The Summer Night Market is the original location of the Richmond Night Market. It is located at 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond. At this location, there is free admission and paid parking (but you can find free parking down some side streets if you are willing to walk a bit further).
The Summer Night Market just opened yesterday and I came here with my friend Melissa on opening day to check it out and eat tons of food.
Mango Yummy is definitely one of my consistent favourite stands at the night market. I love all of the fruity drinks and desserts they have.
I am obsessed with the fresh mango tapioca ($5) dessert from here. It is made with layers of fresh mango, small tapioca pearls, and coconut milk.
Fruity desserts are my favourite and I am especially fond of mangos. The mangos they have here are perfectly ripened and sweet. I love the bit of bouncy texture you get from the tapioca pearls and the coconut milk adds a creamy, but refreshing twist. I loved this dessert, but I wish that the coconut milk had been slightly colder.
Takoyaki is another one of my night market favourites, because who doesn’t love little deep-fried balls of deliciousness? This stand sells a few different flavours of the takoyaki, like octopus, squid, vegetable, shrimp, and scallop. I wanted the traditional octopus ones, but for some reason they were only selling the squid ones. The same thing happened to me last year. I just settled with the squid because by this point I was too hungry and frantic and squid and octopus are pretty similar.
The takoyaki ($6) came out fresh and piping hot. Since I have no self-control, I ended up burning my mouth by eating these too quickly. I feel like the takoyaki could have been cooked slightly longer because the inside was very doughy, even more so than normal. These were an okay item, but not amazing and a bit expensive for the size of them.
I was really craving a twister potato after seeing so many people walking around with them. There are three stands here that sell them and this one was for some reason the busiest. This was my first time visiting this specific stand.
They have a few different powdered toppings and sauce toppings for the potatoes and you are allowed to choose two of them. I went with the salt and ketchup and garlic mayo ($4/1 or $7/2).
I didn’t look at the other stands, but here the potatoes come out super fresh. The guy took them straight out of the fryer and put the toppings on them so there was no waiting period and the potatoes came out nice and hot.
This combination was really delicious. It had a good balance of creaminess and saltiness. Ketchup is just a good combination with all potatoes and the garlic mayo was so good it would probably go well with anything.
My friend got one with BBQ powder and spicy Korean sauce, which tasted a lot like sriracha . This was also a good combination and it was addictive to eat. I think the ultimate flavour mix would be the spicy Korean sauce and the garlic mayo for a spicy and creamy balance.
I also got a chocolate Korean waffle ($1/1 or $5/6). We really wanted wheel cakes, but alas, the stand wasn’t to be found.
The waffle is pretty cute and shaped like a fish. These waffles are breadier and dryer than bubble waffles.
A sign said the filling was made with nutella, but it was more like a chocolate pudding in taste and texture. This waffle could have been good, but they gave us some premade ones that were sitting out so it wasn’t as hot or fresh as I had hoped for. At least it was only $1. I wouldn’t get these again unless they were fresh off the waffle maker.
We also went to bubble waffle cafe to get some bubble waffles. These are another favourite treat of mine.
We shared a bag of strawberry bubble waffles ($4/1 or $7/2). Depending on how hungry you are, these are a decent size and pretty good for sharing since they rip apart easily.
These bubble waffles had a great crispy exterior, while being soft and pillowy on the inside. The strawberry flavour didn’t actually taste that much like strawberries, but it was still tasty and it just added a sugary sweetness. This was one of my favourite items on the night.
We walked by Lucky House a couple of times and finally decided to try some duck wraps since they were pretty cheap and small (I was getting really full by this point).
I’ve heard hit and miss reviews on the duck wraps ($2.5/1 or $4/2) but I loved it. With each bite I liked it more and more.
It reminded me of a squished and flattened spring roll. The outside wrapper was crispy and a little greasy (in a good way), but not too heavy. There wasn’t tons of stuff inside, but I thought it was enough to add a bit of meaty duck flavour. The sauce on top was savoury and sweet.
There were a couple of misses, but most of the food was pretty good and satisfying. A few new stands were there, but I didn’t get a chance to try them because I was too full from eating all of my favourites. Next time I will try to branch out and find some new favourites, but for now I’m still obsessed with mango yummy and bubble waffles!
Yes, for a fun Summer activity and yummy street eats.