The inaugural KTOWN Night Market will be taking Los Angeles' Koreatown by storm this Friday and Saturday. Over 40 food stalls (in addition to an entire alley dedicated to food trucks) will offer the multicultural cuisines found throughout Koreatown and beyond. Here are the top eight spots to eat at:
Ktown Night Market
Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools
701 S Catalina St
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Friday, April 18th, 2014 - 4pm to Midnight
Saturday, April 19th, 2014 - 2pm to Midnight
#8 Ramen Burger
Keizo Shimamoto, the creator of the original ramen burger in New York City, is coming to the west coast to show off his Japanese-American mashup at the KTOWN Night Market. 75%/25% beef patty with scallions, arugula, and secret shoyu sauce between a "bun" of Sun Noodle ramen? Sign us up!
#7 Seoul Sausage Co.
The winners of Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race will be curating the food truck alley along with offering their korean fusion sausages, rice balls, and galbi poutine.
#6 Mama Musubi
Musubi (also called onigiri) is to Tokyo what tacos are to LA: grab-and-go street food staples. The rice balls are filled with meats like miso Jidori chicken, Berkshire pork belly, and Asian sweet sausage, then laced with sesame seeds are wrapped with nori. Mama Musubi recently held a wildly-successful pop-up in Little Tokyo and is back in town for the KTOWN Night Market.
Who says pizza shouldn't be allowed at a Korean festival? KONY is a Koreatown staple and is one of the more authentic New York-style thin crusts to be found in Los Angeles. Usually sold in whole pies only, you can expect to order by the slice at KTOWN Night Market.
#4 Tanota Takoyaki
Seafood street food (say that out loud five times fast)! Takoyaki are hot, gooey balls of fried octopus with aioli, teriyaki sauce, bonito and scallions. Tanota is known for hefty amounts of tako in their balls and offers shrimp varieties, as well.
#3 ShinSenGumi Yakitori
The most highly-regarded yakitori spot in greater Los Angeles is coming to the KTOWN Night Market offering their chicken, pork, beef, seafood, pork belly wrapped, and bacon wrapped skewers. It may technically be Japanese food but shouldn't be missed at this Koreatown festival.
#2 Eight Korean BBQ
It wouldn't be a Koreatown festival without KBBQ! Eight Korean BBQ offers eight different marinades (original, ginseng, miso paste, garlic, hot, wine, herb, and curry) for their pork belly, and each will be available to try in individual portions at KTOWN Night Market.
#1 Ham Ji Park
Known for its spicy pork ribs and insanely tender pork neck soup, Ham Ji Park comes highly regarded by LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold and maintains a 4 1/2 star rating on Yelp