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Twilight hawker market revisited

2011, @eatdrinkperth, curry, drink, eat-drink-perth, empanadas, food, perth, satay, singaporean, yogurt

Twilight Hawker Markets

By now most would have read or heard about the overwhelming success of the first Twilight Hawker Market, a part of the Eat Drink Perth festival. If you haven't, now is a good time to catch up on some excellent write-ups and porn-y food pics by fellow Perth food bloggers:

The turnout for the inaugural Twilight Hawker Market was quite phenomenal with queues forming rapidly around some of the stalls shortly after the market was opened and continued to be busy until they sold out. A common complaint was the poor use of space, where all the stalls were crammed into the small area, whilst the main square at Forrest Chase was left unused. Some stall holders were also caught on the back foot with the popularity of their offerings, with the paella and Singaporean hawker stalls selling out well before 7pm. Others, like the satay and empanada stalls had queues all the way until stumps.

So last Friday night, I made my way back down to the Twilight Hawker Market again determined to sample foods that I missed out on the previous week. The organisers have taken the comments and suggestions to heart and extended the stall area, providing more space to for visitors to move and queue for their favourite foods. There were also more seating setup so people can sit down to enjoy their meals and were able to wash up afterwards with a few hand washing stations dotted throughout.

Matt taking orders

Hot, fresh, empanadas

First stop at the market was Marcelita's Empanada run by Matt of Abstract Gourmet and his lovely wife Marcela. Despite the early hour of the day, there was already quite a queue forming for their tasty deep fried treats. Fortunately, I bumped into a fellow friend who was in the queue and managed to sneak an order in with his. Mine were an all time favourite, pulled pork and lime with coriander with a side of guacamole. Hot, crispy little pockets filled with delicious shredded pork. The limes cutting through the rich meaty flavours and providing a lovely contrast. My friend Seng, who was trying the empanadas for the first time, had a sample of each flavour but also agreed that the pork was the outstanding winner.

Red Hot Spatula - Sliders

While waiting for our empanadas to be served up, I wandered down to Red Hot Spatula, a stall serving Singaporean style curries and snacks which I missed out on the previous week as they sold out quickly. From the stall, I had their signature hoi sin glazed chicken in wonton cup, a dish that is inspired by the classic Pekin duck but given Yvonne's unique intepretation. The chicken was garnished with grated cucumber and sprigs of coriander. The combination of flavours and textures worked really well with the salty chicken tempered by the cool, bland cucumbers and coriander providing a touch of sharpness. The crispy wonton skins provided a lovely crunchy textural base bringing all the elements together. I also had a deliciously rich and aromatic beef curry served with warm roti pratha.

Despite preparing a larger batch of food and adding new dish (Gado Gado) to the menu, they were completely sold out by 7pm. Yvonne has vowed to make an even larger batch of food for next week's market and add yet another dish, quite probably a curry as that was immensely popular.

Indian Thali

In the meantime, Seng wandered off and got himself an entree platter from Thali - comprising of a pair of tandoori drumsticks, 5 curry prawns, a samosa and some salad

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March madness

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Eat Drink Perth, Logo

I'm sure most people know or have a friend, who's really nice but set in their ways and a little resistant to change. And meeting up again after having not seen them for a couple of years they surprise you by doing something completely out of character, but in a pleasant way? Well, that's what it felt like returning to Perth after a couple of years of working away.

New high-rises have popped up in the CBD, a pletheora of

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Breaking the drought: 2010 wrap up

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It's a wrap

Oh hi! It's a little dusty and neglected in here. Please, make yourselves comfortable while I clear the cobwebs and straighten the furniture. Poor little blog, it had a promising start, but a short unexpected hiatus lead to days, then weeks, then months and then ... total neglect. This dear little corner of the internet has been left by the wayside while I gaily galivanted across the gastro-sphere. But! Fear not, for I have returned, and I promise to not let it be so long between conversations.

But first, I didn't think it appropriate to start writing on the happenings of the new year without first providing proper closure for the year just past. While I may have not been writing (shame on me), I have been participating in various food related events that have been fun, educational and most definitely delicious.

Rather than a tedious blow-by-blow break down, I'll summarise the second half of 2010 in 3 parts:

The Good

Two great food events that I've attended in 2010. Firstly there was the Good Food and Wine Show at the Convention Centre. My first GFWS and I wasn't too sure what to expect. Except of course that there would a lot of people. The Cheese Matters course I found quite entertaining and enlightening, sampling a variety of cheeses with matched wines

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Anticipation: food, wine & a jolly good show

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GWFS 2010

Update: My tickets and event passes arrived in the mail on Friday. Excitement builds!

In just under a month, the Perth leg of this year's Good Food & Wine show will kick off and activity is ramping up in the local blogosphere and on twitter. With over 150 food, wine and beverage exhibitors as well as celebrity chefs descending upon our fair city; a promise of tasty treats, quaffable wines and geeky gadgets; and a weekend of indulging in all

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Midweek brekky @ Cantina 663

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Smoked salmon with poached eggs

Taking the opportunity of having the car for the day and a sizeable slice of time before running errands, I headed down to Cantina 663 for a spot of breakfast and some much needed pulse-racing inducing coffee. I've been to Cantina once before for coffee. The superbly made caffeine concotions and menu suitably piqued my interest to warrant a more leisurely visit. It seems that I'm a little late to the party as other bloggers have written about their experiences there.

Arriving a little after 8.30am, the cafe was quite empty with only two other occupied tables. Although that changed rather rapidly as more people walked through the door in their ones and twos with the morning paper tucked under their arms, a book in hand or toting a laptop. Some, like myself, opting to sit indoors in the warmth but most braving the sunny but brisk outside covered area.

Coffee

Not being a morning person in the slightest, I usually need a strong, punchy coffee to kick start the old grey matter. The long macchiato was exactly that. Rich, heady and aromatic with deep and bold flavours sweetened ever so slighty with a dash of milk, it certainly hit the spot. It was so good in fact, I ordered a second with a ristretto chaser to really put a spring in one's step.

Golden Yolk

But what definitely

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Barista jam pictures

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Cups from Croatia

Driving along in unfamiliar teritory, in the dark, trying to find 145 Stirling Highway was not an easy task. And one that was complicated by occasional driving rain and trecherous road conditions. After driving past it twice with turns down blind side streets, I did finally arrive the desired destination. In one piece.

The barista jam, an initiative by Matt of Abstract Gourmet, Tom Werne (European Foods), Charles Stewart (Rocket Fuel), Jesper Bood (Ristretto Coffee) and Jen Murray (Five Senses

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