We visited the inaugural Lunar Markets; a sort of a Chinese New Year offshoot of the ridiculously popular Night Noodle Markets here in Sydney. This is a smaller more intimate site with 20 stalls which is really kind of plenty – most visits to the Night Noodle Markets – we sort of hit 3-4 stalls so there’s plenty of reason to return. Here, you’ll also get waterside seating which is nice. We check in with Fairfax/Goodfood as guests.
The same spot that housed the monthly growers markets, and the street fest/foodtruck event is now host to the Lunar Markets. The Markets are a colloboration between Fairfax/Goodfood and the Star. Moutai Australia, Bartlow Cider are here as are Sapporo beers.
We’re early but this area will be pretty schmick when the sun sets.
The incredibly popular Bar Pho already has built in queues as they were setting up. The main reason why? Their clever Phumplings combos a XLB with Pho flavours. Bar Pho also had a bit of a design coup asking ComplimentsoftheChef to do their artwork. Its cute and catchy.
Hoy Pinoy was one of the biggest drawcards in 2014’s Night Noodle Markets and this smokey Filipino barbecued Meat on a stick; features Pork Belly and Chicken. You should try to hustle here to avoid the queues. Its still 2 sticks for $10.
Manly’s Daniel San Manly is here and we were surprised to see meat skewers as they’re more familiar to us as a Japanese/Sushi joint. (Daniel San Review) Giving Hoy Pinoy a run for their money. Its not pork belly so its a lot leaner here.
Out of Melbourne is Pasar Malam. They do street food from Malaysia, there’s some really nice Nonya Chicken Lollipop, Sweet Potato Balls but its the rather peculiar Ribena and logan drink that made us take note. The mantou + softshell crab dish is also pretty good. They’re new to Sydney so a tad different with their food.
There’s also the Let’s Do Yum Cha truck (there’s also a stall), Thai from Spanthai with their hot food/noodle stations.
For the adventurous, Moutai Australia has a tasting booth in the middle and if you take a shot, they’ll photograph you as you taste it to capture your reaction. Distilled from fermented sorghum, its a distinctive drink.
Make sure to pop around to the Star’s red packet tree. You get to pick one (we only got chocolates in ours) but you can apparently get surprises in them too.
The Lunar Markets are now happening and goes til the 22nd. Heaps to eat and there’s plenty of other stalls present – Serendipity Ice cream and them potato on a stick are also here.
Gong Hey Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year (Year of the Ram).