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By David Ganezer
Observer Staff Writer 

The 626 Night Market Comes to Santa Monica, Featuring Kim Chi, Bomb Squid, Stinky Tofu and other Asian Fusion Cuisine

Conceived by Jonny C. Hwang, a businessman born in Taiwan, 626 Night Market was inspired by Asian night markets

 

August 26, 2022

People sample Bombing Giant Squid as 626 Night Market Comes to Santa Monica

The 626 Night Market has arrived in Santa Monica, in the City owned parking lot at the SW corner of Fifth Street and Arizona. Every other weekend you can buy Boba, Squid, and Boba. The events is known for its large selection of Instagram-friendly foods, ranging from traditional night market snacks found in Asia such as stinky tofu and meat skewers to fusion cuisine such as pho tacos and ramen burgers.

The Santa Monica version is scaled down. About 20 booths sell Korean and other Asian fusion fast prepared food products of all sorts. The next event will be on Friday, August 26th.

Drunken cake pops and Bobaful tea, as 626 Night Market Comes to Santa Monica

The 626 Night Market is an annual night market food festival located in the 626 area code region of San Gabriel Valley, northeast of Los Angeles.

Its events are held 10 times a year from May to September. Each 3-day night market event draws up to 100,000 attendees with more than 250 participating food, merchandise, and craft vendors, as well as art and music attractions. The flagship 626 Night Market is held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia and has since expanded to include locations at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa and the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. The organizers state that it is the largest such market in the United States.

Conceived by Jonny C. Hwang, a businessman born in Taiwan and raised in southern California,626 Night Market was inspired by the night markets of Asia, especially the Shilin Night Market in Taipei.

 

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