Before we get into the rest of the story, let’s address the most important point: a pho-eating contest. Get your bellies ready, pho-natics; your time has come.
Despite being one of the oldest districts in Oklahoma City, the Asian District hasn’t pushed as many public events as some newer upstarts. That’s changing June 9, when The Asian District Cultural Association teams with Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation to hold the inaugural Asian Night Market Festival.
Located in Military Park (NW 25th St. and Classen Blvd.), the night market runs from 4-11 p.m. and includes inflatables for kids, on-stage entertainment, food trucks with Asian-themed menus and Asian merchants and vendors.
Look for food from Okie Pokie, Golden Phoenix, Lee’s Sandwiches, Saki Sushi, Sweet Passion with “Huong’s Street Eats,” Hurt’s Donuts, Saii Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar, Bistro B, King’s BBQ, Yum Yum Bites, Lucky Lucky Dumpling, Taste of Soul Eggrolls, Oh My Gogi and Bambu Mobile.
Most importantly, there will be a pho-eating contest. There will be eight contestants. A $20 entry fee. The goal: eat the most bowls of pho in 10 minutes.
Also, I’ll be one of the judges. Because I love pho and watching people make terrible mistakes.
Food and shopping are big draws for the Asian Night Market Festival, but the goal is to introduce community members to the variety of cultures and nationalities represented in the Asian District.
“This festival will empower our younger generations to preserve their heritage, whether it’s through their active participation, performance on stage or experience the food and culture so they appreciate their heritage,” said Asian District Cultural Association president Thuan Nguyen.
Beyond music, entertainment will include a fashion show, cultural dance performances and martial arts demonstrations.