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Flavours of Asia Market – Caulfield Racecourse + GIVEAWAY *Winner Announced*

Dearest Readers, did you know the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is on from the 27th of February to 15th of March 🙂 As a foodie it’s always an exciting time look at the events calendar and pick a couple to go to, food is always good and generally so much fun. Talking about events, I have one you might be interested in going this weekend and that is the Flavours of Asia Market Festival on the 28th of February (Saturday) at Caulfield Racecourse.

Flavours of Asia


This Saturday it’s not only going to be the Blue Diamond Stakes Day at Caulfield, but they are also going to host a Flavours of Asia market with a range of Asian food stalls which include, Wonderbao, Hammer & Tong and Hoy Pinoy 🙂 Mr Bao and I were lucky enough to be invited to the preview even last week and we were very impressed with everything.

Flavours of Asia

The night started with the lovely bartender making us the market’s featured cocktail named ‘Market Mule with a Kick’ cocktail which is a combination of vodka, ginger ale, lime & chilli.

'Market Mule with a Kick' cocktail

‘Market Mule with a Kick’ cocktail

I quite enjoyed the cocktail and found it to be quite sweet (the way I like things) and the hint of chilli made it even more refreshing. It probably could have had a little more vodka in it to give it that extra kick, but given my low tolerance in alcohol this was good for me.

Lechon Kwali - slow braised and crispy fried pork belly

Lechon Kwali – fried pork belly

We were then offered some canapés from Hoy Pinoy which is a Filipino BBQ and Street Food stall, I’ve had some of their skewers at the Queen Victoria Night Market, before so I knew this would also be amazing. This is the Lechon Kwali slow braised & crispy fried pork belly with buck, chilli and yemma sauce. It had one of the best crusts on pork belly I’ve had, but the meat itself remained soft and tender! Highly recommended dish!

Red and Black Rice Salad

Red and Black Rice Salad

Moving onto a palate cleanser, this is the Red and Black Rice salad from Hammer & Tong, which had green peaches and also pomegranates. It was probably a little too green for Mr Bao’s liking but haha I quite enjoyed it and think this would be perfect to take to work for lunch.

BBQ Pork Bao

BBQ Pork Bao

You should always except to see Bao (Buns) at an Asia food market haha so there was definitely Pork Bao’s from Wonderbao. It’s been a while since I’ve visited Wonderbao the dough was still just as fluffy and filling was equally tasty.

Pork Bao

Pork Bao

Mr Bao was the photographer that night and he wanted to take a photo of the filling to show you ~ As you can see has generous juicy BBQ Pork filling.


Hoy Pinoy

While we were enjoying the canapés and cocktails, we started smelling charcoal and saw on the far left corner of the racetrack was a lovely lady from Hoy Pinoy making their famous skewers. Can’t wait to devour these!

Wouldn't it be nice to have a skewer grill at home?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a skewer grill at home?

I’m not sure I would use this skewer grill much at home…but just the look and smell of it made nudge Mr Bao and tell him we should buy one and have a skewer party hehe 🙂

Inihaw na Baboy - Pork Belly Skewers

Inihaw na Baboy – Pork Belly Skewers

We started with the Inihaw na Baboy – Pork Belly Skewers with a banana ketchup glaze, it can get messy eating these skewers but it’s worth it. I’m slightly addicted to that sweet sticky banana ketchup glaze and those crispy bits.

Inihaw na Manok - Chicken Skewers

Inihaw na Manok – Chicken Skewers

Even though we enjoyed the pork belly skewers, the Inihaw na Manok chicken skewers in traditional soy glaze I think it’s very similar to chicken adobo and was the clear winner for me. Not sure if it was the succulent chicken or simply the soy glaze but it was fantastic.

Braised Pork Belly Gua Bao

Braised Pork Belly Gua Bao

I have to admit I was already getting a little full by this stand, but there was more food coming, next we moved inside and were each given a Braised Pork Belly Gua Bao and another bao with fried tofu. It also came with picked mustard, coriander, cucumber, picked carrots and crushed peanuts. The gua bao’s already had hoisin sauce and all we had to do was add the condiments ourselves. I really liked this idea as I don’t like it when there’s too much picked mustard.

Andrew from Hammer & Tong

Andrew from Hammer & Tong

We then met Andrew Ward from Hammer & Tong, we weren’t allowed to just sit and wait for our next course 😛 we were asked to get up and learn from the Master how to make their ever popular Soft Shell Crab burger!




I have always enjoyed the soft shell crab burgers at Hammer & Tong, the crab was always crispy with a very light batter and not covered in heavy dough. I found out that night the secret was actually tapioca flour as opposed to wheat flour! Andrew said they can make up to 10 burgers in 3 minutes at the night markets!

Soft Shell Crab Burger

Soft Shell Crab Burger

End result is this delicious brioche burger with freshly fried soft shell crab, salad and some mayo delicious! Another highly recommended dish you must try at the Flavours of Asia market or at their cafe in Fitzroy.


Ice-cream Gua Bao by Creame Supreme

Ice-cream Gua Bao by Creame Supreme

Creme Supreme is the new bao venture by Wonderbao where they’ve decided to come ice-cream and baos together to make dessert buns. I didn’t expect the gua bao (buns) to be deep fried to a nice golden colour, sandwiched in-between is black sesame ice-cream, crushed peanuts and drizzle of syrup. It reminded me of a fried donut which essentially is fried bread dough 🙂

I really enjoyed the preview event and wished we didn’t have other commitments so we could go again! To enter Caulfield Racecourse it will be $20 admission fee for adults, $10 for Concession and free entry for kids 13 for more information check out their website here. I’ve recommended my manager and colleague and they’re both going so hopefully they’ll enjoy the food as much as we did!

UPDATE UPDATE! I’ve just been notified I can offer 1 Reader two VIP Tickets to the Flavours of Asia Market with your own Picnic Suite!

To enter this giveaway
– Leave a comment and tell me have you tried Ice-cream Gua Bao (buns) before? 
– For more entries please ‘Like’ me on Facebook and Follow me on Twitter ~ If you’ve already done that please let me now! Thank you!
– Giveaway ends on the 27th February (Friday 5pm) 
– You may reenter daily, one entry per day
– Winners will be chosen by me personally and announced on this blog and notified via email on the 27th February and tickets emailed to winner.
– Open only to all Melbourne residents (Sorry International Readers!)


Congratulations Gary James, I have emailed the VIP Tickets to you!

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Daisy@Nevertoosweet and Mr Bao attended Flavours of Asia as guests of Melbourne Racing Club and Haystacc PR


Central Market Tour – Eat Drink Blog 3 Part 1

Thank gosh we have a public holiday today here in Melbourne 🙂 I have just got back from Adelaide from the Eat Drink Blog 3 (EDB) food bloggers conference. It’s the first time, I’ve attended such a large food bloggers event! Over 80 bloggers from all over Australia, met up, talked, ate and drank about everything related to food 🙂 I had SO much fun!

Want to give you an overview of whole the conference, I have decided to separate it into a couple of posts my apologies if it’s a little long, but there’s so much to cover hehe so bare with me! I ll try to be brief!

Central Market Adelaide

I dragged Mr Bao with me 🙂 so very early on Saturday morning we rushed to the airport and arrived in Adelaide at 8:30am. We quickly picked up our rental car and then headed off to the Central Market where we were meeting at 10am for registrations. Did you know that the Central Market is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere? I didn’t know that and was slightly overwhelmed, when we stepped foot into the market.
We hadn’t had breakfast yet, so we found ourselves wondering around the market looking for Zuma cafe. Then someone called out ‘Daisy’, I turned around and found Charlie (Hotly Spiced) and Maureen (The Orgasmic Chef). They had arrived in Adelaide the night before, and were looking for breakfast too ~ so we decided to go together 🙂 Winston (The Hungry Excavator) also found and joined us ~
Took us a while but we found Zuma cafe, breakfast here was simple and fulfilling, hoping to do a proper review a little bit later ~

Thanks Christina and Amanda for organising EDB 3!

At 10am we met up at the Central Market Kitchen, I was a little overwhelmed at first ~ just because there were so many bloggers all in the same room hahaha gosh we re a loud bunch 😀 It was also quite amusing to see us all trying to identify each other through our Blog names and Twitter Handle ~ Christina (The Hungry Australian) and Amanda (Lamb, Ears and Honey), organisers of the EDB 3 then gave some brief introductions, before we were split into groups and started our tour around Central Market 🙂

Aubergines Fruit and Veg Stall

We start off at Aubergines fruit and vegetable stall ~ Owners Nick and Amelia have operated this stall for over 25 years and they pride themselves in the best produce they can find in South Australia 🙂
We were all given a little sample of their fruits ~ the mangoes and blueberries were fresh and SO sweet! Mangoes are definitely one of my favourite type of fruit. Other people wanted to come and collect samples too but were turned down, gosh I felt like a VIP 😀

Lucia’s Pizza Bar

Quickly moving along, next stop Lucia’s Pizza Bar, Adelaide’s first Pizza bar, and are famous for using traditional and authentic family recipes. Lucia’s also doubles up selling speciality sauces, pates, sausages and a range of goodies 🙂

Lucia’s also sells a range of goodies ~

Now, I’ve never had a good experience with polenta lol last time I had it, it resembled something very much like baby food, it was dry and gluggy. But this white polenta with Lucia’s tomato sauce was nothing but delicious! It had such a smooth and velvety texture ~

Lucia’s white polenta with tomato sauce


I really regret not buying a bag of white polenta before leaving…hope I will be able to find it in Melbourne too and remake this dish.

Providore cake and dessert stall

We then went to Providore! I had already had my eye on the stall with the massive chocolate fountain upon walking in 🙂 so was super glad we got to stop by and have a chat with Mark  the owner 🙂

Mark Gleeson from Providore

Mark told us that Providore specialises in gourmet and unique cakes and sources them from individual home bakers all over South Australia 🙂

Cakes sourced from individual home bakers 🙂

I think it’s a wonderful idea for Providore to get their cakes supplied from home bakers ~ Because I truly believe homemade cakes area always the best! It also gives homebakers the confidence and support they need to continue to bake at home 🙂 We didn’t get to try any cakes here sooooo I went back with Mr Bao after the tour 😛 Will be blogging about it soon!

The Yoghurt Shop

I love yoghurt! Eat it everyday 🙂 So I’m quite picky with my yoghurt ~ I like it thick, creamy and RICH, it’s hard to find! But The Yoghurt Shop totally nailed it! Their yoghurt was DELICIOUS! So many of us – Byran and Chrstine were swooning over their yoghurt and really hope that they will start selling in Melbourne!

San Jose Small Goods

Next up was San Jose Small Goods 🙂 a small boutique store that specialises in Spanish artisan pork products such as chorizo, ham and pancetta. It was fascinating to learn that everything is hand made and they only use free range pigs and also female pigs are a preference.

Jose and his partner 🙂

We were given samples of their ham and cured chorizo and you could tell that it wasn’t the commercial type you get from the supermarkets. It was addictive, I just wanted piece after piece! But had to restrain myself hehe 😛 Sighh once again…a shame we weren’t able to bring any home…I checked online… you need to order a minimum of $300AUD for them to deliver…anyone willing to share with me?!

Mr Bao crashing the tour!

LOL My camera battery was dying so I had to call Mr Bao to the rescue, so he decided to come crash the tour 😛 He seemed really interested in what Jose had to share too ~ He managed to get a piece of ham too and LOVED IT!

Vegas Poultry

We stopped by briefly at Vegas Poultry 🙂 the organic free range poultry stall, they have been in the market for over 20 years, Frank the owner wasn’t there but his daughter was lovely and explained to us, her Dad wasn’t much of a scholar and decided to quit school 20 years ago and purchase this poultry store hehe ~ We did get to sample their pandan chicken the next day at the luncheon that was prepared for us ~

Mushroom Man

Our last stop was at the Mushroom Man 🙂 the stall that only sells MUSHROOMS! I love mushrooms but never knew there were so many different types, I usually just eat the button ones ~

Mushroom man himself ~ Marco!

Meet the Mushroom Man himself ~ Marco lol he explained to use the stall has been at the Central Market for 30 years and he has basically grown up at the market and described himself as a ‘Market Baby’ hahaha he was very funny! He introduced us to the black garlic!

Black Garlic

Black garlic is garlic that has been fermented in high temperature ~ it doesn’t have the sharp taste raw garlic has, instead it’s quite sweet a very unique taste but I liked it ~ not sure what I would do with it though hahaha do you have any ideas?

Now that concludes the Central Market Tour 🙂 I had so much getting to know the stall owners, their history and their products ~ you can tell that each and every one of them are passionate about what they do! I recommend anyone who visits Adelaide to MUST GO to the Central Markets ~ I can’t believe I missed out last time hehe 🙂 For more information about the stalls and the market opening times please visit their website.

Phew that took me ages to edit the photos and write the review ~ stay in tuned for part 2!

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