Foodiefile

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Heat Beads Hawkers Market and good ol asiatic foodstuffs! March 21, 2010

Filed under: Cookbooks — foodiefile @ 8:58 pm

My favourite event years ago at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival was always the Hawkers market, and I was very upset when it stopped at the festival a few years back. I was very excited to have it back!!!

Stumbling down after work on a Monday night (The market is only a 5 min walk from work) we arrived and immediately felt transported. Although it lacked the drums and smoke of previous years I had a few surprises.

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A ticket buys you 4 small dishes for $45.00 (of $48.00 on the door) and I was concerned that it may have been a little overpriced (thanks to Pete Dillon at Cravings on JoyFM for one of my tickets) but after 2 courses each, my partner and I really didn’t feel the need to eat anymore… but we did…

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There were a choice of 12 restaurants and about 3 courses available per stall…. Some stalls were more popular than others. One of my favourite restaurants – Warung Agus was there and enjoyed a steady stream of eaters, whereas one, called Dainty Sichuan had a line about 30 minutes long all night!

We started with Warung Agus. We enjoyed their Babi Guling – one of my favourite dishes and Gado Gado.

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Babi Guling is traditionally a whole suckling pig cooked with coconut water and turned continuously by hand. It is one of my favourite of favourite dishes. Although this Babi Guling wasn’t traditional, it was marvellous and the Galangal sauce on top was divine!

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We also had the Gado Gado – a vegetarian salad with rice and satay sauce… Very yummy!

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Next we went for Japanese. We chose Okonomiyaki and Tsukune. The Okonomiyaki was by far the best i have ever had, and served with Daigaku Imo – Sweet Caramelised Potato’s which were kinda amazing… I couldn’t work out whether they were yam or potato.

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The Tsukune were chicken ball “kebabs” and they were amazing. They were soft and cooked perfectly! The endame were nice but not my cup of tea.

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We ended our meal, as we were far too full but went back to Warung Agus to try their Ginger Chicken. Yummy thigh meat with a subtle yet full flavoured sauce served with rice.

There were cooking demonstrations all night with Tony Tan along with a variety of entertainment, including Bollywood dancers and the usual ceremonial Chinese dragon.

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If you haven’t been to this event before, I would highly recommend it. There are groups of people who bring their own tablecloths, wine glasses and even candelabra’s! Its a great night out and if you don’t go to any other festival favourites – check this one out!!!

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2 Responses to “Heat Beads Hawkers Market and good ol asiatic foodstuffs!”

  1. Trung Says:

    There’s nothing like trying 50 different kinds of food in one big warehouse/Hall! :-)

  2. […] it was amazing . . Dish 6 – Babi Guling – Roast Pork My hands down favourite of Warung Agus (see my review of the Hawkers Market)  and it as usual didn’t disapoint except that I was too full and had to leave some on the dish! […]


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