626 Night Market
Saturday, April 14, 2012
From 5 to 11:30 PM
1 North Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, California 91101
(Between Colorado Boulevard and E. Union Street)
Admission – FREE
I wish I could of given everyone more of a heads-up, but I just found out about it. But better late than never, right?
For any who have lived or traveled to Asia, you know about the night markets and miss them. I do and there were lots of food that I didn’t get to try like the stinky tofu! Yes, time to “man” up!
Below is a list of some of the foods that will be available. Full vendor list can be found here.
Beef noodle soup
Beef pancake rolls
Boba Milk Tea
Chinese donut sticks
Chinese sausage combo
Curry chicken rice
Curry fish balls
Curry squid balls
Dragon Whiskers Candy
Filipino inspired tacos/burritos/fries
Fried turnip cake Chiu Chow style
HK style egg waffles
Indonesian BBQ satay skewers
Indonesian fried noodles
Japanese red bean pancakes
Lamb and squid skewers
Marinated eggs and beancurd
Mixed cold plate (pig’ ears, seaweed & tofu)
Oyster & intestine mien xian
Peanut sauce cold noodles
R2 Signature yogurt fruit drinks
Satay beef noodles
Taiwanese fried chicken filets
The 626 Night Market is not affiliated with the public and private parking lots shown. Please read all posted parking signs when you park.
Yes, the event was ridiculously packed, but I don’t need to stress the negatives because folks vented all about it on Twitter, Facebook, and Yelp. I rather focus on the positives.
First, Jonny Hwang had a great idea to bring the concept of an Asian night market to Southern California. But more importantly, he acted on it! He didn’t let roadblocks like working full-time, stop him from pursuing this concept. Thanks Jonny!
Second, WOW on the number of people who came out! Not only people from 626, but different area codes were representing for sure. Obviously, people are interested and you will be darn sure vendors who didn’t sign up are kicking themselves in the butt for not having faith in this event.
Third, even though I didn’t get to sample as many vendors as I wanted to, the few I did were great! (Granted a few made you do a double take like funnel cake hah.) However, I expect it to be a lot easier for Jonny to be able to get more vendors and even more suitable vendors to buy into the 626 Night Market.
Bling Bling Dumpling
I almost didn’t stop here because I just like dumplings, not pyscho crazy for them. However, when I saw a sign that said “handmade, local, and organic dumplings” I immediately applied my brakes and got in line. What can I say, I am a sucker for sustainable business practices.
Cindy showing off bling!
Ginger Pork Dumplings and
Shiitake Tofu Dumplings $5 / 3 pieces
I really enjoyed both of their dumplings along with their garlic soy sauce.
5 Spice Tacos
These guys don’t even have a website. Their business card just has an email address, take about being under the radar! At this event, they were offering pork tongue and duck gizzard tacos. OMG, yes! Sadly, by the time I made it to the front they ran out of duck gizzard tacos ;( But at least I was able to score a pork tongue tacos before they ran out of those too
Pork Tongue Tacos $2/each
Looks plain, I know. They ran out of onions and some greens, but I didn’t care. Their pork tongue tasted so good, especially with some Sriracha sauce! Better than any of the tongue tacos I get from Mexican joints. Nice and moist, and wasn’t fatty. Man, if they weren’t running low I would of ordered 3 more easily, that good! I could just image how great their duck gizzard tacos were. *drool*