Every Thursdays and Fridays, the shopping strip along Victoria Avenue in Chatswood is turned into market stalls offering international food, fresh produce, flowers and art. The atmosphere is buzzing with live entertainment to keep you company whilst walking around trying to decide what food to sample, from Mexican to Singaporean.
These guys do the rounds at various markets and they are a regular at the Chinatown markets on Friday nights. They offer 3 types of Takoyaki: octopus, prawn and crab. Takoyaki is essentially pancake batter cooked in a ball pan traditionally filled with octopus. I was abit disappointed tonight as the mixture inside seemed to be undercooked for the octopus takoyaki and I put it down to the queues of customers waiting for the takoyaki to cook. Neverless it is as close as to the real thing we will get as some restaurants don’t use a takoyaki pan and instead use frozen takoyaki and refry them.
This stall is my ultimate favourite, they serve up traditional Taiwanese meals which includes stewed pork belly, steamed pork mince rice, fried basil chicken and pancakes with various sweet fillings such as red bean, chocolate, butter and cream. I always get their fried basil chicken which is bite sized chicken pieces, coated with salt and pepper and fried basil leaves. The chicken remains moist on the inside whilst crispy on the outside. My only complaint today is not enough basil! I also order their pork belly burger which is stewed pork belly sandwiched in between a steamed bun. Lastly I tried their steamed pork mince rice which is quite tasty with the pickled mustard greens. I wanted to try their pancakes but my stomach won’t let me….until next time.
Chatswood Mall Market
11am to 9pm
every Thursday and Friday
Victoria Avenue, Chatswood