I have been to a handful of Asian countries in my time, but one thing I haven’t experienced is ordering food from a
street stall. I don’t really know why I’ve never done this, I certainly have always tasted the local cuisine, but it’s usually in a restaurant, with table service and wine! So when Leigh Darlington asked me to visit his Asian Street Food stall at the Eumundi Markets, I was eager to pay him a visit, if not to taste some of his delicious meals, but to learn more about Asian street food. Leigh and his girlfriend Sophie Brown have over 27 years’ experience as chefs between them, and run the stall each Wednesday and Saturday, as well as providing private catering. Each year the duo takes off on an Asian adventure, where they hunt down the best flavours to bring home and replicate, from Thailand to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. When they find something they like, they taste it to pick out the flavours and ingredients, as most street stall conveners don’t really speak a lot of English. Their market menu is short, but with variety, and is ever changing, and the flavours are what you would expect of a five-star restaurant, without the hefty price tag or a week-in-advance booking. Sophie and Leigh source just about all their ingredients locally, and even make most of their condiments, like the sweet chilli sauce, themselves.
While I was there I tasted the Laab Gai with Sticky Rice, a traditional Laos dish, which had a wonderfully vibrant flavour, colour and texture. Other menu items include crispy braised pork, Vietnamese omelette, vegetable and vermicelli spring rolls (they’re huge!) and more, prices start at $4, or are no more than $10.50. If you want to book them for a private function, they have a whole range of other items to choose from. They must love what they do, because it is obviously time consuming and involves a lot of hard work, taking them at least a couple of hours just to set up their stall equipment. If you would like to learn more about Leigh and Sophie’s food, visit them at the Eumundi Markets, or go online to www.asianstreetfood.com.au
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