One time last year (that is 2013), when I had taken a day off work (because I had to work on a public holiday and I preferred the day off rather than the extra pay), I was out wondering around Melbourne with my friend who enjoys taking photos of himself in garden settings.
|He was nice enough to let me use this photo. Source.|
Anyway, while we were walking back from the Botanic Gardens (with the intention of having a beer on Pony Fish Island) we passed this set up called 'The Age Night Noodle Markets). A part of me simply wanted to throw the plans that I had that night into the bin and go inside, however at that time my desire to have a beer on Pony Fish Island was greater than my desire to eat noodles, so I crossed my fingers and prayed that it would come around next year (that is 2014). It turned out that my prayers were answered because when I was perusing The Age website at work (during my break, of course) I discovered that it was on again, so I scrapped my plans for Thursday night and went to check it out.
It turned out that the Night Noodle Markets are really popular:
|Yep, they are all going to have a bite to eat.|
and they even had cookie monster playing the bagpipes, but that was outside the market and I suspect that he had nothing to do with the event itself but rather was positioning himself so that he could capitalise on the popularity of the markets (which isn't a bad thing in a free-market society, which of course ours strictly isn't, but that is another story which I won't go into here).
|I didn't stay to listen|
However, despite the lack of stalls selling what I would consider Chinese food (excepting the Dim Sum of course) there was still plenty to be had here. From what I gathered though, this place was set up to allow us to sample food from places that we would not necessary visit (though considering the Pho soup is really cheap at I love Pho I had already sampled that previously). So, looking at all the options that were available, and considering that I have only a limited amount of space in my stomach, I decided that I would have one dish from a random stall and some mini pancakes (with which I still wonder where the Asian connection is).
So, looking around, my eyes came upon a stall selling Burmese food. I have never had Burmese food before, so I decided what I was going to eat, and since one of their dishes was beef, I knew I was going to have that (I love beef, though it can be a little expensive).
|I'm not sure what it is called, so I will call it the 'Burmese Beef Dish'|
What was even better was that the bars had Coopers Pale as the headline beer, which for me, having grown up in South Australia, will never complain about.
|And just to think they started off as a craft beer|
Mind you, what didn't surprise me was that there were a number of other sponsors, including Harvey Norman:
|Though I couldn't see any plasma TVs inside|
|With an option to open an account.|
To really add to the flavour of the night they even threw on a dragon dance.
Or is it a lion dance? I can never be quite sure.
However, I am still trying to work out what the three women where doing on the top of the poles because, from where I was standing, it did not seem to be much at all.
|Though they were waving fans around|
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