It's every foodie's favourite time of the year – Good Food Month! And, the annual culinary festival is celebrating its 20th birthday!
It's pretty remarkable to think back on how much Australia's food scene has changed over that time – I mean, 20 years ago, people only really knew about fried rice and sushi, and Asian cuisine was thought to be just that...’Asian'...not Japanese or Vietnamese or Shanghainese.
These days though, you ask anyone on the street what ‘Asian cuisine' is and they'll rattle off a list of a wide variety of dishes, specific ingredients and stories about trying to replicate them at home. And I think a lot of credit has to go to Good Food Month for this; for widening our understanding of good food, and exposing our taste buds to a whole new world of flavours. At the forefront of this movement, is the Night Noodle Markets. Since it first started 20 years ago, the Night Noodle Markets have introduced foodies to the flavours of Asia – everything from Kimchi to pandan – and it's done this by making these foods fun and approachable.
The markets have never failed to dish up interesting and unique twists on food.
I mean, I'd never even thought of fusing Korean and Mexican to create a Korean Taco, until I came across Pok Lol a few years ago!
The Pok Lol tacos I had were the bulgogi and Korean chilli pork tacos and they were delicious! The meats were marinated well, the cabbage salad gave it a nice, fresh crunch and the sauce was both creamy and spicy.
The only downside was the presentation. It would've been nice if they’d taken a bit more care when preparing it and made sure all of the elements actually went IN the taco shell, and it would've been much easier to eat. But then again, I guess being a bit messy is part of the fun! As a young Korean-Australian who loves nothing more than Korean food, it's so exciting to see other young Korean-Australians putting Korean food on the stage by being so creative! So many of my own friends have started making tacos at home using bulgogi or gochujang to make the sauce and it makes me so proud. Another awesome food to try are Puffles! It's from the guys behind Pok Lol and it's like a burrito, but with a waffle to wrap the meat.
This was divine!!! The waffle's a little savoury which works nicely with the Korean Fried Chicken filling. $17 was probably a little overpriced but it's not like you can get a Puffle anywhere other thab the Night Noodle Markets at the moment! I honestly think the Night Noodle Markets keep getting better and better and Australia's food industry never seems to be short on creative ideas for food!
There's always a new vendor and people coming up with one of a kind dishes. It's a must visit for all Sydney foodies, especially those who want to challenge their tastebuds and experience some new cultures.
Contributed by Harnsle Joo