Queen Victoria Market - Winter Night Market (Invited)

Saturday, August 11, 2018 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

The QVM winter night market 2018 was as magical as promised. The ambiance light were red dancing with blue into a mystical purple. There’s a stage at the front, and a fire dancer at the back, and the air was teemed with exotic aroma both near and far, everything that makes Melbourne, Melbourne.

Like all good nights, it all begins with a drink. The generous Brick Lane Brewing Co ensured that no one was thirsty. I whetted my whistle with the classic pale ale, but it was the warm apple cider that did the trick for me. On a cold winter day like then, the ironically named Coldstream apple cider was exactly what I was looking forward to, although it is a bit too sweet for my taste.

On the food side, our night began with the all famous Wonderbao’s Gua Baos, both chicken and pork. They are as good as ever, I was taking them for granted as I live so close by. Bao is a food hundreds of year old, which have been invented and reinvented by many people along the Yellow and Yangtzi rivers. And yet, Wonderbao manage to improve them still with pickled mustard and slaw, just to balance the savory with the sour.

There’s pizza, and there’s pizza and Gradi definitely belongs to the latter. It boast everything that is good about being traditional and authentic. And it is not all show. Anyone can spend a bit of extra money to have a stone oven for display. But taste, is not something you can buy. Let me show you how much Gradi impressed me. I don’t usually enjoy tomato based food, but this was an exception.

I missed the Hawwaiian Snack Pack, but I tried them before. It is an interesting twist to the typical Hallal Snack Pack. Although I’m not sure if the meat is much of an improvement, the chips was thick and succulent, perfectly fried. Crusty on the outside, but still soft inside.

Learning from my mistake I then stood at the front, not wanting to miss another dish. I grab the sundae from Sundae as soon at it appears. I picked Ferrero Roche, can’t go wrong, but then I think to myself, there’s not much you can do to it either. And that is when The Sundae Market exceeded my expectations. Buried under the mountain of whip cream that looks good on picture, but nothing else, laid the real goodness. It is chocolaty, yes, and sweet, of course, it is ice cream. But never too sweet. They cut roche into just the right chunky sizes that gives you that satisfying crunch, which was never soggy, even though it was thoroughly mixed with ice cream.

Then the night ended with Guru Dudu’s silent disco. Though the neon lights and crowd looks enticing, I was never much of a dancer, and sorry, but tonight is not the night for me to start. Not when I have the rest of the market to feast upon.