The Richmond Night Market is the newer version of the night market that is located at 8351 River Road (behind the River Rock Casino). At this location, you have to pay $2 to enter the market. There is a large parking lot where you can park for free and there is a Canada Line stop very close by.
I visited the Richmond Night Market this weekend with my Mom so I could compare it to the Summer Night Market.
Habanero Taco Grill is new to the night market this year and they sell a few different types of tacos. Habanero Taco Grill contacted me before the night market opened and ask me if I would come by and try a complimentary taco.
I got one slivered beef and one chicken marinado taco.
The slivered beef is made with sautéed seasoned beef, caramelized onions, and cilantro covered in a rich avocado sauce and Mexican crema. Every bite of this taco was delicious. The meat was very tender and had tons of flavour. I loved how creamy and rich the avocado and Mexican crema sauces made the taco.
The chicken marinado taco is made with shredded chicken in a chipotle tomato sauce with avocado and cilantro topped with a smooth green sauce, Mexican crema, and cheese. This taco was good, but not special. I preferred the beef one over this one.
Mogu is a food truck located in Vancouver that sells Japanese inspired street eats. They are also new to the night market this year. I’ve visited them before and I liked their food.
My mom and I shared the large size sweet and spicy chicken karaage ($7). This comes with five large pieces of chicken covered in a sweet chili sauce.
The batter was light and crunchy and the chicken was very juicy. This tasted really good, but a couple of the pieces were undercooked. I got sick after visiting the night market and I’m suspicious that the undercooked chicken is what caused it. It is a shame that this happened, because taste wise, this was actually my favourite item.
There was also a ramen stand, called Sho Ramen, that I had previously not noticed. I was going to get a cold, icy dessert, but since it was rainy, windy and cold out, I wanted some warming soup.
I got the miso tonkotsu ($5) soup. It was a bit challenging to eat while walking, but it was manageable.
The noodles were actually better than I was expecting. They weren’t the dried instant noodles and they had a good bouncy texture.
The toppings were also good. It was filled with corn, green onion, nori, bean sprouts, and some sliced pork. The portion of pork was tiny, but then again, the soup was only $5.
The broth was a bit bland and could have used some more depth and richness. This ramen was good, but don’t expect restaurant quality.
Wanting to try something different, I hit up the Korean food stand.
I got the spicy rice cakes ($5). They freshly made a new batch so these were very hot and fresh.
The rice cakes were thick and chewy. The spicy sauce got my nose running and it had great flavour. In hindsight, I shouldn’t have got this and ramen because I had so many carbs I thought I would die. This dish is very filling and best shared with a few people if you want to sample other items.
I can’t go to the night market and not get bubble waffles, so we stopped at QQ Egg Puff. This stand has more flavours than the other stand at the market and the logo is super cute.
I got the mango egg puff ($4.50). This waffle had a great texture. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. The mango flavour was pretty strong and it had a sweet fragrant taste. My Mom ordered the coconut flavoured one and I still think that one is my favourite.
I had a good time at the Richmond Night Market, until I got sick after. This wasn’t all of the vendors faults though, and I would still probably return, I would just be more careful about the food that I eat.
Yes, for a fun event with street food.