Let’s talk about everything 626 Night Market, and my latest obsession. How many of you saw fabulous pix pop up on your feeds with all of the beautiful glory that is the 626 Night Market? Well, this year, I was so intrigued that I just had to join in on the fun. These are 10 of the vendors that I had to stop by (whether it was for the insta-worthy shot or the delicious eats you can’t go wrong!).
1. Workaholic –
Did you happen to see the beautiful dumplings gracing your screens this past summer? With delicious and unique flavors like bulgogi beef and chicken curry, how can you not want to indulge? This food vendor was our first stop and I couldn’t wait. We ordered the bulgogi beef, spicy pork & kimchi, garlic shrimp, and chicken curry mandoo. At 2 for $18 it’s certainly not cheap, but it’s oh so worth it. If I had to choose one, I’d recommend the bulgogi beef. So mouthwatering!
2. The Sandwich Society –
Next up, something I wasn’t even intrigued by. The boyfriend’s brother wanted to try this place out for the ramen grilled cheese. Initially, I had no interest, it sounded disgusting. Looks like I gotta eat my words. Add this to a list of “must try” while at the market. I know, it sounds odd, but don’t be like me and knock it before you try it. It had a kimchi flavor in the grilled cheese too and I think that was a beautiful balance of flavors.
3. Shrimp Daddy –
This is another one that was extensively covered on Instagram and Facebook and for good reason! We bought the Shrimp Boat and for Instagram’s sake, it was definitely worth it. Now was the food actually good? Yes! So, as many of you know, I’m basically an anti-seafood person. For no other reason than I don’t like the taste of seafood…yes, any and all kinds of seafood. Yes, shrimp is included in that. It all tastes the same to me for the most part….gross. BUT, can you believe it, I actually ate an entire shrimp from this dish (shell on) and liked it! Now, I wouldn’t crave it…let’s not get ahead of ourselves but I think that’s saying a lot in and of itself. The boyfriend and his brother enjoyed it too (they’re seafood lovers, you can trust their ratings).
4. Drunken Cake Pops –
I want them all! These adorable dollops of dessert are sweet treats with an alcohol bite! We ended up ordering the Midori, Birthday Cake, and Red Velvet. It was hard to make a choice, and I wish I could have ordered all of them. Of the three, the one with the most “alcohol” flavoring was the Birthday Cake pop. If that’s a good thing or bad thing, I’ll leave that up to you to decide. My favorite was the Red Velvet.
5. Bakudan LA –
The heat alone warranted this big watermelon bowl of refreshing slush. It was 105 degrees Fahrenheit outside and tack on humidity…it was awful! The watermelon slush from Bakudan LA was super refreshing and so delicious. Bonus! They offered up a free refill if you can show that you post a pic and tagged them on IG. Of course, we took them up on the offer and indulged in second watermelon slush. Note, the watermelon is so much better than the coconut. Grab the watermelon, you won’t regret it.
6. The Bonks Lab –
There wasn’t enough liquid to keep us hydrated throughout the day. Okay, so there probably was, and we were just overly excited by the food options. We stopped by The Bonk’s Lab which is so uber cute with its’ stand taking on the theme throughout the space. This fun bag of deliciousness is a can’t miss. We ordered the kalaman-tea which they claim is like a Filipino Arnold Palmer.
Cheese shell tacos? Hold my beer. Okay, so I didn’t have a beer, but are you serious right now? How could you not be tempted by a cheese shell taco anything? We opted for the wagyu steak. The wait was a little long, but again, it was worth it. (Now, I’m thinking, what wasn’t worth it at the 626 Night Market?) Great flavor, good portion size to share, and extra crispy! Sorry, no pic on this one! It was really dark and the picture didn’t turn out.
8. Mason’s Den –
This one was our last food vendor of the night and by far the messiest food. Now, what did Mason’s Den offer up? Unicorn elote! I’m sure you’ve once again seen this fad all over the socials. What makes it “unicorn”? The cheese they use is all dyed and multicolor. Get it on the cob for the insta photo, but if you want it without the mess I’d recommend ordering it in the cup. The dye ended up all over my face. I was glad this was our last stop for the night so I could clean up and not look like a clown all day!
9. Sarap Asian Fusion –
This 4-pack of cookies is Mmm Mmm good! We got the chocolate pack and this included; miso milo, matcha white chocolate, ube marble, and black sesame. My favorite was the ube marble followed by the miso milo. Doesn’t help that I’m not a sesame or matcha fan. This 4-pack is pretty pricey for how small the cookies are, but it’s lots of fun and super colorful (for those insta-pix you know). We couldn’t possibly finish everything we hoped to this night, so we bought a pack to go so we could eat the next day.
10. Baked Dessert Bar –
Have you ever had a cupcake in a jar? Me either, until now! There were so many delicious flavors that stood out to me, I almost couldn’t make up my mind. I ordered the Neopolitan and a Banana one which they claim is their top seller. Now, the Neopolitan isn’t like the usual Neopolitan flavor offerings (it’s filled with flavors of pandan and ube). I can’t wait to get my hands on some more of these sweet tasty treats! Hmmm, guess I’ll have to look up if they deliver out of state!
Well, that was the 626 Night Market in a quick nutshell and why you should go next year. It was well worth it, and I’m so glad that I tried it out. Maybe my next 626 Night Market post will have to be about how best to navigate and prepare for the market if you’ve never been. I definitely have some great tips on that!
Happy Wandering, Millennials!