Review of 2012 Summer Night Market in Richmond

This weekend the Summer Night Market opened in Richmond and I hit it up in search of good food with Knowlton and my friend Melissa. This year there are two night markets in Richmond and the other one is opening next weekend.

One of the first things I knew I wanted to try was takoyaki. I’ve never had it before and it has been on my list of food I want to try for a while. I loved the adorable octopus on the sign.

The stand had a sign that said you could choose from squid, octopus, scallop, prawn, or vegetable fillings but unfortunately for this weekend they only had squid. I wanted to try the octopus but I settled with the squid. For $6 you get six little deep-fried fritters with a piece of squid inside. The balls were crispy and warm and they melted in your mouth as you ate them. They were also topped with a chili sauce, mayo, and bonito flakes. The sauces were flavourful and I liked the creaminess the mayo added. I’m not really into bonito flakes but I still found these to be completely delicious.

Another item that I knew I had to try were the famous hurricane potatoes. There are actually three stands that sell these but this is the original one. There was a knock off version a bit further down that was called “rricane potato”, which I found amusing.

You can get one stick for $3 or two for $5. You can also choose two different flavours that they put on opposite sides. I chose salt and vinegar and chili. These hurricane potatoes came out piping hot and they were a bit crisp but they still had a soft potato texture inside. I enjoyed the salt and vinegar flavour, but I found the chili powder to just be mediocre. These are a fun tasty snack and they are definitely worth a try.

Next up were curry fish balls from Top Wok, which is a dish I have always been curious about trying. I was a bit hesitant to try them because I don’t like rubbery textures, but these weren’t too bad. They had a mild curry flavour and the outside had a bit of a bouncy texture but they were softer inside. These didn’t blow me away and I don’t think I would bother getting them again, but I’m glad I tried them.

Knowlton ordered some rib eye steak and lamb skewers from It’s All About Grill. He got three skewers and a piece of pita for $6.75 (one of them got eaten before the picture was taken). He said the meat tasted good, however, there was one large gristly piece which is disappointing when you just have a small skewer of meat. He also said the pita was a bit dry.

Since I have a mango obsession I got excited when we walked by the Mango Yummy stand. They have lots of drinks and desserts that featured fresh mangos.

The moment I saw the mango ice cream shave ice ($5.50) I knew I had to have it. It came in a bowl with a bed of shaved ice and it was topped with a big scoop of soft vanilla ice cream and piled high with juicy fresh mango. The mango was sweet and perfectly ripened. I was impressed with how much mango they give you. The addition of the ice cream adds a rich creaminess as it begins to melt and cover the ice and mangos. This was a sweet but refreshing dessert and it was my favourite thing I ate all night.

Knowlton talked me into sharing a bag of Taiwanese chicken nuggets ($5).

For some reason I wasn’t expecting much from these chicken nuggets but they were surprisingly delicious. The boneless chicken pieces were moist and the batter was super crunchy. They were also topped with some herbs and there were aromatic spices in the batter.

Our last stop of the evening was the wheel cake stand. This stand was very unorganized and we ended up waiting a ridiculously long time for our food.

I ordered a red bean filled wheel cake and a custard filled wheel cake for $1 each. The wheel cakes almost reminded me of pancakes. They were very light and fluffy while being a bit crisp on the exterior. The red bean filled one was too pasty and thick combined with the doughy cake but I enjoyed the custard filled one. These cakes were good but they weren’t worth waiting in the crazy line for them.

If you are a food lover you must check out the Richmond night market. There is something for everyone there whether you are an adventurous eater or you prefer more familiar tastes and most items are around $5. My favourite stand was Mango Yummy and I would highly recommend checking it out.

Tip:

The stands are all cash only and arrive early if you want to beat the lines.

Recommendation:

Yes, for great street food snacks.

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9 Comments on “Review of 2012 Summer Night Market in Richmond”

  1. May 16, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    Or arrive when they’re just about to close and many of the vendors will have discounted food items. 🙂

    • May 16, 2012 at 11:19 am #

      I didn’t know they did that. Thanks for the tip! I’ll go late next time.

  2. May 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Great post! I hope to be in Richmond soon so I can check out the markets in person. I love the look of the lamb skewers and the mango ice cream, yum! I’m too am mango obsessed. Oh and the hurricane potatoes! I’ll have to remember to fast ahead of time to make lots of room;)

    • May 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

      Thanks! Yes definitely leave room for lots of food before you go because there is lots of tasty food. You must visit the Mango Yummy stand if you love mangos, they have lots of delicious looking mango desserts.

  3. Pamela
    May 18, 2012 at 10:09 pm #

    So what night does the market happen on?????

    • May 18, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

      It’s open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays starting at 7pm.

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