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Five foods not to miss at the Enlighten Night Noodle Markets

Molly McLaughlin

The Enlighten Night Noodle Markets will be back in Canberra from 4 to 13 March, featuring 25 stalls of Asian-inspired offerings.

The markets will showcase Canberra’s growing street food scene, along with some crowd favourites from interstate. In anticipation, we’ve put together a list of the dishes not to miss this year straight from the chefs themselves.


Bao Stop from Sydney are excited to be bringing their famous Taiwanese street food to the night noodle markets. Because they don’t have a bricks-and-mortar store, the Bao Stop pop ups and market stalls draw huge crowds wherever they appear. According to owner Matty Forwood, their peking duck fries will change your life.

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“There was no bao in Sydney when we started, I think it had just started in Melbourne. I started Bao Stop because I wanted to eat bao, basically,” Matty says. “So I knocked some up in the kitchen and gave one to Mum and she thought I was onto something! At the markets we’ve got four types of bao along with the rest of our menu and of course, the peking duck fries.”


Canberra favourites Miss Vans will be serving up Vietnamese dishes of coconut chicken curry noodle soup and freshly baked custard tarts. They will also be selling their signature chilli oil. “We had the option of doing a big menu, but we don’t want to have long queues for food. We just want to do two items really, really well and keep it simple,” says Andrew Duong from Miss Van’s.



Carlos Ramierez Roldan from Canberra’s resident Peruvian street food experts Mr. Papa says they will be serving Nikkei cuisine, which is the fusion of Peruvian and Japanese food.

“I’ve had experience working in a Nikkei restaurant in Peru so we want to showcase that style of food to Canberra. Its similar to what we did recently for HerCanberra’s Our Table dinner at Pod Food but with more of a street food touch,” Carlos says.

Mr Papa's panko-crumbed potato croquette.

Mr Papa’s panko-crumbed potato croquette.



Kusina Canberra are well-known for their once a month feasts of Filipino food, called the Boodle. Leilani Fox from Kusina says they will be translating the Boodle into a street food context.

“We wanted to bring something fun to Enlighten. The whole Boodle will be a sensual experience, its designed to be eaten with your hands. Its served on a banana leaf and its meant to be shared,” she says.

Kusina serves traditional dishes from the Philippines.

Kusina serves traditional dishes from the Philippines.

With lots more stalls and the beautiful atmosphere of Enlighten, the 2016 Night Noodle Markets are going to be bigger and better than ever. See you there!


If the name doesn’t reel you in, the crazy pink of this sakura glazed ramen fried chicken burgers from Everybody Loves Ramen will! This little baby has been one of the most instagrammed dishes of the markets!


Everybody Loves Ramen’s Sakura Burger.

the essentials

What: 2016 Enlighten Night Noodle Markets
When: Until Sunday 13 March 2016
Where: Reconciliation Place
Web: enlightencanberra.com.au/enlighten-night-noodle-markets


Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin was less than thrilled to move to Canberra a couple of years ago to study Arts and Economics at ANU, but she can confirm the city has grown on her since then. Along with writing for HerCanberra, she spends her time reading, eating noodles and planning her next adventure. More about the Author

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