Good news good food fans - Sydney's Night Noodle Markets are go, with Hyde Park sizzling every night until October 21 with 40 old and new hawker-style food stalls serving up their signature dishes and always-instagrammable new inventions. And because it's the Good Food Festival's 20th birthday, you can expect something extra special. Now, what's the opposite of a rain dance? Please do one.
Here's five tasty things to look out for:
1. A rotating pop-up restaurant
Make a beeline for the Lucky 3 Asian Eating House, near the St James Station entrance of Hyde Park, a one-time pop-up restaurant with a rotating line-up of favourites set to shake the pans. First up was Sydney stalwart Spice Temple, followed by Malay masters Mamak (10-15 October). Diana Chan of Melbourne's Chanteen (16-21 October) closes it out with her modern Malaysian street food.
2. Melbourne faves makes their debut
Melburnians have known it all along, but now Sydneysiders have the chance to sample a couple of Melbourne favourites. Don't miss Mr Miyagi's truffle wagyu beef Japa-dawg with panko crumbed Wagyu beef-cheek, onion jam, potato puree and black truffle mayo in a soft bao roll; or Wonderbao's roast pork belly Gua Bao with pickled cucumber, spring onion and hoisin sauce.
It's always Pimm's o'clock at the Night Noodle Markets. Photo: Christopher Pearce
3. Taste your way around Asia without leaving Hyde Park
Love Thai? Try the fermented rice noodles with coconut curry and fish dumplings at Chat Thai. For Taiwanese, Mr Bao's 'Gua Bao Trio' with crackling pork belly, karaage chicken and beef in soft-as-cloud buns. Then there's Hoy Pinoy for a taste of the Phillipines, Foods of the Realm for Sri Lankan, traditional Vietnamese pho at #eatFUH - the list goes on...
4. Dietary requirements catered for - in style
Vegans should head straight to the sticky sesame wings at Little Turtle. The battered cauliflower coated with sweet homemade soy sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds is a winner. Gluten free options include the Banh Khot at Hello Auntie. It's modern Vietnamese at its best, picture coconut and turmeric pikelets with prawns and packs of flavour. Many vendors have at least one vegie or vegan dish on the menu, because as you probably know, plant-based eating has never been so on trend.
5. Fun spots to wet your whistle
Step out of the drizzle and wet your whistle at Brand's Laira pop-up Cellar Door, this year given an artistic twist with a series of Paint and Sip sessions. Paintbrush in one hand, wine in the other - what could go wrong? Pimm's fans on the otherhand should head to the Pimm's Garden Bar, beer lovers to the James Squire Night Terrace and health nuts to the Amplify Kombucha bar. Bottomless, tasty Kombucha on the house. That's right, free.