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Queen Vic Winter Night Market with a Korean twist

on July 31, 2016

It was Wednesday, date night with Deefer, and we decided to go to the Queen Vic Winter Night Market. We’d gone to the summer night market, and couldn’t wait to see what goodies would be on offer over winter. We got in nice and early, and by that, I mean we actually went on opening night.

As always, Deefer came to my house and picked me up. I don’t let just anyone do that, but by now, we’ve been out a number of times, so I’m comfy with it. It was winter, and that meant c-o-l-d, so we each rugged up. For me, that meant skirt, tights, boots, top, coat, scarf and gloves on standby!!

The Market, day and night, has plenty of parking at the back. Our theory is that lots of people go there after working in the city, so they don’t use the car park. We were right, and we managed to get a spot pretty easily.

It was a pretty chilly night, so while we mostly kept one hand in a pocket, the rest of the time, we strolled hand in hand around the market. Dotted around were huge pits of fire. They’re huge squares of tin, in which fires burn. Around them, the organisers have put chairs and seats, and each one looked so cosy and warm.

In Melbourne, I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy winter, and I always look to our cousins in the northern hemisphere for inspiration. So, the market, and those amazing cauldron like fire pits made me feel like I was at a Christmas market in Europe. Well, I have lots of friends from Europe, so my imagination combines my ideas and what they’ve told me!

Alas, the queues for the food stalls were just as long as usual, despite most of Melbourne not yet having realised that the Winter Market was on. When will the organisers realise that they have so much undercover area, and if they spread the stalls out a bit more, customers will be able to queue more easily, without crossing paths. When considering what to order, we had to try to figure out which people were queuing for which stall, and half the time we had no idea which was which. I’ve actually queued there before and realised after a while that I was in the wrong queue. Worse than that would be to reach the front of the queue and find there’s no food left. Actually, that did happen one time when there were churros but no chocolate sauce!! ¡Qué desastre! That’s because they’ve become so intertwined, with little to no organisation.

So, we made a decision to abandon the market for a little while. We knew we’d be back, but the beauty of that part of town is that there are heaps of restaurants nearby that we never get to sample, because we figure we’ve gone all that way for the market so why go elsewhere? Well, today was not that day. We were a tad annoyed at the queue dilemmas, so we eliminated that and hot footed it out of the market.
There we had a whole other dilemma to get through. La Porchetta? Nando’s? The pub? No, we went way out on a limb, and went for Korean. The resti was Soolzip Korean Restaurant and it’s on 179-181 Victoria St, West Melbourne. Neither of us has had it before, and I can tell you, I went in with plenty of reservation. We’d gone from craving twisty potatoes on sticks to not knowing what we wanted to eat. Being confronted with a menu of completely foreign meals only a few minutes later and needing to order? Yeah, that was a bit mentale. But, Deefer’s always up for trying new cuisine, and his bravery helps me muster up some, so we opened the menu and took a squiz.

When we’d found the resti, the outside was very typically Asian in Melbourne, wall to wall, the windows are covered with pics of the food they serve. I’d seen a plate of mouthwatering fried chicken, and was pretty sure I was going to have that. So much for not eating too badly that night! That was gawn with my hope of twisty potatoes.

Not recognising many of the other items (I know, as if I would, hey??), when we had our drinks order taken, I asked our lovely waitress which meal that was, and she located it for me Korean Fried Chicken- KFC? How good is that!! I chose boneless, because this lady isn’t prone to eating with her fingers at the best of times, let alone in a resti- regardless of the culture’s traditions. Oh no, boneless would be fine for me. But I also chose it to be the Soy Honey variety, because who doesn’t like a bit of honey soyed chicken? Deefer chose a soup. He’s so good, he really will try anything.
When our meals arrived, mine was what I expected. Chicken on a plate with some sauce and coleslaw, just as the menu said. But Deefer’s meal had been a bit more ambiguous, especially as neither of us really knew what the listed ingredients were. He received a bowl o31.07.16b jaffa soup, and on the side, was a bigger bowl with all sorts of things in it. He tried them all, and enticed me to try some too, but there was one that was absolutely revolting, for both of us!! And still, we have no idea what it was.

The décor is really cute, lots of postcards and pictures all over the walls. I’d class it more as a café than a resti, but that might just be me. I’d recommend it for a casual date, but nothing more serious than that!

Back to the market and I found what I’d been looking for. Hot chocolate!! Not only was it hot chocolate, but they had various flavours. My two fave for just about any thing (especially ice cream) are mint and jaffa. Jaffa is less available, so I went for that. OMG, it was amazing!!

Deefer’s not a hot choc kinda guy so he wandered off while I waited for my brew. I found him watching a band playing. They were so good!! They had about 40 people in front of them, dancing and enjoying the evening. What a fun thing that was to have come across! The scene was bright, colourful, and lively. I don’t know how many of those people had sampled one of the bars they have at the market, or maybe even the pub across the road, but they were having a blast. Perhaps they were all stone cold sober and were just enjoying what the night had brought them, new friends, good food, and excellent entertainment.

I’d defo recommend the QV Winter Night Market for a date, especially if you like your date and would like to amble around town holding hands and trying to stay warm, perhaps cuddled around a fire pit.

It’s on from June 1 – August 31, so there’s still time to grab a friend or a cutie, and revel in the splendour of one of Melbourne’s best treasures. And if you can’t get the food you want there, explore a little further and you’ll find any number of cuisines, including Soolzip Korean!

Xx Kit

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