A Filipino Sari Sari Store in Darwin. Rapid Creek Sunday Market is one of the several and more popular week end fresh produced market in Darwin Australia. Darwin is the closest major city in Australia to the Philippines, It is located at the northern top most part of Australia. The Asian population is quite significant including a large Filipino community. However similar to my travel around major cities in Australia, I have not found a Filipino restaurant.
I am somehow disappointed despite Darwin’s close proximity and large Pinoy community there is no true Pinoy Restaurant. I was expecting at least there should have been a couple similar to the ones in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. There is one take away food stall called Fresh Cuisine in Hibiscus Shoppingtowh, where you can order on menu Pinoy food for dine in or take away, I will do a separate post for this one.
The Rapid Creek Sunday Market is held every Sunday at the Rapid Creek Shopping Centre on Trower Road. The place is jam-packed with stalls offering vegetable, fruits and other local produce indigenous to Asian the likes of Indonesian, Vietnam, Thailand and The Philippines. Prices are generally cheap. There are also food stalls selling all types of food and drinks including Curries, Laksa, Chinese stir-fry, noodles, fresh fruit juices, Smoothies, Coffee, and fried snacks.
To most Pinoy in Darwin who visit the place, it is the time to buy the week’s supply of Pinoy vegetables like kangkong, okra, talong, sitaw ect. It is also the time to visit the Asian Sari Sari Store for Pinoy grocery and a change to send money back home. At this time of the week Asian Sari Sari Store’s take away food stall comes alive with the selection of Popular Pinoy food like Hamonadong Pork Pata, Dinuguan, Lechon Paksiw, Sisig, Kaldereta, Pansit and Lumping Shanghai. Just be there early because it sell out fast.