Got an email from the guys at Big Gay Ice Cream asking if I wanted to help them at the Luckyrice David Chang Night Market. I replied “OF COURSE ANYTHING FOR YOU GUYS!” I don’t think I really typed in all CAPS but I definitely had all CAPS in my mind when I replied to them. I had heard about this Night Market thing but when I went to the website it was already sold out. But hey-yo! Thanks to Doug and Bryan I got to go even though my main job was to help them pass out samples and snap photos for them.
I took the A train down to Brooklyn Heights and walked over to the Manhattan Bridge. They said it was under the archway but I had no idea where that was. Luckily I found it by the obvious extra numbers of trucks and vans that were parked on the streets. Man the archway. Never knew existed until I saw Hellboy II and there I was standing where Hellboy was standing. Ah nerd. In the beginning there weren’t much to do since the spot for the ice cream truck was being occupied. We just kind of stood around. Finally the spot was cleared and Doug parked the truck in their assigned spot. Then we got everything ready and spread out for the samples we were going to pass out. Doug and Bryan wanted to try few flavors of milkshake, green tea, chai and black tea. The matcha powder didn’t work so well, it wasn’t strong enough and the milkshake just tasted like well a milkshake. But we did find a winner the chai tea milkshake!
While waiting for 6:30pm, a girl from another vendor came over with a cup of Maker’s Mark cocktail and gave it to me. It was super delicious and strong. I was happy! How do you scoop ice cream into small cups while being slight tipsy, very quick. Scoop scoop scoop scoop scoop scoop done!
We had samples of vanilla ice cream with ginger syrup and curry powder, vanilla ice cream with curry coconut flakes, vanilla ice cream with wasabi peas, chocolate ice cream with cayenne which I kept saying Kanye the whole night, chocolate ice cream with sriracha and the chai flavored milkshake.
It was so hard to pass out ice cream sample during the beginning of the event because people are programmed to want desserts after their meal. I had to push the samples into people’s faces but later in the evening people kept snatching the samples. You know what that means though the quicker I pass the samples out the more time I got to check the event out. I heard from a lot of people the pork belly with a side of oyster from The Setai in South Beach Miami was “life changing” so OF COURSE I had to try some. It was pretty darn good, not sure about the life changing part or maybe as usual I ate it too fast to enjoy it.
As you know I hate crowds or standing for a long time for my food so I was only able to eat a few things. I had a barbecue rainbow carrot buns with carrot hoisin sauce from Dirt Candy it was delicious but they had no plates. Instead they handed the baos on napkins which got stuck to the baos. Curry-Ya was passing out cups of rice with curry sauce, pretty standard Japanese curry. Karen, friend of Big Gay Ice Cream guys, was the other helper brought all of us a rice ball from Oms/b which was pretty good and some shrimp curry from Hachi that need a bit more kick to it. Then towards the end of the night market, Doug told Karen and I that we can stop making samples so I went to get more food. By now most of the crowds either left or were in line for ice cream. Someone told me to try the fried chicken from Baohaus and I did and it was only okay. It was a bit salty and since it had been sitting in the tray for a while it wasn’t so crispy. My final bite came from Kampuchea a pork meatball numpang with pickled veggies. It was pretty good and I really needed something substantial after all those single bite foods.
Finally around 10:30pm we were told to stop serving ice cream and started cleaning up our area. I had a great time helping Doug and Bryan and even though this was the first time for Luckyrice to hold such an event I thought it went pretty well. I really want another Maker’s Mark cocktail right now.