It seems like Lucky Dumpling Market was a long time ago with Adelaide now being in a 6 day lockdown due to Covid-19. But I still wanted to write about my experience at the Lucky Dumpling Market in 2020. I was so excited for it because I thought they would have cancelled it due to Covid-19 as all other events had canceled but they still kept it on so I was very happy. I guess to attract tourists, good for the economy, and people needed a distraction. It was also at a bigger venue so there was more space for social distancing but not much social distancing was really happening at the market. People were still sharing tables and standing close to you but at least there were Covid Marshals to control the crowds and maintain social distancing and there were markings on the ground to tell you where to stand. You also have to use the QR code and scan it with your phone to enter your details for contact tracing and show them your green pass on your phone when you enter (if you answer all the questions correctly). They also have hand sanitisers at the entrance.
The Lucky Dumpling Market was held at Elder Park. It use to be held at Pinky Flat but this year it was at Elder Park just before the rotunda. Lucky Dumpling Market ran from 30 October – 15 November. It’s a must go to event if you like Asian food and Asian culture but can be expensive. I wish it was held longer as I only got to go twice. I couldn’t go during the week due to work but I tried all the food that I wanted to eat. There were a lot more stalls than the previous years as in a bigger venue. I think there were about 17 stalls this year. A popular favourite is The Filipino Project, which serves Filipino food. I have never eaten there before as I am not big meat eater but I should be more adventurous and try it next time as my friend raves about it. She always eats from there. But I have eaten at Jalan Jalan (Malaysian), TMR Dumplings (Vietnamese) and Chef Kim (Korean) before.
On the Opening Night, I had Soza’s Sri Lankan food. I love their curries. Last time at Adelaide Fringe, I tried their beef curry but this time I had their chicken curry with rice. It was really nice! They let me try it first before buying because I asked if it was spicy so they let me try it to see if it was too spicy for me but it wasn’t . It had a really nice mild flavour so I decided to get it. It was perfect for that night as it was a bit cold. It came with chicken curry, rice, and some onion and tomato salsa I believe. I enjoyed it and the rice was perfectly cooked. And the curry goes well with the gin as I got gin from the Sake Bar!
I was considering having dumplings but I was too full after the chicken curry with rice so I waited for a bit and had dessert from Shibui dessert bar. It’s my favourite place to get dessert and they have a dessert cafe on Grote St, which is really nice. They do really nice desserts when it is their full menu. I had their mochi donuts before so I decided to have it again as I felt like it in this cold weather. I had it with matcha ice cream, which is their new flavour as I have never seen matcha ice cream on their menu before. It was perfect. The mochi donuts were nice and crispy on the outside but soft on the inside and coated with sugar so makes it more sweet. Love their mochi donuts! The matcha ice cream tasted like matcha not too bitter and not mixed with white chocolate like some places do. I like it just as it is. It was a fun evening.
The second time I went was at the end of the first week and it was during the day. It was a bit hot so we sat in the shade. They had more performances on during the day then in the evening. I was sad that I missed the lion dance performance that they had later in the second week. There were lots of singing, dancing, and some playing traditional instruments, which was interesting to hear. I didn’t like the opera singing though but I have never liked it as it sounds out of tune and high pitched.
This time at Lucky Dumpling Market, I had Ragini’s Spice Butter Chicken Dumplings and I also had their turmeric, lemonade and ginger drink. It was very refreshing. I am a big fan of Butter Chicken so I wanted to try this and I had seen it on instagram. The presentation wasn’t as nice as what was shown on instagram but the taste was just as what I expected it to be. The filling was butter minced chicken and then they had the butter chicken on top. The dumplings were fried as they were nice and crispy. They gave you three dumplings, the size was very generous and the chicken was tender. I gobbled it up as it was so tasty. Probably my favourite dumplings at the Lucky Dumpling Market and I have had a few over the years.
I was still hungry though so I went to Bao Plus 393 as I thought I’d get the buns and my friend wanted their Korean Fried Chicken buns so I went there and the line was so long! I can see why though as their menu is very creative. They are run by Astonish Patisserie on King William St, which is a lovely dessert cafe. In the end, I did not get the buns but I got their Flying Noodles because it sounded nice. I didn’t realise it was actually flying until I got it! The noodles were very filling as it was a big serve and lots of ingredients. It was a cold noodle salad. I thought it’d be hot but it was actually cold with cucumber, carrots, spinach, spring rolls and you can choose between pork or chicken. I got the honey soy chicken. The sauce was nice and sweet. I couldn’t finish the dish but it was still nice and very instagram worthy. They gave me a free lychee drink but I don’t know why as they just said it was complementary. I felt special.
After that I felt like ice cream so I went to Shibui again and I got their Bubble Tea Thai Milk Tea Sundae. It was hot that day so the ice cream melted a bit and I could’t finish it after eating the cone with some ice cream in it. They give you a lot of ice cream. There was too much tapioca pearls and they were a bit hard so a bit overcooked but other than that the ice cream was really nice. It did remind me of my favourite drink bubble tea. Because we weren’t doing anything after that, my friend and I decided to go on a paddle boat ride as they were just outside the back entrance on the river torrens. We both hadn’t been on the paddle boats for a long time and it’s another perspective of seeing the Lucky Dumpling Market if you want a break from the crowds.
Overall, it was lovely event in a bigger and better venue. I hope they have it at the same location next year! But we never know what’s going to happen next year. We live in interesting times now. Did you go to the Lucky Dumpling Market? What was your favourite stall? What was your favourite dish from Lucky Dumpling Market?
Thanks for reading!
Love N xx