Enlighten Noodle Markets 2016

After last year’s success, I had to go back to the Enlighten Noodle Markets this year. There’s always an awesome vibe- friends and family chilling out, eating good food and enjoying the hot Australian weather. Last year I went with a friend and for most of the night we ended up waiting in long lines in the heat. So this year we decide to go as soon as they opened to beat the rush. I’d definitely recommend going as early as you can- the longest we waited for any dish was 5 minutes.

Pork belly skewers

Last year I waited in the 45 minute cue at Hoy Pinoy TWICE within 20 minutes of each other for the pork belly skewers. What can I say, they had me at pork belly. So of course, we had to get them again this time round. Sticky, sweet and salty goodness. Two skewers for $12.IMG_0647

Bao trifecta

Next we tried a few buns from Bao Stop. We ordered a ‘trifecta’ of pork belly, chicken and peking duck for $20. The chicken was crispy and completely doused in a spicy mayonnaise (in a good way). The pork belly was tender and sticky and came with a generous drizzle of hoisin and mayo- if you can’t already tell, I am a lover of sauce. The peking duck bao unfortunately was a bit of a let down, only because the slice of duck we that got was about the size of my thumb.

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My favourite was the pork belly.

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Peking duck fries

We tried the infamous peking duck fries with hoisin sauce from Bao Stop as well which were really tasty, but a tad overpriced ($15 for a serve), especially because it came with about 3 pieces of duck. Maybe they were going through a duck shortage that evening?  IMG_0678

Gyoza

Next was chicken and pork gyoza from Zagyoza. These took me back to Japan. My sister loved the chicken dumplings, and I adored the pork. They were decently priced at $12.50 for 8 dumplings.

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Ferrero Reveal ice cream

We HAD to stop by N2 to try their desserts. We wanted to try all three on offer, but we were so full we thought one was probably the wiser choice. We chose the Ferrero Reveal which was $9. A bit pricey for my liking (I feel like I should just accept that everything in Canberra is expensive…) considering its size, but oh my it was delicious. The best part was the layer of rice bubbles doused in chocolate sauce that created a crunchy chocolate casing atop the Nutella ice cream. Mmmm.

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The awesome décor at N2.

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After stuffing our faces we wondered around the Parliamentary triangle to see the Enlighten architectural projections at Questacon and Old Parliament House. It was so beautiful, I’m thinking of going again before the exhibition finishes to try and capture more photos! I’m still new with photography… but here are some vaguely artistic shots…

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The noodle markets end this Sunday, so get in quick if you haven’t yet gone! For those who have, it’s time for round 2!

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