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Nine Amazing Foods to Try at Salamanca Market, Tasmania

Food bloggers at Salamanca Market

The incredible Salamanca Market in Tasmania is, without question, the best food experience I have ever had. To open a post with that line is one hell of a statement, but the variety of foods on offer meant we literally spent an entire day walking from one end of the market to the other with the aim of trying as many things as possible.

Five Places That Prove Hobart, Tasmania is a Food Lover's Paradise

Lamb sausage roll and pumpkin salad

I'd heard on the grapevine before arriving in Tasmania that Hobart is a bit of a unknown foodie gem, but nothing could have prepared me for the unbelievable food I had for almost every meal during my visit. I indulged in brunch, lunch, dinners and desserts that have seared themselves into my memory as some of my favourite meals ever, and if there's one thing that would make me travel back to Tasmania - it's the food. A full post on the incredible Salamanca Market is to come, but for now, here's the other places my stomach fell in love with:

The Best Street Food in Seoul, South Korea

Hotteok stand, Seoul

When I travel, I always research the restaurants I want to try, but when I'm in Asia it's more what I'm going to eat rather than where. Street food is the staple of local life but to tourists it could be deemed a bit risky to eat from a tiny stall perched up on the side of the road. Most of Asia's most famous delicacies can be found in this way, from hamburgers in Xi'an to satay in Singapore, so during my visit to Seoul I sniffed out everything I could to find the best of what South Korea had to offer.

Six Reasons to Visit Bankside, London

The Shard, London

Lying on the south side of the river is many a tourist trap. The Southbank draws in the crowds for the London Eye, but it's the hidden second-hand book stalls and graffiti covered skate parks that keep locals coming back. Similarly, London Bridge has the Shard and Borough Market, but walk 10 minutes down towards Southwark and there's a new area undergoing renovation. Here's the things you should check out down at Bankside now, before the crowds sniff it out!

Dinner in Xi'an Muslim Quarter, China

Muslim Quarter market, Xi'an

Xi'an was an unplanned part of my Chinese itinerary, but as I'd been to Beijing before it seemed to make more sense to head there for a few days before leaving for Seoul and visit the Terracotta Warriors. I wasn't sure what else the city had to offer aside from being the gateway to the famous world heritage site, but a bit of guide book snooping made it clear that eating at the Muslim Quarter was top of the list.

Dinner at Pergola on the Roof

Pergola on the Roof food blog review

Lord knows Londoners love a rooftop in summertime. From Frank's in Peckham to Queen of Hoxton, we all flock to a place that isn't in the shade of a high rise in order to get the vitamin D we've all missed out on in our windowless offices. New on the scene is Pergola on the Roof*, making good use of the space at the top of Television Centre in White City.

The Best Hawker Food in Singapore

Hawker centre food in Singapore

With fancy hotels and shiny skyscrapers, I was expecting Singapore to be one of the more expensive parts of my big trip. However, not only is local food obscenely cheap, it is also unbelievably good. Hawker centres are imperative to every day live for Singaporeans, with a handy bus advert informing me that locals eat at them 6 - 7 times a week, and I basically followed suit during my stay.

Unicorn Toasties at Kala Toast, Hong Kong

unicorn toastie hong kong

OK, I like a food craze. I've eaten a cronut, I've queued around the block for the latest burger joint and had a panic attack in a dining in the dark restaurant (smooth). When links about the unicorn toastie started doing the rounds it obviously caught my attention, but this time it wasn't in London. It was in Hong Kong and, lo and behold, so was I!

Dinner at Jalan Alor Street Market, Kuala Lumpur

jalan alor street food market kuala lumpur

Street food in Asia is something else. OK, we have some great food trucks in London, but you'll end up spending a small fortune on a pulled pork burger in a brioche bun with duck fat chips and a craft beer whilst standing with every other 'foodie' in east London. In Asia, you can hop from stall to stall down any number of roads and alleyways and have some of the best food you'll ever have for the cost of the small change rattling in your pocket.

Breakfast at Imbi Market, Kuala Lumpur

ah fook chee cheong fun imbi market breakfast

On my first day in Kuala Lumpur, I decided to shun the all-you-can-eat breakfast at my hotel and instead head to Imbi Market. Well known to the locals, it opens at 4am to provide shoppers with their fresh produce, before people settle down at a more acceptable hour to have breakfast cooked for them by various street vendors.

Lunch at Wapping Market

London is awash with food markets. With the likes of Kerb and Street Feast making it an evening affair, and the staples of Borough and Broadway attracting thousands of tourists every weekend, it's difficult to determine where is actually worth investing your time. Wapping Market opened a few months ago by Shadwell Basin, bookended by great views of the City and attracting a steady stream of hungry punters.

Not only are there ready-to-eat food stalls, but a great mix pop-up stores to buy everything from herbs to cheese, flowers and preserves. We started off with sandwiches. My housemate went for bacon, feta and avocado from Swine Dining -a sandwich so good that he went back for another one after a doughnut and ice cream! 

My boyfriend and I followed the crowd and headed to Mother Flipper for some giant burgers. I've written before about how burgers are such a huge trend in London right now, from Honest Burger to Five Guys - it's difficult to know where to start. But I can easily say now, that Mother Flipper is the best burger I have ever had. I went for the extravagantly named 'Smoked BBQ Belly Flipper aka #PorknParty' which consisted of aged beef patty, smoked pork belly, homemade cheesy BBQ glaze, cheddar, pickled cabbage and mustard mayo. It was near on impossible to actually fit it into my mouth, and there is definitely no way to eat such a monstrosity in any kind of refined fashion. It was insanely delicious, I could hardly believe it. My boyfriend had the Dirty Barbie: two beef patties, cheese, candied bacon and onions - a burger that kept him completely silent for a good five minutes save for a plethora of yummy noises.

That should have really been enough, but I'd already spotted Crosstown Doughnuts on our first lap of the area and they've been on my hit list for a while so I couldn't resist. I went for a creme brulee doughnut: hardened sugar on the top and filled with vanilla custard. I saved mine for when we got home and it tipped me right over the edge into a full food coma, but it was totally worth the pain. 

In between eating far too much food and contemplating more, we found World of Zing. This is the type of shop that I can't resist; full of weird and wonderful ingredients that I have no idea how to use but I want them all regardless. I was intrigued by their popcorn flavourings, despite not liking popcorn, and my boyfriend invested in a bottle of their award-winning ultra-dry Martini as I heavily contemplated a bottle of their rum punch which was incredible. I did buy a couple of intriguing chillis though, which the boys I live with were excited by as they started imaging each other crying out with pain at our next meal. We used the habaneros in a chilli that night and put them in whole. They certainly gave a kick to the meal, but they added a really delicious intensity rather than just raw heat - much better than standard red chillis from the supermarket. I also bought some Chinese White Hunan Chillis which apparently have a salty taste. I've yet to use them but I'll be Googling some recipes soon to get some ideas! The guys on the stall said that if there's a strange ingredient I find online that I'd like to buy, that I can email them and they'll bring it down to the market too. A dangerous idea for a woman who owns more recipe books than sense.

We finished off our exploring with ice cream from Ruby Violet - a parlour based in Tufnell Park that I never got around to visiting when I lived in north London. I had a scoop of both Damson and Sour Cream and Banana and Toffee, topped with a delicious wafer. It was a great way to get over the savoury bombardment of the giant burger, but I was so full I just could not finish the ice cream, despite how gorgeously smooth it was. The slight sour tang to the damson one was just what I needed to remind my stomach that it isn't actually made of pork.

Wapping Market was amazing for a foodie like me, but even my two skeptical companions were converted by the selection and quality on offer. The market is on every Sunday from 10am until 2pm, and I will definitely be heading back down there as a frequent customer.
As of 20th November 2014, any products marked with an asterisk (*) have been provided as a sample for unbiased review