Gong xi fa chai! Because it’s the Year of the Rooster Cock Rooster, my social feeds are full of GIFs and images of cocks because yes, we are all juveniles at heart and it’s so funny when we can celebrate the year of the penis 🙂 So it was refreshing to find this adorable creation, born from an amazing collaboration between Blackstar Pastry, N2 Gelato and Baked By Andres. Cute chickens > than penises any day 😉

[This adorable thing was actually strawberry watermelon smash cake gelato, firecracker feuilletines, rooster macaron, Chinese herbal syrup syringe, 2 gold coins. Amazing combination and the strawberry watermelon cake as a gelato is better than the actual cake, in my opinion.]

We dropped by the Lunar Markets in Pyrmont on Sunday afternoon because my phone had had quite enough of my drooling over other people’s photos. I’d already pretty much decided which dishes I wanted to get-in-my-bellehhhh so there wasn’t much faffing around. We got there, got food, got the job done.

Yang and Co’s Singapore soft shelled chilli crabs was divine, paired with two freshly fried mantau buns to soak up the sauce. I could’ve done with more mantau, the sauce was so good!

Hoy Pinoy’s Filipino fare was really popular, with the huge queue mostly coming away with their BBQ pork or chicken skewers. We opted for the Kanin, a 12 hour smoked pork belly, served with rice and atchara pickles.

THIS. This was my favourite! Belly Bao’s Peking duck fries. What’s not to love? The kids inhaled this, 90% because CHIPS but secretly, 10% because that Peking duck sauce was amazing. They don’t skimp on the duck either so it’s a proper meal right there!

The Belly Bao trifecta that we have pretty much every year. Korean fried chicken, pork belly, and Peking duck. Can’t go wrong, and in fact they went more right this year with huge servings overflowing from each bao.

We also had some egg custard tarts from Let’s Do Yumcha but I forgot to take a photo #foodbloggerfail.

With over 20 stalls, ample table seating and lots of space by the water, it’s a great family-friendly event. It opens at 4pm on weekends (5pm in weekdays) so if you want to avoid the queues, go early. Oh, and the event is cashless this year, which I looooove. Welcome to the cashless era.

See ya next year, Lunar Markets!

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