Disclaimer: All food was complimentary but opinions are my own
Over the weekend I was invited by ChineseBites to the International Summer Night Market (the one near IKEA). On our way there, we almost ran over a super cute bunny as it dashed across the road! Don’t worry it survived! Okay back to the night market…
My boyfriend and I arrived around 8pm and the night market was dead compared to the other night market (the duck one). There were hardly any vendors and there weren’t that many food vendors either. It was pretty sad since this was the original night market that I used to go to but I guess the competition has gotten tough. On the bright side, this means literally no lines ups and no crowds. I also heard the food is a bit cheaper here and no entry fee either.
Prepare for lots of pictures!
This was the only skewer place and they only let me try one skewer so I picked the lamb. You can choose to get it spicy or non-spicy and if you know me, I picked spicy.
The flavour was alright but it was on the dry side.
I also met Sophia from Every Day is a Food Day and her sister! So you will see them as my hand models in my pictures! We shared food so we wouldn’t be overly stuffed. Here we have some generic curry fish balls. Not much curry flavour really. The squid was pretty good though not overly chewy and they used the Thai Sweet Chili sauce on it which I like.
This stall sells desserts and also okonomiyaki which seemed random amidst all the desserts! I saw a lot of people getting their frozen yogurt.
This was the deep fried ice cream. The inside has vanilla ice cream and the outside is warm from being deep fried. The hot and cold combination was interesting but the battered layer was a bit difficult to cut through with the plastic forks.
We also tried the okonomiyaki which was only $5 and it was big too. There were some small bits of squid as well as cabbage inside. The texture and flavour was okay and for $5 it was not bad. Maybe it could’ve been crispier though. It’s also pre-cut into 4 pieces to make it easier to share.
This was Monkey Brains! Essentially deep fried avocado with imitation crab meat in the middle and some mayo and ponzu sauce on top. It tasted like the inside of a California roll and if you like California rolls you’ll like this! I wish there were more pieces. I remember Mega Sushi also has something similar.
There aren’t many ways to make the hurricane potato more interesting… except to make it extra long!!! This is always good to get and guess what? NO LINEUPS. Actually they were even offering people samples of this…
This stall served homemade tofu pudding and you can choose the toppings you want. We picked pearls and housemade sweet purple potato balls which tasted like mochi! In comparison, the pearls were like the kind in tapioca pudding and they were quite soft. I wish they were the chewy kind too but that might be too much chewing in one bowl. Also I wish the purple potato was served cold. It was sorta lukewarm and on a hot day, it didn’t go with the cold tofu pudding.
Taiyaki! The night market is the only place I can find these. I got the custard one but I think the pastry shell could’ve been better. Kinda disappointed.
I also saw another stall with taiyaki stuffed with ice cream! Maybe I should’ve tried that instead.
This ice cream stall makes parfaits but I didn’t try one. Instead we got their watermelon juice served right out of a watermelon! There’s also a pineapple option.
The juice was nice and refreshing but it could’ve been colder. Many people asked us where we got them from as we were walking around and I’m sure we helped bring them at least 10 customers! It’s a bit pricey considering you can buy watermelons for a lot cheaper at the grocery store.
Wheel cakes! $1 each or 6 for $5. I tried the custard one and I liked how it was like a chewy pancake. I prefer this over the taiyaki with a similar custard filling. They also have Oreo and Nutella flavours.
This stall also serves stinky tofu and guess what? It was my first time trying it! The smell was pungent but flavour-wise it wasn’t actually that strong.
I felt bad for this stall because they just looked so lonely with no customers. They sell crepe cakes and the flavours are: mango, strawberry, durian, chocolate and matcha.
We got the Matcha crepe cake to share and the cake was light and smooth. It’s not sweet either. Overall it wasn’t too special to me. It was also $8 for a cake though and I think that’s why no one wanted to try it. I think they need to lower the price.
At this stall you can get 4pcs of takoyaki for $3! It was okay.
Next we tried some Yuja Ade! In Korea they usually drink this as a hot tea for colds and it’s great for skin care so they made a cold version. Yuja seems to be the Korean term for Yuzu. The bottom of the drink has bits of rind and something like marmalade but it was sweet and refreshing. They put ice in and then pour in soda water. There was a lot of ice though.
I was extremely full at this point but we also tried Mr and Mrs Poppins Popcorn. They had cinnamon toast crunch, white truffle parmesan and sweet seaweed furikake flavours. You can also sample the popcorn before you buy it. I thought the flavours were interesting but we went with the most savoury option: white truffle parmesan!
The bag is also huge so you better share! You can probably get full from eating popcorn alone. The truffle flavour was surprisingly strong too.
Lastly we have the fanciest cotton candy I’ve ever seen from Sugar Twist!
This was the 4 layer version and there’s a butterfly in the middle! It’s so pretty we spent at least 10 minutes taking Instagram-worthy pictures and then we noticed that the cotton candy was slowly deflating and shrinking so it’s actually not that big in the end. But it was ok because we were quite full anyway. You can also choose to have it with strawberry flavour or original flavour (aka pure sugar flavour?) too but I wasn’t paying attention so I’m not sure if that’s for the whole cotton candy or just parts of it but I did taste the strawberry in the outside pink part!
On the other hand, not sure if I would actually pay $10 for cotton candy unless I shared with 5 other people.
I tried some interesting new things on my two hour eating spree but I think the selection wasn’t that good overall. For me, I just miss the ambiance of having lots of people around. I think this night market needs a new location. It’s just too out of the way but I know finding a new location is hard.