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Event - Night Noodle Markets 2013




"Meet me under the lanterns," is clearly Sydney's catch-cry for the sixteen nights that this popular food event takes over Hyde Park North.



Running since 1998, last year's Night Noodle Market attracted over 200,000 people.



With the sunny weather smiling upon us, this year looks set to break that record, especially if the evening I dined was anything to go by.



Expect to see a wide array of Sydney's favourite Asian eateries across forty stalls offering everything from Thai desserts...



....to Shanghai soup dumplings to the exceedingly popular modern Japanese ramen burger.



Nestled in the authentic Asian hawker market atmosphere you'll also find a few watering holes, including a Rekorderlig Cider bar, and an outpost of The Morrison.



I parked myself in the Citibank Reserved Seating VIP area and took advantage of their dedicated bar with a Tanqueray and Tonic ($8.50).



Bumped into Masterchef host and celebrity chef Gary Mehigan and spent some time discussing his love of bread (he's given it up for the moment).



Felt somewhat bad to be eating a BBQ Beef Bun ($12) from the Citibank Dining Foodtruck as he was saying this...



...but the beef brisket with kimchi 'slaw and Korean chilli was too good to put down (it was the best dish I ate all night).



I also availed myself of Pan-fried Pork and Chive Dumplings ($10) from Taste of Shanghai...



...and Pork Buns ($6/2 piece) from Din Tai Fung before getting totally stonkered by...



...East Ocean's Jumbo Box ($30). This two-tray affair included a dim sum box, and a supreme box (with lovely salt and pepper garlic pork ribs) topped by two pliable Peking duck pancakes.



While you're in the neighbourhood, you should also check out Art & About Sydney photography exhibition running along the path between David Jones and St Mary's Cathedral, and pop into Sydney Mint's pop-up Bullion Bar for a glass of Veuve Clicquot.



The only catch is: if you want to enjoy this October event there are only five nights left to do so, as it closes for the year at 10pm on Saturday 26th October. So go make a date to meet someone special under those brightly glowing lanterns!

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