Night Noodle Markets 2013, Hyde Park Sydney

Address: Hyde Park North, Sydney NSW

Website: http://sydney.goodfoodmonth.com/nightnoodlemarkets

Opening Hours:

October 9-12, 14-19, 21-26

Mon-Tue 5-9pm; Wed 5-10pm; Thur-Fri 5-11pm; Sat 4-10pm

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Currently in its 15th year, the Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park attracts about 200,000 people each year.

With over 40 delicious food stalls, which are mostly Asian, the Night Markets is a great way to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather with a drink and a quick and cheap meal with friends in beautiful Hyde Park.

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Rekorderlig Cider invited me down to the markets to enjoy a drink at their beer garden.

A short stroll from Darlinghurst, Chinatown, Circular Quay and the city centre, it didn’t take me long to walk up after work, and when I got there (around 5.45pm), the place was already starting to fill up.

I was impressed by Rekorderlig’s chilled out set up with a “May pole” covered in green vines and flowers, beautiful fairy lights, quirky white trees on the tables and funky tunes coming from the (very young looking) DJ. 

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Rekorderlig stall by day

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Rekorderlig stall at night

The signature red and white chairs, seen at previous Rekorderlig stalls, looked comfortable and inviting and provided a great spot from which to sit back and people watch.

We ordered some drinks from the bar in the tent near the beer garden.

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The staff were friendly despite the fact that they were probably dying from the heat that day as it was about 30 degrees in Sydney!

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I ordered the Mango Raspberry cider, one of my favourites!

As always, it was ice cold, perfect for the hot summer day. This flavour is one of my favourites so I really enjoyed the fresh, crisp taste.

In some interesting news, I learnt that one of the favourites, Strawberry Lime Cider is now on tap and will be heading out to bars across town soon!

I also got the scoop on some exciting new developments next week- stay tuned for more information!

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After checking out the Rekorderlig beer garden I met up with my lovely mum and we walked around the rest of the markets, looking at our options for dinner.

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The place was packed out and the background music, Chinese dragon shows and buzz of happy people chatting in the park made for an exciting and fun environment.

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The Night Noodle Markets are definitely a good place to take friends from overseas to, to showcase Sydney’s multiculturalism, or to enjoy a good meal after work from some of Sydney’s most popular Asian restaurants.

Some of the restaurants with stalls included East Ocean, Din Tai Fung, Jackie M Malaysian, Longrain and Zilver.

The Jackie M stall even has Ms M herself cooking at the front of the stall!

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After a bit of walking around, I decided on a delicious box of fried goodness from East Ocean ($12.00). It included pork ribs, salt and pepper octopus and delicious prawns.

The ribs were soft and delicious, easy to eat and tender with a tomato and BBQ styled sauce.

While I am not a big fan of octopus (I don’t like the tentacles). I didn’t mind this as the thicker parts at the top were easy to eat and the fact that it was fried meant I didn’t notice the suckers on the tentacles as much!  🙂

The prawns were well cooked through and were great with the hot chilli sauce.

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Mum decided to get a chicken curry with yellow rice from Chinta Ria, which she said reminded her of Sri Lankan biriyani.

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The chicken pieces were well-cooked and had absorbed the delicious spices from the curry. They were good pieces of chicken with plenty of meat on them.  The yellow rice was gently flavoured and had a slight sweetness from the sultanas.

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We both enjoyed our meals and had a great time out.

I will definitely be returning to try out some of the other foods available, perhaps even the Ramen Burger!

Fat Noodle @ The Star, Pyrmont ($)

Address: Level 1, Casino, The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont NSW

Website: http://www.star.com.au/sydney-restaurants/casual-dining/Pages/fat-noodle.aspx

Opening Hours:

Sun – Thurs 11:30am – 2:00am, Fri & Sat 11:30am – 6:00am

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Last night one of my best friends (who shall now be known as MDS) and I decided to have some dinner out in the city. We finally decided on checking out The Star, which I hadn’t been to before, and set off towards Pyrmont.

When we got there I was surprised at the casino’s transformation. It had changed from old and staid to new and exciting. The old façade was replaced by glass and coloured lights, and new restaurants and clubs made it busier and more interesting. The revamp had definitely improved it.

After wondering about for a bit we asked a staff member about the dining options available at the casino. We were told that with such late notice Momofuku and Black by Ezard were booked out but the other restaurants would be available. We eventually decided on some Asian and headed towards a small, informal eatery called ‘The Fat Noodle.’

The Fat Noodle

Luke Nguyen is the master Chef behind this Chinese/Indonesian/Vietnamese/Thai/Malaysian eatery.

We were quickly seated on one of the high benches. Although we would have preferred a lower table we didn’t want to wait the 10 minutes as we were starving.

Service was pretty good and the staff came over a few times to ask us what we wanted to eat, until we eventually made up our minds and placed an order.

I ordered a Sweet Longan Tea to drink, which was an extremely sweet lychee-like fruit tea which came in a tall glass with longans at the bottom. The longans were a purple-y colour (maybe stained from the tea?) and looked very unusual. It had a bit of a “brown sugar” flavour but was refreshing and a good way to balance out the spice in the food.

To start off we ordered some Honey Soy Prawn skewers which were delicious and fragrant. Although it would have been better if there were 4 skewers instead of 3, we really enjoyed this entree and the honey flavour reminded me of another of my favourite Asian dishes, honey chicken.

I decided on a Singapore Laksa which had a combination of scallops, prawns, chicken, tofu and egg. It came out in a HUGE bowl and I was impressed by the appearance of the dish in general. The taste was great too and I really enjoyed the creamy laksa. I overheard someone else who ordered the dish comment that they were sweating cos it was too spicy but I thought it had just the right amount of flavour and spice. I could have done with a few more prawns and a bit more chicken, however.

My friend, MDS, ordered the Wok tossed Angus Beef with Noodles. It also came out in a large bowl. I tried some of the beef and crunchy nuts on top and found it was well-cooked and tasty. My friend seemed to enjoy the dish too and ate most of it.

Overall a delicious meal with good service. The food was tasty and filling and the atmosphere was great as the restaurant is in the middle of the Casino floor. A good experience.

Rating:

Overall I would rate my dining experience (out of 10):

    • Service- 6
    • Food- 7
    • Ambience- 7
    • Value – 8.5

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Sydney Night Noodle Markets, Hyde Park

So yesterday I went to the night noodle markets with a few friends from my exchange in Canada.

We were a bit worried about the storm that was threatening to ruin our evening but it proved to be an empty threat and we didn’t encounter any rain during our visit to the markets.

The night noodle markets have been running for a few years now as part of the Crave Sydney Food Festival and I try to make it at least once a year as it is something different.

There are big white tents set up with red lanterns outside them, which are filled with stalls from all sorts of Asian restaurants. There is Malaysian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and other types of food available to purchase. There is also live music and a bar.

As it was quite busy, we settled on the grass, using the Sydney morning herald newspapers bags we were given, as makeshift seats.

One friend and I ordered some noodles, beef and black bean, a spring roll and san choy bao. The two others ordered various dumplings and pork buns.

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The atmosphere was great and there were even waiters coming around to the people seated on the grass! Now that’s good service!

If you’ve been to the noodle markets we’d love to hear what you thought of it!! Post your comments below!