After several attempts, I finally made it over to the OC Night Market. Here are my favorites from this year and YES – you should go next year. ABSOLUTELY.
Price: Reasonable ($5ish per place, per item). Admission is $5, Parking is $8 at the OC Fairgrounds.
Crowds/Lines: I went on a Friday night. Not too crowded, perfect amount of people.
Food/Drinks: Asian-inspired, novelty type creations. But, yummy. Only alcohol available was Kirin.
First stop was Hotato Potato. I walked into the venue and immediately streamlined towards these spiralized potatoes on a stick. Cajun flavored, they were freshly fried and heavily coated with seasoning. Borderline “too salty”, I still devoured the entire stick. Worth it! Also, it pairs perfectly with beer. A great “appetizer” for the night of eating ahead.
Next stop was Squidies! I’ve been eyeing the iconic light bulb drinks on Instagram! They’re just too cute to pass up, and I was curious to try the smoothie itself. At about $7, you get the lighbulb glass, a light-up keychain and the drink of course (I got Mango!). I’d call it a deal. The line was long and they were really pumpin’ ’em out like crazy but I have to give them props for still having icy, cold, real fruit smoothies. At $3 for a refill, I wish I had a chance to go back and try the Lychee flavor.
Gotta show some love for the filipino booths at the night market. Boy in the Kitchen was serving up Kuya Bombs – Your choice of meat (Chicken Adobo, Kare Kare or Pork Asado) inside a ball of steamed rice then wrapped with a lumpia wrapper and deep fried. GET IN MY MOUTH.
I wanted to try an item from one of the longest lines there, besides the giant fried squid. I went for some steam buns and WOW, they were as big as my face, authentic, warm and delicious. To end, we hit up Rolling Ice for the Thai rolled ice cream. They start out with milk and the ingredients for the ice cream, and once it’s well mixed, it’s poured onto a cold plate and spread around until frozen. Once it’s solid, they scrape the ice cream in strips with a spatula so that it creates little rolls. Not sure if it’s the look or the actual method, but this ice cream is LEGIT. So tasty, with bits of whatever you got in it. MUST TRY! Here’s a photo of my cookie butter bowl! There’s always next year, but I’m honestly concerned on how I can wait that long. Did you get to experience the night market? Let me know what you thought and what you tried!