The Los Angeles Ultimate Food and Wine Festival is a four-day event showcasing the fine food culture throughout Los Angeles and the country. This is an opportunity to get a sample of the food cooked by some of the industry biggest influencers and talents.
I already wrote in detail about my experience in the event’s Grand Tasting (btw, it was awesome). But, guess what? I was able to attend the Asian Night Market hosted by Chef Masaharu Morimoto (of Iron Chef fame).
The Asian Night Market featured an abundance of unique tastings using Asian-inspired ingredients from some of the nation’s most influential chefs. In part, the event tried to mimic the multi-sensory street food experience of the night’s markets of cities like, Chiang Mai, Kuala Lumpur and Taipei. However, this ‘market’ was a little different since the food was prepared with distinctive West Coast flavors (Thai pork belly tacos anyone?).
In addition, participating chef’s used traditional and novel methods to infuse their food with delicious and balanced flavors.
I was stoked to attend this event because I am in love with Asian food. To me, the food at the ‘market’ was so good that I tend to think I liked this event more than the Grand Tasting.
Also, the event took place next to the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It felt surreal to eat great food surrounded by the lights of Downtown LA.
Here is a photographic description of how the night went.
Coco chili snails
From Starry Kitchen
Summer truffle duck meatballs
Chefs Wonny Lee & Yoya Takahashi
Elote dry miso aioli
Salmon sashimi tacos
Chef Jason Benavente
Tea smoked ora king salmon
Chef Brad Farmerie
Shrimp & chive cake
Chef Charles Phan
Cambodian beef heart tartar
Also, chicarrones ‘vegan style’
Chef Carlos Enriquez
Chilled dashi poached Hokkaido scallops
With saikyo miso
Chek Akira Hirose
Whole roasted lechon cake
Chef Michelle Lee
Chicken adobo taco
Chef Barbara Batiste
Pork belly tacos
Chef Jeff Tila
Lavender milk tea fluff
From Fluff Ice
Shrimp in curry sauce
Chef Tin Vuong
What dish looks more appetizing?
Disclosure: I attended the event with a media pass. However, all the opinions expressed here, as always, are my own.