It's that glorious time of the year again, Good Food Month, which means the night noodle markets at Hyde Park. This year, I have the advantage of working literally across the road from Hyde Park, so conveniently dropped in as soon as it opened the first day.
Black Star Pastry x N2 gelato
A super refreshing blend of strawberry watermelon cake smashed with N2 gelato, mixed with a Tippity Hibiscus Rooibos tea soda and freeze dried cherries. Absolutely loved the idea of a tea version of an affogato and this was perfectly executed.
Andy Bowdy ice cream truck
Andy Bowdy's ice cream truck was an opening night special only, which is a shame because the soft serve was fantastic!
The Happy Ending
Pandan soft serve, coconut rice custard, mango, coconut milk jam and toasted rice. Definitely a happy camper with this one - mango and coconut are a match made in heaven. The pandan flavour was quite subtle, making it a perfect base for the rest of the ingredients to shine. The toasted rice added a nice crunch to the sundae.
Pork belly skewers from Hoy Pinoy
The sticky and sweet skewers at Hoy Pinoy are always delicious (hence why there always seems to be a never ending queue!)
Cebu lechon from Hoy Pinoy
The cebu lechon comes with atchara sauce and rice. Loved the crispy pork crackling.
The lines seem to be the longest here, though the team are very efficient at serving and it moves fairly quickly.
Eggplant and miso pita from Jugemu and Shimbashi
Soba salad from Jugemu and Shimbashi
I feel like most of the savoury dishes are quite expensive for what you get and it's definitely better value dining at the actual restaurant itself. On the other hand, the night noodle market does have a great, lively atmosphere and is a nice thing to do on a balmy spring evening. It's also a great opportunity to try bits and pieces from a variety of places.
The desserts were as good as ever. Messina never disappoints with their special offerings:
Messina's Lucky fortune bar
I thought this might be a bit heavy due to the deep fried bun, but I was so wrong. This was perfection; salted coconut sorbet, white chocolate mango ganache and crushed cashews. As I mentioned previously, mango and coconut = winning combination. Do yourself a favour and order one of the Messina baos.
Great balls of fryer
Messina comes up with the best giggle inducing names, this time is no exception. This deep fried ice cream has a satisfyingly crunchy exterior; the inside is filled with thai custard gelato. The ball is placed on top of the 'Messina tinned fruit salad'