Hungry Hungry Hippos Aucklanders flocked to Street Eats at Shed 10, Queens Wharf, yesterday to gorge themselves with cheap and cheerful eats. Local cafes and restaurants offered a handful of dishes each priced mostly $5 to $10 and the atmosphere was festive despite the “shed” location. Matched with a tipple of your choice, it was a fun way to try a bunch of food on a budget.
Advertised as a family affair and appealing to the everyman, the crowds were larger than expected which was both a curse and a blessing. The event was advertised for 10am to 7pm but when my friend Coco and I arrived in the early afternoon some places had completely sold out. With the success of this inaugural event, it should mean many years of Street Eats to come. Street Eats is part of Auckland Restaurant month and more info can be found at: www.biglittlecity.co.nz/auckland-restaurant-month/
Even though we were low on cash, the EFTPOS line snaked back three days long so we decided to spend only the forty bucks that we had on hand. Luckily, a tight budget was no problem and actually a fun challenge.
We sampled 5 x $5 dishes between us for $25 plus a $6 beer each making it less than $20 per person. Staying pretty true to street food, we ate deep fried food, food on sticks and pizza.
Our $5 menu included:
- Deep fried milk from Golden Emperor
- Margherita pizza from Toto’s
- Chicken satay from Thai Street
- Prawn skewer and charcuterie skewer from FISH
We also sampled Silver Fern Farm’s lamb and yorkshire pud dish, gratis.
Everything we ate was made fresh and the crowds meant that nothing was left out for long. In fact, we noticed an audience growing in front of the Silver Fern Farms grill plate as the Lamb and yorkshire pud was being conjured up. Mouths were drooling and pupils dilating as hunks of NZ lamb were being sizzled to perfection and both the sound and smell gathered a crowd. By the time the food was ready, there were more people than servings.
As you know, I adore trying new things and while I didn’t spy anything new to me at Street Eats, I did see something that was not only new to Coco, but that I was sure she would love.
The Chinese treat of deep fried milk may sound strangely unappetising, but I can assure you that it is not. Deep fried fresh to order, this sweet treat can only be described as deep fried coconut custard. Just be careful when eating this because it starts off as molten lava but once cooled sufficiently, you’ll want to eat all of it and more. Coco’s reaction was “Where has this been all my life!?”. It’s an excellent question. In a world where milk and deep frying are both so common, why isn’t everyone eating deep fried milk?
Tips for future Street Eats
The success of this event will surely mean more on the coming years. In the event of future events, here are my tips:
- Bring cash
- Bring an appetite
- Go early
- Park in the Viaduct $6 all day carpark or take public transport
- Bring a friend
Did you go to Street Eats? Did you try anything delicious or new?