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Feb 23, 2012 08:37 PM

Asian Night Market to Open in Pasadena

As much as I’d to watch people gag on balut or contort their face at the first whiff of stinky tofu, is it possible to have a successful Asian night market in any city outside of Asia? Videos of the Richmond Night Market in BC looks weak. Predictions?

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  1. Richmond B.C. night market is great. But I share your skepticism about anything down here. I think there's too much night life, plus it not THAT hot here at night.

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    1. re: Chandavkl

      And Pasadena is an odd place to have it.

      Close off parts of Valley Blvd between San Gabriel and Del Mar -- and use the Focus Plaza as an anchor -- and then you really might have something.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        that's a traffic nightmare waiting to happen.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          +1. It would be a logistical nightmare, though.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            It's actually a great place and they have even better locations then the one they chose. If they can get bigger in the future there is the alley above the goldline right of way which is completely empty and extends about three blocks and has other connecting alleyways as well

            There are tons of asians in the area as well as non-asians (myself one) who have traveled and love the concept and only wish we had something like it.

            1. re: Harrison71

              I don't think people are arguing that it's not a great place. It is a great place, that is why it has such horrible traffic patterns, which is why a night market would be a bad idea.

              1. re: choctastic

                I have to agree: it's really not very ideal if you're hoping to absorb the number of people likely to come through. Slew of bus stops but no close Metro stop means that most will be encouraged to drive and there's very little parking in that area unless everyone decides to swamp the Paseo lot.

                I've been periodically checking on the site to see if they've added transit/parking directions? Nope. HUGE red flag.

                I think most of this board would be behind this idea in principle but I think many of us have also seen, through experience, how good intentions + massive crowds + insufficient planning = a bad experience.

                1. re: odub

                  I'm inclined to agree with you. I think focusing a night market around a metro rail stop is an amazing idea, albeit certainly not an original one, since this is often how these kinds of things work in Taiwan and elsewhere in Asia.

                  Look at the metro-adjacent Shilin night market in Taipei for a prime example of how to bring the large groups of people in and out of the market. Look at the photo I've attached-- you want to bring more cars than you need to into that environment? (That's why a huge number of Taiwanese drive motor scooters.)

                  From Wikipedia:
                  Tourist traffic has increased in recent years due to the opening of the Taipei Metro system. The night market is closest to Jiantan Station on the Tamsui Line (Red Line) as it's known by locals. From the platform of Jiantan Station, riders can see the enclosed food court located across the street from the MRT station.

                  I was told by the people at Huge Tree that the organizer drives a Lamborghini, which says to me that he's probably not thinking about public transportation the way he should be in organizing an event for the masses.

                  But I remain hopeful, and hope to be proven wrong.

                  Mr Taster

        2. i don't really see what restaurants (if any) are signed up to participate in this thing yet. looks like they have some retail stuff for sale though.

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          1. re: andytseng


            No food vendor listed save for 1 dragon beard candy guy? I'm afraid for this "event".

            1. re: TonyC

              I don't see how this will work. Being in Pasadena, it likely won't attract the vendors that could provide the "real" night market fare.

              Recall last year how the Taiwanese tourism board was talking of setting these up around LA (they had one in Hollywood)? So, this is an indy producer doing the same?...seriously wonder about it.

              1. re: JThur01

                There’s enough buzz that I’m sure there will be a large crowd...should be fun. However, I think foodies from the 626 will be disappointed standing in line for bites that the mother restaurants down in Alhambra or SG can pack for you to go in 5 minutes.

          2. This has potential, the key is how lax the food department will be with the food vendors. I doubt they'd let them get away with the stuff they do in asian, which in some cases is a shame. Anyway, as far as the asian population of the 626 goes, what do they do? they aren't really big into clubbing out on the westside, so what are the options? Bowling? Movies? hanging out at a friends place? if the night market plays this right, they could be on to something.

            I've been to the night market in richmond, it's nice but the stands are basically food, clothing or cell phone accessories. If they could diversify this a bit more, make it fun for everyone, then who knows...

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            1. re: chezwhitey

              "I doubt they'd let them get away with the stuff they do in asian, which in some cases is a shame."

              Asian penchant for suing the pants off of everyone and anyone with deep pockets doesn't rise nearly to the same level it does here in the (S)U(E) S of A... ;-D>

            2. You should have labelled this thread "Dragon Beard Candy Vendor signed up for Pasadena Asian Night Market". That really would have caused a stir on the board.

              1. I was actually thinking about opening a stand but I think I'd rather wait and see how they do on their first run to see if there are even any vendors and what the crowd will be like.

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                1. re: Johnny L

                  There might not be a second one :)

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      thanks for being "that guy". I didn't wanna be "that guy".

                      That said, "6th Taste" SGV seems to be doing well.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        It'll be fun to see how horribly unorganized this is for a first time event. Who knows it could surprise us.