While looking for new food adventures, the Ninja Turtle came across the Night Noodle Markets – a food festival that runs till 30 November. After a huge success in 2013, the Night Noodle Markets are back to celebrate Good Food Month 2014.
Street food with an Asian focus, with food, drinks, music and entertainment. It’s picnicing with style!
Why noodles? Who knows… the place certainly offers up plenty to choose from, with cuisines from China, India, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, and even Burma and Nepal.
The queues do get overwhelmingly long, especially for the more popular stalls. Favourite dishes also sell out fast. It is best to show up with a game plan.
The Ninja Turtle’s Guide to Maximising Your Night Noodle Market Experience
#1: Jump on this website: https://map.nightnoodlevip.com/ This is an interactive map of the food stalls, with their respective dishes on offer and the prices listed.
#2: Fix a date with a bunch of friends (avoid the Friday night if possible unless you wish to test your will to live). There is strength in numbers, and you are going to need it.
#3: Show up! The place is massive and the crowds will swarm like a hive being poked, so it helps to pick a distinctive landmark for your rendez-vous. Here’s a recommendation:
Can’t miss the Cookie Monster with a bagpipe. Even if you don’t see him, you’ll hear him. Best of all, he is ALWAYS there, doing his thing. Please remember to take a photo with this chap, and drop a coin in appreciation.
#4: If you haven’t already designed your MO, quick do it now. Know which stalls you need to hit, and the quantities of food to be ordered. One man, one stall, it’s only fair. Fix a meeting point, and wait until everyone comes back. Leave no man behind.
#5: Find a spot to sit. Some teams may wish to assign a person to do this while everyone else queues for food. We say: pffffft. What are you, scared of grass? Unless it’s raining, or you’re eating a really fussy dish that contains soup, tables and chairs at a picnic are strictly optional.
The Night Noodle Markets were such an adventure, the Ninja Turtle went not once, not twice, but three times! Embarrassed but not ashamed. There’s just so much to explore and try and share with friends who love food as much as she does.
The Nina Turtle recommends:
1. Grilled octopus tentacles with hot and spicy seasoning (Grilled Calamari)
2. Crispy chicken with kewpie mayonnaise (Izakaya Den)
3. Lentil Poppers (Overdosa)
The Ninja Turtle wished she could have tried:
1. Chilli caramel pork doughnuts (Fred Loves Korean)
2. Happy Taste Bud Time and Phuc Khing Tasty (Gelato Messina)
On that note, seriously… surely not?! Guys, this is a family-friendly event! How could you make little children say such things when making an order of ice-based confectionery dessert? This is going to stick with them for life…