The team behind Adelaide Fringe venue Gluttony have put together a spectacular array of flavours from the Asian continent to bring us the magical vibe of the Lucky Dumpling Market, which is situated along the Adelaide Riverbank at Elder Park, as part of the annual OzAsia Festival.
Nestling themselves in the heart of the OzAsia Festival celebrations by taking up residence at the social hub of the Adelaide Convention Centre Lawns (part of the revamped Adelaide Riverbank precinct that overlooks the Torrens River), the Lucky Dumpling Market has incorporated food, drink, entertainment, shows, and events that will captivate its spectators in a titillating kaleidoscope of different cultures that come together for just under a month of festivities. There is a level of vibrancy and diversity that is epitomized through this annual festival, which unites people regardless of their age / race / gender / sexuality / ability by offering an accessible family-friendly event that can be enjoyed with a picturesque sunset view of the Riverbank, resulting in balmy evenings spent in the city.
With a bazaar-style set up that makes you feel like you’ve been transported to the streets of Asia, visitors can expect to be treated to a wave of enticing smells and scents from the various food trucks and bar spaces that are carefully placed on either side of the walkway lanes. Bringing together a fusion of Asian flavours that will tingle our tastebuds, we have local regulars such as:
- Bao+ / Astonish Patisserie (modern Taiwanese street food)
- Chef Kim Korean (modern Korean cuisine)
- Enfes Delights (Turkish)
- Humpty Dumplings (Chinese dumplings)
- Jalan Jalan (Malaysian street food)
- Ragini’s Spice (Indian curries)
- Soza’s (Sri Lankan street food)
- The Filipino Project (Filipino BBQ)
- Thavej (Thai street food)
- TMR Dumpling (Vietnamese banh mi and cold rolls)
- Toly (Vietnamese)
- Forage Supply Co (Vegan-friendly)
This is an incredible opportunity for Adelaide locals and tourists alike to greatly immerse themselves into a snippet of a colorful collective culture hailing from across Asia, in addition to enjoying a slice of South Australian delicacies on the side.
For our feast that spanned across three separate occasions, we were able to enjoy the delicious flavours emanating from one of my long-term favourites – The Filipino Project – with their boneless BBQ chicken that was served with a topping of Adobo mayo on a bed of cold salad and presented with a beautiful smoky flavour coming through the tender meat with a crispy outer layer. We also enjoyed the seafood bao buns from TMR dumplings that felt like fluffy little dreams with pockets of meat enveloped within. Served with a side of crunchy spring rolls, this was wholesome and perfect to enjoy on a balmy evening by the Riverbank. The Nasi Kerabu from Jalan Jalan, the blue rice wasn’t the only attractive part of this delicious dish, which featured melt-in-your-mouth bits of beef rendang and was complemented by the aromatic mix of sambal, herb salad, coconut, and salted egg. Going to a Dumpling Market, you also cannot leave without trying – you guessed it – dumplings! The pan-fried chicken dumplings served with soy sauce and a topping of chopped spring onions from TMR Dumplings were beyond perfect and carefully executed to deliver a punch of flavours with the first bite.
Considering how Adelaide has been turning up the heat this week, the only way to deal with the sweltering Australian heat is with a glass of Rosé in one (or two) hand(s)! Not into a boozy outing? No dramas, there’s also the variety of flavours of bubble tea by Bubble Bus, freshly brewed coffee by Chez Coffee, Vietnamese Iced Coffee from Toly / TMR Dumplings, and a range of fresh juices offered across the board of food trucks to cool you off under the scorching sunshine! In addition to the two bars that offer South Australian beers and wines, there is also the Saké bar and a Gin bar where visitors can take advantage of their flights for tastings.
The Market is packed with so many incredible food options that you could easily go on a bit of a truck hop with a small / big group of friends – after all, what better way to make the most of this Market than to try a bit of everything, right?
In addition to the food and drink, visitors can also expect to be entertained, thanks to mini shows by artists and DJs who will transform the Market venue into a space for a shake and a boogie after sundown. There will also be opportunities to participate in workshops for families and individuals (such as lantern-making), along with other free activities such as face painting and tea ceremonies! Entry to the market is free and the venue is completely cashless. BYO drink bottle for free refills +an open and welcoming attitude towards the colorful and rich Asian cuisine culture that is brimming at this annual Market.
The Lucky Dumpling Market will be running at the Adelaide Riverbank as part of OzAsia Festival till November 3, from 430pm – late (weekdays) and 12pm – late (weekends).
With thanks to Sassafras PR for the food + drink vouchers for part of this feast!