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Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 | 0 comments

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market

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.

Walt Disney Concert Hall, Downtown Los Angeles, California

 

City Hall, Downtown Los Angeles, California

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

Coco chili snails

From Starry Kitchen

 

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

Summer truffle duck meatballs

Teriyaki glaze

Chefs Wonny Lee & Yoya Takahashi

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

Elote dry miso aioli

Salmon sashimi tacos

Chef Jason Benavente

 

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Tea smoked ora king salmon

Chef Brad Farmerie

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

Shrimp & chive cake

Chef Charles Phan

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

Cambodian beef heart tartar

From Fickle

Also, chicarrones ‘vegan style’

Coconut

Lime Pearls

Espelette

Verbena

Chef Carlos Enriquez

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

Chilled dashi poached Hokkaido scallops

With saikyo miso

Chek Akira Hirose

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

Whole roasted lechon cake

Chef Michelle Lee

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

Chicken adobo taco

Garlic aioli

Marinated cucumber

Chef Barbara Batiste

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

Pork belly tacos

Chef Jeff Tila

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

Lavender milk tea fluff

From Fluff Ice

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

Shrimp in curry sauce

Chef Tin Vuong

 

Los Angeles Food Festival Asian Night Market, California

 

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.

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