A Bite At Night


Melissa Cen

The TMP Burger from The Malaysian Project.

As the last warm days of fall turn into cold nights, New Yorkers are gathering to check out the Queens Night Market. This market is located outdoors at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, where you can get a breathtaking view of the Unisphere. Here, you can try food from over eighty cultures around the world. Along with the food are live entertainment, crafts, and more. The market is open on Saturdays from five p.m. until midnight.

At the Queens Night Market, one can find several vendors selling Asian cuisine, from Japanese to Indonesian.

Em Vietnamese Kitchen is selling its Hu Tieu Em and Bun Rieu. Hu Tieu Em is its signature pork noodle soup with shrimp, pork ribs, chives, scallions, cilantro, and gluten-free noodles. Bun Rieu is a traditional Vietnamese soup dish made with a tomato broth containing meat and rice vermicelli.

“I love their rice balls. They have a rich savory taste.”

At Grilla in Manila, one can find interesting Filipino dishes. This vendor is selling its Filipino chori burger, dinuguan, and balut. The choriburger is made with a chorizo patty, banana ketchup, mayonnaise, archara, tomatoes, and lettuce. However, that is not the most interesting dish; Dinuguan is made by simmering pig organs and meat in a rich and spicy gravy of pig blood, garlic, chili, and vinegar. That’s not where the fascination ends. Balut is a bird embryo that is boiled during its development, just enough for the fetus to start forming. This Filipino delicacy is typically eaten straight from the shell. If you are daring enough, these foods are definitely worth a try.

Melissa Cen
A Fish Sugar Painting from Chinese Sugar Painting.

Calling itself the “strongest name in takoyaki,” Karl’s Balls is serving up Japanese cuisine at this night market. This stand is serving authentic Osaka-style takoyaki—savory ball-shaped cakes made with wheat batter and seafood. Rather than giving their own version of the takoyaki, it decided to serve the takoyaki exactly as if you got them off the streets of Japan. “I love their rice balls. They have a rich savory taste,” says Yusen Lin ’19.

Next on the lineup of Asian cuisine is The Malaysian Project, where they serve the Ramly Burger and Kaya Toast. Their Ramly Burger includes a patty wrapped in a fried egg, Malaysian curry spices, and spicy mayo and Worcestershire sauce. Kaya toast is prominent throughout Southeast Asian countries. This snack is toast topped with kaya—made with sugar, coconut milk, eggs, pandan, and sometimes margarine. This combination of sweet and savory makes a perfect meal.

Both a show and a dessert, Chinese Sugar Painting uses hot, liquid sugar to create mesmerizing drawings. There are options such as squirrel, dragon, fish, butterfly, cardinal, and more. The sugar paintings are made right in front of you when you order, giving your eyes a treat as well.

Other than Asian cuisine, the Queens Night Market also has food from countries such as Ukraine and Argentina.

Serving treats from not one but two countries, Wembie is a vendor selling Moldovan waffle rolls and Bashkir farm cheese donuts. This waffles are a Eastern European dessert consisting of crispy rolled waffles filled with fluffy cheesecake and then covered with confectioners sugar. The donuts are enriched by a farmer’s cheese, topped with confectioners sugar, and drizzled with condensed milk. This dessert is from Bashkortostan, which is a republic of Russia. These treats will give you a tour around Europe.

Also from Europe is Taste of Ukraine, serving blintzes and chebureki. Blintzes are Ukrainian pancakes made from wheat serves with smetana (sour cream), tvorog (quark), butter, caviar, and other garnishes.

Melissa Cen
The Sour Cream and Onion Twisted Potato at Twisted Potato.