Smorgasburg may be home to 2013’s iconic Ramenburger, but this eclectic pop-up food park offers much more than last year’s smash fusion hit. Dozens of purveyors and chefs serve up their multi-cultural culinary creations at the market’s two locations every weekend: Saturdays in Fort Greene and Sundays in Williamsburg.
The Lumpia Shack whips up Filipino-inspired spring rolls that always draw a crowd.
These crispy, Chinese-inspired Filipino favorites are filled with savory delights like pork, duck and a vegetarian adobo mushroom, and fried to golden perfection. Growing in popularity, be sure to try Lumpia Shack’s savory, sizzling sisig and the insanely delicious (and messy) creamy sweet treat, halo-halo.
At Smorgasburg, there’s no shortage of fun–Chinese style, that is—where Noodle Lane dishes out fiery dan dan noodles and delicate cheong fun. Cheong fun, a popular Chinese breakfast dish, showcases the cuisine’s technique of layering ingredients like savory sautéed scallions, rich peanut, cool sprouts and cucumbers between delicate sheets of flat noodles. While at the opposite end of the flavor spectrum… chili laden dan dan noodles awakes the palate with tongue-numbing Sichuan peppercorns. It’s worth the burn!
For the best in Japanese comfort food, Mimi & Coco Teriyaki Balls, serves up “Stuffed Dough Balls with Teriyaki Sauce and Toppings”. These popular street food items, traditionally known in Japan as takoyaki, are created on a special cast iron grill and filled on the spot with a mixture of either spicy sausage, juicy shrimp, boiled octopus or organic potato.
Topped with teriyaki sauce, these balls are as popular at Smorgasburg as they are in Tokyo.
Moving on to Europe, visitors to Smorgasburg can sample some of France’s finest. Pain d’Avignon sells quality artisanal breads inspired by rich and hearty Old World loaves sold in bakeshops throughout the Continent.
Decadent tartines and airy macarons transport foodies to the streets of Paris.
South America is also well represented at Smorgasburg. The Bolivian Llama Party gives market-going gastronomists a taste of authentic Bolivian saltena. Similar to the better- known empanada, these tasty pillows of perfection are far richer in flavor, with their savory stew-like potato and meat based stuffing.
You’ll also find Country Boys at Smorgasburg. This popular Red Hook Park purveyor serves up authentic Mexican street foods from traditional tacos and quesadillas to huaraches, a massive masa tortilla stuffed with beans and topped with meat and veggies.
A weekend trip to Smorgasburg is nothing short of a global eating adventure. So be sure to sure to go with friend. There’s a lot to taste… and the more you can share… the better.
Featured image courtesy of 8 Rue Caffarelli