Located north of Fishtown and east of the Market-Frankford Line, East Kensington is one of Philadelphia’s liveliest and most diverse neighborhoods.
Once part of the “Workshop of the World,” East Kensington has a rich industrial past -- memorialized by the iconic milk bottle landmark that towers over the neighborhood. Today, its history as a center of craftsmanship still resonates as it is home to a vibrant mix of small businesses, breweries and a flourishing arts scene. Dedicated neighbors create and maintain urban green spaces that provide a breath of fresh air in the city.
Come see -- and taste -- for yourselves at Night Market Kensington on August 9! Read on to meet one of the many vendors who will be participating.
Kensington Spotlight: Meet Tony & Dung Tran
One of Night Market Philadelphia's main goals is to support the immigrant business owners who make our city's mobile food scene so delicious. For a second year in a row, we will be highlighting local food entrepreneurs in this season's lineup! (photo credit: David Swanson)
Tony and Dung Tran immigrated from Vietnam to Philadelphia in 1983, seeking new opportunities to make a living.
They started their entrepreneurial journey in the late '80s running a Chinese food cart, as Vietnamese food was not yet popular in the U.S. The cart was a hit and always had a long line, and a few years later, Tony and Dung saved up enough money to buy a building in Kensington. They opened up a karaoke bar, but the hours were long and their son Andy was young, so after nearly a decade, they decided to close shop and turn their business into a full-fledged restaurant.
In 2004, Dung returned to Vietnam to research recipes, focusing on only the freshest ingredients and a family recipe for a slow-cooked broth. Three years later, the Tran family reopened as a full-menu Vietnamese restaurant, and Thang Long Noodle Restaurant was born. Over the years, Dung perfected her recipes, and the restaurant has been thriving ever since. Restaurant critic Craig LeBan even recognized their pho as one of the best in the city.
Their must-try dish? The chicken pho (although Andy prefers the beef)! Chicken pho requires a more complex recipe and is hard to get right, but Thang Long uses fresh chicken and cooks up a clear, light and delicious broth.
Visit Thang Long at 2534-36 Kensington Ave. and at Night Market Kensington on August 9!
Night Market Philadelphia and Community Engagement
Since its launch in 2010, Night Market has provided a platform for local food entrepreneurs to start or grow their businesses, while bringing people together in neighborhoods around local food and culture. To build on these activities, The Food Trust has begun to provide community forums at Night Market to create vibrant spaces for Philadelphians--long-time residents and newcomers alike--to share their perspectives on issues of local importance.
The Food Trust’s efforts to spur civic engagement and lift up local food entrepreneurs, especially those owned and operated by immigrants, are supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In Philadelphia, Knight Foundation works to promote inclusion; foster vibrant, connected communities; and invite people to participate in civic life. With Knight Foundation support, The Food Trust is working to infuse Night Market events with fun and innovative ways to deepen connections across the city’s increasingly diverse neighborhoods and create economic opportunities for new residents.
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