Indulge in Asian-inspired street food at the Chinatown Street Markets

A regular Asian-inspired street food market brings our evolving Chinatown to life.

The Chinatown Street Markets happens on the first Saturday of every second month from 4pm -8pm with a range of food vendors serving delicious cuisine from China, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines.

The Chinatown Street Markets are always popular, running every second month, attracting up to 6,000 people. The market offer a special feature attraction at each event, including martial arts, live music and cooking demonstrations.

Dan McNeight, of Dan’s Dim Sim Kitchen, offers his authentic chicken, prawn and pork dim sims, along with his award-winning cheese and bacon dim sim skewers.

“Our street food business has been running for 14 months and it’s going so well we opened a shop in Southport in May,” he said.

Another stall holder is Kate Wichaidith, who runs Pho Express, a Thai/Vietnamese food restaurant in Southport Central, soon to be renamed Summer and Spices.

“I serve fresh rice paper rolls and Thai dishes made from scratch like chilli and lemongrass stir fry,” she said.

Edwin and Pipin Salazar, owners of The Filipino Shop – a specialty grocer and caterer located in Chinatown – will be introducing popular Filipino street food, a relatively new product on the Gold Coast.

“We serve the ‘must try’ charcoal grilled pork belly barbecue (skewers), lechon (roasted pig on a spit), kakanin (native delicacies) and ‘dare you try’ balut (hard boiled fertilised duck egg),” said Mr Salazar.

Akira Yoshzkawa is owner of Healthy Pulse, an organic tofu supplier to local restaurants and grocery stores. His stall will be dishing up deep fried organic tofu on skewers, chicken wings and pork belly skewers.

At the My Choice Food stall, you’ll be able to choose from traditional Chinese favourites like pork rolls, fried rice and stir fried noodles along with Chinese donuts and sugar cane juice.

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When you’re in Chinatown, keep an eye out for the koala statue that resembles a panda.

“Pandamonium”, designed by artists David Renn and John Cox, is a part of the ‘Animals with Attitude Sculpture Trail’ project by the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation. The koala/panda will be auctioned off in late May to raise funds for the Foundation.

Chinatown Street Markets Dates:

First Saturday of every second the month, see our event listing.

Location: Chinatown is at Young and Davenport Streets, Southport.

Trading hours: Local shops and restaurants will extend their trading hours during market times. Merchandise stalls and live entertainment will rotate monthly to invigorate the culture, creativity and energy of Gold Coast Chinatown.

Parking: Free public parking is available at the Athol Paterson, Mal Burke and Carey Park car parks from 5pm.

Transport: Ride the G: Disembark at the Southport Station, Nerang Street. Bus: Contact Translink for bus transport options from different areas of the city. Taxi: Contact Gold Coast Cabs. Cycling: Ride your bike and park in one of the many bike racks around the precinct.

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