Sunday, August 11, 2013

626 Night Market 2013 - Food, Food, Food!

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After posting some of my pictures, I've been asked "what's a night market?"  Night markets are big in Asia, Taipei's Shilin Night Market being the most famous.  They're more like night bazaars which are more casual than the busy markets during the day.  You can expect "street" type food and a chance to sample more of a variety than what we're commonly used to with a "plate" of food from a single vendor.

Instead of heading to Asia to sample a pleura of street food at a night market, I have one right in my backyard at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia...


Los Angeles' largest Asian Night Market

This year, 626 Night Market was held over 3 weekends in
June, July, and August.

With over 50,000 people attending over a single weekend, this place offers a chance to sample foods from all over in one setting, including some of our popular gourmet food trucks.  If you've ever been to Santa Anita Park, you know how big the area in front of the grandstand is and the number of vendors that can fit in the area.  Beside food and shopping, there's entertainment and even the World's Largest Cup of Boba Milk Tea! 


Photo by 626 Night Market

See how this GIANT Boba Milk Tea was put together
#DRINKBIG
You can even see the boba at the bottom...


See What Jay Eats...


Being Japanese American, I remember all of the festivals and harvest celebrations we attended growing up.  Being a busy adult, I miss attending some of these festivals and was on the hunt for some "street" food like Takoyaki.


Takoyaki 
'Tako' is Japanese for "octopus" and 'yaki' is to "grill or fry."

The batter is made with a wheat flour and bits of octopus are added.  Once the bottom is cooked, they're flip them around until golden brown.  A sauce is added and topped with green onions and bonito shavings (topping may vary due to the vendor).  It reminds me of my last trip to Japan...


Takoyaki with a Jalape├▒o Sauce
Not a traditional sauce, but this is the U.S.
6 for $5

Word of warning, the inside can be very hot, 
I seem to forget each time I have this...

Another Japanese "festival" type food for me is Okonomiyaki.
'Okono' in Japanese means "what you like" and 'yaki' means "to grill."
  


Okonomiyaki
This one happens to be a beef one

It's a savory pancake that has different kinds of ingredients,
this one had cabbage, beef, and topped with a sweet sauce,
Japanese mayonaise, and bonito shaving.


Beef Okonomiyaki
$5
  
Need something fried now...


The Ludo Truck is here
and they make a great fried chicken.

We opted for 2 pieces with spicy mayo
$5.25


 HEY, I know you...
Photo courtesy  of Jodi Fung
Ran into my friend Jodi Fung and her family.

Jodi is the founder of 
and a Foodie...

She pointed out some of her favorites.
We both agreed, Mama Musubi was not to be missed


"The 24 Hour Pork Belly" 
Berkshire pork belly braised in umami sauce,
pickled daikon and Karashi mustard (spicy mustard).
$4

I didn't taste any spicy mustard,
but the pork belly was really good.



Photo courtesy of Jodi Fung
Mama Musubi

Musubi or Onigiri is a Japanese rice ball, wrapped in seaweed.
A fancier rice ball might include flavored rice or a special ingredient
inside of the rice, like the ones in the picture above.


If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you know I love just about anything skewered and grilled.  So when I saw the three grills and skewered meats and Corn with a C, I had to make a stop get some grilled goodies...

The guys at the Takken booth
working the grills


Grilled Pork Belly and Teriyaki Corn
pork belly skewers:  2 for $6
teriyaki corn:  2 for $4

The Pork Belly was really good...
Will have to try the pork belly tacos next time.


The Leek Dumpling
It was huge, forgot where this is from

It was great with garlic soy sauce and hot sauce.


Lots of food options

moo-soo-bee
(rice balls)


Cookin' up the Green Tofu Balls (vegetarian)


Foods I didn't have a chance to get to...

The French Fry Hot Dog

Popular in Korea, it's a battered fried hot dog covered in french fries.


Fried and on a stick,
how could this not be tasty?


Photo courtesy of Jodi Fung
I missed the grilled squid!


What's a Night Market without
Photo courtesy of Jodi Fung
Stinky Tofu!
  
It's fried fermented tofu
and served as a snack at the night markets in Asia.
The smell, nuff said...


The Steam Fried Dumpling

A bao size dumpling that had some pork
in it and steamed, the bottom was fried
with a nice crunchy bottom and soft top.

Must get back to this one...


Dessert Time!

Went for the Astros Mini Donuts
and opted for the 
Maple French Toast set (top)
and Lemon set (bottom).
$6 for a dozen and two flavors

I love citrus, so the lemon was my favorite


This is only a SMALL sampling of what's available at
Not to mention all of the food trucks that are there...


The FINAL 626 Night Market of 2013
will be
Saturday, August 31st from 4 pm to 1 am
and
Sunday, September 1st from 4 pm to 1 am


Santa Anita Park
Front Paddock Gardens
285 W. Huntington Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007
(Gates 3 or 5 off Huntington Drive; Gate 8 off Baldwin Avenue)

FREE Parking

Admission:
$2 / person 4 pm - 6 pm
$3 / person after 6 pm
Free for ages 12 and younger


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See You There!



Photos by Jay Terauchi
Unless noted
Jay Eats

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