Glenfield Night Markets
I’m not a Shore girl so driving into Glenfield on a rainy Sunday night was like entering another world. Someone had suggested we check out the food at the night markets at the local Westfield but as we got deeper in to suburbia I did start to have my doubts about just how good they would be.
I was not only pleasantly surprised but fair bowled over. The Glenfield Night Markets are in the covered carpark of the shopping centre and they have a great energy, similar to a Malaysian hawker stall in Penang, or even our own Chinese lantern festival. It’s international street food at its best. There was everything from Hungarian pastries to Japanese Takoyaki, to Satay sticks, to tacos (with hot tortillas made on the spot) to Korean pancakes and everything in between.
The organisers of the market have combined the best of Auckland’s street food stalls and you feel like you’re at Pasifika, Diwali, Lantern and the International Cultural Festival all at once. We had fabulous tasting sushi ($1 piece), sumptuous tacos ($6 each) as well as some traditional Chinese sweet ($4) but to tell you the truth you’d find it pretty hard to encounter anything that even cost half of the standard Cheap Eats budget. This is cheap, delicious, authentic home-cooked international cuisine and we can’t wait to get back to try more of it.
Now you no longer have to wait for something major on the cultural calendar to experience ethnic food. This market is here to stay, every Sunday, same time, same place. Go soon. Next week in fact. No matter where you are, it’s worth the drive. And make sure you check out the American Brownies for dessert. I am still thinking about them…