LUCKYRICE Night Market

Lucky Rice Night Market

Friday night, I got the chance to check out something new and unusual (which is saying a lot in a city where “new and usual” is the norm). The event was The Night Market, part of LUCKYRICE’s Asian Food Festival. The concept was to try and recreate the food and ambiance of a night market in Asia, here in New York City. Set in the stone archway under the Manhattan Bridge, the location was perfect providing an imposing backdrop onto which music and lanterns painted a festive atmosphere.

Though the decor played off Asian stereotypes, the throngs of people milling about and the open stalls lined up outdoors soon carried my imagination out of the city, onto someplace more exotic. Perhaps the most compelling part of the ruse were the smells. Aromas of garlic, ginger and soy wafted through the steamy air and to add a bit of authenticity, there was the unmistakable stench of stinky tofu punctuating the night.

Under the Manhattan Bridge
Chef Jonathan Wright
Chef Jonathan Wright from the Setai in Miami prepares a plate of crispy pork belly with a raw oyster topped with “kimchi”. The “kimchi” was cloyingly sweet and barely recognizable, but naming aside, it was pretty good with the oyster. The pork belly on the other hand was divine. A perfect cube of tender braised pork belly that was deep fried to give it a crisp caramelized crust on the outside, while the inside burst into a pool of sweet and savory pork. It was one of the best things I ate all night.

Sake at the LUCKYRICE Night Market
The Japanese Culinary Center was there with a strong showing of beverages. Presented with a lineup of over twenty different sakes, shochus and Japanese beers, I thought about going down the line and trying all of them. Thankfully, I hadn’t had enough to drink yet were that would have seemed like a good idea, and I opted for a cup of Kikusui Organic Junmai Ginjo instead. It’s made with organic rice grown in the US, which is shipped to Japan for brewing.

  • Veggie Belly

    What an amazing new blog! I LOVE It!

  • Jan

    LOVING this blog!!! Great post – I look forward to reading many more!

  • Amy Blogs Chow

    Excited to be among the first to experience your beautiful new blog! I decided to stay home the evening of the Night Market, but I am thrilled there were at least a few winners present. I am most sad about missing the Roti Canai, honestly. Do you know if he was there to represent a restaurant somewhere in the city?

    • norecipes

      I think so, though I'm not sure, it was part of the Malaysian
      governments area. I did pick up a menu for Nyonya on the other side of
      the booth where they were serving coconut custard, so the roti might
      have been from there as well.

  • yogi

    yum!!! another great blog to look forward to~~
    do keep us posted… i miss night markets!!!!
    cant wait to eat stinky tofu when i go back to taiwan!!!

  • joannova

    Love Wandering Cook – is this a replacement to or addition to No Recipes? No matter, I'm now subscribed to both. The night market event looks like fun. Reminds me of Bangkok.

    • norecipes

      It's an addition. I wanted to separate event/travel coverage from the dishes
      I create.


  • stephanie313131

    Your pictures are beautiful. Nice blog. Keep up the good work! I need to move to New York!

  • afoodobsession

    Nice post…best of luck w/the new blog…will be reading it regularly…

  • Sherry Li

    Congrats on the new blog – looks awesome! I'm quite jealous I wasn't there… your pictures are making me hungry! I want some street food right now!

    I really enjoyed Chef Wright's truffle buns at the Grand Feast… but the kimchi and oysters looks amazing too!

  • zenchef

    Ahhh.. i love the 'no laces' converse as logo! That's perfectly you.
    Great new blog, Marc. Looking forward to read about all your travels here.

    • norecipes

      Hahhaha thanks, they're actually my favorite pair of shoes. I took a photo
      and traced over it to make the logo. I didn't think about the “no laces”
      going with the “no recipes” theme, but now that you mention it I guess it
      makes sense.

  • danielle_bonvivant

    Congratulations on your new blog, I like the banner :)

    Night markets and street foods are the things I miss most about Asia, and you're right that it's all about the simplicity. It's interesting how Asian street food is becoming pretty trendy in the US food scene. I suppose it's the most accessible and cost-effective marketing tool for Asian cuisine, and it never hurts to bring large groups of people together to discover the joys of roti canai!

  • pixen @ Esef Ong

    I love this new blog too!I like this Night Market concept…that's what we have locally in Penang and other states in Malaysia (there are 13 states!). In my area, there are about 3 major Night Markets or Farmers Market. They start around 5 pm and ends around 10 pm. Towards the end of hours, they usually try to sell off their wares at very low prices 😀 Of course, we don't have kimchi, alcohol and chefs 😛 Mostly are food, apparels and fresh produce by the locals. I definitely return to see more of such coverage. Btw, bring extra pair of sneakers with you..with all that eating and walking, I don't want to see your feet hurt and your shoes lost their laces :-) Take care and keep up the great work!

  • fujimama

    Love the new blog! The market looks like it was a blast. What a fun concept, even if the idea of simplicity was lost somewhat!

  • Elise Bauer

    Gorgeous! Love the new blog!

  • Colloquial Cook

    I'm with Zenchef on the Converse :-) C'est superbe!

  • christinefreshlocalandbest

    Marc, I'm looking forward to reading your adventures through this blog. The pictures from this event were spectacular. It does seem like something was lost in translation with this night market, nonetheless I would have loved to have witnessed the making of that roti Canai.

  • DaaiSikLou

    Great Start from 'TheWanderingCook'.
    I agree with your comment about keeping food simple.
    New foods tend to be trying to be too elaborate.


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