The markets were in full swing by the time we arrived at the Cultural Forecourt in South Bank. We were overwhelmed by the number of food stalls scattered all over the place, stretching from the Performing Arts Centre all the way past the Wheel of Brisbane. The number of people milling about was staggering and it seemed like everything was popular. There wasn’t a stall that didn’t have a queue. With so many different Asian-inspired foods on offer, it was almost impossible to choose. Did we want char-grilled coconut ribs with tamarind glaze on rice? Noodles with ground pork and sweet bean sauce? Taiwanese chicken wings with chilli buttermilk?
In the end, we had a go at Baotime‘s braised pork belly buns with chopped peanuts (so much sweet-sticky goodness), Fu Manchu‘s crispy skin dumplings, and a couple of Hoy Pinoy‘s traditional glazed BBQ chicken skewers (we were given a free extra skewer, but I accidentally dropped it on the floor thirty seconds later because I’m freaking Angela). We also tried some of Koma Slider‘s Korean BBQ honey, garlic and soy chicken sliders, and their aptly-named “Fully Loaded Fries” – a superbly amped-up combination of curly fries and sweet potato fries topped with a crazy amount of bulgogi beef, kimchi, mozzarella and spicy mayo.