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$20 Best Eats Challenge At The Rotorua Night Market 2.0

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We hit the Rotorua Night Market on Thursday 22/02/2018

OK, super late post! Challenge night didn’t go according to plan because my friend, Sam, had rehearsals and couldn’t come on the night. The Three Muskaeats were down to two, so my friend John and I decided to just go to the markets and well...feast! John and I decided to try as much as what our stomachs would allow - and even though it felt like we ate a lot that night, there are still so many stalls we are yet to try. We will get to you, we promise.

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Spinning Spuds

We hit the road straight after I finished work, so I was starving by the time we got to the market. Spinning Spuds was a tasty, quick snack before we got some dinner. It comes in a variety of seasonings and is deceptively filling, and as I got to a third of the way through, I almost felt like a couple of these would fill me up. At $5 each, it's an easy snack and pretty popular by the number of people I saw walking around with them.

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Why you need to try
Johney's Dumpling House

So many couldn’t believe Johney’s Dumpling House didn’t feature in our last challenge, regulars were pretty vocal about it. Two big reasons: Time restriction and we were told it was a BIG favourite so to be fair, we took it out of the challenge. This time around, John and I bought eight fried pork dumplings to share ($10) - best decision ever! There’s a good reason the line for Johney’s doesn’t get any shorter, they’re so good. We were eating a Spinning Spud each and I managed to eat mine before we got to order. I promise it’s worth the wait.

You can also get your dumpling fix at Johney’s Dumpling House at 107 Newton Street in Mount Maunganui.

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Boneless Lechon Rotorua

I’m Filipino, so I’m used to lechon as pig on a spit. Boneless Lechon Rotorua serves it up a little different - you get your choice of pork belly as original or spicy, with a special “stuffing” of onions, lemon grass and other herbs and spices. You then choose to have it with rice or salad. We shared a spicy version with rice.

I LOVE spicy food and so does John, but the gentle heat turned up a notch with each bite! It was delicious, though when we both realised that the fire in our mouths wouldn’t subside anytime soon (not to mention sweating from the humidity) I felt the spicy will be best suited to the coming winter months. We both enjoyed the succulent meat and crunchy crackling. John hadn’t tried Filipino lechon before and really liked it, so we decided to buy one for his partner Sam as a take-home.

You can find out more about Boneless Lechon Rotorua on their Facebook page.

Chilean Churros!

I’m a bit obsessed with churros - I think it’s the combination of the crunch with that soft, mushy centre. Or maybe it’s the priceless look on the cute Chilean Churros guy when I tell him I want two boxes of churros with the works. Back to the food, you can find their stall next to the Boneless Lechon stall.

John and I took our churros to the lakefront to watch the sun disappear across the horizon. Thanks for another awesome night out, Rotorua, we can’t wait to come back again soon.

P.S. Did you see us wearing the #RonnaEats t-shirts? If you do, make sure to say hi! Tell us your favourites, we would love to hear from you. We used my phone for these photos so they're not that clear, but the food was still delicious, so it's a win in our books.
The sun was setting when I took this photo on my Sony A6000 - the water was so beautiful. There were plenty of people around, but the scene looked so peaceful, I was glad to have captured that moment. I had lunch on  The Lakeland Queen  way back in 2011, you can find out more about this historic boat from their website.

The sun was setting when I took this photo on my Sony A6000 - the water was so beautiful. There were plenty of people around, but the scene looked so peaceful, I was glad to have captured that moment. I had lunch on The Lakeland Queen way back in 2011, you can find out more about this historic boat from their website.


Who is RonnaEats? Ronna Funtelar runs this independent foodie blog, with a philosophy to eat and write about food we can rave about. We don't ask for free meals or collaborate with our reviewed eateries, so you can be assured the reviews are unbiased and all for the love of food. Whether it's a food truck, a hole in the wall eatery, street food, local hangout or fine dining, we want to know where to head to for our next food adventure.

Ronna Grace Funtelar

A thirtyish storyteller, hobby hiker, photography and sunrise enthusiast with a passion for mindfully helping others live beyond their comfort zone.