Since moving to Darwin in the Northern Territory, we’ve enjoyed sampling the various wares at the local weekend markets. The food stalls offer a fantastic variety of fresh specialty dishes from from Vietnam, Thailand, France, Japan, China, India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Malaysia and more. We’re slowly working our way through the Laksa, curries, vege noodles, rice paper rolls, broth and soup combinations, tofu and dim sum. It is quite a treat and as we’re in a new place it is even easier to try different and ‘new’ things that we would have usually passed by.
The markets also have a range of fresh vegetables and fruit with a particularly tropical and south-east asian influence. Tropical fruits and iced tropical fruit smoothies are popular and prolific in the heat, as are the fresh greens for a quick home-made stir fry.
I love the laid back atmosphere at the markets. It has a really friendly and vibrant feel with so many cultures represented. People are out and about, starting their weekend with some homegrown music and a wander through the spicy stalls, all buzzing with patrons patiently waiting (sometimes in the rain). Mindil Beach Markets (in the Dry) offer a fantastic spot to sit and watch the sunset. The rain doesn’t keep anyone away though, with the Parap Markets on every weekend even during The Wet. Saturday is not Saturday any more without a Laksa!!!