sit on the grass.
  • Prices run a tad high. A meal will set you back about $12-$16.

That being said, I had a very good feed and a great time for $30 last night. It’s a bit more than I’d usually pay, but the atmosphere and the selection make it worthwhile in my eyes.

The Night Noodle Markets run from October 10th through until thr 14th, and then opens again from the 17th to the 21st. It runs from 5pm until 9pm. You can learn more on the Night Noodle Markets website.

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  • This made me hungry. Thanks a lot! I think I will have ramen noodles please. I can’t afford 13 bucks for a meal. But it looks delicious!

    • Anonymous

      Haha, I can show you a lot of places that will be much cheaper, don’t worry :-p

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  • Gladys | ByahengBarok.com

    Seems like great hungry. The photos alone make me hungry 🙂

  • While watching this pictures I feel hungry I wanna eat as much as I want, Where exactly this place in Aussie?

  • I would have gone hog wild there!  You would have had to carry me out on a wheel-barrel 😛 

    • Anonymous

      Thankfully the higher prices make it difficult to go too crazy, haha

  • I was here yesterday and since i still have a hangover of my Malaysian trip, I had the gold old roti and satay again at Mamak and some Dim Sum 🙂

    • Anonymous

      A bunch of us travel blogging types are heading there again next Wednesday. Are you keen to join?

  • This was so enjoyable last year — thank you for the photos and descriptions to bring me back to Crave and the noodle markets…

  • Kalyn @ Bucket List Nation

    All of this looks delicious! This makes me want to visit Australia so bad! Would love to feature you on Bucket List Nation! 

    • Anonymous

      I’d love that! How do we go about making that happen?

  • Now your blog post made me hungry! 😀 Nomnomnom 😀

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