We woke up at around 7:30am, got ourselves dressed and ready and headed down to the Salamanca Market for breakfast. The sun was shining as we meandered among the many stalls serving an array of fresh produce, ready to eat food and Tasmanian handcrafted gifts and souvenirs. As we reached one end of the market, which sat at the top of a hill, we turned around and overlooked the many, many, many, many stalls still yet to be embarked upon. We were not even half way around and we had already been here for two hours. My guess is that breakfast is not the only meal we will be consuming today.
So what we anticipated to be a short and pleasant stroll and a couple of nibbles for breakfast turned into a four hour food frenzy in which we consumed nine dishes (not including the free tasters), a tea and coffee break, and long chats with the locals. Who I might add are the friendliest people to ever grace the earth. In fact, so much so that the man at the fudge stall, Fudge A'fare, ran over with two pieces of chocolate fudge to be enjoyed while we sat with our coffees. And damn good fudge it was too, super creamy and not overly sweet and the flavour of mint and hazelnuts came through beautifully. The perfect coffee accompaniment.
If you're brave enough (and hungry enough) I welcome you to join Charlie and I as we wonder through the market and reveal to you all the ridiculously delicious things we ate. Now before you judge us just remember this was all spaced out within a four hour period. We aren't total greedy pigs.......are we??
BERTA'S CREPE HAUS
First stop was dessert. Obviously. A classic crepe filled with local Tasmanian berries of raspberries, strawberries and blackberries. It was clear to us that these berries were freshly picked. They were big and juicy and the flavours were seriously punchy and rich. Some of the best berries I’ve tasted outside of the UK. And of course a crepe isn’t a crepe without a sprinkle of sugar, a drizzle of chocolate sauce and a dollop of cream.
SILVER HILL FISCH
Can't say I've ever had a Salmon Sausage before but all I can say is I'm sorry it was only introduced to me today. The sausage was so soft and perfectly cooked with a hint of dill. It was accompanied by whole egg mayonnaise, a zesty lemon dressing and rocket all packaged inside a fresh focaccia bun which was beautifully crispy. This definitely raises the bar for all hotdogs out there.
Spicing things up a bit we were seduced by the deep fried pastry of an Empanada. And not just any Empanada, a three cheese Empanada consisting of Ashgrove smoked cheddar, Tasmanian cheddar and mozzarella. The smoked cheddar was a stand out flavour but not too strong and overpowering, leaving room for other flavours to come through. The Empanadas were being made fresh at the stall, each individually cut out, rolled out, filled and pressed using what can only be described as an Empanada bear trap mechanism.
After a couple of savoury dishes our sweety senses were tingling so when we passed the Pavlovers stall there was no stopping us. Especially with a name like Pavlovers. Genius. Individual serves of meringue with a variety of different flavours and toppings. We opted for the Classic, which as you might guess was topped with cream, strawberries, kiwi and raspberry sauce. The meringue itself was super soft on the inside with a crispy crust and not too sweet. And they weren’t stingy on the cream.
This can only be described as Christmas in a cup. I got a bit too excited when a tried the hot apple juice with honey and cinnamon. It was beautifully warming and comforting and tasted like apple crumble in liquid form. I have no bad words to say about this. And neither can Charlie judging from the look on her face.
This was a first for me. I have not had the pleasure of tasting Korean Food before but Charlie insisted that I try it so how could I refuse. We had a Bibimbap which is like the Korean version of an Arancini ball. A combination of boiled white rice, pumpkin pieces, red pepper, zucchini, spinach, peas, red onion, garlic, ginger all rolled into a ball, covered in bread crumbs and deep fried. It was served with a red pepper puree, a sweet, chunky apple sauce and homemade kimchi. Now Charlie and I have been sharing and halving everything in order to fit more in. So when we saw the portion size of the Bibimbap we began to grow nervous. One serving consisted of two very large balls so I can definitely say you get your moneys worth. We made the decision not to finish them to avoid filling ourselves up. Unfortunately I failed. It was just that good.
SMITHS SPECIALTY PIES
This was a dish we couldn’t say no to. When you come to Tasmania you would be mad not to try a Scallop Pie. The pastry was delicious and flakey and home to plump Tasmanian whole baby scallops. The mixture was similar to that of a coronation chicken pie. It was yellow in colour and the sauce was creamy with a hint of Tumeric. Very unique and very tasty.
SMALLEST PANCAKES IN TOWN
OK, by this point we were getting pretty full but we thought we should end on something sweet (because we haven’t had enough of that….) so we opted for the rather humorously named Olie Bollen. Put simply they are ball shaped donuts with dried fruit and deep fried in pancake batter. They were super fluffy on the inside and lightly crispy on the outside. Within the batter were sultanas and chunks of cooked apple and they were finished off with cinnamon sugar. The cinnamon sugar didn’t really add much to the Olie Bollen other than extra sweetness. I thought the donut was good enough as it was.
So we thought the Olie Bollen was our last course but as we came full circle to where we started we saw the final stall serving wallaby burritos at Pacha Mama. Looking at each other with eyes bulging out of our heads we didn’t need to say anything. We knew what we were both thinking. OK, so THIS was our last one. Lucky for us they did half serves. The burrito itself was pretty standard but the wallaby filling was delicious and similar to that of pork. The mixture consisted of red beans, lettuce, chili mayo and a smoky, chipotle sauce on the side. It was a yummy burrito but I recommend not eating it on a full tummy.
Wow, I’m starting to feel full again just by writing it all down. We really did eat a lot. Can’t say I regret any of it though, this market is one of the best I’ve ever been too. Not only did the food go beyond my expectations but the people and service we received was outstanding. Our foodie experience was fantastic but it was definitely the people we met who will have me coming back.
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