Sukhothai noodles by Soi 38, Indonesian Street Festival, Victoria Market
The Indonesian Street Food Festival is a typically, happily intense Melbourne multicultural celebration.
There are heaps of stalls and heaps of people.
We see some unusual dishes and we see many on which we could for sure take a punt.
But we maintain our focus.
We are here, primarily, to try out the offerings of the second public appearance by the Soi 38 team of Andy from the Thai-centric blog Krapow.
We were delighted with the boat noodles we had in North Melbourne and are eager for a second helping.
This time out, Andy and his crew are cooking up sukothai noodles.
Andy’s description runs thusly: “A light pork and garlic flavoured broth, various proteins including fish balls, sliced pork, pork balls and dried shrimp served over sen lek rice noodles and topped with sliced snake beans, fried pork crackling and crushed peanuts.”
(For a more detailed description of this dish and its background, see the Krapow post here.)
The Soi 38 team members are going flat out, as are those of every other stall.
But our noodles are not a bain marie job – they’re made to order for all customers.
So we’re happy to pay, take our numbers and scout out a couple of hard-to-find seats.
It’s all worth the wait and jostling – and then some.
We both go the soup option instead of the dry variety (both $8).
The broth is tangy, yet at first, such are the quantities of the other ingredients, it seems to act more as a sauce than a soup.
But as we consume the contents of our bowls, the dish takes on a more soupy persona.
The flavours become more intense; so does the spiciness.
We are both very happy chappies.
We sincerely suggest you keep track of Soi 38 through Krapow or its Facebook page – they’re offering a delicious, very affordable, friendly and fun way to enjoy Thai recipes and dishes you are highly unlikely to see listed at your local or favourite Thai joint.