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Mission #3: Final Report

Well that is the end of another month, another mission, albeit a much quieter and slow-paced one! It’s amazing how fast time flies but also nice to have time to yourself to rest, especially as it nears towards the end of 2014 and all you need is a break. Continue reading

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Mission #3: Laverton Market

I hope you’ve enjoyed my quieter, third mission of mobile food so far. Before I go on to talk about some of the stalls at Laverton Market, I’ll provide you with a few mobile food tips for the rest of the year.

  • MARKETS: Look out for all the markets rolling in for summer including Coburg Night Market (Nov), St Kilda Twilight Market (usually Dec) and a new market called called Hank Marvin Market at Alma Park, St Kilda East (Nov). It has already confirmed the likes of Hammer and Tong, Koba and more!
  • NICHOLSON ST PROJECT: Speaking of Hammer and Tong Truck, they recently posted the below photo with the caption “sneak peak on our new project happening soon”. Watch out Nicholson St!
  • GOOD FOOD MONTH: Finally, it’s Good Food Month next month and the Night Noodle Market returns! It didn’t impress me too much last year with its crowds, small portions and overpriced, unauthentic food. But hey – hopefully it improves this year and I know heaps of people last year had a different opinion. Includes the likes of Chin Chin, Longrain, Red Spice Road and more!

Pho Trang

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Now back to Laverton Market. I’ve written about a Vietnamese place here before that does excellent Bun Bo Hue (Hue-style beef noodle soup) and xoi (sticky rice). On a few later visits we noticed a new pho place pop up (beef noodle soup) so thought we should give it a try.

IMG_2557 copyTrue to its tagline, they serve various Vietnamese noodle soups, mainly different types of pho, and a few other items. They even have a menu to give you when you are seated – this doesn’t happen often at outdoor stalls.
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They accidentally made two special phos (usually just a mixture of all the meats) instead of one with just beef balls and sliced beef – but I’m not complaining. We also ordered a Vietnamese iced coffee but it’s hard to go wrong with that!

The bowl was filling but did look small upon first impressions. It definitely wasn’t one of the best bowls of pho I’ve ever had, the broth acceptable, average even, but the meat and beef balls not the best quality either.

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My friend ordered Bun Rieu, crab noodle soup with a tomato broth. As you can see they packed a lot of tomato itself into the bowl, which made it a bit too strong and didn’t leave a lot of room for other fillings.

It’s no surprise that despite this new opening, the other Vietnamese place in the market is still bustling and more crowded than Pho Trang.

Pho Trang on Urbanspoon

Eggy Egg Puffles
We were also fascinated by this different type of dessert from Hong Kong called an Egg Puffle. It resembled a waffle but with egg-shaped sections, whilst the sections could be filled with different flavours.

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We sampled a cheese one, which was not bad but my friend enjoyed the vanilla and strawberry more. The flavours were very subtle but present, a bite of the strawberry revealing a thin red layer inside the puffle. The crispy nature of the dessert along with the convenience of breaking it into pieces to share make it a great concept. Check them out here.

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Eggy Egg Puffles on Urbanspoon

The market is definitely not short of food. You’ll see people walking past with corn, sausages, BBQ skewers and more. Some are particularly busy each weekend so they must have built up large followings, especially as permanent stalls.

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The fun also lies in discovering all the types of things for sale – from goldfish to hardware and clothes!

Laverton Market is open every weekend from 7am-4pm but experience shows that a lot of stalls start packing down at around 2pm or after lunch.

Mission #3: Foodie Failures and More

The risk with your meals relying on food trucks and stalls is their unpredictability – will their truck break down, will they sell out of your favourite food, will business be quiet due to a thunderstormy night…? Continue reading

Mission #3: Mobile Food

It’s my third month experimenting with this theme/mission concept and I’m excited to announce the next one of ‘mobile food’. You might have noticed after my burst of blogs towards the end of September that I am now a little tired. I feel like this mission may be a bit laid back than the first two, so I hope my dear readers are OK with that! Continue reading

Coburg Night Market

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I stumbled upon this goodie whilst searching for the whereabouts of a Filipino food stall, and ended up finding a bunch of other food stalls too! Whilst everyone was at the fancy schmancy Taste Of Melbourne (I only kid, I look forward to trying it next year), I found a lovely warm, community event to enjoy on a Friday night.

Click here for more details on when and where for the Coburg Night Market. I’m not sure if all the stalls are permanent, but this is a review of what I managed to fit in my stomach that night!

Hoy Pinoy

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The main reason I ended up here was because I was looking around Hoy Pinoy’s Facebook. Finding the hits from the hit and misses at Dahon Tea Lounge quite good, and enjoying some other BBQ meat, I was eager to continue trying Filipino food.

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They only had a few options, but it still seemed enough. Above from left to right you will find longganisa, BBQ chicken and BBQ pork belly skewers. I think it all cost about $8. Unfortunately they didn’t have garlic rice as listed on their menu, which was disappointing.

Admittedly, it was very nicely presented on a banana leaf. However we found the longganisa quite dry. The pork belly wasn’t amazing either, no significant bursting BBQ flavour. The most flavoursome was the chicken skewers, which I didn’t mind, but overall it wasn’t amazing.

Hoy Pinoy is a roving food stall that serves Filipino BBQ and street food, so find their next location on their Facebook. They are also often at Queen Victoria Market.

Trailer Made

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I’ve heard Trailer Made’s name here and there, mainly at the recent Trailer Park events. They’re not one specific cuisine, but rather inspired by their travels in places such as Europe, China and Korea. One glance at their menu and you can definitely see this broad influence.

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Having only one dish I can’t comment on the entire outfit, but this steamed sticky beef bun made me feel like by spreading their influence in their menu that the specific flavours aren’t brought out successfully. The slaw was nothing special, lacking any exotic dressing or flavour. The bun itself, for $10, had little meat and thus felt like mainly bread.  Considering their popularity, perhaps their European dishes are done better.

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For more information on Trailer Made visit their website or check their Facebook for their next location.

Trailer Made on Urbanspoon

Nepal Dining Room 

Never having been sure what Nepalese food is, and often coming across it at food festivals, we thought it was about time that we give it a try.

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Although the Chicken Sekuwa (above and $12 as a main with salad) looked tempting, we’d had our share our BBQ for the night. On a mission to try something different, we went with the chicken momo (dumplings, $5 entree size).  

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It may not look like anything special but I think this could have been my favourite for the night. I really enjoyed the sauce, which was Nepalese tomato and sesame chutney according to the menu. I felt like it had a similar taste to some Indian dishes, but still had its own twist, so I’ll be venturing for a proper Nepalese restaurant soon (up for some recommendations too)! I thought five dumplings for $5 was also fairly good value compared to most food stalls.

Vist Nepal Dining Room’s Facebook page for more information.

PS. The mandarin Jarrito drink was from the South American stall, where we didn’t enjoy the free taste-testers enough to buy their meals, but I wanted to try another flavour of the Mexican soft drink, as I enjoyed mango last time at another Mexican place!

The Meatball Company

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So perhaps I lied before – you can never have enough meat. What really caught our eye at The Meatball Company wasn’t this delicious, simmering pan of meatballs but their comedic menu. Of course, you can have a lot of fun with “balls”.

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All the menu items sounded tempting, and their little display made their bun look especially filling. But that’s not what we were after considering we wanted to try as much as we could from all the stalls. Thus, we went for the basic balls on a stick ($8).

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Their two pans were simmering with chicken balls and beef balls with mozzarella cheese. We chose the classic beef balls, yet they tasted quite cheesy. I still enjoyed them and the sauce, but would not have them on their own next time, so I could probably balance out the taste if it was served in bread or with coleslaw.

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Interested in tracking them down? You guessed it, check out The Meatball Company’s Facebook page.

Moo-Baa-Cluck Gourmet Burger Bar

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Getting a little “infoodicated” by this time, (that’s a term we’ve coined that describes a drunk feeling caused by overeating), I was somehow still persuaded into trying a burger, merely because lots of other people were lining up. How easily fooled we are.

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I went with a basic BBQ burger ($11) as I do enjoy my BBQ sauce and I didn’t want anything too heavy. My friend also asked for no lettuce or tomato. Consequently, I did not find the burger quite interesting or gourmet. The beef didn’t taste too different from the norm and was nothing special, the bun was soft but overall the burger just felt plain. I don’t like to be too quick to judge, so if others have tried their other burgers please do let me know your thoughts, but I wouldn’t go back for now.

Find more information on Moo-Baa-Cluck-Burger here on Facebook.

Bianco Latte

And of course there was room in my belly for dessert! I’ve heard of Bianco Latte from reading up on Taste of Melbourne, so felt lucky that they were at this little, local event too! I found the little cart very cute and enjoyed their old-school inspired outfits with bow-ties and all.

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I felt it was decently priced as well. I got the kid’s flavour (one flavour) and that was $4 for the serving below. Besides salted caramel, the other flavours were quite normal, so salted caramel was a non-brainer, in line with the trend that is going around with Melbourne’s desserts.

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I found the flavour not entirely strong, but subtle enough for me to enjoy the whole ice-cream without getting sick. I’m more eager to try some of their more adventurous flavours that I’ve seen on their Facebook, such as salted caramel with coffee/chocolate swirl or banana split, so I’m guessing their more exciting flavours must have been at Taste of Melbourne.

You can visit their website here or check out their Facebook. Like many of the aforementioned stalls, they even do private events.

Overall

It was a lovely night and I was glad to have stumbled upon this event. I’m not sure how I haven’t heard of it before and I find it much more enjoyable than Queen Vic Market as it’s not as crowded. It has more of a local atmosphere, even with music and songs for kiddies as the parents loll and talk on the grass.

Unfortunately, I had to rush off to see a movie so I didn’t get to try everything – I didn’t have time for The Creme Brulee Cart! But as you can see, I finished off the night quite content with my ice-cream (below).

Coburg Night Market is on every Friday until December 20th, so click here for more details!

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The Trailer Park Returns!

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During August and September, Village Melbourne in St Kilda held a Trailer Park each weekend, and rotated various food trucks.

It was a successful event with a warm and charming atmosphere. It also provided a great solution for food truck enthusiasts who eagerly check their Twitter to find out where all the trucks will be that night. If you missed out, don’t worry, as the Trailer Park will return for one full week in November for The Age’s Good Food Month.

Click here to read about the event and my past experience at the Trailer Park on Weekendnotes!

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