In the many years that I’ve been a Foodie in The City of Angels, I have never been to a food festival in the heart of LA’s entertainment center that is until yesterday when the first ever DTLA Night Market opened to a crowd of hungry people just across the street from The Staple Center. It was about time we got some food festivals in Downtown Los Angeles by where LA Live, The Staple Center, Nokia Theater, and the Los Angeles Convention Center meet. Bring them on. Seriously, let’s bring more of them here.
The line to get inside was pretty quick right when they opened. My Foodie Friends and I meandered through the 40+ food vendor stalls to find something unique to eat. In the mix were Japanese, Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Filipino, Indonesian, and Asian Fusion street food. There were plenty of Asian Tea stalls and only one vendor selling the infamous Stinky Tofu. Yup, there was a darn good selection of Asian Street Food to choose from. There was an even better selection of entertainment to listen to while you stood around eating and drinking. If you wanted something to look at, well the Asian Street Art was pretty cool.
I immediately had a craving for curry and thought it would make for a good first round of eats for us. I was looking for some kind of Curry Noodle dish what wasn’t a soup like the Indonesian dish Laksa. Unfortunately, no one had a stir fried Curry Noodle dish. Geez, how could this have been missed in the line up. Then we ran into a Lucky Dish, a cute little Teardrop Food Truck that serves what they say is LA’s BEST JAPANESE CURRY.
We got a large order of the Chicken Curry Nachos to share. My gosh it really is LA’s Best Japanese Curry. Just imagine a bowl of Japanese Chicken Curry fused with tortilla chips and cheese. Well, it works and it was quite delicious. Layered in between tortilla chips was the luscious Japanese Curry with chicken and chickpeas. At the very bottom of the plate was a nice bed of rice, which made it an even heartier Street Food to consume. Man, this dish had the best of both comfort and street food all-in-one.
The loudspeaker guy from Hugo Foods was also DTLA Night Market. Like an authentic Asian Street Food vendor, he spoke in Chinese pedaling the many varieties of Taiwanese Street Food that he sold. Every so often he spoke in English just to tell us that he had samples of the delicious Popcorn Chicken flavored with Chinese 5-Spice. He also mentioned having the infamous Stinky Tofu for anyone with an adventurous appetite. My favorite, however, was the the order of the sweet Pop Cakes stuffed with cheese and an egg. I remember loving these divine parcels at the 626 Night Market.
For a few hours we gorged on Musubi, Ramen, Grilled Squid on a stick, Boba Teas, Sugar Cane Juice, Spicy Tater Tots, Japanese Hot Dogs, Steamed Pork Buns, and Hawaiian Shaved Ice. In the end, all I wanted was my soft-serve Green Tea Ice Cream, which I finally took pleasure in eating. After a long day of being out and about in the hot 90 degree heat, so I needed my guilty pleasure.
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