Admission is only $3 ($2 if you get there before 6pm) so it's relatively cheap, and the individual food prices were pretty reasonable. I recommend bringing cash, some vendors accepted cards and some were cash-only. And of course, make sure to bring a big appetite! Just walking to the event, you could smell delicious things wafting to the parking lot.
Tokyo Doggie Style is a food truck that serves up Japanese American comfort food: hot dogs, french fries, musubi, and more with a Japanese twist. We tried their Bacon-Wrapped Hawaiian Terrier Dog, which had beautifully crispy bacon, grilled onions, shredded nori, mayo, and teriyaki sauce all on toasted sweet bread. This dog was expertly designed, I've had some Hawaiian dogs that over-do it on the mayo or teriyaki, or the bread is soggy, the bacon undercooked, and the onions still raw. This was delicious and surprisingly not as heavy as it sounds; we were tempted to get seconds! I couldn't resist snapping up a grilled soy sauce corn-on-the-cob ($1.25) to go with it, but we decided to split one dog between us so we didn't get full at the first place we saw. I regret not trying their Hurry Curry Dog, but it just means I will have to hunt down this truck again!
We got mesmerized watching the kids rapidly make takoyaki on the grill at the Tanota takoyaki booth, flipping and rotating the balls of batter to ensure a perfectly golden sphere of batter that encases octopus, tempura bits, and more. Mr. Mochi loves takoyaki and was sorely tempted, but we decided we wanted to try new things tonight. Looking at their menu online, however, I am definitely going to check them out next time, to try their shrimp takoyaki and jalapeno takoyaki!
Gottsui's okonomiyaki (below) was a first for Mr. Mochi, who I can report enjoyed it immensely. Japanese for "grill what you like," okonomiyaki is meat, cabbage, onions and eggs all binded together with batter, sort of like a Japanese omelet or crazy savory pancake. It is then topped with Japanese mayo, okonomiyaki sauce (similar to Worcestershire sauce but thicker and sweeter), green onions, katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes), and more. We sampled their Pork Okonomiyaki ($5) which boasted several slices of thin pork belly that were expertly crisped. They seemed to use less batter, so the okonomiyaki was more loosely formed with lots and lots of crisp cabbage. It was piping hot, super tasty, and now has Mr. Mochi ready to try the Hiroshima version, which includes yakisoba noodles and a fried egg piled on top.
The 626 Night Market
Santa Anita Park, 285 W Huntington Dr Arcadia, CA 91007
July 6th & 7th, August 3rd & 4th