The Little Saigon Night Market: The Other OC Night Market
One of the most beautiful things about Orange County is our mixture of a wide variety of cultures. As we have mentioned before, Little Saigon is a large community near Westminster that harbors many Vietnamese shops, eateries, and events. Even though neither Andrew nor I are of Vietnamese descent, we often find ourselves traversing the colorful and unique walkways in Little Saigon. All the events we go to seem to be Vietnamese too! We were just joking yesterday that our website should be converted into the “Night Market Rats” because that’s all we seem to write about. Of course, there is a reason we are so taken by these night markets and events - the Vietnamese culture is so much more communal than our own. There are large events nearly every weekends where families and friends meet just to eat, shop, and be merry. How could we possibly miss out on that?
Last night we took a short drive and headed over to the Asian Garden Mall to attend yet another night market. After a few minutes of parking troubles thanks to all the pedestrians and rushed vehicles, we jumped in an open spot and headed inside. The Mall itself was wonderful, with a large food court and many fun, bright shops. Andrew and I even got lost for a moment trying to figure out where the event was taking place. Thankfully, we wandered towards the back of the mall and sure enough, through two paned glass doors we could see the familiar smoke rising from grilled corn stands and hundreds of people snaking between one another.
This night market was different from some others that we have been too because it was smaller, sold clothes and toys as well as food, and didn’t have any food trucks. Every stand was busy cooking delectable foods like pork skewers and cajun shrimp, and kids ran around blowing bubbles out of wands and throwing poppers on the ground. I immediately began to chow down on a half pound of spicy crawfish from Jumpin' Crab, tossed freshly in a bag with spices and cajun sauce and set on a plate. I was handed some gloves and a handful of napkins knowing that I was going to spill all over myself, which I did. It was so delicious! The only downside was the lack of seating as all the small tables were full, but I found the curb behind a trashcan to be a nice temporary seat. Andrew and I both enjoyed some drinks with boba, and tasted many other small bites throughout the night.
All in all the food was delicious, the crowd was kind and pleasant, and the night was a blast. My favorite part by far had to be when Andrew and I immediately stopped in our tracks after hearing the beginning to 4 Non Blondes’ song “What’s Up?”, which has been immortalized by the He Man parody on Youtube. Sadly we did not catch her name, but a wonderfully quirky Vietnamese singer and her band started playing this fantastically hilarious song, and I couldn’t help but dance and sing along. Two dancers emerged from the crowd and showed off some impressive classical skills as those playful kids returned, swirling around them with their bubble guns. The moment could not have been more perfect.
Getting out and seeing this amazing side of our community is a rewarding experience, not to mention eating great food for cheap and sharing great laughs for free.
Location: Asian Garden Mall
9200 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, CA 92683
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 7pm – 11pm
June 17 – September 4, 2016
Are you planning on going to the night market? Have you already been? Let us know in the comments below! We'd love to hear from you.