A Taiwanese-style night market established by three Taiwanese-Americans was held in Pasadena, California, on April 14, attracting throngs of visitors and showcasing the charm of Taiwan’s unique night market culture.
The event, which was scheduled to begin at 5pm on a 200m-long street, was already crowded with hordes of people one hour prior to opening.
The crowds were thickest in front of the Taiwanese food booths, where people waited for as long as two hours to sample Taiwanese sausages, Taiwanese fried chicken filets, barbecued corn and stinky tofu.
Jonny Huang (黃峙銘), one of the organizers, was born in Taiwan and emigrated to the US at the age of three.
He said people who have lived in Taiwan are all fond of night markets, but that such events are not commonly seen in places like San Gabriel Valley, even though many Asians live there.
“So I decided to give it a try,” he said.
Janet Huang (黃穎琪), another one of the organizers, said that originally, the event’s capacity was for 70 boooths, but that it had to be increased to 85 because of overwhelming demand.
However, pig blood cakes wer not among the celebrated Taiwanese-style foods such as stinky tofu, beef noodle soup and bubble milk teas that were available at the night market, Janet Huang said.
A number of Taiwanese expatriates living overseas for yeas also grabbed the rare chance to feast on the Taiwanese delicacies.
“In one sitting, I have tasted Taiwanese sausages, -Taiwanese-style barbecue kebab and barbecue corn,” said a Taiwanese man who had been living in the US for 15 years, adding that she hoped to see another Taiwanese night market staged soon in the US.