The Sydney Night Noodle Markets serve up the best of Asian-inspired hawker-style food under the stars, but did you know just how good the desserts on offer are? For all the sweet tooths, the sugar-high curious, and the love-muffins out there, grab your honey buns and make your way to Hyde Park, October 11-18.
Welcome to the sweet side of the Sydney Night Noodle Markets.
Each year the ice-cream gods Gelato Messina spend tireless hours working behind the scenes to create custom treats that are available exclusively at the Night Noodle Markets. This year, they're taking a creamy, sweet adventure to Thailand. Try the "Phuket bucket" - condensed milk pudding and condensed milk crumble topped with a scoop of coconut and lychee gelato, rainbow jellies and sala and lychee shaved ice. Get on the coconut wagon with "coco Phangan" - coconut and pandan sticky rice with a scoop of mango sorbet, salted coconut sauce and toasted coconut flakes. The "eye of the Thai-ger" includes Thai milk gelato and cheesecake mousse sandwiched between tea sponge, dipped in meringue and sprinkled with coconut. Or finally the "Bangkok banana" - deep-fried banana fritters, a scoop of caramelised palm sugar and banana gelato, coconut and lime chantilly and peanut crumble. Tummy rumbling yet?
A leche flan doughnut burger from Donut Papi. Photo: Supplied
Doughnuts really are the universal language of love, because at Donut Papi, even vegans have a variety of treats to scoff. Non-vegans can indulge in a leche flan doughnut burger - a slab of Filipino creme caramel, sandwiched between a fresh doughnut bun. Or get amongst a hotteok, a pressed pancake filled with hot gooey brown sugar, cinnamon, spices and sesame seeds.
The history of fried ice-cream in Australia goes back a long way, and Fry'd are here to honour that tradition. Not only that, they've modernised the classic dessert and given it an upgrade. They've got Japanese matcha and white chocolate, vanilla bean and salted caramel, and Vietnamese condensed milk with crushed Oreos.
Black sugar boba served with cream and Taiwanese black sugar boba. Photo: Supplied
Kumokumo is bringing the Japanese souffle pancake to the Night Noodle Markets, and they have a whole bunch of incredible flavours for you to swoon over. There's the original, with freshly whipped butter and Western Australian Jarrah honey, or Uji matcha with premium Uji matcha cream and sweet red bean paste. Black sugar boba is served with cream and Taiwanese black sugar boba, or for the tiramisu lovers out there, get yours with espresso cream, Kahlua liqueur and a dollop of fresh mascarpone. Creme brulee is with custard, caramelised cassonade sugar and mixed berry compote.
Try your pick of baked waffle sticks. Photo: Nicole Thomas
"Bangkok night" is a freshly baked waffle stick drizzled with warm Nutella and dusted with icing sugar. Chocolate fans can try the "dancing dragon" - or perhaps a "lucky fortune" if caramel syrup and lychee is more your style. All come with the option to add strawberries & ice cream. 'Nuff said.
This year the markets open from noon and as always, entry is free and stalls are cashless.
Have a furbaby? Register here for the Night Poodle Markets, noon-4pm on Saturday, October 12. Tickets are $5 and include a pooch portrait, a doggo treat and all proceeds go to the RSPCA, NSW.
Families for face painting and fried noodle feasts: register here to come along to the Night Noodle Markets, noon-4pm on Sunday, October 13 for free face painting.