I met Ms Sourdough for lunch one day and when the option of garlic prawns and chorizo came up, she did not hesitate in taking my suggestion. Mojo Picon’s stall at the Chatswood markets is not difficult to find – just follow the fragrant aromas with your nose in amongst the other food and non-food vendors. You will definitely smell it before you see it and the Mojo Picon salsas are a great accompaniment to the food.
The little stand has bar-style seating which can be hard to come by at peak times, so you may find yourself circling the outlet like a vulture. Once ordered, it doesn’t take long for the food to be served. Ms Sourdough and I share a large serve of garlic prawns and a chorizo roll.
The garlic prawns are served in a small plastic replica paella pan, topped with plenty of parsley and with a wedge of lemon. The prawns are beautiful with a squirt of Mojo Picon’s salsa verde. A crusty bread roll comes complimentary for mopping up the juices and the only downfall is that the prawns used come frozen. The chorizo roll has a chorizo split in half down the middle served on the same sort of crusty roll, with which Ms Sourdough and I sample both the red salsa and the salsa verde. The verde is herby and fresh while the red is mildly spicy but both are fairly timid and would be suitable for any manner of barbequed or grilled meats.
Apart from other retailers, the market also features various music acts from week to week as well as this super-sized boardgame. Chess, anyone?
Willoughby Council Melody Market, Victoria Ave, Chatswood NSW
Opening Hours: Thurs 10am-9pm
(Also at EQ Village Markets, Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park NSW
Opening Hours: Wed & Sat 10am-3:30pm