The semi-regular Asian street food festival is modeled after a traditional Taiwanese night market and is loaded with hawker fare, attracting thousands of visitors. There are dozens and dozens of street food and restaurant booths offering attractively prices bites of both common and less-common regional dishes.
'Night Market' on Serious Eats
This celebration of global street food featured some of Portland's most popular chefs (the line for Nong's Khao Man Gai was out of control at times), and fine chefs from around the country and even Bangkok. The night featured skewers of hearts to balls, beef tongue rolls and beef tendon salads, and a crawfish "poutine." See all the bites here.
"You're gonna be eating some super traditional Thai hick food." That's how Kris Yenbamroong began our meal at City Grit, the Soho "culinary salon" by chef Sarah Simmons that also hosts guest cooks from all around the country. Yenbamroong's LA restaurant Night + Market serves food not unlike what you'd find at Andy Ricker's Pok Pok: street- and bar-style Thai grub with nods to Chiang Mai and all the dried chili, sour herb, and fermented shrimp funk you can handle.