The iconic Night Noodle Market kicked off at Auckland’s Victoria Park on Wednesday.

Earlier this year the inaugural markets gained popularity in Christchurch, Wellington and Queenstown and the debut in Auckland is eagerly awaited. For five nights local and international vendors will dish up authentic Asian cuisine, replicating the hawker-style atmosphere.

Co-owner of famous Melbourne eater Hoy Pinoy, Brendan Phillis can’t wait for Aucklanders to taste their signature Filipino barbeque skewers, the perfect snack to eat while perusing the market.

“There are two flavours to choose from: pork belly with a banana ketchup glaze, and chicken with a traditional sweet soy glaze. All our skewers are cooked over live charcoal, so you get a nice smoky flavour in there as well,” said Phillis.

Hoy Pinoy has attended the past three New Zealand Night Noodle Markets, and wants to make Auckland the best event yet.

“We find that at every market we trade in, people are really intrigued by Filipino cuisine. The flavours are something people keep coming back for – it’s a little bit addictive. So for us, being able to showcase Filipino food is really exciting.”

Some of Auckland’s best eateries including White + Wong’s, What the Pho and Monsoon Poon will also have their signature dishes on offer, tantalising the taste buds of all market-goers.

White + Wong’s executive chef, Stuart Rogan is thrilled the Night Noodle Markets are coming to Auckland, where locals pride themselves on their love for food and wine.

“The markets present a hustling, bustling, smoky environment with lots of food you wouldn’t typically try. I know we will be adding our own flare by hanging Peking Ducks along the White + Wong’s tent, just like we do in the kitchen,” said Rogan.

“We will be serving our famous Chinese Roast Pork Belly Gua Bao and Peking Duck Rolled Pancakes.”

Entry to the five-day event is free and food ranges from $5 to $15, Eftpos and cash, no tokens required.