If you’re all about that vegan life or strictly into meat-free fare and eating green, then you’ve come to the right place to discover the delectable dishes you can enjoy at the Canberra Night Noodle Markets.
So, let’s begin…
CHINESE BURGER FUNKY TOTS | Salt & Pepper Eggplant Chinese Bugrer (Vegetarian / Vegan) and Tom Yum Tater Tots (Vegetarian)
Introducing Chinese Burger Funky Tots! There’s so much more to love about these guys than just their oh-so-catchy name. Their Salt & Pepper Eggplant Chinese Burger is a mouthful to order, but it’s certainly worth it. With fragrant Sichuan flavoured sauce and shallot salad, you’re going to be heading back to order another mouthful of this deliciousness in a heartbeat and don’t forget to add some Tom Yum Tater Tots as a side. These little bursts of potatoey goodness are topped with Tom Yum mayo, coriander and lime. Yes please!
MAY’S MALAYSIAN HAWKER | Mee Goreng, Singapore Noodles, Nasi Goreng, Char Kway Teow (All with Vegan / Vegetarian Options) and Fried Radish Cake (Vegetarian)
If you’re on the hunt for fantastic vegetarian and vegan fare at the Night Noodle Markets, May’s Malaysian Hawker is pretty much a one-stop-shop with every menu item having a vegetarian and vegan friendly option with the exception being the Fried Radish Cake that is vego only. Let’s break it down:
Mee Goreng – This is May’s signature smokey Mee Goreng dish. It’s saucy and fresh from the wok, featuring golden hokkien noodles.
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 Malay fried rice, the real deal.
Char Kway Teow – Sizzling hot noodles, stir friend with a secret sauce. You’ll want to get in on this secret!
Fried Radish Cake – The name explains it all. This is a little fried radish cake and it’s a Night Noodle Market staple.
@ROLL UP | Roti Dippers (Vegetarian)
Roll up, roll up foodies – 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. There you have it – complete satay-sfaction.
DONBURI STATION | Osaka Noodles (Vegetarian Option) and Gyoza (Vegetarian Option)
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 – that’s what! The Vegetarian Osaka Noodles from Donburi Station are here to satisfy all your noodle cravings. But, we have to be honest here – there’s dumpling you should know. Donburi Station doesn’t only serve noodles, there’s Japanese fried dumplings on the menu too – and we’re never going to let them gyo(za)!
BANGKOK STREET FOOD | Pad Thai Tofu (Vegetarian) and Vegetable Pad See Ew (Vegetarian / Vegan)
If you’re en-THAI-rely into vegetarian food, then you’re going to get excited about this! Bangkok Street Food brings you Pad Thai Tofu that is so tantalisingly tasty, you won’t want to leave one mouthful unaccounted for. It’s made of fried rice noodles with crunchy veggies, egg and stir-fried with tofu. Also on the menu is a Vegetable Pad See Ew that we just can’t get enough of. Pad See Ew is a popular dish commonly eaten in Thailand and is found in Thai restaurants all around the world. This one features to-THAI-for rice stick noodles loaded with the veggies and smothered in an authentic thick sauce. So why not add a serving to your Night Noodle Markets must-have-menu? We know you won’t regret it!
HOY PINOY | Mais (Vegetarian) and Kanin (Vegetarian)
Hoy Pinoy, the BBQ grill masters themselves, present two fully flavoursome vegetarian dishes – Mais and Kanin. Hoy Pinoy’s Mais will have you #droolemoji-ing all over the place – think full grilled corn cob, drizzled in a creamy cheese sauce. As for Kanin, it’s a super versatile steamed rice dish served with atchara. It’s tasty-as and can accompany just about any Night Noodle Markets meal.
SHALLOT THAI | Vegetable Spring Roll (Vegetarian)
Our friends at Shallot That are bringing back the roll – the spring roll, that is. These all-time classics are stuffed full of veggies 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.
WHAT THE PHO CANBERRA | Tofu Rice Paper Roll (Vegan / Vegetarian)
Speaking of rolls, if you prefer to keep it clean with a fresh rice paper roll over the fried option, then What the Pho Canberra have got you covered. Their Tofu Rice Paper Roll is lined with vermicelli noodles, lettuce, carrot and beetroot, then layered with tofu and rolled up tight to form a delicious, healthy parcel of goodness.
TWISTTO | Original Korean Twist Potato (Vegetarian)
If you’re a Night Noodle Markets veteran, then you know about Twistto. The Original Korean Twist Potato is fun and flavoursome. Hand cut potato is stretched to 35cm long in a spiral shape, cooked in oil with secret house batter and finished off with carefully blended flavours. If you haven’t tried a Twistto potato yet, then do yourself a favour and grab one a the Night Noodle Markets.
PAELLA DEL MAR | Paella Balinese (Vegan / Vegetarian)
Paella Del Mar – just say the name and imagine you’re being whisked off to an exotic location. A foreign, flavoursome location. Well, imagine no more because the tastes of Paella Balinese at the Night Noodle Markets will take you there with spiced turmeric, galangal and peanut satay surrounding your vegan tofu, pumpkin, charred green beans and brown rice. Simply heavenly.
WOK MASTER | Stir Fried Rice Noodles with Vegetables & Egg (Vegetarian)
You just can’t visit the Night Noodle Markets without digging into some noodles – that’s a given. So, if you’re unsure about where to start in noodle land, then 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 and it all comes together in the most delicious noodle-y combination.
LITTLE KYOTO X PHO REAL | Yakisoba (Vegetarian)
Get ready, get set for another must-try stir fried noodle dish at the Night Noodle Markets. The Yakisoba from Little Kyoto X Pho Real is out of this world. It’s made of noodles (of course) packed full of veggies (all the good ones) and tossed with a traditional sauce. Try one of these glorious bowls of goodness to understand why Yakisoba is one of Japan’s favourite street foods.
WONDERBAO | Fried Tofu Gua Bao (Vegetarian) and Choi Bao (Vegan / Vegetarian)
Well, its a-bao-t time we got to Wonderbao and their mouth-watering fluffy parcels packed full of flavour! The wonderful bao wizards themselves will bring you not one, but two options to munch on at the Night Noodle Markets. 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 – ok, stick a fork in us Jerry, we’re done!
So go now, dear vegetarian and vegan friends. Plan your Night Noodle Markets night out and enjoy the plant-based, meat-free marvels that await you.
You can also check out the full list of menus for the Canberra Night Noodle Markets here and remember, the markets will be on every night at Reconciliation Place from March 1 – 10. Entry is free, dogs are welcome and it’s a cashless event, so bring your cards for all purchases.