Every year, the Night Noodle Markets in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane are a treat for flavour-craving palettes. Visitors have been treated to not just chewy, charred or stringy noodles, but also twisted potato sticks, Vietnamese buns and other street food favourites from China, Thailand, Malaysia, the Phillipines and beyond.
While this year’s Night Noodle Markets locations, dates and participating stallholders have yet to be announced, we can look to past years for an idea of what to expect.
Last year, stallholders across the three cities included Bangkok Street Food, Calabang, Pho-Real Vietnamese, Hoy Pinoy, Donburi Station, Flying Noodle, May’s Malaysian, Raijin, Roll Up, Shallot Thai, Teppanyaki Noodles, Twistto and Wonderbao.
On the sweets front, Gelato Messina and Donut Papi served up their much-loved treats, including deep-fried Milo gelato with an Oreo crumble, French toast with dulce de leche and peanut butter, and mango pancakes.
Brisbane’s Night Noodle Markets 2022 was held at new spot Brisbane City Botanic Gardens and was on from Wednesday, June 15 to Sunday, June 26 after 5pm on Sundays and weeknights and during the day on Saturdays.
Later last year, Sydney’s Night Noodle Markets 2022 was held in its new home of Prince Alfred Park in Surry Hills, on from Tuesday, October 4 to Sunday, October 9. Alongside the food stall was a picnic space where visitors could get drinks delivered directly to their table, as well as a beer garden by Gage Roads Brewery, an Aperol Spritz Kombi bar, a cider bar from Rekorderlig and a non-alcoholic drinks station by Dan Murphy’s Zero% Bar.
Melbourne’s Night Noodle Markets was held on the banks of the Yarra in Birrarung Marr, running from Thursday, November 10 to Sunday, November 27. Sydney’s Demochi brought its mochi donuts – think honey-glazed and traditional cinnamon – to the city for the occasion, as did Perth diner Bumplings with its range of Japanese-inspired dumplings. This was the first time the venue, started by former Masterchef contestant Brendan Pang, had come to the East Coast.
And, finally, if this year, is anything like last year, expect a buzzy, neighbourhood markets feel, complete with lion dancers, live music and a pets-welcome policy.