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A taste of Sicily and Singapore comes to Norwich Market as new stalls open

PUBLISHED: 17:45 06 April 2017 | UPDATED: 17:45 06 April 2017

Sicily Market has opened at Norwich Market. Photo shows owner and chef Rocco Consiglio, from Sicily, who sells traditional fried foods and pizza. Photo: Courtney Pochin

Sicily Market has opened at Norwich Market. Photo shows owner and chef Rocco Consiglio, from Sicily, who sells traditional fried foods and pizza. Photo: Courtney Pochin

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Several stalls have unlocked their shutters for the first time at Norwich Market this month.

Mama Baba Hawker, a Singapore street food stall has opened at Norwich market, selling curry pies and other dishes. Photo: Courtney PochinMama Baba Hawker, a Singapore street food stall has opened at Norwich market, selling curry pies and other dishes. Photo: Courtney Pochin

Since the beginning of April, four new businesses joined the community at the Norwich landmark, taking the total of arrivals in the last six months up to 10.

Two world cuisine stalls opened this week - Sicily Market, offering traditional Italian pizza as well as fried snacks, and Mama Baba Hawker selling a selection of Singapore-influenced street food.

Rocco Consiglio, who hails from Sicily, studied pizza making in Naples and opened The Sicily Market on Saturday, April 1.

He said business was going well so far: “I’ve been open four days now and it’s been very good. Everyone here is friendly and it’s nice to meet so many new people.”

Nadia's Henna Happiness Studio has opened on Norwich Market, which offers henna tattoos and homemade gifts. Photo: Nadia SondhNadia's Henna Happiness Studio has opened on Norwich Market, which offers henna tattoos and homemade gifts. Photo: Nadia Sondh

Mama Baba Hawker is owned by Ester Tan, who also has Tans restaurant, bar and takeaway in Lowestoft.

The new venture is intended to showcase the most popular dishes from the restaurant, including Thai green curry pie, Katsu curry and chicken satay.

All of the food served at the stall is gluten-free.

Local social enterprise The Feed has also recently joined the market as has Nadia’s Henna Happiness Studio which offers henna tattoos and homemade gifts.

Nadia Sondh, owner of the quirky stall, said: “I’ve been doing henna for a long time, at festivals and such, so opening a permanent stall seemed like the next logical step.

“I chose to open at the market because it was an easy way to be in the centre of the city, without renting an actual shop. It’s great here and easy to manage, at the end of the day you just pull the shutter down and you’re done.”

Councillor Roger Ryan, Norwich City Council cabinet member with responsibility for Norwich Market, said: “We work very closely with the Norwich Market Traders’ Association to ensure the market continues to thrive, which includes encouraging a broad, interesting mix of goods and services; the arrival of 10 fantastic new stalls is evidence that we are succeeding.”


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