Food adventures are the definition of a memorable summer night out. Although I've been to OC Night Market numerous times, each experience is always different. There are new vendors to try, things to watch, people to meet, it's just an amazing place to be. From cosplay contests, to gaming tents, it's not all just about the food. Make sure to add this event to your summer bucketlist for next year, it's definitely worth it!
Here's my August Roundup for top 12 vendors at OC Night Market, enjoy! Hope you're not too hungry :)
The Bonks Lab - Refreshing Filipino drinks in a large ziplock bag?! Yes please. I got to try "Oh My Buko" buko pandan with coconut shreds, #pandan jelly & milk. Of course I got my favorite Ooo-beh: Ube sweet purple yam milk with Halo Halo ingredients. Drinking from bags is a common thing in the Philippines! They brought it to Socal with a laboratory theme.
Momma Fung Buns - Don't want none, unless you've got buns, hun! Magical unicorn buns are taking over the night market and reinventing a dim sum classic! Inside you can get are uni-pork, cosmic chicken curry, and sun kissed veggies. Stop by and get your freshly steamed pastel colored buns!
Honey Honey Drinks - Blended with real fruit and honey as a sweetener, Honey Honey smoothies are 100% quality! You can taste the difference when it's all natural flavors. The source their honey and honey comb locally and are proud about supporting local farms. I tasted their matcha and mango drinks, and loved the edible honeycomb they included on top as a garnish!
Workaholics - These colorful Korean dumplings from Workaholics were BOMB! They're colored with natural dyes so you don't have to feel guilty eating this rainbow food. Pictured above is their activated charcoal pocket with Spicy BBQ Pork, purple cabbage pocket with beef bulgogi, and spinach & yellow bell pepper pocket with wild mushroom #vegan
Rakken Tacos - These guys have TWO booths at each night market, meaning their demand is through the roof. That's how you know their stuff is good. I got to try their LOADED Crab Fries smothered in yummy garlic aioli. Perfect option for seafood lovers.
Sweet N Hollow - Next level ice cream cone alert! Fresh baked cinnamon sugar chimney cone, with nutella filling, vanilla ice cream, Oreos and sprinkles on top! So good. The owners were inspired on their trip to Europe, so they brought back a popular dessert for all of us to experience.
Shake Ramen - What’s in my cup? Ramen noodles, shoyu sauce (soy), some spice and garlic, pork belly, and all the sides!! After you order, they layer everything up and seal it with a plastic top. Shake it till everything's mixed up and it's ready to eat! I love that I can eat ramen on the go! Shake Ramen is a food truck so go check out their schedule to try it yourself!
Flavor Fusions - Yummy craft sodas are the perfect way to wash down all the food you're eating. I tasted the Thai green cotton candy soda with a sprite and the raspberry soda. You get to keep the light-up bucket that flashes through the night.
Egghausted626 - Pretty layered drinks are definitely Instagram-worthy! Pick up the Sunset Passionfruit Soda and Moon Night Lychee Soda and take some pictures before you mix it all up and enjoy! Pair it with a super cute minion black truffle cheese tamagoyaki, a Japanese omelette.
Chana-mana Thai - One flavor wasn’t enough, so I decided to try them all! Chanamana Thai's flavored chicken wings were simply AMAZING. Their five flavors are garlic, tom yum, sweet n sour tamarind, sriracha, and parmesan peppercorn. Their wings are served in cute take-out boxes and they stick origami cranes as a topper!
Lucky Ball Korean BBQ - Your night market experience isn’t complete without a magical light up drink in a UNICORN FLOATIE. The best part is that you get to keep this cup holder forever! You can choose from different float designs and then you pick your choice of lemonade. I tried the watermelon lemonade and it was super refreshing.
Cafe 949 - Treat yo’ self with a whole grilled lobster and garlic noodles and wash it down with some Vietnamese iced coffee! They grill/torch the lobsters right in front of you, so you know it's fresh.