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Unicorn Buns Are A Delicious, Instagram-Worthy Take On Dim Sum

Okay, I know that the unicorn gimmick is super played out. We’ve had sugar-laden, over-the-top creations like the Unicorn Frappuccino and Unicorn Pizza that have tarnished the reputation of this colorful Instagram food.

This steamed, delicious dim sum, however, provide a fresh, inspired take on the fad. Not only are Momma Fung’s buns succulent and scrumptious, but they’re also flashy without being too flamboyant, and colorful without going too far. They maintain a simple look, but retain an Instagram-worthy charm.

Momma Fung started their unicorn bun business as a way to “reimagine a dim sum favorite,” and they’ve been able to do that by painting humble dim sum with a modern image. We’ve seen this before with Koi Palace’s Five-Flavor Xiao Long Bao, but what sets Momma Fung’s apart is their ability to take the overdone unicorn food trend and spin their own fresh take on it. Instead of overloading it with sugar and not caring as much about flavor, these pork buns are the perfect intersection of mouthwatering and eye-popping.

If you’re itching to get some of these buns, they’re available at the 626 Night Market in Los Angeles. Your Instagram feed and stomach will both be thanking you.

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Hate Crime At Popular Night Market Results In Brutal Beating Of Asian Man

Sometimes, people just take their hatred and anger way too far.

This past weekend at the Orange County Night Market in Southern California, a Caucasian suspect and a couple of his female companions tried to cut an unnamed Asian man in line to buy drinks from one of the vendors. When the victim refused to let them cut, a confrontation broke out in which one of the girls made comments about how the Asian man should “go back to Asia,” along with comments about eating dogs.  Eventually, the offending trio were escorted off of the property by Night Market staff.

It could have ended there and this wouldn’t have been the story it is now. Instead, some of the victim’s friends recounted on Facebook that the white male and his two friends waited until he left the night market, followed him to his car, then beat him in the parking lot. He was then rushed to the ER with lacerations to the face and multiple teeth knocked out.

While the victim is expected to make a full recovery, he did need stitches and will require dental service that he cannot afford as a result of this horrendous hate crime. A GoFundMe fundraiser has been set up to help the victim pay for his medical and dental bills that he incurred simply for not letting some individuals cut him in line.

The attackers are being described as one male Caucasian who is about 6’3″ and around 20 years old with tattoo sleeves who drives a four-door black sedan. No information has been given about the females except that they were Caucasian.

Anyone with information about this hate crime incident is encouraged to contact the Costa Mesa Police Department.

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A MONTH-LONG International Food Festival Is Coming to Los Angeles

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Food festivals are definitely my favorite kind of event to attend. Usually spanning the course of a weekend, these smorgasbords of cultural food and epic tasting experiences are the perfect way to learn and discover as much as possible about food around the world.

The Los Angeles Times has decided to put that entire experience into a global, cultural food experience that celebrates LA — and lasts an entire MONTH.

The festival, called Food Bowl, will focus on a night market with over 50 vendors in the middle of May. Around that will be tasting experiences, special programs, and tons of events on everything related to food, from cultural experiences and the night market to discussions on sustainability, food waste, and food security.

Tons of top-notch chefs, headlined by Chef’s Table’s Massimo Bottura, will also be flying in throughout the month to put on specific programs.

The full schedule of events won’t be announced until April 1st, since the LA Times is in the process of recruiting restaurants and chefs to join this incredible festival. Anyone interested in hosting an event at their restaurant, participating in the Night Market, or submitting a charity to give to can do so via information on lafoodbowl.com. The deadline for hosting events is March 1st, so chefs, make sure to get on that ASAP.

If Food Bowl is successful, the LA Times hopes to keep hosting it on an annual basis to continue to celebrate the diversity, international culture, and amazing food of Los Angeles.

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11 Of The Most Beautifully Vibrant RAMNUT Photos Found On Instagram

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Those able to attend the OC Night Market earlier this month had the chance to try our Ramnut. The ramen-donut hybrid was one of our two featured items at Foodbeast booth.

Essentially, we boiled the noodles in Horchata and deep fried it. Once golden brown, we smothered it in frosting and dumped a bunch of sprinkles. We were pretty stoked with the turnout and beautiful photos taken with the Ramnut.

If you missed out, the Ramnut will make its return at the 626 Night Market. In the meantime, check out some of our favorite pics from the event.

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10 Ingenious Foods Everyone Will Be Talking About At The OC Night Market

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The OC Night Market is undoubtedly one of the hottest foodie events in Southern California. Last month’s leg of their summer tour found 45,000+ attendees descending upon the OC Fairgrounds (gaahhhhtdamn that’s a lot of people) to try the crazy food the market culminates.

While the event maintains hundreds of merchandise, crafts, arts and music booths, it’s the food that people end up gawking over after each event. We hit up the last OC Night Market and did a little digging for this upcoming leg to gather 9 of the CRAZIEST things that will be available this weekend, the market’s last Orange County stop for the 2015 summer.

You’re welcome:

FRUITY PEBBLES and NUTELLA NUT CHURROS

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These crazy looking deep fried goodies come by way of Ridges Churro Bar. Their Instagram description claims “Warm and Crispy Nutella nut and fruity pebbles churros served with vanilla soft serve ice cream.” Definitely look worthy of checking out!

Deep Fried MONSTER SQUID

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One of our favorite items from the OC Night Market comes from Squid Roe and it’s exactly what it sounds like, a GIANT deep fried MONSTER SQUID. PRO-TIP, you should have them chop it up for you because it’s delicious in small bites. It’s cool to get a picture of the entire thing on a stick, but it quickly becomes a mess.

 

Sweet Horchata Fried RAMEN DONUT = RAMNUT

Based off of Internet food creator sensation Culinary Brodown’s late 2014 creation, the Ramen Donut aka RAMNUT features ramen that has been boiled in horchata for sweetness, deep fried, dusted with powdered sugar and available in a BUILD-YOUR-OWN format. You’ll be able to mix and match fillings (chocolate or vanilla cream) and toppings (chocolate, strawberry, or cream cheese frosting). DO NOT MISS.

The INSIDE OUT Burger

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Didn’t get to try this on my last visit, but this thing looks delicious and I heard nothing but good things through the reverberation of social media about this guy last month. Ingredients stuffed INTO a burger patty? DOPE. Available at the Prime Flavors Grill & Catering booth.

 

SPANIMAL FRIES (SPAM FRIES)

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I might be a bit biased here considering this item is available at one of the FOODBEAST PRESENTS booths, but these fries are next level. Available two ways, one as straight up SPAM FRIES served with a Sriracha Ketchup, Togarashi aioli (Japanese seasoning of red chili pepper, black pepper, sesame seeds, dried mandarin orange peel, green nori seaweed flakes) or as SPANIMAL FRIES, served with American cheese, Asian 1000 Island Sauce, soy glazed caramelized onions and Furikake seasoning.

 

Sushi Burrito & Samurai Super Nachos

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Technically, you don’t need to go to Night Market to get a delicious Sushi Burrito or their Sushi Nachos, but it’s convenient and delicious and you might as well get it if the line is decent. They’re both available off of the Samurai Burrito food truck (which is also a brick-and-mortar shop in Fountain Valley), but they’re both delicious.

 

Free Pocky From The Pocky Truck

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That’s it. Not much of a decision here. Pocky is a Japanese snack food that’s pretty much a chocolate-coated biscuit stick, it’s delicious, and they hand them out for free at the entrance. DO IT.

 

Main Squeeze: Boba Lemonades

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Potted Plant Ice Cream from Ice Cream Garden

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The Fried Chicken Cutlet from Platoon

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OC NIGHT MARKET website

ADDRESS

OC Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

HOURS

Fridays 4pm–12am
Saturdays 4pm–12am
Sundays 4pm–10pm