Street food- the best kind of food! Ready-to-go meals from a variety of cultures have a cult following. Canberra is always on the ball when it comes to the foodie scene and we have an abundance of street food in this great city! We’ve hunted down 5 of our favourites- in no particular order.
The Gyoza Guy gyoza are pretty damn tasty! Served steamed or fried, this the perfect snack to eat whilst browsing the markets. There are a variety of flavours, but we went with the fried pork gyoza. The service is quick and friendly, and the gyoza are delicious! Accompanied with a choice of sauces, we recommend the chilli sauce- it has the perfect amount of bite. This is street food at its finest- authentic, ready-to-eat and delicious! You can find the Gyoza Guy at the Capital Region Farmers Markets, EPIC on Saturdays and the Southside Farmers Markets, Canberra College on Sundays.
MOMOs Taste of Tibet.
Momos- the name just rolls off the tongue. And these momos can roll straight ONTO my tongue! The bite-sized dumplings taste authentic and are a perfect snack. A few chilli flakes sprinkled on top and they sum up street food at its finest. You can find MOMOS Taste of Tibet at the ANU Pop-Up Reunion Village, ANU Campus, Canberra ACT 2600. They can also be found at various local markets and events.
Phat Panda Urban Asian Food.
Tucked away in Greenway, Phat Panda is the ultimate in street food fusion. With so many choices and experiments going on, every visit is a new experience! From bao, to rolls and stir fry bowls, there is something to please everyone. Their puff waffles with gelato (otherwise known as an egg waffle) is a definite standout! Once the puff waffle is cooked and filled with creamy gelato, then come the toppings. Crushed cookies, chocolate chips, chocolate-dipped pretzels- you name it, they have it! My two taste-testers were big fans of the taro and bubble gum gelato. The instagram-worthy end result requires patience if you want to snap a few pictures first. Otherwise, dig in. Filling and delicious! You can find Phat Panda at Shop 175a/210 Anketell St, Greenway ACT 2900 and local events.
The ANU Pop-Up Village has a great bustling, relaxed feel. It’s the perfect spot for a quick, informal lunch or dinner. The empanadas at La Empanada are handmade on the spot and the proof is in the empanada, as we like to say! A crispy pastry shell gives way to delicious fillings. We tried three flavours- Beef, Spinach and Cheese, and Chorizo. They certainly hit the pspot- tasty and filling. La Empanada is at The ANU Pop-Up Reunion Village. You can also try them at the Capital Region Farmers Markets on Saturdays and the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston on Sundays.
It is almost rude to call this street food, it feels more like a restaurant dish served in a disposable container. The secret tikka sauce is amazeballs! Seriously, once you try the tender tikka marinated chicken from Tikka Stand, you will start to have dreams of needing more tikka goodness in your life! Go get some, you won’t regret it. You will find them at the ANU Pop-up Village. You can also find them at various local markets and events.
As each culture embraces cheap delicious food-to-go, so too does the range of street food on offer in Canberra. Get amongst it, people- it’s super tasty!