More Great Asian Eats in LA
The 626 Night Market took place again last weekend in San Gabriel Valley's Santa Anita Racetrack. The semi-regular Asian street food festival is modeled after a traditional Taiwanese night market and is loaded with hawker fare. For a $2-$3 entrance fee (with free parking!), visitors receive access to dozens and dozens of Asian street food and restaurant booths offering attractively priced bites of both common and less-common dishes. The usual LA foodtruck suspects like Kogi and The Lobsta Truck also make appearances, along with street vendors selling Turkish Gyros and Carne Asada Fries.
Thousands show up to this unique food festival, from full families coming out from the San Gabriel suburb communities for a nostalgic bite of their home countries, to a few curious Westsiders who come to Instagram everything, plus groups of high schoolers looking for a cheap night out during summer break. Lines do stretch on every once in a while, but the food is usually worth the wait.
The market is aiming to be a regular experience, with plans for another two-day event on August 3rd and 4th. If we may suggest, come very hungry and thirsty, and come on both days. There are tons of different regional foods to try that aren't easily available, since some vendors only come out for this event and don't actually have proper restaurants at all.
Besides tons of stinky tofu and pandan churros, check out what else this Asian night bazaar themed street food festival had to offer in the slideshow.