Night Noodle Markets - I went and I saw

The long awaited Night Noodle Markets have launched in Brisbane bringing more than a touch of Asia to the city heart.

Brisbane's Asian community was out in strength on the opening night which also saw the festival receive a blessing.

There's plenty to choose from with hawker-style stalls offering Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese cuisines. There are old favourites and a few stalls offering dishes that will tempt you to try something new.

Plenty of seating means you can eat in comfort and there's also several areas designed a spot to enjoy a few drinks.

So who is there?  Expect to  see  Sichuan Bang Bang, Bird’s Nest, Chitty Banh Banh, Fat Noodle, Harajuku Gyoza, Ii-Naa, Saké Restaurant and Bar, Lunch Larder, Mini Pancakes, New Shanghai, Obsession, Okonomi House, Passion Tree, Saigon Alley Café, Serendipity Ice Cream & Sorbet, Spanthai, Taro’s Ramen, The Bun Mobile, Zagyoza, and Sydney’s Longrain, Let’s Do Yum Cha and Mamak.

On opening night the queues were longest at Bun Mobile, Taro's Ramen and Spanthai.

My pick was the chicken and the pork udon noodles at Sake and I watched Shinichi Maeda kneading the pastry for fresh udon noodles.

The green Tanqueray garden was hard to miss. You can earn yourself a free drink if you follow @tanqueraygarden on Instagram and tag your photos.  See the instructions below.

There's also a 'moon' seat that's the perfect photo opportunity with your favourite friend.

Brisbane was looking beautiful, of course, with the lights twinkling across the river.  And it was surprisingly mild, despite the cool day.

The Night Noodle Markets operate every evening until Sunday July 27.  They start at 5pm, except on weekends when they open at 4pm.

The markets are a part of the Good Food Month celebrations.

Bottom line:  Most meals were priced around $10 - $15.
Best tip:  Arrive early and park under the Cultural Centre for $15.

Kerry Heaney