Enlighten Noodle Market 2017

I went to the Enlighten Noodle Markets last Friday and Monday evening, and plan to go agin this Friday and potentially Saturday… Can you tell I loved it? It’s just the perfect opportunity to sit in the sun and enjoy great food while watching the sun set over Canberra. I went to the Markets last year too, so if you’d like to read that one, click here! Canberra is becoming such a foodie city, I friggen love it!

Korean Tacos from Poklol

Poklol do a ‘three tacos for $20’ deal, similar to Bao stop’s trifecta. You have the option to choose which filling, so we went for one of each – beef, pork and chicken. I really enjoyed the tacos (the pork one being my favourite), but the meat was a little dry. The carrots were slightly pickled which gave a nice tang, the cabbage was crunchy and the cucumber was refreshing. I liked the sauce too, but would have liked more of it.

Kimchi and beef fries from Poklol

This dish ($15) was one of our favourites of the night. The chips were insanely crunchy on the outside, and fluffy and soft on the inside. The beef was flavoursome (you get to choose your meat), there was a decent amount of cheese and a healthy topping of kimchi. I would have liked the kimchi to be a little spicier, but this didn’t detract from the dish at all. I’d definitely recommend this dish if you’re sharing with friends.

Hand-pulled noodles with char sui, beef brisket and five spice-broth from Taiwan Noodle House

This was my sister’s pick as she’d heard great reviews. The noodles ($18) were awesome – they were thick and luscious, and had a great chewy texture. The broth had a deep savoury flavour, and the guys at the Taiwan Noodle House were generous with the meat! We got a big piece of peppered beef brisket which was  unfortunately a little dry but super flavoursome, and a lot of tender char sui. I really enjoyed this dish!

Chicken Yakisoba from Teppanyaki Noodles

This chicken yakisoba ($14) might be my favourite of the night… The noodles were chewy and covered in sauce, the chicken was tender and there was a self-serve sauce station (?!?!). I love kewpie mayo (you can tell from the photo, hey). If you’re a noodle lover, I’d highly recommend the yakisoba from Teppanyaki Noodles.

Pavin’ it Large from Gelato Messina

Coconut and pandan sorbet, pandan custard, raspberry marshmallow and lychee meringue. The ball of sorbet was not only giant but delicious – coconutty with a hint of pandan. The lychee meringue was sat underneath the sorbet, so by the time we ate it, it had gone kind of soggy. I still liked the flavour though. I loved the firm but soft raspberry marshmallow and the creamy pandan custard. For $10, this is a well-priced dessert!

Lychee, apple and green tea bubble tea with apple liqueur from Naughtea

This was my sister’s pick and she was a little disappointed, only because it was really overpriced ($13.50 with alcohol) and wasn’t super special. The apple liqueur pearls burst in your mouth which was fun, but the tea itself was fairly watery (maybe too much ice was added) and we couldn’t taste any alcohol apart from the pearls.

We got to the markets just after 5pm which turned out to be the perfect time to go. It wasn’t busy, lines weren’t long and there was no stress! By 6:30pm it started to fill up and by 7 it was packed!

We had a little wander around the lake after dinner while we waited for the light exhibitions to start. It’s times like these when I realise how beautiful Canberra is.

The light exhibitions were beautiful, especially the butterflies. 


If you’ve not been, the markets are on for a few more nights! Definitely check it out, and if you’ve got time, take a wander through the light exhibitions.

Details for the Enlighten Noodle Market:

Dates and times

Friday 3 March – Sunday 12 march

Sunday to Thursday – 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Friday and Saturday – 5:00pm – midnight

Address

Reconciliation Place

 

 

My Food Fix in London, England: Borough Market

During my short visit to London, I knew I had to check out the famous Borough Market before I left. Let’s just say that if I lived in London and was extremely wealthy, I’d totally go to there every day (but maybe skip on weekends because it gets incredibly busy). I went on a Saturday morning which tends to be their busiest day, and I can confirm: it was indeed busy. Business aside, I still had a great time meandering through the different food stalls. Stalls range from not only fresh fruit and veg, meat, poultry, cheese (er my gawd the cheese), baked  goods, cured meats, and desserts and sweets, but also a variety of street food vendors.

As soon as I walked in, I was met by these amazing chunks of 24-30 month aged parmesan.

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I think I saw a cheese vendor around ever corner.
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Piles and piles of colourful turkish delight.

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And plenty of sweet baked goods too.
IMG_3528London in general can put a dent in your wallet (an all day tube pass cost me $24AUD!), and the Borough market is no exception. That said, you can totally get away with just trying free samples and feeling fairly satisfied. Most vendors offer free samples to lure in potential customers. Overall, I tried a few different types of sausage, burger meat, paella, so much cheese, salami and turkish delight all for free. Because of this, I ended up only needing to buy one dish. So, although it can get quite expensive, you can work your way around by being aggressive and pushing people out of the way when the food vendors bring out free tasters.

There was an amazing variety of different foods. If I had an extra day in London, I would totally come back to try a salt beef sandwich.

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There were plenty of Indian options too. Pictured below are vegetable fritters and samosas. IMG_3522

These mini coconut pancakes looked really interesting too. I think they were Thai kanom krok. They kind of look like Asian-Dutch pancakes, hey.IMG_3518

I recently went to Spain (after I visited the Borough market), so I have a particular soft spot for the moreish, carb-loaded dish and am currently drooling as I write this.
IMG_3500When I was walking around, I spotted quite a number of people chowing down on a delicious looking, giant bread roll filled with some sort of meat. From their expressions, I knew I had to find this beauty and after circling the market twice, I finally found it.

Hog roast roll

Succulent cubes of roasted hog meat served with fresh rocket and topped with a small handful of crispy crackling. The pork was really tender and well seasoned, and the rocket was a nice accompaniment to cut through the rich, fatty pork. Also, the soft sourdough bread acted as the perfect vehicle to soak up the pork juices (mmm pork juices). I thought some aioli and/or mustard would have been nice to add some tanginess, but overall it was really tasty. It was giant too, so it was extremely filling and well worth the £6.

Hog roast roll

It turns out I only took a photo of the whole hog on my phone, so I apologise for the camera quality. That said, the photo of the roll above is also from my phone and I think it looks amazing (not to toot my own phone or anything).

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Normally the market is open every Monday to Saturday, but in December, it’s open every day until Christmas eve. If you make it to London, I’d definitely recommend a stroll through Borough market, even if it is just to try the free samples!

Details for Borough Market

Opening hours:

Monday – Thursday

10:00am – 5:00pm

Friday

10:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday

8:00am – 5:00pm

Sunday

Closed

Address:

8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL, UK