After a two year hiatus, Melbourne’s Night Noodle Markets are finally coming back to Birrarung Marr. While the Night Noodle Markets at Home last year might have satisfied your cravings, there’s nothing quite like wandering along the banks of the Yarra, soaking in the sights and the smells. There’s around 70 dishes to choose from, as well as live entertainment and pop-up bars. Night Noodle Markets will return from Thursday November 10 to Sunday November 27.
Night Noodle Markets
This year, expect a huge line-up of stallholders, serving up flavours from China, Korea, Thailand, the Philippines and more.
Try the incredible Flying Noodle, the Instagrammable bowl of noodles suspended from floating chopsticks. This year, there’s a few different bowls to choose from, including a flavoursome pork belly, slow-cooked with honey soy and tamarind.
Hoy Pinoy is also delivering the goods with bistek tagalog, a traditional Filipino beef stew. Enjoy charcoal-smoked beef rump cap, glazed with sticky citrus soy and served with rice and onions. They will also serve up their delicious BBQ skewers, including inihaw na baboy, or pork belly with banana-ketchup glaze.
Choose from six types of bao from Wonderbao, including the okonomiyaki gua bao. This vegan-friendly bao features crispy fried tofu, as well as pickle, okonomiyako sauce, nori and plant-based mayo. Wonderbao will also serve up roast pork belly, Korean fried chicken and a custard-filled bao.
Mr Miyagi is serving up three bao burgers, including chicken schnitty with kimchi tartare, pork katsu, and crumbed mushroom with miso mayo. All of their bao burgers come with waffle fries. The Mr Miyagi team is also behind EBBY Street Food, a takeaway concept that’s launching for the first time at the Night Noodle Markets. Expect loaded fries packed with Asian flavours, including hoisin duck, terriyaki truffle beef and miso teriyaki tofu.
At the markets, you’ll also enjoy treats from Twistto, Bangkok Street Food, Calabang, May’s Malaysian, Roll Up, Shallot Thai and Teppanyaki Noodles.
As for dessert, Sydney’s Demochi Donuts is bringing their delightful mochi doughnuts to Melbourne. Enjoy a classic cinnamon and sugar, or a honey glaze with 100s and 1000s.
Dessert favourites Gelato Messina will also make an appearance, serving up a decadent Hong Kong French toast, with dulce de leche, peanut butter, maple syrup gelato and condensed milk. They’re also serving Milo Fry Club, a deep-fried scoop of Milo gelato, with messinatella pudding and Oreo crumble.
Brendan Pang will also be at the markets, showcasing iconic dishes from his Perth restaurant Bumplings.
To drink, Dan Murphy’s will be there with their Zero% Bar, serving up alcohol-free espresso martinis. There will also be a pop-up beer garden, a Cointreau Margarita Kombi van and a space to drink Aperol spritz.
As for entertainment, lion dances will take place three nights a week. Check out a virtual reality experience from Singapore Airlines, and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of cities from around the world. Relax in a picnic area, and bring your dog along for free dog treats, served in a noodle box.
The Night Noodle Markets are free to attend.