In just a few weeks, the Night Noodle Markets will transform Birrarung Marr into a busy hawker-style market filled with spicy, sour, sweet and smoky flavours in street-food dishes from China, Thailand, Malaysia and beyond.
To help you plan ahead and decide which queues are worth joining, here are some highlights from this year’s menu.
A go-to for many of Melbourne’s best chefs, this Chinese dining institution will be dishing out mouth-numbing cold noodles and fried crispy chicken balls.
Get ready for wild border-crossing dumpling flavours such as cheeseburger, mac’n’cheese, beef rendang and pepperoni pizza – all hand-wrapped.
More than just a scoop and a cone, these new desserts from Gelato Messina have taken influence from Thailand’s full moon parties. The Phuket Bucket has deep-fried banana fritters, caramelised palm sugar banana gelato, coconut and lime. And the Bangkok Banana comes with Thai milk tea cheesecake sandwiched between tea sponge before being dipped in Italian meringue and desiccated coconut. There are two more equally complex desserts to discover on the night, too.
Get around some Filipino fire with skewers of grilled pork belly and chicken, or get the team to carve off a piece from a whole hog.
Kumokumo Souffle Pancakes
This fluffy Japanese-style pancake is big in Melbourne. The pillowy, inch-thick treats come topped with flavours such as tiramisu and crème brûlée.
Playful modern-Japanese diner Mr Miyagi is serving popcorn chicken pieces with ramen noodles, spicy Japanese mayo, edamame and golden fried shallots. It’s topped with tomato tempura crumble and served in an edible waffle basket.
Get your mitts on crunchy rolls filled with Maine red lobster and wasabi prawns, or creamy crab croquettes.
Check out the full menu at goodfoodmonth.com/melbourne/night-noodle-markets. Melbourne Night Noodle Markets are on from November 7 to 24 at Birrarung Marr.