Best of Malaysia at Noodle Mart
In Malaysia the humble hawker roll sits at the heart of night food markets.
In Queenstown Madam Woo’s not so humble hawker roll has gained cult status.
So it seems only right that it be one of the staple foods at the first Night Noodle Market in the resort, between September 28 and October 2.
Co-owner and founder of Madam Woo’s, Fleur Caulton, says the markets are a great fit with the business, which is also providing the liquor licence, and it would be weird not to be involved.
‘‘I think it’s exciting. It’s another thing in the Queenstown calendar that’s new and different.
‘‘We don’t have a lot of food based events.’’
And it was a no-brainer that the popular hawker roll would take centre stage.
‘‘They have a cult following,’’ she says.
‘‘People are addicted to them. We see the same people come back and order them for lunch and dinner take aways.’’
Madam Woo trainer chef Jane Leong says all three of the popular rolls would be available - pulled sticky pork, percik chicken and soy, sesame eggplant as a vegetarian option.
They were a kind of sophisti- cated street food developed from the rolls available at hawker markets in her native Malaysia - ‘‘rather than just curry and roti,’’ she said.
The marinated main ingredients were complimented with fresh coriander and cucumber - ingredients the restaurants went through ‘‘mountains’’ of.
‘‘The coriander blends really well with a lot of spicy food and makes dishes more refreshing as well and the cucumber is a great cooling agent for most of the people who find it too spicy.’’
Leong is also excited to be part of the Night Noodle Market, though says she has struggled to get to one.
‘‘I’ve always been stuck in the kitchen,’’ she laughs.
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