My friends and I decided to go to Los Angeles for the fourth of July Weekend to basically eat and what we had there was AMAZING.
On Saturday, we went to this really fun event called the 626 Night Market.
The original and largest Asian-themed night market in the United States, 626 Night Market boasts hundreds of food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions in one jam-packed weekend of festivities for the whole family. 626 Night Market aims to unite and empower the community by serving as a platform for showcasing local entrepreneurs, businesses, artists, and talent.
Hear that? Asian food, Asian entertainment, Asian art, everything.
This article will be a bit different, but I do really want to express my appreciation for the Night Market. I find it extremely pleasing just how popular this place was and you’ll see in the pictures all of the awesome stuff that happened.
The map in the 626 Night Market consists of about 50 booths per row and there’s about 4 rows. Therefore there are hundreds of food combinations you can try if you had to. Any type of Asian food you could think of, they have grilled food, baked food, rice, seafood, drinks, dessert, a rave stage, a bargain bin, an art gallery and a McDonalds. almost everything you can think of.
From what I’ve noticed, there are some very popular places and these fill up fast. In fact, there were points in the festival where it was even hard to move.
To be honest, I didn’t focus too much on the entertainment. They did have an awesome DJ in the very back of the stage. The food (or the wait in line) might consume most of your time to be honest. To avoid the lines, I’d recommend coming in early like at 4pm. But where’s the fun in that!
There is an art gallery and a “shopping center”. The art pieces are pretty good but I found the shopping portion a bit lame. I guess I’m not into that type of stuff.
The food here is pretty unique.
There’s too much to list but here’s what we ate:
Grilled Squid is probably one of the most popular items in the Night Market but I’ve noticed most people go to the one super far East. I guess that one gives you a whole squid. Overall, it’s a boiled squid with a spicy red sauce and grilled for a little bit. A lot of places have grilled squid but you can notice which ones are the popular ones.
They also have whole deep fried squid
Our group loved seafood and we went all out in this portion. So for example, we had these fries with a garlicy crab salad on top. I found the crab portion absolutely delicious but the fries were very standard.
Barbecued clams and mussels which I found a bit salty.
Oysters and sea urchin. What can’t you find here!
Lobster tail for about $10.00. It was a very simple dish and grileld well, if not a bit chewy.
I got the deep fried bun which was crispy and succulent. I wasn’t a fan of the noodles that were insid eit. You know, the see-through kind. Overall, it was a very good dish. My friend got the steamed pork sandwich which he said was not bad either.
This place seemed to be the only place that had boba tea and I found it amazingly refreshing. This was just sweetened rice milk but I found it to be more satisfying than a beer.
Korean Fried Popcorn Chicken
Took a long time and it was kind of worth it. The chicken was cooked perfectly and covered in “snow” or Parmesan cheese.
There was a booth that had a chef pull noodles. A friend of mine got it and I tasted it. Tastes like something from China magic noodle house.
I went and got a cookie cup, a cup which has cream topped off in that you’re supposed to eat all of it.
It’s a very novelty product so I don’t think it was worth the cost. Oh well.
Here are a bunch of other photos I took and I wish I ate at. Unfortunately, time was limited and my stomach was full so…
I think it’s easy to fall in the trap and say the 626 Night Market is amazing, tell your friends, and then not tell them about the downsides.
I’d describe it like Disneyland on Christmas week. You feel the magic and the energy, but you also suffer the huge, long lines and the saturation of people. Here are some pictures of the crowds in the night market. As you can tell, the more into the night it gets, the worse it becomes. GET THERE EARLY!
But overall, we had an amazing time. The next day, we had amazing KBBQ at OO-Kook