My love affair with Asian Street food, could perhaps be described as ‘Alex Forrest’ cray-cray.
From our very first dalliance, it was obsession. I can’t live without it. I’ll go insane without it. I must have it. It might even cause me to act maniacally, irrationally and somewhat frighteningly…
Uhhh huh, so you ate my last bánh khọt while I was in the latrine did you?
So naturally now the OzAsia festival has swept into town and brought with it Adelaide’s first ever fling with the Night Noodle Markets, I bunny hopped down to the launch festivities last night quicker than you could say “Mummy, where’s fluffy?”
It’s certainly no secret us South Australians love to do a festival. We roll through our year celebrating everything from Arts to Antiques, and no matter what Festivus you’re celebrating with the rest of us, you can bet your curly blonde locks there will always be fantastic food.
On from Now until the 4th of October, if there is one current edible event you need to partake in, it’s this.
Open for feasting on Weekdays from 5pm, and Weekends from Noon, the Night Noodle Markets are located in the Adelaide Festival precinct, and because there’s just way too much deliciousness, they are also spilling out onto a lantern lit Station Road as well.
A drool-worthy collection of some of our countries most delicious Asian eateries, I suggest doing a lemon detox the day before you visit because you will want to voraciously eat your way around the plaza like it’s your very last meal.
And, if like me your upcoming Asian holiday goals are mere dreams, not actual reality…
This is a passport to destination flavour, minus the passport.
Brought to our gluttinous gobs by Good Food Month, this hawker style food market has everything you’re sticky spiced heart desires.
You want Filipino BBQ?
Just keep that delectable Asian goodness comin’ and comin’!
Walking into the market, the smell was intoxicating.
Charcoaled, smokey aromas wafting through the early evening air. The unmistakable scent of BBQ’d goodness.
Oh heya over there Hoy Pinoy, where you been all my life lover?
I was totally transfixed by the large charcoal pits with hundreds of glistening skewers lined up in neat little rows. My greedy little eyes were longing, begging for a taste.
After being presented with a Banana Ketchup Pork belly Skewer, it was over. I was done.
I will never forget you, man sized skewer. You will live in my thoughts and heart forever more. Actually, I’m coming back to get you. You can’t leave me that easily…
I’m a dumpling girl from way back, so seeing the Yum Cha steamed in bamboo – as it should be, was also a serious sight for sore eyes.
And yes, it was as delicious as you image, actually probably even more so.
After being informed that all the stall workers speak Mandarin as their first language, I was even more excited about its authenticity.
The Ramen Karaage cloaked in Kewpie sauce from Everybody loves Ramen were in the words of the stall owner “Basically every naughty thing we love to eat and then combined into one delicious dish”.
Now, when we’re talking about food, that’s the kinda thing I really like to hear someone say.
And, to state that I inhaled it, would suggest that a breath was even taken. No, I completely demolished it without even blinking.
Anyhoo dear friends, I’ll be headed back to the markets again before the wind sweeps them away as quickly as they came. For there is so much more to see and so much more to do.
I would dine there every day if it were possible.
I would eat there for every single meal.
Do not be surprised to see me, hunched protectively over a Nasi Lemak or with a soft shell crab hanging half out my mouth. And whatever you do, for the love of God don’t eat my last pancake.
Until next time xxx
For more information about the super amazing in every single way Adelaide Night Noodle Markets, please click this link; http://adelaide.goodfoodmonth.com/
For more information about OzAsia Festival, please go to the following link; http://www.adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au/ozasia-festival/