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By Madeleine Gray on December 7, 2016 in News

Photo: James Campbell

Photo: James Campbell

While Pauline Hanson may not be a fan of the Halal Snack Pack, and though she seems to think that “98 per cent of Australians don’t believe in halal certification”, here at The Beast we couldn’t think any more differently. In fact, we love and celebrate all the amazing multicultural cuisines we are lucky enough to have access to in Australia.

When you’re travelling in India, you get sick of curry pretty quickly. The same goes for pizza and pasta in Italy, and tagine in Morocco. The great thing about living in Australia is that we don’t have a national cuisine as such (unless you count the humble sausage sanga, or even the witchetty grub), and so our taste buds are constantly getting to globetrot, even as our bodies stay firmly put.

And while Spice Alley in Chippendale is being celebrated for bringing Asian street food to the CBD, and the newly opened Tramsheds in Annandale is now offering a range of delectable cuisines in ultra-hip settings, the Eastern Suburbs is home to a hidden culinary gem, too: the annual Kingsford Noodle Markets.

For one delicious day on December 3, Meeks Street in Kingsford will be closed off to traffic and transformed into a bustling gastronomic hub, with a lantern garden and a hawker-style food market.

The event is presented by Randwick City Council in collaboration with the Kingsford Chamber of Commerce, and promises to offer a taste of the best that Kingsford has to offer.

Kingsford has long been a hub for authentic Asian food, with UNSW’s large international student population resulting in a plethora of home-style restaurants catering to customers who know their stuff.

Many of these local restaurants will hold stalls at the Noodle Markets and cook their signature dishes with fresh produce right in front of you. Take your pick from Indonesian nasi timbel, Japanese katsu, Malaysian mee goreng and Vietnamese pho. It’ll all be up for eats!

Randwick Mayor Noel D’Souza recently told The Beast of his excitement about the event.

“Kingsford Noodle Markets is an event I look forward to every year to see Meeks Street bustling with families trying out some of the great local cuisine,” he said.

“It’s the perfect event to come and enjoy some delicious food whilst celebrating local diversity and supporting the local businesses of Kingsford.”

If you’re planning on bringing the kids, Randwick Council’s got you sorted, with plenty of entertainment and activities for all to enjoy, including lion dancers, cultural performances, tarot reading and live music.

Don’t fret about car parking either, as there’ll be free parking for the day at UNSW, which can be accessed via Barker Street at Gate 14. From there it’s just a short stroll to the event via Harbourne Road.

Say what you want, Pauline, but we’ll never dismiss a delicious feed just because the people who make it might’ve come here on a boat (oh, the irony). Join the hungry hordes at Meeks Street on December 3, from 12pm to 9pm, and dig in. If you want more information about the event, head to