There’s a huge range of meat-free options to make plant-based eating a breeze at this year’s Night Noodle Markets. Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or flexitarian, red meat is a big missed steak at this year’s Night Noodle Markets. Held at Birrarung Marr from 7-24 November, follow your nose to the Night Noodle Markets and enjoy some of the best smoky, sizzling, and straight-up saucy Asian-inspired delights in the city.
Bangkok Street Food | Tom Yum Noodle
Putting the yum into Tom Yum, Bangkok Street Food present the noodle version of this classic Thai favourite. Spicy and sour, with flavours of lemongrass, ginger and garlic make this dish en-Thai-erly delicious. This dish is vegetarian, but vegans can also tuck into Bangkok Street Food’s plant-based Spring rolls. Smash solo or share, we won’t judge.
Bao Brothers | 3zy Duz It and Shroom Shady
Hold up plant-based gangstas, Bao Brothers is a one-stop vegan and vegetarian shop. Do a drive-by and pull up for the 3zy Duz It trio of tofu bao. The tofu is cooked to perfection – soft, silky and slightly sweet with an ultra-light crisp coating. The bao buns are white, warm, soft buns, fluffy and delicate, and steamed to perfection.
Also, may I have your attention please? Meet the real Shroom Shady – a Panko-crumbed field mushroom, liquid cheese, pickled daikon, truffle and sweet soy mayo (banner image). We know Marshall Mathers would be proud.
Donburi Station | Osaka Noodles and Gyoza
Add fried Japanese noodles to a wok, toss them with loads of veggies and a teriyaki-like sauce, and what have you got yourself? A vege-licious noodle treat, foodie friends. The Vegetarian Osaka Noodles from Donburi Station are here to satisfy all your noodle cravings. Donburi Station also serve up vegetarian Japanese fried dumplings – and they’re so good, we’re never going to let them gyo(za).
Fusion Flavourbombs | Paella Bali
Paella Bali will take your tastebuds somewhere Jetstar can’t. Packed with exotic flavours, you’ll swear you’re in back in Ubud, chilling with your yogi homies.
Let’s Do Yum Cha | Vegetarian Dumplings and Spring Rolls
Melbourne 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.
May’s Malaysian | Entire menu
May’s Malaysian is a one-stop-shop of vegan goodness – every menu item is completely plant-based. Let’s break it down:
Mee Goreng; this is May’s signature dish. Smoky, saucy and fresh from the wok, featuring golden Hokkien noodles, this is an elevated version of a classic dish. Singapore Noodles; thin bee-hoon noodles are cooked over a smoking wok fire with May’s own curry spices, fresh veggies and more. Nasi Goreng; think the real deal Malay fried rice. Char Kway Teow; sizzling hot noodles, stir-fried with a secret sauce. Fried Radish Cake; this little fried radish cake is a big Night Noodle Market hit! Also, all dishes (except the radish cake) are gluten-free.
Raijin | Tofu Karaage Noodle
Just like the 90s sitcom, 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.
Shallot Thai | Thai Spring Roll
These all-time classics are stuffed full of vegetables and fried just the way you like them. Enjoy as a starter, a side or as a dish of their own because spring rolls really are the perfect Night Noodle Markets treat.
@Roll up | Roti Dippers and Vegetable Roti Roll
Roll up, roll up foodies of Melbourne! 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!
Teppanyaki Noodles | Yakisoba
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.
Okonomiyaking | Japanese pizza
Okonomiyaki is a Japanese style pizza and at the Night Noodle Markets, you’ll find a cracking veggie version layered with all the goods. The colourful combination of vibrant veggies before you will have your eyes dancing and your taste buds tripping. Trust us, you’ll want a pizza this.
Twistto | Original Korean twist potato
Twist and shout foodies, Twistto is back at the Melbourne 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.
The Pham Sisters | Vietnamese Golden Spring Roll Salad
A great 100% vegan option is the Vietnamese fare from the Pham Sisters. The ‘Golden’ choice of course, would be their Spring Roll Salad. It’s a fresh and delicious noodle salad topped with crisp and crunchy spring rolls.
Wok Master | Stir-Fried Rice Thick Noodle
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 veggies and egg in a special ABC soy sauce, producing a classic must-have dish for all noodle lovers.
Wonderbao | Fried Tofu Gua Bao and Choi Bao
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 Melbourne Night Noodle Markets! On from 7-24 November at Birrarung Marr. 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.