The Bay Area’s Night Market features Hong Kong-style street food

Hong Kong’s famous night markets come to life in an unlikely place nearly 7,000 miles away: South San Francisco, “the industrial city.”

At the Night Market, a large, open space has a Hong Kong bus stop painted inside the entrance. At night, neon signs light up, replicating Hong Kong’s famous cityscape. Patrons sit at little blue, red and green plastic stools around round folding tables, just as they would in Hong Kong.

The exterior of the Night Market in South San Francisco, Calif., on Nov.  10, 2022.

The exterior of the Night Market in South San Francisco, Calif., on Nov. 10, 2022.

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Customers choose from a variety of street snacks, skewers, dim sum, desserts, boba drinks, wok-tossed rice plates, congee and cart noodles.

“I am really in love with Chinese street food,” owner Kevin Lee said. “It’s a sensory overload every second from the moment one sets foot on a sidewalk full of open kitchen stalls.”

My bowl of comfort

(Left to right) Chef Yang and Chef Fung make a noodle wonton soup at the Night Market in South San Francisco, Calif., on Nov.  10, 2022.

(Left to right) Chef Yang and Chef Fung make a noodle wonton soup at the Night Market in South San Francisco, Calif., on Nov. 10, 2022.

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Lee was born and raised in San Francisco, and his parents are originally from Hong Kong. They ran a hobby shop on the South City property when he was young. When Lee took over the reins in 2016, he opened Spruce Cafe & Patisserie, one of the first third-wave coffee shops in South San Francisco. He then opened the Night Market next door in 2017, closed it in 2018 for a remodel and then reopened

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