Pop up night - Hirafu, Niseko, Japan
Right in the heart of town, in what looks like it may be a car park, are half a dozen food vans, covered in snow but ready to serve fast, hot food. Post-snow boarding injury this option suited all of us and the variety meant everyone was happy. I had a butter chicken with rice and the worlds biggest naan. The Newbie had a taco pizza (a combination he paid for later), The Piper had fish and chips. No one chose a kebab from Elvis' kebab pop up that proudly flies a welsh flag and plays Tom Jones music to passers by. Perhaps Elvis is actually hiding out in Niseko making kebabs ...
Cheese pie pop up - Hirafu, Niseko, Japan
We saw this little van on the main drag as we walked up to the pool and decided to try a pie after our swim. We opted for the take away pack of three and I anticipated a quiche type snack but the first bite told us that the pie was not savoury. The size was similar to our jam tarts and similarly, the pastry was shortcrust and sweet like we would have for a custard tart. The filling was warm and sweet but not overly so. It wasn't runny but wasn't set solid either. I haven't ever experienced a pie like it before and would have enjoyed another but I don't think it would have been a good idea. Good things definitely do come in small packages. Try a cheese pie if you get the chance and let me know if you choose the non take away option (I have no idea where the eat in option was at this pop up van in the side of the road).
Alfreds Kitchen - Guildford
Apparently I'm a real Western Australian now! Christmas light hunting makes you hungry and the burger we had here was just the thing to stave off that hunger. Just like the good old days these burgers were tasty, filling, cheap and yummy. I had beef, the boy had bacon and he had steak.
TGIF Hawkers Market - East Victoria Park
27th November 2015
If you're looking for something that will suit everyone head to this hawkers on a Friday night in summer. Take a chair or picnic rug. There is anything and everything to eat and all cooked there. We had Mexican and a burger and aranchini. No complaints at all. The Piper had ice cream too. The music was fun and the alcohol free nature of the event makes it safe for all concerned.