As some of you may know, I love Asian food, and the thing I look forward to the most as the summer approaches is the reopening of the 626 Night Market. Our “Surviving LA on a Budget” crew have attended the night market every year since its inception in 2012. Last month we were invited by them to attend the annual launch of the OC Night Market down in Costa Mesa.
Attendees first entered a building with vendors selling emoji pendants and artists like Eddy Lee and Kyle Kristy displaying intricate wood cravings and vibrant paintings. There were even artists who traveled all the way from the Pancakes and Booze Art Show in Los Angeles to participate. If you felt like dancing, there was even a DJ and a dance floor courtesy of 97.1 AMP Radio. Of course most people were at the OC Night Market specifically for the food.
As soon as I exited the building on the other side, I was greeted by the sight and scent of dozens of food vendors. In contrast to the 626 Night Market, the OC Night Market has consistently been less crowded, resulting in shorter lines and people having more time to taste different food. There were classic skewers offered by Calvin’s BBQ and if you felt adventurous, you could try stinky tofu from Hugo Foods or live uni from Beach Live Fish Restaurant. I was also surprised to find The Chairman food truck down in the OC Night Market since it’s one of my favorite food trucks back home in San Francisco for pork buns. Another highlight for me was the modernized take on an ice cream cone where the servers wrapped the ice cream in Hong Kong egg puffs waffle at Waffle Land. Before I left, I made sure to have something on the road back to Los Angeles by purchasing some gourmet maple pancake and smoked bacon almonds from the Nature’s Candy Company booth.
Whether you desire something traditional or something modern, the OC Night Market has everything you need to satisfy your Eastern cravings. The next OC Night Market is held at the OC Fair and Event Center again this Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 12am and this Sunday from 4pm to 11pm, followed by August 26 and 27 from 4pm to 12am and August 28 from 4pm to 11pm. Admission is $5, and parking is $8 per car so you may want to carpool. The original 626 Night Market will also be held in Santa Anita Park on July 2-4, July 22-24, August 5-7, and September 2-4. You can check out our photos on our Facebook page. Find other cool events by following us on our Twitter @SurvivingLA.
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Until next time,