Richmond Night Market 2014 - The ULTIMATE REVIEW Part 1 + preview vendors!

Whoohoo! I had a blast at the Richmond Night Market! I'm not the partier type, so this is as close as I'm going to get to the "nightlife" hahaha. Yes, I'm pretty lame. 

I skipped lunch just so I could go all out at the nightmarket haha! It was so. worth. it. Hey, it's for my blog okay?! hahaha 15 items later, although I wasn't full, I was gastronomically satisfied. 


The parking is crazy so take the canada line to make it easier on yourself. Stuff yourself full of delicious street eats. Buy random stuff that you're probably not going to use, but heck, just for novelty's sake. Okay, it's crowded, stuffy, hectic, and the long ups are long. But it is so WORTH IT!

You may be wondering why this is titled Part 1 haha! Well, I'm going next week as well, but I wanted to get this post up ASAP for you to reference.

Part 2 is up! Check it out here: http://www.vancitynoms.com/2014/06/richmond-night-market-2014-ultimate.html

Okay, this is going to be a LONGGG post. Are you ready?
You can also purchase $20 zoom passes to bypass the entrance lineups, which is good for up to 5 people or 5 trips! Once you get inside the night market they have a booth handing out coupon books! Unfortunately I didn't get my hands on one because I was too busy eating haha!
Takoyaki
3/5 stars
There were about 4 takoyaki stalls in the nightmarket alone! There was even one that sold huge single takoyaki balls, which I want to try next week haha! This one is the first one you see when you walk into the food section of the night market. I was so ravenous I just went straight to this vendor and got some takoyaki haha! These were pretty tasty! These were garnished with a substantial amount of bonito flakes! It's always neat watching the bonitos flakes "swaying" on the takoyaki haha! The batter was just the right consitency, not too mushy nor hard.

BBQ King - Lamb & Shrimp Skewers
3.5/5 stars
I wanted to try Chef James BBQ, but my mom had already went and bought some skewers at BBQ King instead haha! I didn't really mind because these were great! They were seasoned very well, and were rather juicy! The shrimp was crunchy and moist!

Buckwheat Noodles - Wasabi & Mayo
4/5 stars
Sobasan was the only vendor selling buckwheat noodles in the nightmarket, and I have to say, these are a must try! The cold buckwheat noodles are topped with seaweed, scallops, fish roe, wasabi, and mayo! Sounds like a strange combination, but it works! The flavours really mesh together and compliment each other really well!

Deep Fried Squid Tentacles
4/5 stars
There was a ton of vendors selling squid tentacles, but from what I observed, this stall had the best battered squid tentacles! The batter was amazingly crunchy, incredibly fragrant and flavourful! The sweet mayo sauce added another dimension to the saltiness of the tentacles, which made for an amazing gastronomical delight in my mouth!

A visual display of their different flavours!
Japanese Savoury Crepes - Left: Crab Flavour     Right: Curry Flavour
2/5 stars
These sounded and looked amazing, but in reality, were rather mediocre. These tasted like a weaker version of takoyaki. They were basically egg crepes wrapped in a mushy paste, garnished with bontio flakes, seaweed, and topped with a combination of sweet sauces. The one on the right, the curry version, was drizzled with Japanese curry, which I found to be alright. The one on the right , the crab flavour, tasted exactly like takoyaki, but not as good. However, I still have to give them props for the idea and the presentation though, service was great as well! If they could work on the taste a bit more, these would be a winner!
Pork Hocks
3.5/5 stars 
Authentic Pork Hock at an asian nightmarket...say what? Yes, it's true! And for $13, it was quite the deal! The portion size was huge, and enough to suffice as a meal for one person! The meat was really lean, but incredibly flavourful with a smokey, charred flavour. It came with some ketchup and chili sauce on the side, which was unnecessary, because it already tasted amazing on its own!
Saucy Pops - 4 flavours
2/5 stars
These were really expensive for what they were haha. They're basically just fried wontons covered with some sauce and garnished with seaweed flakes. While the batter was great: crunchy, fragrant and crispy, they tasted rather forgettable. I really like their slogan though haha! "Saucy and we know it!" :D



China Delicacies - Sticky Rice Pancake
1/5 stars
My mom randomly got this...and while this had promise, it was a fail. It was basically just sticky rice (like the rice in jongzi) wrapped in a flimsy makeshift pancake wrap. The rice itself was really bland, and only had a few dices of sausage in it, which was really disappointing. The sauce it came with on the side is the sweet chilli sauce you can buy at Superstore for 99 cents a bottle...haha. With all the fierce competition in the vicinity, this stall has to really step up their game to lure in hungry customers!

Fish Sticks - Spicy Thai (Top) & Teri Mayo (Bottom)
4/5 stars
I'm surprised this stall didn't have a longline, because these were amazing! These were unlike anything I've ever had before, it were so airy, light, and puffy, that I was questioning if I was really eating fish haha! The batter was amazingly crispy, fragrant, and the fish was super moist! The guy recommended that I try these two flavours as they were the most popular. Both the flavours were really tasty, the spicy thai was a sweet chilli based sauce, and the sweet mayo one tasted like seaweed. I wish they would have drizzled more of the sweet mayo on it because I only got the sauce in a few bites and the rest was all seaweed haha. The guy working there told me to that someone came back twice for more, and after trying this, I believe him haha!

Mango Icecream Icy
3/5 stars
If you're familiar with my blog you may know that I'm allergic to modified milk ingredients. Most packaged ice cream on the market today (except organic ones) contain modified ingredients. Because of my allergy I had to ask the guy working there if I could see the ingredients in the ice cream haha. He was nice enough to comply and gave me the lid to read. The ice cream they use is actually from the brand Western Family (found at Save on Foods and Price Smart Foods.) And as I suspected, there was modified milk ingredients in it. I shared this with my mom so I ended up eating only the mango chunks on the side haha. The mango was really ripe and just the right texture. They drizzle condensed milk on it, which is the best part haha!

Fried Banana
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I didn't order this, but when I was ordering fried milk (below) at the same stall, another person did, and I took a picture of it haha! From the looks of it, it looked delicious! The guy told me that their fried ice cream was better though haha. He also asked me if I was from out of town because I was taking pictures of every stall haha. Oh, such is the life of a food blooger. I get asked that ALOT, especially at restaurants haha. #foodbloggerprobs ;)

 I really wanted to try their fried ice cream but didn't want to risk an allergic reaction because the ice cream probably contained modified milk ingredients haha
Fried Milk
3/5 stars
I've seen this item on the menu at a lot of restaurants but never tried it until today! From the outside, it just looks like fried tofu, dusted with sugar haha. They solidify the milk in order to fry it so the texture is actually really reminiscent of tofu, except that it's slimier, almost pudding like. The exterior shell is really thin, crunchy, and rather salty. The milk itself had a very subtle sweetness to it, which went really went with the saltiness of the batter. I would actually consider this more of a savoury item because the saltiness definitely overpowered the sweetness of the milk.

Deep Fried Banana Cream Cheesecake
4/5 stars
I've seen this food truck numerous times at the PNE growing up, but never had the chance to try it due to my acute allergies! Well today, I finally realized my childhood dream of trying a DEEP FRIED CHEESECAKE! Lame, I know haha. In many ways this blog is a very personal diary, as some of foods I've blogged about,it was my first time trying. Like a few months back, when I blogged about trying pizza for the first time! Growing up I was severely allergic to dairy, meat, and a lot of different fruits and vegetables. It wasn't till the past year that I was able to eat dairy products.

The deep fried cheesecake wasn't how I expected, but it was still delicious!! Definitely guilty pleasure worthy haha!You have the option choose between a lot of different flavours! I went with their most popular flavour which is their banana cream pie! The cheesecake actually wasn't a solid cake, it was actually a custard like filling wrapped inside a fried exterior shell. The shell itself was quite doughy, thick, and crunchy. The entire thing was topped with a dollop of sweet whipped cream.

This is from the stall Virgin Cocktails! They're real samples, so you can actually take a sniff haha! 
Virgin Cocktail
My drink- Their signature Blue Hawaii! 
4/5 stars
This was super gimmicky - the lighted ice cube cost an extra $1, and I totally fell for it haha! I'm such a sucker for novel things like this haha, I know I'm not the only one! The light is activated by movement because if you shake it, the light becomes stronger! The drink was actually surprisingly good! It tasted like a mixture of pineapple and orange, and actually tasted like real juice!

Here's a look at all the other vendors at the Night Market this year! You can check out all the pictures so you can decide what you're going to order before you get there haha! Hope this helps! :)


















































Hey look! It's the same guy from the Yougo Chicken stall in Aberdeen! They make some killer Taiwanese chicken fillets! :D

Whew, you made it to the end! Thanks for reading! Have fun kiddies, be safe, and eat your heart out! ;)

Check out PART 2 (with 12 more food items!) of my Richmond Nightmarket review here: http://www.vancitynoms.com/2014/06/richmond-night-market-2014-ultimate.html 

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19 comments:

  1. Holy guacamole! What a post. Great job!

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  2. haha Thankyou thankyou! :D
    Probably the craziest review I've ever done, aside from my Bubble Queen review haha! Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for reading!! :)

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  3. hi Selina,

    Thank you for trying our Shaved Ice (Icy Bar) stand at the Richmond Night Market. We appreciate your review and we actually remember who you are. Initially, we didn't quite understand exactly what the difference between modified and unmodified milk was for ice cream, since we buy our ice cream from superstore or safeway. Next time, feel free to drop by and we'll for sure customize your dessert to your liking. You can always substitute the ice cream for another topping, may we suggest mochi? Also, thank you for your review of our Crystal Mall location as well. Hope to see you soon!

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    1. Thanks for your comment! You're very welcome, it's my pleasure! :)
      I never knew you guys were affiliated with cherry icy bar in Crystal, that's so awesome! I love your shaved ice haha!
      Thanks, I'll definitely try that next time, I love mochi! :D

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  4. This looks like yummy fun! does the night market have things that are not to eat?

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  5. This market looks like yummy fun! Are there other things for sale besides food?

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    1. Yes there is! There are a ton of booths selling nick knacks, phone cases, stationary, fashion items, etc! You can haggle too haha! ;)It's really fun to browse through, you should definitely go and check it out! :D

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  6. Awesome post! I'm going to this night market next month and I will defiantly try all the good stuff you reviewed :) I'll be sure to skip lunch just as you did hehe

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  7. Yay Thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it!! :D going there hungry is a smart move hehe ;) have fun!!! :D

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  8. Thank you Selena. I'm so glad I found your blog, as my 30+ daughter and I will be going from San Francisco to Vancouver for 5 days in late July. We're staying in a downtown hotel. We're both serious foodies and are trying to decide on restaurants. I'd like to ask for your advise - If you had only 5 days in Vancouver, where would you eat? Many thanks for your help.

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    1. It's my pleasure Pamela! Thank you for reading! :)

      Oh my, that's a hard question haha! Vancouver has so many amazing restuarants, it would be impossible to narrow it down to just a few!

      Taste is rather subjective and it depends on what type of cuisine you like! What type of cuisine are you looking for? :)

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  9. OK, I'll try to narrow it down. Since this is a short vacation, price is not a consideration. We love sushi, dim sum, fish and seafood, Italian, Northwest cuisine, happening places. Some restaurants we're considering, based on reviews: Sun Sui Wah or Kirin for dim sum, Glowbal and blue Water Café in Yaletown, Tojo's for sushi, CinCin for Italian, West for a splurge. Can you comment on any of these? Many thanks.

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    1. Those are all great choices! Sun Sui Wah has excellent dim sum but I personally find Kirin 's to be subpar, seafood is more of their forte! If you're looking for some excellent chinese food in Richmond I also recommend you try Shanghai River! Tojo's has some awesome sushi, you should also try out Miku Restuarant or Aji said Sushi Bar!
      I also highly recommend you try the legendary Phomn Penh, as they've been hailed as Vancouver's Best restuarant for years! For dessert you should definitely try out Thomas Haas and Earnest ice cream!
      Vancouver also has a budding food truck scene that is always really fun to check out!
      I hope you have an amazing time in Vancouver and take full advantage of all this beautiful city has to offer! Have a great summer Pamela! :D

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  10. Selena - You are amazing! Thank you so much for all your suggestions. My daughter and I are going to have a fabulous time making choices - and then, best of all, actually tasting when we get there! ( Miku's web site is beautiful.)

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  11. Go to Case Central for some high quality phone accessories and cases

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  12. Try Mogu - Chicken Karrage and the ice cream trailers - Ferrero Rocher ice cream!

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  13. @Anonymous I love Mogu! :) I've already reviewed them here: http://www.vancitynoms.com/2014/01/mogu-japanese-street-eats-street-food.html

    I definitely have to check out the ice cream stalls next time! :)

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  14. Nice review and very informative. Just a suggestion: use less "haha" and exclamation marks at the end?

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  15. Thank you so much for your kind words and contructive criticism! I'll definitely keep that in mind for next time. Thanks for reading! :)

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