It’s Friday, the end of the working week and the traffic starts to disperse from the city as people hurry on home giving rise to bumper to bumper vehicles on most of the roads leading out. Why would you want to enter the madness? Well, because in the mall away from the traffic is a bustling food market scene. Perth’s Twilight Hawker Markets will run every Friday night during summer at Forrest Place in the Perth shopping mall. The markets coincide with late night shopping in the city, opening until 9:00 pm.
Standing as one of Perth’s largest hawker food markets I was both impressed and overwhelemed with the variety of food on offer, not to mention the transformation of Forrest Place. Once a dead space that I avoided walking through in the evenings, now, is a lively square of people, entertainment and food abuzz. Taste the world of Spanish, Polish, Moroccan, Egyptian, Japanese, Malaysian, French, Colombian, Thai, Mexican and American. Sweet, savoury, vegetarian and gluten free, there is a choice for any type of diner.
I believe some of the stalls rotate on a regular basis so no two weeks are the same and its worth following the official Facebook page for all the latest updates.
Japanese Food Stall – Fumi’s Japanese Pancakes & Noodles
We arrived at around five o clock and were able to swiftly order our first set of dishes at the Japanese Noodle Bar.
The delicious plate of thick udon noodles was topped with fish flakes, ginger and Japanese mayo. The ball shaped savoury pastries also known as Takoyaki are fried in a special pan and drizzled in sauce and Japanese mayo.
Fried Udon Noodle and 4 savoury pastries ($9.00)
Despite the warm weather I was craving a bowl of ramen and never consuming one before I liked the idea of noodles and dumplings in a soup. The bowl of ramen was filled with noodles, chopped spring onion, corn and pieces of nori. The dish was quite salty, very filling, even though I thought it did feel light to eat.
Homemade Soup, Dumpings and Vegetarian Ramen ($12.00)
BBQ Pork and Beef Ribs
The Kazoom food stall was very popular drawing in a crowd, lamb shanks slowly cooked for 6 hours. Who can resist trying the Guinness lamb shank dish? The soft lamb and fried potatoes went down very quickly.
Spanish Food stall – Kazoom
Guinness stout lamb shank with potatoes
Not ending the night with the lamb shank, we moved to the Colombian food stall for a plate of 3 Empanadas, our final dish for the evening and oh my were the stuffed pastries delicious.
Colombian Food Stall- Marcelita’s Empanadas
Beef, Pork & Lime, Potato Empanadas with chilli salsa ($10.00)
When the sun disappeared, a band appeared on stage and the lines at the popular food stalls were growing, our cue to leave with our full bellies but not before grabbing a couple of macaroons for coffee the next morning.
Unfortunately we ate them before we reaching the car.
Tempting choices of Malaysian, Egyptian, French and Japanese
Location: Forrest Place, Perth shopping mall
When: Friday during summer 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Tips: Catch the train or bus into the city. Park at Kings Park and walk in, 25 minute walk or catch a bus in. The free Green Cat bus passes the Malcolm Street bus stop.