For people born in the year of the pig, it’s your lucky year! Surround yourself with numbers 3, 5 and 8, the colours yellow, grey, brown and gold, and fill your home with hydrangeas and daisies. For the rest of us, however, our stroke of luck comes to us via these amazingly delicious dishes from the Canberra Night Noodle Markets. Think salt and pepper crispy pork belly, pork cotton candy and soft-as-a-cloud steamed pork buns.
Here’s a selection of some of our favourite pork dishes at the Canberra Night Noodle Markets, open March 1-10, Reconciliation Place. Let’s get some pork on our fork Canberra.
Chur Burger – Pepper Pig Burger
Chur Burger is the brainchild of ex-fine dining chef Warren Turnbull, who pulled the plug on his swanky Sydney restaurants to try his hand at making ultra-amazing burgers. He was the first in a succession of fine dining chefs to do so, and the constant queues for one of his burgers tells us he made the right choice. Something truly magical happens when you put together salt and pepper crispy pork belly, pickled slaw, chilli black bean mayo & pork cotton candy. You’ll be squealing for joy with one taste of this little piggy. Just don’t tell any toddlers around the name of this tasty morsel, lest they cry all the way to Mummy Pig.
Chinese Burger Funky Tots – BBQ Pork Banh Mi Tots
The dish you never knew you needed. Juicy barbeque pork is topped with fresh and crunchy carrot & daikon herb salad, served with crispy shallots & coriander. Mixed with crispy flash fried tater tots, this is a meal you could *try* to share, but honestly, it’s so good we wouldn’t blame you if you couldn’t.
Donburi Station – Pork Gyoza
You’ll think you’re in the best izakaya in town when you’re munching down on these small, pan-fried, crispy Japanese pork dumplings. These little packets of joy will make you feel so warm and cosy, you’ll feel like you’re a pig wrapped in a blanket. Dip in the traditional mix of soy and vinegar for that perfect acidic cut-through flavour that so many Asian dishes pair so well with.
POKLOL – Korean BBQ Tacos
Wrap your lips around POKLOL’s BBQ Tacos and you’ll get a serve of some chilli pork tacos with pickled carrots, kimchi slaw, cucumbers, and shallots topped with their secret pokky sauce. It’s a perfectly balanced dish and one that is hugely popular with food-lovers at the Night Noodle Markets.
Hoy Pinoy – Lechon and Inihaw Na Baboy
We’re not being cute when we say to follow your nose in the Night Noodle Markets to the thickened scent of the open-air grill – and you’ll land right at Hoy Pinoy. Their grilling cart recreates the Phillipino city of Olongapo’s street food vendors by filling the atmosphere with smoke and the mouth-watering scent of roasting meat bathed in a savoury-sweet marinade.
Hoy Pinoy love barbequing, smoking and roasting meats in traditional Filipino flavours and methods. Try either the Cebu-style lechon, a national Filipino dish whose origins go back to the Spanish method of whole roasted pig cooked over charcoal. Is your mouth watering yet? There’s also Inihaw Na Baboy – pork belly skewers in a banana ketchup glaze because there’s really nothing better than meat on a stick. Especially when that meat is coming from the barbeque kings of the Canberra Night Noodle Markets; Hoy Pinoy.
Mr Bao – Crackling Pork Belly Fries
We’re not sure how we existed prior to Mr Bao’s Crackling Pork Belly Fries, but we’re glad we discovered this fun and tasty dish. You‘ll get crispy pork belly, shoestring fries, special hoisin sauce, pork crackling, coriander and spring onions. Sound good? We also hope that Mr Bao never takes this off their menu, otherwise, we know we’d miss it pig time…
Satay Brothers – Barbeque Pork Ribs
How does barbeque pork ribs, that have been basted in Daniel’s Bourbon rib sauce, then chargrilled until tender sound? These bad boys of satay serve up a side of mixed leaves salad and slaw as well. We’ve omitted their satay skewers on account of them being chicken, but grab a serve if you can as well because there isn’t much better in life than good satay!
Twistto & Flying Noodles – Flying Pork Noodles
This is the dish to Instagram (and Instaham) this Night Noodle Markets! How do they get the noodles to stand up like that? Are the noodles elevating themselves to the heavens because they taste so good, they must have been made by noodle angles? We’re not 100% sure, but when you get a serve of Flying Noodles, served with charcoal grilled pork, we know you’re going to be happy.
Shallot Thai – Crackling Pork Noodle
To perfectly roast pork belly is one tricky feat. To caramelise the accompanying sauce just right, so that the flavours deepen but not so much that they’re scorched, is another. We’re happy to leave this to Shallot Thai because, quite honestly, they master it every single time. Served with egg noodles, this is a classic Thai dish that everyone will love.
What the Pho – Banh Mi Barbeque Pork Saigon Roll
Banh mi is THAT dish; the one that inspires people to energetically and enthusiastically talk about where the best one in town is. The range of offerings are diverse: meats can be roasted, barbequed, pulled or braised, pâté is either slathered, home-made or omitted entirely, and the vegetables can be crunchy fresh or pickled – or a combination of both. One thing is for certain, the Night Noodle Markets wouldn’t be complete without offering an absolutely cracking version of this classic Indochine staple.
What the Pho have a big selection of other delicious piggy-based dishes on offer as well, so if you are a pork-lover, take time to check out all of their goodies.
Wok Master – Steamed Pork Dim Sim
These little bite-sized parcels of perfectly steamed pork dim sim are made from a special recipe, including a serve of house soy dipping sauce. Perfectly sticky, umami-balanced, and oh-so-moreish, these dim sims are just the thing for sharing. This Cantonese delicacy has long been a favourite in Australia, and it the perfect share dish to turn any Night Noodle Market adventure into an evening yum cha session with friends.
Wonderbao – Roast Pork Belly Gua Bao
Roast Pork Belly Gua Bao – with pickled cucumber, spring onion and hoisin sauce Great a serve of the Gua Bao Trio, and you’ll discover a world of deliciousness via the crackling pork belly, karaage chicken, and Korean beef gua baos. Be warned, these baos are so tasty that you may burst into song involuntarily. We can’t help but sing; “I like pig buns and I cannot lie, you pork lovers can’t deny, that when a swine walks in with a briny baste, and a round thing in your face you get sprung”.
Ready to celebrate the year of the pig yet food lovers? We hope so because we’re delivering some the best pork dishes so far at this year’s Night Noodle Markets. Come hungry foodies and get ready to pig out with your furry friends, your squad, family, or come solo at this year’s Canberra Night Noodle Markets, Reconciliation Place, March 1-10.
Keep up to date with Good Food Month and the Night Noodle Markets by checking out goodfoodmonth.com. Stallholders are cashless so don’t forget to bring your cards. Share your noodle love by posting your photos using #nightnoodlemarkets!