Every Friday night from October to March (which I’m hoping becomes an annual event), Perthians get to sample an array of food right in downtown Perth. Tents are set up by stall holders where they can showcase their respective food from home. What you see and eat from this event is just a little taste of the multiculturality of Perth. From South America to Asia to Europe, we get to sample food that is usually associated with a certain country.
There are a lot of food to choose from so it’s a good idea to head down here on various Fridays. After all, the event goes on for 6 months; surely you’ll have plenty of time to sample one cuisine to the other. If you’re expecting something like hawker stalls in Asia or elsewhere where food is (almost) dirt cheap and great value for money then you’re in for quite a surprise. Prices are not exactly cheap for what is classified as a hawkers market and for me, personally, it’s more about the experience rather than the taste.
I’ve been coming to this market for quite a while now, sometimes with a group and sometimes alone (depending on my appetite) and let me just say that I thoroughly enjoy coming here every single time. The smell of food welcomes you as soon as you get closer and closer to the market; then happy faces greet you as soon as you step closer to a stall, whether to order or just to check out the food. The stall owners are happy to chat away. Is it strange that people here provide better customer service than the those at fine dining restaurants?
But anyway, that aside, I have pretty much tried most of the food on offer. Another reason why you would have to come here several times to try all the food is because they don’t sell in small servings. You cannot buy just ONE dumpling; nor just ONE satay stick. They come in multiples so if you eat alone you get full really quickly. The only thing you can buy just ONE of are, perhaps, the macarons.
Well, let the feasting begin.
raw spiral spuds deep fried FOUR times
And here it is! Seasoned with you choice of garlic salt or chicken salt or normal salt, or tomato sauce or vinegar and you are off to a good start. This has to be shared though because the sheer amount of grease is enough to make you want to gag if you consume the whole stick. Plus, it’s big and loaded with carbs so it will easily fill you up.
A familiar Japanese snack that you can find here. Maybe it’s the rush of the crowd but these balls are hardly balls when they are falling apart or missing a few bits. They are not as beautifully crafted as the ones in a decent Japanese restaurant but they do taste good. They have an added pickled ginger kick.
Yummy French crepes, made to order. You can have it filled with Nutella, fruits and cream or just drizzled with syrup.
Colombian empanadas. I’m not really sure how these were supposed to taste like. All 3 fillings – beef, potatoes, and pork – tasted the same, which was pretty much tasteless. Dipping them in the guacamole does not help either. I honestly just ordered them because of Sofia Vergara.
Satay sticks cooked on charcoal served in a cup with extra peanut sauce. Chicken a bit dry but this is one of my favourites at the markets.
These are just a handful of what you can eat. There’s still the Mexican burritos, Moroccan cous cous, German bratwurst, Italian pizzas, Indian curries…and so on. Sometimes there is an entertainment too so you can sit back, relax, and eat.