Good Food Night Noodle Market made for a pleasant afternoon on Sunday. The market is a cluster of Asian-style eateries from Melbourne. Crowds were constantly making their way in to eat al fresco. My mother and I browsed the stalls, had a bite to eat and left while the sun had barely considered setting.
We passed Chin Chin's stall where my mum bought some chilli caramel popcorn to snack on. It was very good, albeit quite spicy for me.
I was pleased with the choice. I was tempted by I Love Pho's Vegetarian Pho, Spanthai's Vegetarian pad see ew, a freshly made papaya salad (which I assumed could be made vegetarian) and spring onion pancakes. These are all dishes I would love to try when eating out but rarely get a chance. I regret not taking notes on the Wonderbao vegetarian offerings but the queue was so long I didn't hang around.
What really amazed me was that by this time (4.30) there were no free tables. We managed to nab a few lone chairs. Then I heard someone say 'I guess we will lose our tables' as they walked away. Oh yeah, I thought, as I took possession of the table.
NOTE: I had read Steph's post on Vegan About Town. (If my internet connection wasn't so bad tonight I might have checked out other reviews.) She had quite different expectations and a very different (very negative) experience. I think going early suited us. I don't eat out a lot and so this was a nice chance to try different dishes, even if I don't recognise many of the stall names. However if you expect a traditional Asian night market, it is worth reading Steph's reflections.
Night Noodle Markets
(part of the Good Food Month)
November 18-30, 2013
Mon-Tue: 5-9pm; Wed: 5-10pm; Thu:-Fri 5-11pm; Sat:4-10pm; Sun: 4-9pm
Alexandra Gardens, Melbourne
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