(Almost) every year, Birrarung Marr on the banks of the Yarra is filled with smoke, spice and street-food for the annual Night Noodle Markets. But for the first time in its 12-year history, all the action is happening at home.
It’s been reimagined for takeaway and delivery, with Doordash ferrying food from eight market “stalls” (really, a central CBD kitchen) to homes within a three-kilometre radius of Fed Square – including suburbs from Carlton to Port Melbourne, Docklands to South Yarra, and in-between.
The eight vendors are a mix of Night Noodle Market favourites and newcomers, all taking inspiration from Asian cuisines and flavours.
Filipino barbeque stall Hoy Pinoy is back with its charcoal skewers, including chicken wingettes inasal (basted in garlic, lemongrass, ginger and annatto); chicken spring rolls with banana ketchup; pork belly and chicken skewers; battered chips with adobo seasoning; lechon kawali rice bowls with braised-and-fried pork belly and garlic rice; and sisig (pork head meat chopped and cooked with egg and chicken liver sauce) rice bowls.
Twistto and Flying Noodles are teaming up to serve original or sweet twisted potato; noodles with chicken, pork or seafood in a tom yum broth; Korean-style salt-and-pepper calamari; and tteokbokki, or spicy Korean rice cakes.
And for more noodles – it’s in the market’s name, after all – order from Indomie. There’s the OG mi goreng with fried chicken ribs and a fried egg; chicken satay mi goreng burritos; chicken satay served with peanut sauce and mi goreng crumb; a mi goreng burger; curry noodles; and mi goreng spring rolls.
Plus, Filipino takes on classic childhood ice-cream (including an ube or purple yam “Gaytime” and a choc-top with champorado or Filipino rice porridge and fish sauce caramel swirl) by Kariton Sorbetes; savoury cheeseburger, fried chicken and cheesy bubble waffles from Puffle; seven flavours of Hokkaido Baked Cheese Tart; Thai Tide’s pad thai, pad see ew or stir-fried rice noodle pork belly or tofu and classic red curry; open gua bao with fried chicken, pork belly or panko eggplant, traditional closed barbeque pork or vegetable bao and sweet fried custard bao from Wonderbao, and more.
There’s also a rotating selection of at-home banquets, including a vegetarian dinner for two called Broc’n’Roll and the I Love You Soy Much date night package.
The Doordash-delivered Night Noodle Markets were first trialled in Sydney last year.