Suzuki Night Market 2013
It’s taken a while to get around to it but I’ve finally paid a visit to this summer’s night market. I didn’t think it was possible, but the once-a-week event seems to have lured in a larger crowd than previously. At least it seemed that way two Wednesdays ago when thehouseofem and I paid a visit.
While there were plenty of stalls to browse through, it’s the food that stole my focus. Some familiar stands have remained, while plenty of new ones have emerged on the scene.
First thing on our agenda: a nice cold drink. Coming straight from a gruelling session of bootcamp, thehouseofem and I were in dire need of a thirst-quencher. We didn’t need to look very far before spotting a booth that sold what looked like lemonade slushies.
The first sip was heavenly. The sweet tanginess and the frozen coolness provided much relief to my thirst. Unfortunately, as with most of the other slurpees I’ve had before, I was unable to finish it and the drink became a nuisance to carry around as we tried to fight our way through the crowd.
With our thirst at last satiated, it was time to begin our search for dinner.
We soon spotted the Meatball Company stand. The meatballs were tempting as soon as thehouseofem and I laid eyes on the stall but we decided to push our way all the way through to the other side just in case there was something better ahead. We should have known to go with our instincts. It took us a good 10-15 minutes to “walk” the remainder of the food stretch and back to the meatballs stall. Strategic skills were required to look for openings to dart around individuals in order to make our way through the masses of people. The task is particularly tricky when practically everyone else is looking to do the same thing.
The Italian BnB (balls in bun) - beef balls (ground porterhouse steak, mozzarella & parmesan in rich Napoli sauce), bocconcini cheese & basil pesto in fresh panini.
I’m surprised the sandwich made it out in one piece as we fought our way to the exit. Not because we were tempted to eat it whilst walking but because the sandwich was on the receiving end of appreciative glances, oohs+aahs, and even a wolf whistle from several individuals. What a mighty fine sandwich and the sandwich knew it!
With meatballs like these, it’s no wonder that meatballs have recently been making quite a splash in Melbourne’s dining scene. The meatballs possessed the perfect blend of aromatic flavour to soft melted cheese to tender meatballs. The pesto provided another strong herb element. Finished up with a crusty on the outside and soft on the inside piece of panini bread drizzled with olive oil. Hungry? I know I am…
Chicken balls (ground chicken thigh fillet, pancetta & sage in fresh béchamel sauce), with saffron ‘tater mash.
Not surprising after such a fantastic encounter with the beef meatballs, the chicken ones were also very tender. Aside from undoing some of the bootcamp work, you could not go wrong with the creamy béchamel sauce. And the mash, oh what velvety smooth mash. The saffron addition compounded the natural sweet flavours of the potato but the taste was a pleasant contrast to the typical mash combinations.
A must-order each time we visit the market.
Potato twists are quite the rage, with these carbs-on-a-stick even popping up in the new year festivals this year. We had first spotted a new booth located outside selling these spirals but unsurprisingly, there was also a ridiculously long queue. We returned to the original spot with the larger stall and while there were more queues, there were also more staff, resulting in us getting our chilli spiral in almost no time.
Spotted: American Monster pancakes.
Of course they’re American! Unfortunately, we had no room for these beasts and I have put them on the maybe-to-try next time. Provided there’s at least four of us that is…
10pm: closing time and STILL busy.
With 6 more weeks left and what looks like good chances of encountering great weather on at least some of those nights (fingers crossed), be sure to get yourself down to the market. I know I will!
Suzuki Night Market
Queen Victoria Market,
Corner Elizabeth & Victoria St.
5.00pm to 10.00pm.