Monday, April 28, 2014

KTown Night Market: April 2014

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What happens when you mix K-POP,
corn-on-the-cob, some grilled meat,
a fried potato, a few food trucks,
 and a chance to win a pink stuffed pig?

It's the KTown Night Market!
April 19 and 20, 2014


A few of my friends and I went to the inaugural KTown Night Market,
there was a lot of food, entertainment, games, and food trucks.
It was a great line up and lots of people showed up.


Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools
701 S Catalina Street
Los Angeles, CA 90005


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First Stop was the Ramen Burger,
the line wasn't that long yet.

While Keizo Shimamoto is opening RAMEN.Co NYC on the East Coast,
brother Jeffrey Shimamoto is handling West Coast operations.

It was nice to go to a festival and
not see a Ramen Burger knockoff.


How do you know if it's the Original Ramen Burger?
Look for Keizo Shimamoto's artwork.


Photo Courtesy of Kristie Hang
We tried the New KTown Ramen Burger
$9

100% Angus Beef Patty, Keizo's shoyu glaze,
market fresh greens, scallions, AND the
Exclusive KTown Sauce, between the Original
ramen buns by Keizo Shimamoto.


What's a Ramen Burger?
Read my post HERE
Read the OC Register article HERE


Photo Courtesy of Kristie Hang
A lot of my friends think I eat a lot.
It's all about tasting and research purposes,
AND I had to try the New KTown Ramen Burger.


I did like the bit of heat in this KTown version, 
but I'm a purist and prefer the Original.



James Beard Nominated Chef, Jeff Osaka
of twelve restaurant in Denver
tries the Original Ramen Burger ($8).

I kept telling him that this ramen doesn't come in a bowl...


Look for Osaka Ramen in Denver later this year.
Stay Tuned!


All kinds of food and
too many choices.

A spiral potato, fried squid legs, and a Japanese pancake
walk into a bar...


The FOOD TOWN area was a tight squeeze,
the line for the Ramen Burger was right down
the center.

We headed over to see what was happening
in FOOD TRUCK ALLEY


Fluff Ice brought one of their trucks.

They're always a favorite and
right now, no line!


Speaking of lines...
Photo Courtesy of Kristie Hang
If the Ramen Burger had the longest line in FOOD TOWN,
the longest line in FOOD TRUCK ALLEY
was for Seoul Sausage Company.

We decided not to wait, but still hungry.


Photo Courtesy of Kristie Hang
We headed back to FOOD TOWN
and saw our friends at Mama Musubi.


We tried Mama Musubi's Super Spicy Tuna,
created special for KTown Night Market.
$3.75

Cooked Albacore tuna with spicy aioli,
spicy gochujang, and spicy furikake.


It was Super Spicy to the 3rd Power!

It had a kick to it and pretty spicy,
hence the spicy to the 3rd power.


If you follow me, you know that I'm a fan of Mama Musubi.
We had the 24-Hour Pork Belly, BBQ Beef, and Miso Chicken.

Each one is good on it's own.
But in my book, this is the trifecta!

If you're not familiar with Mama Musubi,
Read my post HERE



Bits of octopus in a light batter,
a traditional Japanese street food item. 


Chicken, beef, and pork adobo tacos from
White Rabbit truck.

Needed a bit more vinegar for my adobo taste.


Elote 
a Mexican street food favorite.

Corn on the cob with crema (Mexican cream),
chili powder, lime, salt, seasonings, etc.


brought their grills and traditional charcoal

IRRASHAIMASE!
("Welcome" in Japanese)

If you've been to their restaurants,
you know what I'm talking about... lol


Photo Courtesy of Kristie Hang
3 yakitori skewers (grilled chicken)
$5


Two Banh Mi Tacos from
$5

The beef was tender, but was missing something...


Overall, it was a good first KTown Night Market.  
The FOOD TOWN
area was a bit crowded and in a tight area.  


The food was a nice mixture of what makes Los Angeles
diverse.  From Filipino adobo, Japanese ramen, 
Taiwanese pop cake, Mexican corn-on-the-cob, 
to a Korean sausage, it was a good eating event
(just to name a few).


Looking forward to the next
www.ktownnightmarket.com


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Photos by Jay Terauchi
Photos Courtesy of Kristie Hang
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