Sunday, 5 October 2014

Chinatown Night Market, Sydney

How could one not like a market?
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Colosnack stall in Chinatown Night Market

It's where the quirkiest things are, with some most beautiful pieces and most unique pieces you've ever seen, plus the wonder and excitement of having street food. Markets are always calling for my name and I am always excited to go to one.

Chinatown Night Market isn't a new sight, but I've only managed to go once on a free weekend. It was crowded, noisy, but lots of fun and good food. I'll let the pictures and captions do the talking.

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That famous gate. Enter and be surprised at the interesting finds you'll see!

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One of my favourite stalls. Dim sums and fried things galore.

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See what I mean?

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Fried fish tails and rice cakes. So tempting.

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Prawns, calamari, and crab also came to play. Deep fried, of course.

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We couldn't resist all the glorious, golden seafood. The prawns and salt & pepper calamari. So good especially with some chilli sauce. Demolished in no time.

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Then came all the steamed little parcels in the bamboo steamers.

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My favourite was the hot xiao long bao. Not as good as DTF's but it was more than decent.

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USB sticks stall.

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Those are USB sticks. How cute are those??

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Potatoes on sticks. Crowd pleaser.. But we were saving for other food.
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Real flowers in little jars.

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Ddeokbokki sure was filling! Was a tad too sweet to my liking but it was a satisfying street food. Eaten on a dark alley, which made it two times tastier for some reason.

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Pork and beef jerky from Colosnack. Had the pork jerky and I wished I had bought more for midnight snack. Tasty, sweet, and moreish.

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Flower hair bands. I have soft spot for these things.

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Then we spotted this Chinese-food stall. The guy was mixing some kind of cold noodles in fiery-looking sauce.

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There was also a bubbling pot of tofu-skin in a broth. People ate it with chilli sauce, scallions, and peanuts. Would love to try this next time!

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I had the BBQ squid instead. It was smoky and packed a punch with the chilli powder. The squid itself was tender enough.

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I love Mamak but I ain't no waiting for 25 minutes for the roti!

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Takoyaki production line.

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Lemonade from a random lemonade truck. Refreshing, very zingy and fizzy.

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Oban-yaki Japanese pancakes production line.

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We had some for dessert. The chocolate was my fave although some more filling would do them good.

A downside about this kind of market is that you may spend more money on the street food than if you actually dine on a proper restaurant. This is why I don't go there every weekend or my wallet will grow a pair of hands and strangle me.

It still is heaps of fun though, a great experience, and lots of street food. I just really love the street food.

There are so many things I wanna try but the particular stalls were either not opened that night or I was getting to full. Like the dragon candy. Next time, for sure!

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Currency: $1 = IDR 11,000







Address:

CHINATOWN NIGHT MARKET

Dixon Street, Chinatown
Sydney NSW 2000




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17 comments:

  1. i love the atmosphere of the night markets! you're right somehow the food just tastes extra tasty!

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    1. That is so true! That's why I'd love coming back!

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  2. I love this market, it is the first one I went to when moving to Sydney, the dried meat, the dumplings, those fantastic takoyaki!!! It's been a long while I haven't been back so I didn't know they had those Japanese pancakes!! Must go back :)

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    1. The pancakes aren't amazing but decent for quick dessert. I must go back too for the dragon candy!

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  3. Love the night markets, although it can get a little crazy with crowds at times! And yes it's always so hard to resist all the snacks, but the smells, sights and sounds get me every time!

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    1. Same here! and yes, the crowd puts me off often. Going early is the key! :)

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    1. Everywhere you wanna go, my love! :) <3

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  5. Dear Irene,

    I don't like crowds more so than I like eating off plastic containers while standing. Food markets and I disagree.

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    1. To each of our own, isn't it? :)

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  7. i only ever get takoyaki and the lamb skewers, prettymeh to everything else there cos it is so crowded!

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    1. I agree. Some items are boring so I tend to look more for the unique ones that I can't find anywhere else.

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  8. so crowded but still can't help visiting every now and then. still so much i gotta try at chinatown night markets

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    1. I love coming early when they just start opening. The crowd isn't too bad then :)

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  9. My exams are coming up so I didn't get to visit the night markets but it seems like such an awesome place to be :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    1. They're there every Friday! Do come visit when the exams are out of your minds! :)

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