One of the best ways to acquaint yourself with a new place? Its food! Try the best eats from these local night markets across Asia.
The Hanoi Night Market is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and runs from Hang Dao street to the end of Dong Xuan Market. Aside from souvenir and clothing stalls, you’ll find vendors offering local dishes and different types of street food. Don’t miss the pho, banh mi, bun cha rice noodles with grilled pork and bun thang rice vermicelli soup.
For mouthwatering seafood, head to Pasar Malam Sinsuran (Sinsuran Night Market) on Jalan Tun Fuad Stephen, open from 6pm to midnight. Haggle for the freshest catch — like giant lobsters and tiger prawns bigger than your palm — that come straight from the port located just behind the nearby Pasar Besar (Central Market).
Also known as Telok Ayer Market, Lau Pa Sat is a 24-hour hawker center on Raffles Quay in the CBD. Sample local favorites like Hainanese chicken rice, roti prata and kaya toast, which you can purchase as early as breakfast time. For grilled eats, wait for Satay Street to open at 7pm.
“Unless you’ve explored one of the city’s night markets, you can’t say you’ve seen the place. Between Raohe and Shilin, I like Raohe more. It’s easier to navigate and is less touristy. A true feast for the senses, there’s a lot to take in, including biting into delectable delights like the pepper pork bun, blow-torched steak, fried chicken fillet (from Hot Star specifically) and fried, stuffed sweet potato balls. And of course, if you can withstand the pungency (present from five feet away), the stinky tofu is worth a try.” — Paulo Navarra (IG: @paulonavarra)