Night It Up happens every year and I was able to find some new gems at this one as well. They seem to have gotten a little more organized this year and placed more garbage cans around the park.
There seem to be a lot of new vendors than old ones and a lot of people (including myself) were excited. The lines were definitely longer but you know the general rule, the bigger the line, the better the food is!
Chatime is a Taiwanese chain that has really gained popularity recently, so much that they are now the go-to bubble tea stall at food events (it used to be Tea Shop 168). They offered three of their most popular items that day: Chatime Milk Tea with Pudding, Roasted Milk Tea with Grass Jelly and Honey Lemon Aloe. Instead of my usual grass jelly, I opted for the milk pudding. I loved it, it was really easy to suck up the pudding with my straw and it was sweeter but didn’t take away from the milk tea.
The honey lemon aloe was something I’ve never had before I liked it; it’s a lot like a refreshing lemonade but not as sharp.
The Spicy Teriyaki Squid is something you can always find but there are different variations. This one is a little drier and has more of a dry cumin rub to it. I personally like it a little saucier and these ones are a little on the small size.
Another new vendor is Stuffed & Co., they offer stuffed chicken wings, you heard it right. The Cheesy Mac Stuffed Wings and Yaya Wing Stuffed Wings (Jambalaya) are only two of the four. The cheesy mac is heavenly and the yaya is actually spicy but nothing that you can’t handle. It’s different and something you should definitely try.
The Crispy Egg Roll might sound plain but it actually has quite a bit of flavour. There’s an egg on top of a grilled, chewy wrap seasoned with julienned carrots and cucumbers drizzled with a sweet hoisin sauce.
This, now this, was the best thing I had that day. You can get either the Stuffed Hazelnut Sea Salt Cookies or the Deep Fried Ice Cream Sandwiches. Both are ice cream sandwiches but one is fried while the other isn’t. I made a huge mistake getting the regular hazelnut sea salt cookies, I should’ve gotten them both fried! But I wasn’t going to wait in that line again…
I wish all hot dogs were made like this; where the fillings and meat exceeded how much bread there was. This vendor sold japadogs, Japanese hot dogs that are generally more flavourful and have more toppings than the generic ketchup and relish kind. The Nikumiso has minced pork, sweet miso sake, green onions, tonkatsu sauce and mozzarella cheese. I’m usually not a fan of hot dogs but I can be with this one. It’s salty and sweet, which can be a nice mix if done right.
This is an event I never miss just because you never know what you can find here. I love to see what people can come up with and this year’s didn’t disappoint. Here’s to next year :)!