The Night Noodle Markets are right on our doorstep, which means we’ve all got bao on the brain. To make it easier to navigate the zoo that is Birrarung Marr in mid-November, we’ve picked the five dishes we’re most excited for this year so you can plan your itinerary accordingly.
#1 Fried Chicken Gua Bao
This steamed take on the original bao is going to bao. your. mind (sorry). Nestled in a steamed bed of flat bread and topped with Korean-style fried chicken, this little Asian taco from Wonderbao is a one-way ticket ‘I’m-coming-the-night-noodle-markets-for-dinner-every-night Town’.
#2 Spring Onion Pancake
This 100% authentic Taiwanese dish from Ghost Kitchen is everything you didn’t know you needed in a pancake, but for eighteen days this month you can swap choc-chips for organic spring onion, and maple syrup for chilly sauce, and enjoy it on the banks of the Yarra.
#3 Steamed Prawn Shumai Dumplings
Home to some of Melbourne’s most delicious contemporary Japanese food, Sake’s Steamed Prawn Shumai Dumplings are a must-have at this year’s night noodle markets. This adaptation of Chinese-style dumplings incorporates Japanese tastes with steamed prawn-stuffed Shuamai wrappers and satisfies every single one of your Asian food cravings.
#4 Bombay Spider Crab Taco
Forget everything you thought you new about tacos, the experimental team behind Mr Miyagi have fused Japanese cuisine with Mexican food concepts to bring you a nori taco shell, with tempura soft shell crab, sushi rice, curried mayo, avocado guacamole and a brand new obsession with this killer Japanese restaurant.
#5 Strawberry Watermelon Cake
Black Star Pastry X N2 Extreme Gelato
The only thing better than one dessert restaurant is TWO dessert restaurants combined. And there’s nothing more famous than a Kardashian, except a Kardashian holding a Strawberry Watermelon Cake. This cake has been dubbed the most Instagrammable cake in the world and Black Star Pastry owner, Christopher Thé, says they’re pumping out up to 4000 portions of it in a single night at their Sydney restaurant, and one (or six) of those could be yours this November.
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