27 November, 2014

Night Noodle Markets 2014 - Part II

You may have already seen my first trip down to the Birrarung Marr. It. Was. Amazing. So it really shouldn’t be a surprise that my Night Noodle Market cravings got the better of me and had me begging for more. 

Here are some visual highlights of my second trip down to the Night Noodle Markets. Enjoy !

Twice Cooked Pork Belly / White Cut Chicken / Crispy Prawn - Wonderbao

Wonderbao on Urbanspoon

Miyagi Fried Chicken - Mr. Miyagi 

Nori Taco - Mr. Miyagi

Mr. Miyagi on Urbanspoon

Roti Telur - Mamak

Mamak on Urbanspoon

SquidSeafood World

What: Night Noodle Markets
Where: Birrarung Marr (near Federation Square), Melbourne
Cost: Free entry; dishes from $5-$15
When: Friday 14th to Sunday 30th November (From 5pm daily)

25 November, 2014

Night Noodle Markets 2014 - Part I

I must say, November has been rather exciting and it just keeps getting better. Not only does it herald the arrival of warmer weather, it also welcomed Australia’s largest food festival – Good Food Month.

The Night Noodle Markets swept Melbourne off their feet in 2013 and now they are back – bigger and better than ever. Migrating from Alexandra Gardens to Birrarung Marr, this year we greet over 50 food stalls and food trucks representing Asia: with delights from Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan to Burma.


Korean Crispy Chicken Ribs

We started with Gogi - Hammer & Tong’s newest food truck, bringing Korean street food to the streets (duh!). It was not an option to try these guys – it was a must. Half a bucket found us 8 pieces of piping hot chicken ribs, amazingly tender on the inside, super crispy on the outside, coated in a sticky honey glaze and studded with roasted sesame seeds.

Gogi on Urbanspoon

Inihaw Na Manok / Inihaw Na Baboy

A stone’s throw away from Gogi, Hoy Pinoy pleased the masses with their Filipino BBQ & street food. It seemed like everyone had a skewer (or four). Joining the hype, we grabbed two of their Inihaw Na Manok (BBQ chicken in a traditional marinade) and two of their Inihaw Na Baboy (BBQ pork belly with banana ketchup glaze). Unluckily for us, it seemed we may have gotten a bad batch though. Our skewers barely luke-warm, pork belly was tough. chewy rather bland.

Hoy Pinoy on Urbanspoon

Spicy Pork Belly Bun / Peanut Butter Salt & Pepper Tofu Bun

Kong BBQ served up their buns – a mouth-watering Peanut Butter Salt & Pepper Tofu Bun with pickled mustard, crushed peanuts, coriander and a scorching lathering of burnt chilli mayo; and their Spicy Pork Belly Bun with pickled cucumber and crazy horse sauce. Both absolutely bun-derful !

Kong BBQ on Urbanspoon

Street Hawker

A few stalls down from Kong BBQ, Gelato Messina charmed the crowds with their phuc-king tasty Asian-inspired treats. My friend could not look past the Street Hawker, a dazzling combination of a lime and chocolate brownie, peanut gelato, coconut and caramel jam, fortune cookie clusters topped with a peanut cookie.

Gelato Messina Fitzroy on Urbanspoon

So what are you waiting for? Go on, head on down to Birrarung Marr with tastebuds ready to be tantalised and soak up the authentic Asian hawker market atmosphere.

What: Night Noodle Markets
Where: Birrarung Marr (near Federation Square), Melbourne
Cost: Free entry; dishes from $5-$15
When: Friday 14th to Sunday 30th November (From 5pm daily)

21 November, 2014

La Svolta

To celebrate the arrival of balmy summer nights, an exciting new menu and outdoor dining terrace, I was invited to the exclusive unveiling of La Svolta’s estate Italiana all’aperto. Complete with a live Italian band playing into the evening, it was a night that excited the senses to indulge in a traditional Italian affair.

 Arancini Balls

Baby Snapper Skewers

Prosciutto with Deep Fried Pizza Dough

Pizza Porcini e Speck

Pizza Margherita

Pizza Campania

Food is genuine - their menu based on old family recipes that have been passed down through generations. The menu delights us with a mouth-watering Seared Tuna with a sesame seed crust, Baby Snapper Skewers to lip smacking Beef Carpaccio involtini with rocket, parmagiano & balsamic reduction.

The pizza ? Bellissimo. La Svolta is one of the nine places in Australia accredited by the Naples official pizza body, Associazione Versace Pizza Napoletana (AVPN). This ensures their pizzas are the best of the best, made using traditional techniques with love.

Soft, chewy and fragrant, the pizzas were the highlights of the night. The outer puffed edges are beautifully charred and the centre, molten with sauce and cheese – reminiscent of those in Naples. Toppings are minimally topped with the finest and freshest ingredients, striking a careful balance among crust, sauce, and cheese resulting in gorgeous flavours and texture to the pizza.

La Svolta's outdoor dining terrace will be open to the public every Saturday and Sunday evening from 6.00pm, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy good food in the sun. Go say ciao today !

confessions of a little piggy was invited to dine as a guest of ID Collective and La Svolta

La Svolta
3-5 Cecil Place  
Prahran, VIC 3181

La Svolta Pizzeria e Trattoria on Urbanspoon