Yes, the Ramen Burger was a serious craze at the inaugural KTOWN Night Market, but I wasn’t going to stand in line for an hour and a half for it. Instead I asked two guys for a photo of theirs. Seriously folks, don’t get me wrong. I love a good Ramen Burger, but there were a lot of other things to eat at this food festival in Los Angeles. My Foodie Friends and I were determined to eat our way through the KTOWN Night Market during its debut weekend and here is what we ate.
The Beef Galbi Hot Dog from Eight Korean BBQ formerly known as Palsaik. turned out to be one of the best things to eat at the KTown Night Market. It’s an all Beef Hot Dog grilled to perfection and topped with lettuce, fried Kimchi, and an extremely flavorful Galbi sauce.
We also enjoyed eating the Gua Bao, which is a Pork Belly marinaded in Gochujang chili paste sandwiched between a piece of steamed bun accompanied with pickled radish and jalapeno peppers. The Galbi Pork Belly Tacos were just as appetizing too. However, the strange twist is that Eight Korean BBQ does not serve these unique street food items at their restaurant. You gotta love them for deviating outside of their eight types of marinaded pork belly dinner menu to serve their version of delicious street food.
The folks from the all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ restaurant, Moodaepo, served a traditional Korean food item called Bulgogi. This food item is normally grilled tableside, but at the KTown Night Market, it was grilled with skewers to make it easy to eat. Oh boy, Bulgogi was wonderfully tasty. It’s no wonder why Moodaepo was voted the winner of the Korean BBQ Festival.
Thoughout the food festival, I could help but notice that everyone had a bowl of this, Tteobokki, a Korean street food made with Rice Cake, Fish Cake, cabbage, and a spicy sweet chili sauce. Despite the dent in my pocketbook at $10 a bowl, this particular Tteobokki was best that I’ve tasted. I suggest sharing this with your family and friends, because it’s a big bowl.
After meandering through the game and souvenir booths and watching the community entertainment, it was finally time for time to eat dessert. But would you believe that wasn’t any Korean desserts at the KTOWN Night Market? There was, however, plenty of Taiwanese desserts like this shaved Mango Ice and Mochi dessert from I Sweet Dessert House.
I also couldn’t pass up their fresh made Sweet Red Bean Bun and Chocolate Bun. I took these home for my midnight snacking.
Okay, this will make you laugh. There was a slight stench of Stinky Tofu at the KTown Night Market. Hugo Food, was the only vendor selling Stinky Tofu, a common street food in many Asian countries. My Foodie Friends and I opted out of eating it, because we found something more interesting worth eating instead. This pastry was the most unusual street food that I ever encountered. It’s a Taiwanese Sweet Egg Custard Pastry with cheddar cheese and egg.
This was surprisingly delectable. It’s a sort of sweet pancake with a poached egg inside. This was a yummy street food worth eating too.
Kudos to the team behind the KTown Night Market. Although it wasn’t all Korean food, my Foodie Friends and I found a lot of good Asian food to eat.
The KTown Night Market was held at Robert F. Kennedy Community School in Los Angeles. It’s an outdoors only event that hosts Asian Street Food vendors, artisan booths, and a Food Trucks. Local cultural entertainment as well as K-Pop artists perform throughout the event. Admission is free. There is limited street parking and plenty of surrounding paid parking lots and structures for all-day parking for $4 – 16. I suggest taking the Metro Red or Purple Lines to the Wilshire/Vermont Station and walking three blocks to the location.