This is what we ate at the Eat Street Markets

I miss the hustle and bustle of Asian night markets. Whether in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan or Japan, these clusters of late night hawkers are what give the night its pulse. They can be the stuff of dreams and nightmares – the sticky press of human bodies moving organically and gravitating towards or away from what smells delicious or repulsive, the darkness driven away by the multitude of makeshift lightbulbs dangling precariously over woks and grills like oversized glow worms.

They are the epicentre of brave explorations into local culture and cuisine. Where else by a night market can you get sinfully cholesterone laden Ramly burgers, but at a night market in Malaysia or Singapore? Or a crispy disc of deep fried chicken liberally dusted in chilli powder and spices than some crowded Taipei night market? If you want to see the soul of an Asian city, find its night market.

But I had been tired all day, and the weather was hot and humid. So despite having looked forward to visiting Brisbane’s Eat Street Markets, I was very grumpy as we headed into the Container Festival to catch up with friends for dinner.

Eat Street Markets 2013

And it wasn’t helped by how tiny the scoop of L!ck ice-cream I bought to cool me down was. In fact, it made me more grumpy to be handed what looked like a kid’s sized portion.

But as the evening wore on and everyone got into the food, it became a lot more fun. I didn’t get to try all the things I wanted to, but here’s what we tried.

Eat Street Markets 2013

Korean pork sliders

Eat Street Markets 2013

Street St’s roti telur bawang (roti with egg, onion and cheese)

Eat Street Markets 2013

Aunt Claude’s Pulled Pork with Poached apple crepe

Eat Street Markets 2013

Eat Street Markets 2013

Wholesomeness’s beef chimichurri

Eat Street Markets 2013

Langos with bacon and cheese

Eat Street Markets 2013

Eat Street Markets 2013

Barbacoa A Sada Quesadillas (beef). AUD$10

My top picks for the day: Samies Girl fresh prawns with lemon (only AUD$5!), the Korean pork sliders (really delish!) and Street St’s roti.

But get in early if you’re going on a Saturday. Eat Street Markets got really packed with people as dusk fell and it was almost impossible to find seating.

I am really hoping to go again to try the Bun Mobile, Firehouse Rotisserie and the Pasta Cruiser on our next visit.

About Melissa Loh

Melissa likes many things other people might find a little strange. She blogs to get her love for creative expression out of her system, and spends the rest of her time either at work facilitating connections or in the kitchen monitoring chemical reactions that result in yummeh-ness. Read more about her here.