Coburg Night Market 2016 that is held weekly in December. It is the little sister of the night market at the sprawling Queen Victoria Market which is held from November to March on Wednesday evenings. Actually only a few sheds are open during the night market. Yet, there are still so many stalls that it is still overwhelming. I focused mainly on the food stalls, with barely any energy left for the craft stalls.
- Raclette fondue's La Traditionelle (sauted potato with herbs, cornichons, salad, melted cheese for $11).
- Souvas' Vegetarian meal (zucchini rissoles with chips, lettuce, tomato, onion and spicy capsicum sauce for $10).
- Nunu's mushroom and leek dumplings (I think these were 3 for $12).
- Three Ethiopian curries with injera bread at the Injera Hut for $10.
- Boss Man Food's jerk roasted corn on the cob for $6.
- Most of the dishes at Rice and Dice.
Faye had been excited about them and she is always on the ball with interesting food. According to Wikipedia they also go by the name Appam and are Sri Lankan rice pancakes cooked in a bowl shape. I had a plain hopper with dal ($4). I spooned it into my hopper and rolled it up. This was delicious. I wasn't at all interested in the egg filled hoppers but would have liked to try the string hoppers (which are made with egg but I was told they could be vegan) if the queue was not so long.
Yet I was disappointed with my dish. I think my expectations were a bit awry. I had expected beetroot tzatziki that was chunky with lots of grated beetroot piled on the chips. Instead it was a drizzle of light pink sauce. The haloumi chips were really good but so salty that I could not eat many. This was more of a side dish than I expected. Good but I just couldn't even get through half of it.
I remember in high school being taken by a friend's parents to the Queen Vic Market and having churros. It was my first experience of churros. I think until then I had not even realised they existed. I liked them but they seemed so foreign and odd compared to the jam doughnuts that are one of my first culinary loves1
There is lots more to see, especially lots of craft and clothes shops that I didn't get a chance to visit because it was too late by the time I finished checking out all the food, I did notice that, like the food, there were a few familiar stalls from the Coburg Night Market.
There were lots of rainbow flags for Gay pride, some colourful dragons for Chinese New Year but nothing about Burns Night at the market. And for that little bit of quirkiness, I passed a guitar paying Dark Vader busker on the way to take the tram home. I'd love to get back to the Night Market but there are not many weeks left before it closes as the cooler weather comes to Melbourne.
Summer Night Market
Queen Victoria Market
Corner Queen Street and Therry Street
Wednesday nights 5-10pm
16 November 2016 to 8 March 2017