We arrived in Melbourne a few weeks ago. We haven’t really had the time to explore the city since we were too busy house-hunting. Jen told me that the Queen Victoria Market Night Market was starting this week and I made a mental note that we should go. Even though we were busy last Wednesday, I managed to remember that the night market started that day so off we went to have a night out and I was excited to see what good food and goodies were for sale.
We arrived around seven o’clock in the evening. The night market had picked-up and people where pouring in. The night market seemed to be set-up in a large covered space but it was an open air venue so as the night wore on the place became quite cold. There are large outdoor heating lamps scattered around the venue but I would suggest that you dress warmly to enjoy the event fully. There are a handful of performers on site and you can watch them perform around the market. There are some ATM machines and toilets near the Queen Street entrance.
To reach the venue you simply need to alight at the Flagstaff railway station and exit via William Street. Walk along the park to Peel Street then you should see the QVM after a few blocks. If you go by this route, you will reach the back entrance to the venue but it’s the easiest way to get there if you’re commuting.
There was an overwhelming array of food available. We checked the website before coming to the night market and we were eager to try Hoy Pinoy and The Little Mushroom Co. We got distracted by the different food vendors so we were stuffed by the time that we located The Little Mushroom Co. You will find that there is going to be a long queue for more stalls but don’t fret as the lines move fast.
• Hoy Pinoy
Hoy Pinoy serves Filipino barbeque and street food. Sisig has always been one of my favorite Filipino dishes so I was so excited to try their version of my favorite dish.We got a serving of the Sisig served on a flatbread and the Pork Crackling served with vinegar. Sisig in the Philippines is usually served on a hot plate and and some restaurants served it with a topping of crushed crackling pork. Hoy Pinoy’s version seemed like a fushion of the traditional sisig and a thai style soft taco. We loved the well balanced flavour, unique combination, the addition of cilantro, the use of the lime wedge to cut the fat and the generous serving. If we ever come back to the night market again this season, I will definitely get another serving of this dish.
The pork crackling or chicharon was crunchy but it was a bit bland. We both agreed that it needed a bit more salt in it as it lacked that umami sensation. The chicharon was technically well done but it lacked flavour.
When we were eating the sisig and chicaron, the person who were were sharing a table with was eating lamb shank, porchetta and some chips so since we were still hungry we decided to hunt for the stall that sold those food. We got the porchetta served on a bun with some greens and a gravy-type sauce.
The porchetta was very flavourful but eating it as a burger mellowed out the flavour. We ended up removing the top bun and eating the meat separate from the bread to enjoy the full flavour of the pork. The chips they served was excellent as well. It was crispy and salty on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
For dessert we got some caramel cream puffs and some cartoca. I really liked the cream puffs. The pastry was puffy, custard was creamy and the caramel was crunchy. It is one of the best cream puffs I’ve ever had.
The cartoca was ok but not memorable. It was good but the flavour of the pistachio topping didn’t really come through. I would give this a miss and just get a second serving of the cream puffs.
There was a good assortment of vendors on site. I enjoyed going around and visiting some stalls. I bought a hair accessory for myself and few items for our home.
• Made in Japan
Made in Japan sold really beautiful but incredibly affordable ceramics that are of course made in Japan. I really like the small plates and tea cups they sold.
We bought all four designs of small blue plates since they were such a bargain at only $3.75 each. I really liked the large bowls and serving platters on sale as well. The texture and the jewel-like glazing was really gorgeous.
• Green Candle Co
I’m a huge aromatherapy nut so I couldn’t resist buying some soy melts and a burner from the Green Candle Co. Most of our items are still with the shipping company in Singapore waiting to make it’s way here so I don’t have my oil burners yet.
Marina makes them herself and she was very friendly and informative about each item sells. We both like the Beach House Soy Melts and the lovely modern design of the oil burner which was perfect for our new flat.
• Through Bambi Eyes
I like the nice graphic print of the headband for sale from Through Bambi Eyes. I bought the peach headband from Rebekah and wore it to the Matt Blatt opening the next day. I love how it adds color to my monotone outfit during winter.
We had a lot of fun at the Queen Victoria Market Night Market. The food was good and there were some nice items for sale. I would suggest going to this event if you haven’t been there and have a fun night out.