Night Noodle Markets (again)
Somehow, I managed to convince crowd-averse Jac to come with me to the Night Noodle Markets. We went on Friday night. It was my third visit to the Night Noodle Markets this year; Jac’s first.
With long lines of people patiently waiting for the gates to open, it was noticeably busier than the previous Friday (see my full post on the Perth Night Noodle Markets 2016). We stayed for an hour and a half. I had hoped to get another slice of Sydney bakery Black Star Pastry’s amazing strawberry watermelon cake but should’ve gone there first like I did on my initial visit; after three rounds of savoury food from local vendors, the queue for cake was as imposing as Hoy Pinoy’s queue, and I wasn’t willing to get in line.
We started with Turban Chopsticks‘ potato ricotta kofta balls with butter curry and mini naan bread. This is the only vegetarian dish on their otherwise entirely vegan menu. The butter curry has a decent kick, and the naan bread is served toasty warm, crisp yet pillowy. We met the Turban Chopsticks’ crew member who’d been rolling the kofta balls every night to feed the masses – this is Turban Chopsticks’ most popular dish. “I love your balls!” I said. She laughed and kept on rolling.
From Mr YummmO‘s stall, the deep-fried whole tilapia was served with a fresh tomato salsa. I paid an extra $1 for yellow rice but in hindsight should’ve saved the dollar. My fish in a bowl certainly drew interest as I fought my way through the crowd back to Jac. The fish came with a fork but fingers were more effective for picking out the meat. Eating this was hazardous, messy hard work – I didn’t choke on any bones but stabbed my fingers more than once as I plucked and crunched my way through everything crispy and edible.
I waltzed right up to Dainty Dowager/Low Key Chow House and got served straight away. Their beef shoulder bang bang curry was fantastic. It wasn’t particularly spicy, but was packed with flavour and plenty of fall-apart beef. I’d love to be curled up in bed or on the couch with just a big bowl of this and a spoon – there would be no one would to judge me when I licked the bowl clean.
The Perth Night Noodle Markets were on at Elizabeth Quay from 30 March to 10 April 2016. Did you go?
My friend Prez and her hubby were over from Melbourne for Easter and we got together with our mates for pizza night at the start of the long weekend. We rolled out dough, added toppings and sliced up the hot pizza fresh out of the oven… lots of cheese, chatter and chuckles.
Fraser’s, Kings Park
We got together for a leisurely birthday lunch at Fraser’s restaurant with a group of Jac’s mates who have turned or are turning 50 this year. These guys have been friends since their teens, back when they didn’t need to put on glasses to read a restaurant menu!
It was a gloriously warm autumn afternoon, which we enjoyed from our table outside in the shade. Service was of a high standard once again, and just before dessert was served, the staff brought out brownies with birthday sparklers – one for each of the birthday girls and boy.
For me, the raw dishes – carpaccio and tuna tartare – were the stand-outs, just like they were for our anniversary lunch last year.
Fraser Ave, Kings Park, West Perth WA 6005
Blackbird, East Perth
The last time I ate at this restaurant was well over five years ago and unusually, I don’t remember much about it – except that it was much too dark for photographs. Five years is a long time in a restaurant’s and a blog’s life.
In early April, I returned for lunch with work colleagues. We had pre-arranged lunch for $35 per person (drinks not included). Our meal was served as share plates and there was plenty to eat; we waddled contentedly back to the office.
4/10 Eastbrook Terrace (next to Claisebrook Lake), East Perth WA 6004