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Hawkers Market May 2014 (Review)

Hawkers Market May 2014 (Review)

I had done this before. It wasn’t my first Hawkers Market so I knew what to expect. My boyfriend and I even had a game plan. We decided to try all the new items first, then if and only if, we were still hungry we would venture to the booths present at the last market back in April. Unfortunately, our night didn’t go according to plan and between the two of us we tried every single food and drink available that night. Not that we are complaining – everything was so yummy!

We arrived early because I had this fear the food was going to run out. This time around the market had moved to a more spacious room. I was so pleased by this because it meant more food (duh!), and more spaces to eat the food. I saw several booths from the last event including Maria and Andres of Sincerely Pasta. This couple specializes in gluten-free pasta. I have tried their quinoa and chickpea varieties and my boyfriend tried the buckwheat spaghetti at the Hawkers Market. He loved the portion size and all the ingredients he was able to add to his pasta. The couple remembered us from several other food events and we had a nice, long chat with them.

Hawkers Market May 2014 (Review)

As soon as we walked in, 33 Acres Brewery was offering a pork belly sandwich braised in their beer. It also included roasted tomato jam, homemade herb mayo, and arugula on a Railtown Café baguette. Needless to say I was in, and my vegan boyfriend was way out! I had to wait about five minutes for this dish and my boyfriend commented maybe they don’t know what to expect at the market. I was more than happy to wait though! At first bite, I smiled and told him people are definitely not going to mind waiting when they get this gem! Everything about the sandwich was perfect! I seriously contemplated getting another.

Hawkers Market May 2014 (Review)

But, alas all the dessert tables were calling my name! Always a pleasure to see is the gang at Emijoys, who specialize in the Filipino dessert called polvoron. As one of my favourites from the last Hawkers Market I knew they wouldn’t disappoint. They had a new flavour this time around called “Raving Rose”. This was amazing, but my all-time favourite will always be the Lavender polvoron. I think I sometimes dream about them!

Next we visited the gals at Nuez Milk.  These two ladies were super friendly and super excited about their product! And why shouldn’t they be? They, in partnership with Livia Sweets, were my favourite of the night! Nuez Milk takes pride in organic, pure, nut milks. They sure filtered alkaline water and organic nuts as staples in their products. My boyfriend and I bought two containers of two different flavours with the intention of bringing them home. We couldn’t do it – they were so delicious we finished them within 20 minutes!

Hawkers Market May 2014 (Review)

Right beside Nuez Milk was Livia Sweets. Again, this girl was adorable and really approachable. I returned to her table several times and she was happy we kept coming back. My boyfriend and I each bought her sea salt and caramel brownie; we were going to split one but they just looked too good. The brownie was rich, chewy, and very sweet. I loved it! Next we ordered my favourite of the night – the milk and cookie shooter! Nuez Milk in the chocolate cookie cup and voila! The perfect dessert. I had two – obviously.

Although I wish I could mention every booth and entrepreneur present at the event, this article would just be too long! And I urge you to go check out Hawkers Market for yourself! It is such a great way to network with other foodies, and most importantly help out up-and-coming food businesses! I cannot wait for next month! Hitting the gym pretty hard this week though!

 

Written by: Micaela Monk

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