If you've been wondering what vegetarian and vegan dishes are available at the Sydney Night Noodle Markets,we've created a list of our favourite plant-based dishes. From tofu bao to teriyaki noodles, vegan ramen to roti rolls, you'll find that being vegan or vegetarian is a big missed steak at the Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park, Sydney from October 11 - 18. And remember, it's cashless so bring your card!
Pad Thai at Bangkok Street Food
For those en-Thai-erly into vegetarian food, you're going to get excited about this. Go for a classic Pad Thai, made with rice noodles stir-fried with eggs, chopped tofu, flavoured with tamarind pulp, served with roasted peanuts. Smash solo or share, we won't judge.
Shroom Shady, Loaded sweet potato fries, and Korean fried cauliflower at Bao Brothers
Hold up plant-based gangstas, Bao Brothers is a one-stop vegan and vegetarian shop. Do a drive-by and pull up for a Shroom Shady (pictured above); a Panko-crumbed field mushroom, liquid cheese, pickled daikon, truffle and sweet soy mayo. Or there's Loaded Sweet Potato Fries; crispy sweet potato, plum ketchup, Kewpie mayo, fresh shallots and toasted sesame seeds. Or try the Korean Fried Cauliflower, topped with lime and toasted sesame. All dishes are vego-friendly as they don't contain any notorious P.I.G.
Biang Biang noodle topped with chilli from its namesake at the Night Noodle Markets. Photo: Supplied
Biang Biang noodles are a beloved cuisine in China's Shaanxi Province, and evidently, in Sydney too. Biang Biang opened in Haymarket in 2017 and their noodles ran out the door. They had to rapidly expand because Sydney-siders couldn't get enough of that wonderful Biang Biang stuff. Now it's your chance to grab some at Sydney's favourite food market under the stars. The hand-pulled noodles are thick and long, topped with garlic, spring onion, plenty of green vegetables and just the right amount of chilli. This dish is their house specialty, so if it's your first Biang Biang experience, start with this dish.
Dumplings, buns and spring rolls at Chinese Dim Sum King
The legends at Chinese Dim Sum King have a whole host of vegetarian or vegan options. If you have a hankering for dumplings, grab either the mushroom or vegetarian to curb that craving. There's also fresh and fluffy red bean buns, as well as vegan spring rolls too. Plenty to share with your vegie or flexitarian mates (carnivores who go green when the meat-free option is especially awesome. Like it is at Chinese Dim Sum King).
Leche Flan Donut Burger from Donut Papi. Photo: Supplied
All the donuts at Donut Papi
Vegetarian or otherwise, everyone loves donuts. Donut Papi has a variety of vegan specialities, as well as vegetarian options. Indulge in a Leche Flan Donut Burger - a slab of Filipino creme caramel, sandwiched between a fresh donut bun. Or get amongst a Hotteok, a famous Korean street food pressed pancake filled with hot gooey brown sugar, cinnamon, spices and sesame seeds.
Pella Ballie from Foodie Del Mar. Photo: Supplied
Paella Bali at Foodie Del Mar
Paella Bali will take your tastebuds somewhere Jetstar can't. Grab a vegan yellow curry, packed with a spiced turmeric infusion, ginger, toasted coconut, finished with a coconut drizzle, and you'll swear you're in back in Ubud, chilling with your yogi homies.
The entire menu at Flyover Fritterie
Flyover Fritterie is an ode to the no-name food stands under the bridges (flyovers) of bustling Indian cities, where each cart sells just one kind of street food. The peeps at Flyover are also the saviours of good vegan snacks. They've been saving both plant-based eaters and anyone just wanting a cracking street-style superfood from ordering fries because, well, fries are often the only vegetable option on the menu. Grab some Chilli Pao Burger Fritters, and enjoy fried chilli, avocado, pickled beetroot, tomato, oak lettuce, tamarind chutney, mint Chutney in a soft potato bun. Or go for the Makai Salad; corn, puffed rice, fox nuts, roasted almonds, chickpeas, peas, black currants, Spanish onion and spinach tossed in a spicy mint & lime dressing (this dish is also gluten-free!).
Kanin at Hoy Pinoy
Kanin is a super agile dish of steamed rice served with atchara that can be used as a side dish for just about anything at the Night Noodle Markets. Atchara is a common Filipino dish made from grated unripe papaya, and is often served as a side dish for anything fried, grilled or barbecued (which Hoy Pinoy are THE masters of).
Popcorn Tofu at Johnny Bird
Add the word "popcorn" to the front of an ingredient, and you know you're in for some tasty fun. In this case, prepare for some crispy fried tofu, served with sesame shallots and side of Szechuan sauce.
Vegetarian Dumplings and spring rolls at Let's Do Yum Cha
Sydney has a legacy of great vegetarian yum cha eateries, and Let's Do Yum Cha honours the tradition. With finely chopped veggies, perfect umami sauces, spices and herbs, discover how dumplings and spring rolls don't need meat at all to taste delicious. Grab a plate of dumplings and spring rolls to share or smash.
Tofu karaage noodle at Raijin
Everybody loves ramen. And today, vegan options are becoming as popular as the traditional meat version. At Rajin, ramen noodles are dressed with tahini ramen sauce and topped with crunchy tofu, seaweed, corn, sunflower seeds, sesame, pickled ginger, and shallots. Debra! Debra! Grab your family and get on down to Rajin this Night Noodle Markets.
Roti dippers and vegetable roti roll @Roll up |
Roll up, roll up foodies of Sydney! Do we have some good news for you. Roti Dippers are the in-thing and @Roll Up will be bringing their little flatbread delights to the Night Noodle Markets for you to devour. Dip your roti into the divine satay peanut sauce that accompanies it, open mouth, bite down and enjoy. Or try the Vegetable Roti Roll – fluffy, flaky pastry wrapped around tofu, mixed salad, onion, carrot and home-made peanut sauce. We think you'll agree it's complete satay-sfaction!
Yakisoba at Teppanyaki Noodles
Warm the cockles of your heart with these Japanese-style fried noodles. Smoky, silky and oh-so-delicious. Noodles are swished around a piping-hot wok, coated in Yakisoba sauce, and finished with a garnish of pickled ginger, dried goodies and a squiggle of mayo. Delish.
Japanese pizza at Okonomiyaking. Photo: Matt Jelonek
Japanese pizza at Okonomiyaking
Okonomiyaki is a Japanese style pizza and at the Night Noodle Markets, you'll find a cracking veg\ie version layered with all the goods. The colourful combination of vibrant veg\ies before you will have your eyes dancing and your taste buds tripping. Trust us, you'll want a pizza this.
Mushroom burger at The Bearded Pigs
If there's one thing we've learned, it's to always trust men with beards who barbecue. Get all up in their 'shroom burger, packed with crumbed field mushroom, slathered with miso mayo, topped with crunchy Asian slaw, all on a fluffy milk bun.
Original Korean twist potato at Twistto
Twist and shout foodies, Twistto is back at the Sydney Night Noodle Markets. Twistto's hand-cut potato pieces are stretched to 35cm long in a spiral shape, cooked in oil with secret house batter and finished off with carefully blended flavours.
Stir-fried rice thick noodle at Wok Master
If you're unsure where to start your food journey at the Night Noodle Markets, Wok Master is your answer. Give their vegetarian stir-fried rice noodle bowl a try and we know you'll be on board. Thick rice noodles are stir-fried with vegies and egg in a special ABC soy sauce, producing a classic must-have dish for all noodle lovers.
Fried tofu gau bao from Wonderbao at the Night Noodle Markets. Photo: Supplied
Fried tofu gua bao and choi bao at Wonderbao
This Night Noodle Markets, it's a-bao-t time to get on down to Wonderbao and try their mouth-watering fluffy parcels that are packed full of flavour! The wonderful wizards of bao have two options that vegetarians will love. The Tofu Gua Bao is filled with tofu, pickled daikon and nori, then covered in okonomiyaki sauce – yum! The Choi Bao is stuffed with shiitake mushrooms, tofu and loaded with veggies.
So to all you flexitarians, vegetarians, and vegans, we'll see you at the Sydney Night Noodle Markets! On from 11 - 18 October in Hyde Park, this year we celebrate extended hours on the weekend with the markets opening at 12pm. Entry is free and stalls are cashless, so don't forget your cards for all purchases. Keep up to date with all things Night Noodle Markets by joining the Facebook event page here and following us on the @goodfoodmonth Instagram account.
Have a furbaby? Register here for the Night Poodle Markets, 12 - 4pm on Saturday, 12 October. 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, 12 - 4pm on Sunday, 13 October for FREE face painting!