Tuesday, 20 August 2013

a day at fremantle markets

Entrance to Fremantle Markets.

I love markets. I love my local markets, and I love exploring markets that are foreign to me.

So it goes without saying that when we were in Perth, I enjoyed it very much when we went to Fremantle Markets, with Simon's brother and his wife playing tour guides. They love food and are happy to recommend their favourite eats! My kind of tour guides.

Oh, we did other wonderful things as well, like strolling around, visiting a museum, appreciating the ocean. But as usual, all that I seem to capture is the food. So here we go.

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Michele's Crepe Suzette was an interesting start to the day. They are very popular, so there was a queue. We got a number and returned about ten minutes later for our lemon cinnamon sugar crepe. This is different to the wispy-thin crepes I usually have - they're thicker, chewier, more substantial. Keeping that in mind, I'm not sure about the authenticity, but they work as sort of a humble comfort food, if also a bit messy to eat in takeaway form - watch out for the syrup!

Lemon cinnamon sugar crepe by Michele's Crepe Suzette.

Michele's Crepe Suzette on Urbanspoon

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Then we stopped to purchase a cup of soy chai masala from Black Cherries Espresso. I've mentioned before that Simon and I are picky about our chai, ever since he came back from his India holiday with the real thing. But we fancied this one - Simon even suggested this could be on par with the ones from India, or at least very close. While it does not emphasize the biting hot spices like peppercorn, it is certainly well-endowed with other lovely, fragrant, warm spices... my memory fails me now, but if I recall correctly, the notes of cardamom and cloves were particularly pretty in this one.

Masala chai from Black Cherries Espresso.

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I forgot to mention that the above two stops were, in some ways, placeholders for the main event - a ramen lunch at the famous Dosukoi Ramen Bar. We had registered our interest with them earlier in the day, and were told it could be up to a two-hour wait. So we gave them a mobile phone number, and happily wandered about until they called us. I'm not normally someone who hangs around this long for a meal, but hey, we're tourists with so many other things to explore, and all the time in the world! In the end, I think the wait was an hour and a half?

For starters we had chicken karaage. It was nicely seasoned, though that didn't stop us from liberally using the shichimi shaker on the table. You can almost never have too much spice. It could also be crunchier, but it was addictive regardless. Come on, it's deep-fried chicken.

We got the soft pork ramen, and while, given the hype, I think there is room for improvement, it was still tasty. I relished the kick of miso in the broth (though I suspect there is also added MSG swimming around in there, and the stock could use more depth); the noodles were perfectly cooked with great springy texture.

Pork ramen at Dosukoi.

Dosukoi - Japanese Noodle Ber on Urbanspoon

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Finally, I became the cheerful owner of a chocolate doughnut from Levi's Doughnuts, made fresh so it came piping hot, much to my approval. This rustic, irregularly shaped beauty concealed a luxuriously glossy melted dark chocolate filling. It's both down-to-earth and sexy.

The dark-chocolate-filled doughnut from Levi's Doughnuts.

Levi's Doughnuts on Urbanspoon

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Next post - saying goodbye to Perth, and then, finally, a recipe post, for those of you who miss them.
So do stick around!

22 comments:

  1. Gah! That doughnut! Totally worth a plane ticket...

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  2. I don't think I have ever seen such a huge crepe....

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    1. It was a really fat crepe. Though I do also have small hands which makes most things look huge... *that's what she said* ;P

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  3. Lemon and sugar is one of my, if not my actual, favourite way to have crepes, but I'd never thought of putting cinnamon in too, even though I also adore cinnamon. Genius!

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    1. I love the simple lemon and sugar crepe too, and I can say the touch of cinnamon was a really nice addition!

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  4. i love walking around markets!cant wait to visit this one if im ever in perth!

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    1. For sure, it's a really fun market! There were many more things I could've tried, I'd happily go back again.

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  5. I love wandering around markets! All this food looks really good.

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  6. gotta try the paella from Street Eats in market

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    1. Thanks for the tip! Might check it out next time, whenever that is.

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  7. All this food looks amazing! sounds like you had a great time!

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  8. I agree! Exploring the local markets at a foreign place is such a good way to experience what the city is like. I also like going to local supermarkets too (if in diff country) because am always fascinated by what products they have over there. Does give insights as to what you may find in local households too. You did so much eating at the Freo market here, love that =)

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    1. Yes, food, in general, is just such a wonderful way to experience a place. :D

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  9. Crepe looks crazy! And mmm chocolate donuts! I love markets!

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  10. Omg. ..so many highlights here. The crepes and the choc filled doughnuts in particular hehe. I agree - exploring the markets is the best and tasting everthaaang!

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    1. I wish I got to taste everything! I'll try harder next trip. ;)

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  11. loving this post, totes using it to plan my perth trip!

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    1. Yay hope you have fun! There were so many stalls in the market, maybe you'll get to try more of them than I did!

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