The highly-anticipated Night Noodle Markets returns to Birrarung Marr from 9-26 November, setting Melbourne alight with the smells, sights and sounds of more than thirty sizzling hawker-style stalls. The Asian market feast will see food-lovers indulge in the signature dishes and innovative tastes from Melbourne favourites such Hochi Mama, Bambu, Mr Miyagi, Hoy Pinoy, Wonderbao and Gelato Messina, all served alongside roaming performers, DJs and
Over eighteen flavour-packed nights, the markets will shine a light on Melbourne’s multi-cultural flavours, fusing cuisines from across Asia in one vibrant, open-air experience. This year’s Night Noodle Markets will debut as a standalone culinary event, with The Age Good Food Month moving to 13 - 23 June, 2018.
Old favourites Hoy Pinoy will be serving their sizzling ‘Inihaw na manok - Chicken skewers in traditional soy glaze’, while St Kilda’s Mahjong showcases their regional signatures from across China, including their ‘Dan Dan Noodle’ - Szechuan hawker style spicy chicken noodles. Wonderbao is cooking up heavenly steamed buns with tasty flavours and fillings, including their ‘Guabao box’ with roast pork belly, sweet & spicy korean fried chicken, panko crumbed eggplant as Vietnamese food truck, Nem N’ Nem, brings their signature bahn mi sliders on Vietnamese baguettes.
Gelato Messina has sweet-toothed Melbournians covered with four exclusive desserts, served from their Japanese Game Show themed stand. There’s everything from the ‘Kamikaze Katsu’ deep fried ice cream sandwich to the ‘ONO- Giri’, a pistachio and green tea gelato version of the popular onigiri rice found in Japan, with real seaweed. The full Night Noodle Markets menu will be announced very soon.
The spice and smoke will be matched by entertainment, celebrity guest appearances, live DJs and music, with a host of interactive spaces to complete the experience. Brand’s Laira will bring the Coonawarra region to the city with a pop-up Cellar Door. Guests will be able to sip and savour a selection of Brand’s Laira wines including the multi-award winning Brand’s Laira 2014 Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon, whilst soaking up the festival atmosphere. The Beer The Beautiful Truth Night Terrace will show guests how to perfectly match the flavours of each dish to beer, while Spring’s favourite drink Pimm’s will be available on tap at the Garden Bar. 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.
Citi is once again treating their customers to the best seats in Birrarung Marr during Night Noodle Markets, with the return of Citi VIP. New this year, Citi customers have the opportunity to pre-book a table in the Citi VIP space via an online booking system. Table bookings will be 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.