La Cocina’s fifth annual Street Food Festival kicked off with the Night Market, full of great food, music, games and smiling people. Think of it like the best block party you’ve ever been to. This year the Night Market was divvied up into six different regions (Europe, Mediterranean & Africa, East Asia, China & Southeast Asia, and Latin America, and the American South), making for a delicious tour around the world. Did you ever have cultural heritage day at school when everyone brought in a dish from a different country, and all the kids ate crepes and lo mein for lunch instead of ham sandwiches and Handi-Snacks? Yeah, the Night Market was like that, but so much better.

All Photos by Stephanie Hua

M.Y. China Executive Chef Tony Wu making hand-pulled noodles
Bo Ssam (Hwa Soon Im , To Hyang)Hibiki WhiskyAlbacore Tataki with ponzu and microgreens (Greg Dunmore, Nojo)San Francisco Night Market 2013Shio-Koji Yakitori: Chicken Skewers with Shio-Koji Marinade (Mariko Grady, Aedan Foods)San Francisco Night Market 2013

Chef Brandon Jew
Pork Shrimp Egg Rolls from Brandon JewReal talk at San Francisco Night Market 2013Plantain Bread Pudding (Chiefo Chukwudebe, Chiefo's Kitchen)Steep Brew, Whole FoodsFirst come the vodka shots......then come the Vodka Chaser Snacks: Zakuska (Anna Tvelova, Anda Piroshki)

Smoked Brisket from Ryan Farr (4505 Meats)
La Cocina, Ryan Farr, HuaLots of whole hog going on in the American SouthMassive smokers rolled in from North Carolina. Dreamy. (Jim N Nick's BBQ)Cheese Grits (Sugarfoot Grits)Youngest little corn hole championStephanie “Grits Queen” Fields (Sugarfoot Grits) and Charles Farrièr (Crème & Crumble)

San Francisco Night Market 2013
Enjoying some Bratwurst with Sauerkraut and PotatoesBratwurst with Sauerkraut and Potatoes (Viktoria Daute, Little Red Riding Truck)Beer Pong at the Night MarketFrying up Chicken Wings"Hot Chicken" Wings (Carlo Espinas, Comstock Saloon)Rock n’ Rye Toddies: Wild Turkey rye infused with citrus peels, cloves, cinnamon, and horehound rock candy (Rye)

San Francisco Night Market 2013
Guisell Osorio selling her empanadas (Sabores Del Sur)Mixiotes de Borrego, (Adriana Lahl, Sal de Vida)San Francisco Night Market 2013Chef David Bazirgan (5th Floor)Lamb Kofte Kebabs (David Bazirgan, 5th Floor)This is my napkin

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