When it comes to major events, no matter how much I complain about crowds I always seem to give in to the hype eventually. Last week I visited the Night Noodle Markets and it was no exception, although in theory it shouldn’t even be that exciting for me! I eat Asian food all the time at home (and in the city, for that matter) but I guess the novelty of eating outdoors is too tempting, albeit at ridiculously inflated prices. I digress though – if anyone tries to tell you about the food, it’s not really. I’d say it’s worth visiting for the atmosphere alone, and the abundance of Instagram-worthy things to see!
So my friend and I got the much coveted ramen and rice burgers, and honestly? I’d say it was underwhelming at best. Maybe it was because it was ridiculously hard to eat, maybe it was the lack of typical burger fillings but it just wasn’t that satisfying, which is a shame! I’m just glad we got there right when the markets opened at five, and before the lines got really crazy. I’ll definitely be trying this out at home though, I think it’d be a lot nicer if the patty was just a tad softer.
On the flipside there was also a huge line for chicken and pork skewers from Hoy Pinoy, and holy moly. People were literally buying them by the armload, and I can see why! The BBQ pork belly with banana ketchup glaze was to die for, despite my usual aversion to anything banana flavoured. To be fair though you could hardly taste it in the marinade, and that succulent pork belly definitely ended up being the star of the show.
Aaand we decided to skip out on Messina at the markets and got gelato from Westfield Sydney instead. My green tea ice cream was pretty much like every other one I’ve had (pretty good), and the berry cheesecake flavour was really nice and zingy, for lack of a better word!
It’s a bit of a shame that I didn’t stick around the markets in time for it to get darker, but after a day of uni laziness got the better of me. Plus there was no way in hell that I was sticking around for the crowds at seven, which is when the sun sets nowadays! If that’s a sign that summer’s well and truly on its way, I don’t know what is.