Soi 38, North Melbourne Spring Fling, Errol St.
Having been out and about the previous day on official Consider The sauce business/fun, we figure this Sunday will be a cruise.
But the perfect visit to Highpoint – sleeping bag, four pairs of socks, in and out in under 20 minutes on a crazy mad busy Sunday – has us running ahead of schedule and in the mood.
Another pleasant surprise comes when, after telling Bennie he can have his choice of any burger joint within easy driving distance, he says: “I want noodles!”
So with much glee it is we head for North Melbourne and the Spring Fling in Errol St.
Andy, from Thaicentric blog Krapow, is using the festival to launch his Soi 38 enterprise and we’re keen for a taste.
Boat noodles are a new one on us – and most likely Most Melburnians, even those with a well-honed love of Thai food.
You can read what Andy and his crew are aiming at this Krapow post and the links at the end.
Their stall – fronted by a real-deal street food cart – is doing a roaring trade, but we wait just a few minutes to get our food.
Our boat noodles are a smallish serve that is just right for us and a fine deal at $5.
Andy may be irked by the comparison, but they come across to us as a drier Thai-style version of pho.
Thin noodles, a fish ball, some beautifully tender meat, all in a richly flavoursome pork broth, garnished with coriander, bean sprouts and crunchy, healthy (ahem …) pork crackling.
While being quite plain in the seasoning department, they’re very good.
Even better, they’re served in real bowls and non-disposable chop sticks.
In our experience with street/festival food in Melbourne, this is a first.
In our opinion, this is a thing of monumental hipness!
And it goes to show that if food sellers are really intent on not using plastic, styrofoam and otherwise throwaway trash cutlery and containers, it can be done.
Quite apart from the environmental aspects, it makes the eating experience so much more enjoyable.
We finish our meal with a serve – from the same crew of – khanom dorayaki ($5 for four).
These little pikelet-like sandwiches – filled with the likes of with custard, pandan Ccustard, sweet taro, sala custard and creaming soda custard – are soooooo good.
After wolfing down these light-as-a-feather pleasure bombs, we head for home having had a super lunch for $15.
Hopefully, this is the start of something big for the Soi 38 crew – we certainly wish them and will be keeping a watch to learn of their next outing.