Night Noodle Markets 2018
The eagerly awaited Night Noodle Markets presented by Citi has kicked off with sizzling menus and a feast of signature dishes and innovative tastes from Melbourne and Australia-wide favourites. The bustling Asian street food festival has returned to Birrarung Marr from 8-25 November (18 balmy nights), filling the riverside air with spicy, salty and sweet aromas as over twenty sizzling hawker-style stalls take Melbournians on a vibrant flavour journey through Asia.
City of Melbourne Councillor Beverley Pinder.
The World Loves Melbourne attended the launch in the Pimm's Garden Bar, as well as a fabulous dinner in the Citi VIP area. The Night Noodle Markets is a must visit event on the Melbourne calendar; the amazing street food, entertainment, and bringing the best the city has to offer with a stunning backdrop of the Melbourne cityscape.
At the launch at Pimm's Garden Bar we heard from Fairfax Events, Beverley Pinder from City of Melbourne who spoke about the high quality street food and festive vibe that is unique to Night Noodle Markets, as well as Citi (sponsor and great supporters of the food and wine scene).
After attending the launch we moved to the fabulous Citi VIP area. At the Citi VIP area you can book online and reserve a table if you are a Citi card holder (check conditions). The menu in the Citi VIP area gives a great range of the street food on offer (so you don't have to queue). Plus there's a dedicated bar.
Table bookings are available for Citi customers 72 hours in advance of each night of the Night Noodle Markets, with walk-ups available on the night. The popular Citi concierge service is also back this year enabling Citi customers to avoid the queues and enjoy food delivered right to their table.
Sprectacular. The Night Noodle Markets brings together the best parts of Melbourne’s multicultural flavours, celebrating and fusing cuisines from across Asia in one atmospheric, open-air affair. Crowd-favourites Hoy Pinoy, Gelato Messina, Puffle, POKLOL, Mr. Miyagi, N2 Extreme Gelato, Wonderbao and Black Star Pastry now joined by exciting newcomers Bao Brothers, Son in Law, Red Spice Road, Oriental Teahouse X David’s, Miso Fresh Food Truck and ZOMG SANDO.
Melbournians can explore the markets, ticking destinations off their culinary bucket list and indulging in unique, not-to-be missed dishes including (but certainly not limited to):
- Bangkok Street Food – Signature grill pork ball and ‘Long Potato’, deep fried long potato
- Bao Brothers – ‘THE EASY 3’, three fluffy steamed buns filled with pork belly, fried chicken and tofu, and ‘loaded sweet potato fries’ with plum ketchup, kewpie mayo, sesame seeds, and spring onions
- Chinese Dim Sum King – ‘Chinese Dim Sum King Dumplings’ with prawn, chives with prawn, mushroom, and vegetarian
- Donburi Station – ‘Tokyo Taco’, Fusion beef taco served with salsa and toppings on rice
- Flying Noodles – ‘Way of Dragon’, Pork belly slow charcoal grilled with honey soy sauce, Black pepper, garlic, onion, tamarind paste, served with selected veggies
- Hoy Pinoy – ‘Cebu-style Lechon’, chopped and served on rice with atchara and spiced vinegar
- Hoy Pinot Cart – ‘Inihaw Na Manok’, BBQ chicken skewers with traditional glaze and ‘Inihaw Na Baboy’ BBQ pork belly skewers with banana ketchup glaze
- Miso Fresh – ‘Soba Noodles’ with mixed salad and edamame, pickled cabbage, seaweed salad drizzled with soy sesame sauce
- Mr. Miyagi – ‘Truffle Wagyu Beef Japa-dawg’ Panko crumbed Wagyu beef-cheek 5+ score, Burgundy onion jam, black truffle potato puree, truffled Japanese mayo in a soft bao roll
- Nem N’ Nem – ‘Bun Thit Nuong - Vermicelli Rice Noodle Salads’, with char-grilled chicken chilli lemongrass or tofu satay served with fresh Vermicelli rice noodle, lettuce, fresh herbs and nuoc cham dressing
- Oriental Teahouse X David’s – ‘Shanghainese Sticky Pork Belly and Chat Potatoes’, David's famous braised Shanghainese sticky pork belly served with soy bean and bok choy salad on rice
- POKLOL x Puffle – ‘Mac N Goreng’, Mac N Cheese with a Mi Goreng twist, ‘KFC Cheese Puffle’, Korean fried chicken stuffed inside a cone-shaped egg-filled cheese waffle, topped with Japanese mayo and shallots
- Raijin – Ramen noodles in a unique no soup style, topped with either ginger chicken, karaage chicken or miso tofu and original soy tahini Ramen sauce
- Red Spice Road – ‘Korean Chilli Corn Dogs’, served with ssamjang mayo and apple kimchi
- Sambal Kampung – Roti Canai flat bread with Rendang beef or curry chicken
- Sash Japanese – ‘Sake Buttermilk Chicken Nuggets’, fried chicken tenders, smoked chipotle wasabi salt, maple syrup and mayonnaise
- Shallot Thai – ‘Crackling Pork Noodle’, roasted pork belly in caramelised sauce with boiled egg noodles
- Son in Law – ‘Spicy Deep-Fried Chicken Ribs’, topped with house made seasoning dried mix (spicy, zesty), spring onion, red chillies, served with Thai classic sauce
- Teppanyaki Noodles – Authentic Yakisoba with sizzling chicken, beef or vegetables
- The Wagyu – Japanese Wagyu curry
- Twistto – ‘Original Korean Twist Potato’, fresh potato, hand cut into a tornado shape, twisted on a stick, deep fried and finished with various seasonings
- Wonderbao – ‘Gua bao’, Korean fried chicken, roast pork belly, or teriyaki tofu
- Yan Can BBQ – ‘Jai Pie’, fried individual chicken breast with special Chinese pepper seasoning
- ZOMG Sando – Japanese deep-fried beef Wagyu sirloin or pork tenderloin done ZOMG sando style.
With savoury tastes fully satisfied, Night Noodle Markets is also taking care of sweet-toothed Melbournians:
- Black Star Pastry – ‘Strawberry Watermelon Cake’,two layers of almond dacquoise, rose-scented cream, watermelon, strawberries and garnished with pistachios and dried rose petals
- N2 Extreme Gelato – ‘Matcha Mugcake’, warm matcha mug cake, with matcha gelato, matcha and red bean jelly
- Waffleland – ‘Cheeky Monkey’, fresh baked waffle stick served with peanut butter and ice cream topped with fresh bananas, pretzels and drizzled with caramel syrup and wafer sticks
- Gelato Messina – The Gelato Gods adventure by Jeepney through the Philippines with their ‘The Jolli P’ – Mango salsa, mango jellies, peach jellies, and condensed milk Chantilly cream topped with Graham Cracker crumb; ‘Brazo De Messina’ – layers of Pandan gelato, baked meringue and condensed milk custard sandwiched between a Graham Cracker crust; ‘Thrila from Manila’ – brown sugar banana gelato & banana bread wrapped in filo pastry, deep fried then topped with custard and chocolate peanut butter crumb; ‘Allo Allo’ – Caramel leche flan, caramel syrup, caramel sauce, toasted milk crumb, caramel shaved ice, evaporated milk and dulche de leche gelato.
The spice and smoke is matched by entertainment, music (we loved a live gig while we were eating) and a host of interactive spaces to complete the experience.
South Australian winery Brand’s Laira brings the best of Coonawarra to Melbourne with a pop-up Cellar Door, allowing guests to navigate their way through the markets cuisine while enjoying a glass of delicious Brand’s Laira wine. For an experience with a more creative twist, Brand’s Laira is hosingt a series of exclusive Paint & Sip sessions, where market-goers will have the opportunity to create their very own masterpiece, inspired by the vineyards of Coonawarra. Paint & Sip seats are strictly limited and must be booked in advance. Visit www.corkandchroma.com.au/
The James Squire Night Terrace showcases the character-full range of one of the best craft beers in the country on tap, while Spring’s favourite drink Pimm’s can be enjoyed in the beautiful Pimm’s Garden bar and at general bars for just $10, or in a jug with a Pimm’s picnic rug for $34. The Amplify KOMBUCHA BAR is offering festival goers bottomless tasty, brewed Kombucha on the house.
To make things quick and easy, the markets are also cash-free so guests can spend less time queuing and more time enjoying the night - all major cards are accepted. Good Food $50 cash cards can also be purchased on the night from The Age information hub, found on the lower terrace, and can be used at any Good Food Guide restaurant as well as the Night Noodle Markets. Visitwww.goodfoodgiftcard.com.au for more info.
Good Food Month will return in June, inviting bon vivants to re-imagine Melbourne’s buzzing food scene over thirty delectable Winter days. Further details on The Age Good Food Month 2019 will be announced soon.
It’s time to celebrate good food and good times with Citi. Guests simply need to share their favourite good food moment from the 2018 Melbourne Night Noodle Markets on Instagram with the hashtag #celebratewithciti and they are in with the chance to keep celebrating all the way into 2019. The winner of the foodie competition will score a trip for two to the 2019 Canberra Night Noodle Markets including return flights and accommodation, plus $250 to spend on the trip. On top of that, they will receive a $250 restaurant voucher for dinner at a Citi Dining Program partner restaurant to use on their return to Sydney. The most creative and original good food moment photo will win. Terms and Conditions apply.
Together with Spirit internet, a leading nbn alternative and provider of Australia’s fastest internet, the Night Noodle Markets are also giving consumers the chance to win one $50 Night Noodle Markets voucher each night, from November 8 - 25. Spirit are providing free wifi exclusively on the upper terrace so guests just need to connect to the ‘SPIRITWIFI’ on their phone, enter their details and be in for a chance to win.
Melbourne Night Noodle Markets Opening Times:
Monday and Tuesday - 5pm - 9pm
Wednesday and Thursday - 5pm - 10pm
Friday - 5pm - 11pm
Saturday - 4pm - 10pm
Sunday - 4pm - 9pm