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A night market for Pasadena

April 13, 2012 |  2:20 pm

Care to saunter down a moonlit street while noshing on curry fish balls and fried turnip cake? Your destination: the 626 Night Market held Saturday in Pasadena.
More than 80 food and retail vendors will set up shop Saturday on Oakland Avenue between Colorado Boulevard and Union Street for an event that’s being billed as a re-creation of those bustling night markets in Asia.
“They’re really staples of society in Taiwan, China, Korea, Vietnam and Thailand,” said Jonny Hwang, who founded the event along with his wife and a friend. “It’s a place where you can go with your friends, walk around and discover new trinkets. But food is definitely the most important aspect.”
Up to 8,000 people are expected to attend the market that runs from 5 to 11:30 p.m. and will offer street food favorites like Chinese doughnuts, Indonesian fried noodles, marinated bean curd and, of course, stinky tofu.
“We’ve kind of positioned the stinky tofu in an area where there’s less wind -- a lot of people are turned off by that smell,” Hwang said. “But people go to night markets for that and it would be like having a German festival without sausages.”


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Photo: Taiwan's famous Shilin Night Market; credit Randomwire