Last weekend we went to the Queens International Night Market behind the New York Hall of Science inside Flushing Corona Park in Queens. Founder John Wang, started the International Night Market started in 2015 in the effort to create a cultural event celebrating the diversity of immigrants and small businesses. The Night Market was designed to sell dishes at a cap of $5 and what I’ve learned is that half of the proceeds were going to be donated.
On July 1, there were 38 food vendors that participated in the event. The vendors came from various countries such as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Philippines, Colombia, Korea, Vietnam, Burma, Mexico, Malaysia and Indonesia. In addition to the diverse food options there were unique food creations such as the Twisted Potato and Twister Cake.
The first time I actually visited the Night Market was when it first opened in 2015 and I went alone. I highly do not recommend going to this night market alone because the food choices are very overwhelming. What is amazing about this experience is that each food item purchase ranged between $3 and $6 and what is even better is that the portion size was shareable. In our case, we split everything.
During our visit to the Night Market, we sampled food from 12 out of the 38 food vendors. Just want to disclose that healthy food choices during our visit did not cross our minds as we were embracing the diversity that is celebrated through cultural and even fusion dishes. Below are the dishes that we tried that stood out from the event. The total cost of the dishes below we spent was: $57 for two people, which is not bad for 12 different dishes. There were two vendors we’ve tried and paid the extra $20, but pictures were not taken. Queens International Night Market
My top 5 favorites in this exact order:
- Waffle Mac and Cheese from House of Mac
- Sisig Tacos from Lahi
- Monster Ice from Panda Cafe
- Cajun Twisted Potato from Twisted Potato
- Summer Roll from Roll Ram
Can’t wait to return to the market again, which will hopefully be either next weekend or the following weekend. When I return I would like to try Eema’s Cuisine, Moffle Bar, Karl’s Balls, Moon Man, Malaysian Project, Arepalicious, Burmese Bites, DiLena’s Dolcini Tei Nei Ya and Jibarito Shack if they are still there.
The Queens International Night Market are available every Saturday Evening from 6pm to midnight until August 19 and from September 30-October 28.
Stay tuned for more!