Street. Eat. Central.
Houston’s highly coveted, foodie-revered Asian Night Market that occurs once in a blue moon – and seemingly out of nowhere – has announced new dates. This weekend, on August 21 and 22, you can dish down on some of the most dynamite Asian street eats in Houston at the Vietnamese Community Center. [Featured image: @tanuki_go]
One might be tempted to label the Asian Night Market as a “hidden gem”. Its former location at the Hong Kong City Mall’s Facebook page hasn’t been updated since 2016, its half-baked website riddled with broken links, with virtually no social media presence outside of devoted fans, it’s the kind of place that thrives on word of mouth. But make no mistake, for anyone that’s been to the night market, it seems like anything but a secret.
This weekend, the Vietnamese Community Center will come alive with Asian food vendors and the swarms of hungry Houstonians looking to get a cheap bite amid air thick with smoke, steam, and clouds of ambrosia.
In these times, rather than follow what you read on Yelp (or here for that matter), you ought to explore. Follow your eyes, nose, and stomach as you peruse the many Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese food stalls. Ogle at the sizzling marinated skewers. Swoon at the grilling clams. Drown yourself in Boba. Contain yourself (or don’t) at the sight of homespun sweet bao — the market is your oyster. Also, the market has dynamite oysters.
It can get packed so if you’re not good with crowds you might want to get there early. Also seating is very limited so if you’re planning on putting on some weight, you might want to bring a chair to give your poor legs a break. Prices typically range from $5 – $10 per dish. Remember, the market is cash only.
The market takes place at the Vietnamese Community Center at 7100 Clairewood Dr from 11 am to 11 pm on Saturday and Sunday, it only happens once a blue moon so make sure to dish down while you can!
All said, the Asian Night Market at the Hong Kong City Mall is a treasure in Houston’s food scene!