626 Night Market Top 10 Wish List of 2015

As night market foodies we have compiled the list of top ten foods items we would LOVE to see this year. We have seen it, squealed in delight and awaited in baited breath for someone to please sell it at our night markets. May this inspire you to jump up and sign up PRONTO, for we are waiting for you! Here is our list:

1. Shingen Mochi “Water Cake” from Japan
This jelly-like mochi “cake” is served with sugar syrup and kinako, a roasted soybean flour. Currently the only place to buy it is in Japan and the line to get this beautiful food-from-the-future is one hour, after a mountain climb- after a two hour drive. Image the selling possibilities. Even easier, here are instructions to make it! Youtube video with vague instructions, but we’re sure you can figure it out with some experimentation. Take it a few steps further with several different traditional wet and dry toppings, maybe even embedded fruits or flavorings… Did someone say “add boba”?

2. Fried Maple Leaves from Japan


image credit: Hisakuni-Sen Do

Another much-hyped food item from Japan that got us out of our seats are these wonderfully crispy maple leaves. You can eat maple leaves?? Apparently yes, and we would love to eat it.
Recipes from a blogger James Wong here.

3. Cotton Candy Dance / Milk Tea Dance / Just DANCE!

Do you love to make food and dance to some bumping beats at a hoppin’ night market to a large audience all around clapping and cheering? AND make some $$? Then pick an awesome food item that can be made with a few smooth moves and get your groove on at our night markets!

4. Instant Ice Cream Rolls from Thailand

People love watching their food being made- especially at the night market on a hot summer night! Grab an ice table, some spatulas and get going! You’ll need several ice tables to keep up with the demand, don’t just bring one.

5. Artsy Candies from China

If you love to doodle, here’s a great item to sell! Again, if you do it, bring other doodler friends and several ice tables to keep up with demand. ;)

5. CHURROS (specialty)


Everyone loves churros! Warm, cinnamonny sugary goodness. We’ve been hoping for someone to come in and offer a wide range of churros: churros with melted chocolate for dipping, churros topped with ice cream, oreo flavored churros,stuffed churros, shaped into hearts, fancy crazy churros, churro ice cream sandwiches, the variety is endless! Best thing is they never go out of style.

7. Deep Fried Sriracha


Deep fried whaaat? Created by Amy on her blog and featured on Thrillist. We gotta have this.

8. Food in Cones (specialty)


According to thrillist’s article, this show-stopper is made of “Cajun buttermilk-battered fried chicken, bleu cheese coleslaw, Water Street Brewery Oktoberfest beer-candied bacon, a homemade rosemary cornmeal waffle cone, and Water Street Brewery Honey Lager maple syrup.” Drool.. Don’t stop there, have bacon sprinkled mac & cheese cones, pizza cones, pasta cones, and more!

9. Sannakji / Live Octopus (산낙지)


Let’s kick up the novelty with this Korean delicacy- live octopus. These tentacles are the most interesting things to eat. If you can stomach (or leverage) the media and cry from animal lovers, this dish will garner an endless crowd of curious and adventurous customers and a storm of media attention. As they say in Hollywood: there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

10. Crickets and Scorpions from Beijing Night Market

If live octopus is too out-there for you, maybe try a less controversial group of items: bugs. Scorpions, crickets, silk worms.. you name it! Guaranteed to draw a crowd!

BONUS 11. A Frankenstein of Waffle + Donut + Ramen + Tater Tots + Burger!


Chocolate-dipped Glazed Doughnuts Stuffed With Cookie Dough

Who are we kidding, our desires can’t be limited to 10! Now let’s pull back and ask for something that’s more familiar. After cronuts craze from last year, there seem to be an upsurge of fusion foods combining all different kind of comfort ingredients. It’s now gone crazy like some food scientist gone nuts in the foodland. All equally mouth-watering. With fans going nuts over it. And increasingly crazy. All are welcome! The “wonut” (donut + waffle), chocolate-dipped glazed donuts stuffed with cookie dough, a bacon-jalapeno grilled cheese made of waffles that’re made of tator tots, this parmesan cronut burger (croissant+donut+burger), “Ramnuts” (ramen+donuts), Waffle Donuts, and hey, if you have a 3D printer sitting around, the Taco Donut.


Parmesan Cronut Burger



Ramen Donuts (Ramnuts)


BONUS 12. Honey Butter Chips from Korea

honey butter craze

This special bag of honey butter chips caused such a craze from Korea that it has taken the media by storm- and we’re all itching to try it over here in the US. Street vendors in Korea are spotted making the chips fresh from their street carts, no doubt in all its piping hot, crunchy and delicious glory. So can you! Please bring it over here!

If you’re planning to being ANY of these items in this year, we want to hear from you. Here is our awesome hotline number: Patricia at (626) 327 4739. Call us NAO.

OCNM: Cooking Demos by Marina Chung, Ronnie Woo, Luther Chen

OC Night Market, our last night market of the year, is happening this weekend on October 10-12 at OC Fair & Events Center. We are happy to announce that we will be hosting cooking demonstrations on Sunday, 10/12 at 4-6PM featuring three talented chef personalities: Marina Chung, Ronnie Woo, and Luther Chen. Learn about the chefs below and also preview their recipes before the show!

About the Chefs

Chef Marina Chung

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Chinese brain, Brazilian heart, and American passport, Culinary Artist Marina Chung expresses her artistic passion through her love for cooking. Marina took on every challenge head one and made it to the season finale as a contestant on ABC’s “The Taste,” the cooking-themed reality competition. She is always searching always growing, A true kid at heart. She shares her culinary adventures with her Facebook followers of her page, “Official Marina Chung,” and with over 1,000 Twitter followers and on Instagram.

Follow Chef Marina Chung on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Chef Ronnie Woo

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Chef Ronnie Woo is the executive chef and owner of The Delicious Cook, a private chef company that specializes in bringing the restaurant experience into your home via intimate four-star dining experiences. Chef Ronnie Woo is also a regular TV personality and can be seen this Fall on Home Made Simple on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

Follow Chef Ronnie Woo on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Chef Luther Chen


Chef Chen is a young chef who grew up in The 626, and discovered his passion for food, and pursued his education at the Culinary Institute of America in NY. following his dream while working at Georgia’s only 5 star restaurant, the Georgian Room at Sea island resort, chef Chen grew to become a seriously professional cook. Shortly after, Chef Chen solo-trekked mainland china and Taiwan, discovering the art and beauty of authentic Chinese food. Now back in Los Angeles, Chef Chen has started a fine dining underground supperclub called Xian Wei, serving elevated authentic regional Chinese cuisine and is releasing a food truck named Shao Kao BBQ within the next month.”

Website: http://www.lutherbobchen.com/


Preview and download the recipes that will be featured this Sunday:

Marina ChungFish Soup with Coconut Milk
⟶ Marina Chung Recipe Handout

Ronnie WooLychee Lime Thyme Vodka Mojito | Caramelized Onion & Corn Crabcakes with Coconut Curry Broth & Spicy Sriracha Slaw
⟶ Chef Ronnie Woo OC Market Handout

Luther ChenA Dish of Lamb Rib, Yogurt, Eggplant, Shoots of Young Peas
⟶ Luther Chen Xinjiang Lamb Rib Recipe

We’re so excited to see and taste what these chefs have in store for us. Make sure you don’t miss the cooking demonstrations at OC Night Market this Sunday, 10/12 at 4-6PM. See y’all there! In the meantime, you can oggle at this fancy Sichuan Pickle Dish that Chef Luther Chen whipped up with us earlier this year:

MC Jin… MC Who? (VIDEO)

Do you know who MC Jin is? MC Jin went around the 626 Night Market as “Ty Rone” to ask people about MC Jin and convince them that he is a better rapper. Watch as he interviews some clueless attendees, does some major MC Jin bashing, and drops some hilarious flows with guest beatboxer EVMB. Ty Rone or MC Jin… we’re on your team!

MC Jin will be performing at the upcoming OC Night Market on Sunday 10/12! More info at http://ocnightmarket.com

Check out MC Jin’s new album “14:59” (releases 10/19) on http://PledgeMusic.com/mcjin

Upcoming Events:

OC Night Market
Fri to Sun, October 10–12
@ OC Fair & Events Center

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Produced by: Aileen Xu
Edited by: Tiger Souvannakoumane
Shot by: Tiger Souvannakoumane, Christian Soriano
Audio by: Sharlene Park

626 Night Market on Good Day LA

Los Angeles News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

Check us out on yesterday morning’s Good Day LA Weekend Roundup on Channel 11 FOX! We previewed the 626 Night Market for host Mar Yvette on the morning news segment, showcasing some of our most interesting vendors: Pop’d Up thai popsicles, Dragon Whisker Candy, Nitropop nitrogen popcorn, and Cotton Candy Flowers. We had so much fun doing our first LIVE segment on air. Thank you Mar and Good Day LA for featuring our event this weekend.

Make sure you stop by the LAST 626 Night Market this weekend, Sept 12-14, at Santa Anita Park! We have an amazing entertainment line-up and a cosplay parade + contest as well. You don’t want to miss out!

2014 Short Film Contest Winners

It’s time to share the winning films for our 2014 short film contest! It was so exciting to watch all of the submissions this year. The 626NM team was in awe of the talent and creativity in our community. All of the entries were equally creative and unique in their own way, but these five stood out above all the rest to the 626 Night Market team. We hope that this inspires you all to continue to tell stories and share your talent with the world!

Watch the winning short films below.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!  Additional info, credits & website information are in the YouTube video descriptions – please take the time to check out and support your favorite filmmakers!

1st Place - See Me

2nd Place - Sweet Memories

3rd Place - Remembering

4th Place - Dear Soulmate

5th Place - 626 Night Hustle

Thank you to everyone who submitted to our video contest this year, and congratulations again to our winners!

Los Angeles Times: The Taste at Paramount Studios

Some of the 626 Night Market team + friends had the pleasure of attending The Taste last weekend. As a promotional partner of The Taste, we’re glad to have the opportunity to share our brand with the greater LA foodie community. The scene was truly amazing and the variety and quality of the dishes were impeccable. Set against the picturesque backdrop of Paramount Studio’s New York Street backlot, The Taste felt like a Hollywood style night market. It was definitely a memorable event. Make sure to check The Taste out next year!

In the meantime, check out our upcoming events: 626 Night Market on Sept 12-14 and OC Night Market on October 10-12!

▶ Stay updated on all things #626NightMarket by clicking “Going” on our Facebook event. Invite your friends too! http://bit.ly/626NightMarket2014

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626 Night Market Cosplay Contest, Sept 14

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Calling all cosplayers! Come to 626 Night Market September 12–14 in cosplay and receive special deals and discounts from select vendors. Plus, you could be crowned the Champion of Cosplayers in our Cosplay Contest on Sunday, 9/14!

▶ Find out more at http://bit.ly/626NM-Cosplay.

▶ Stay updated on all things #626NightMarket by clicking “Going” on our Facebook event. Invite your friends too! http://bit.ly/626NightMarket2014

Video: Aunty Merry’s Longest Satay

Bigger is better! Check out the longest satay by Indonesian street food vendor Aunty Merry. This satay is a whopping 20 inches long on a 27 inch skewer stick. Now that’s a skewer for a big appetite! Try it at the next 626 Night Market on Sept 12-14.

Check out Aunty Merry:

Video: Behind the Scenes at 626 Night Market

Meet a few of the 626 Night Market team members and get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes of a night market event! Don’t miss Patricia’s “What’s in my bag” tag for her 626NM Survival Kit – pretty nifty stuff hehe.

Produced by: Aileen Xu
Edited by: Tiger Souvannakoumane
Shot by: Tiger Souvannakoumane, Avery Xie, Aileen Xu

Video: 6 Unexpected Foods at the Night Market

We explored the 626 Night Market to find its most unique and unexpected foods! This video only barely scratches the surface on the surprising foods that can be found at the night market, but we’d say it’s a pretty good start. Nutella wontons, shark tacos, uni cream tater tots and burritos, and mochi puffs with coconut cream filling! Yum!

Featured vendors: Grubco, La Sriracha Macha, LotZa Tots, Mama Musubi

Produced by: Aileen Xu
Edited by: Tiger Souvannakoumane
Shot by: Tiger Souvannakoumane, Avery Xie

Upcoming Events:

626 Night Market
Fri & Sat, August 15-17
Fri & Sat, September 12-14
@ Santa Anita Park