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!

MissChu, Sydney CBD ($)

Address: 501 George St Sydney NSW

Tel: (02) 9283 0357

Website: http://www.misschu.com.au/Locations/SydneyCBDTuckshop

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I decided to visit MissChu again, this time checking out the CBD tuckshop with MDS.

We went after work at about 6.15pm and quickly ordered a couple of dishes to share. The restaurant works on a “tuckshop order” system whereby you fill out a little form, hand it in and pay at the register, then collect your items when your name is called out. There is no table service and seats are small crates or little stools at ironing board “tables.” A very interesting concept which is at first a little odd, but which contributes to the authentic Viet feel.

We decided on the chicken rice paper rolls at $7.50 each. They were quite large and filled full of shredded chicken, coconut, mint and lettuce. I wasn’t a big fan of the huge amount of mint and leaves in the roll, but overall it was a filling and quite healthy item.

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We also ordered the tiger prawn and green mango rolls ($7.50). I though the presentation was fantastic as the prawns were neatly laid out and were visible through the rice paper. There were quite a few prawns in the roll too, and they were well cooked. I didn’t really taste any green mango however, which was a shame as I love the fresh and slightly sour taste of it.

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The prawn and crab spring rolls ($6.00) wrapped in a vermicelli rice paper net were quite a treat. The filling was soft and moist, and the outside crunchy and golden. The cute sweet and sour sauce in a bottle added to the “tuckshop” vibe of the restaurant, and tasted great with the spring rolls.

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The shanghai pork dumplings ($7.00 for three) were up next. MDS said they were some of the best she has ever had. I found the pork filling to be tasty and moist, but I thought the actual dumpling pastry was a little leathery and not as good as those at Din Tai Fung (see here and here).

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Finally we ordered 2 BBQ pork char sui buns at $2.50 each. They were so soft and delicious, like eating clouds! The filling was sweet and slightly spicy and I really enjoyed these tasty steamed buns. They are probably just as good as Din Tai Fung’s.

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Cost:

For all this food we were only charged $33.00. A steal considering that we were so full by the end of it!

The food was tasty, came out quickly, and was quite healthy (apart from the spring rolls) due to the amount of vegetables and raw ingredients in it.

Definitely great value for these dishes. I would suggest sharing items with someone rather than ordering your own dishes, as that way you get to sample a few different items and really get a feel for MIssChu’s tuckshop concept.

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Rating:

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

    • Service- 2
    • Food- 7.5
    • Ambience- 5.5
    • Value – 7.5

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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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