Address: Hyde Park North, Sydney NSW
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.
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.
Rekorderlig stall by day
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Mum decided to get a chicken curry with yellow rice from Chinta Ria, which she said reminded her of Sri Lankan biriyani.
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.
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!