Ye Shi Night Market To Take Over The Streets of Chinatown On Thursday Night

So now we all know what we'll be doing tomorrow night, right?

Tomorrow night (Thursday, October 8), Chinatown will shut down six blocks to host its first food truck event independent of the Food Trust’s Night Market.

Granted, they’re still calling it a Night Market, but that’s mostly because it’s at night. And you can buy stuff. Mostly food. From food trucks. But this time it’s their own thing. Formerly partnered with The Food Trust, The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation hosts the event this year, rebranding it as the “Ye Shi” Night Market, a common term for nighttime street festivals in Asia.

The original night markets began in Asia as a celebration of ethnic cuisine and cultural customs–an idea which has now been re-born in Philly’s lively Chinatown scene. This year, Ye Shi Night Market will have live entertainment, music, activities and most importantly — 55 food trucks.

Yeah. 55 trucks. It’s gonna be awesome.

Beginning at 4:30p.m., 10th Street from Arch to Vine will be shut down, then Race Street from 9th to 11th Street will shut down at 6p.m.

Betsy Lee, organizer of PCDC, says they are looking forward to the extensive amount of local businesses joining the event this year.

Whereas many of the food trucks are returning (like YakitoriBoy and Vietnam Restaurant), new arrivals like Bonchon, The Original Turkey and Bassett’s Ice Cream will be making a first-time showing at the event.

Along with an endless list of food trucks, the event will also have live music from DJ Ronnie D, Natalie Bi, and Dion Trinidad, as well as live Entertainment from Philadelphia Suns Lion Dance, Philly China Breezy Band, the Philippines Folk Art Society and much more. It’s going to be one helluva party. Hope to see you all there.

Full List Of Ye Shi Food Trucks [Official]

Ye Shi Night Market [Facebook]