International Summer Night Market 2015

Where did I eat?

International Summer Night Market at 12631 Vulcan Way in Richmond.

What did I order?

I was invited by ChineseBites to a VIP media preview of the market and was able to sample any items of my choosing.

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Buns with condensed milk and green tea

  • We had to wait a couple of minutes for them to deep fry the buns, but it was worth the wait because they came out piping hot and fresh.
  • I liked the combination of condensed milk and matcha powder because the earthy tea flavour balanced the sweetness of the condensed milk.
  • The portion size of this was pretty big, but the buns are quite heavy, so it would be good to share this with a couple of people.

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Hurricane Zucchini and Yam

  • Everyone has had a hurricane potato before, but now one of the stands has a yam and a zucchini version too.
  • I loved the zucchini version and would get it again. It was crispy and not too heavy and it went well with the parmesan and garlic flavouring.
  • The yam version was also good. We had it with spicy mayo, which was a good pairing.

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Pineapple Drink

  • There is a stand that sells fresh fruit juice drinks served in a pineapple or watermelon.
  • The presentation of these drinks is cute and fun.
  • The juice itself tasted good and what you would expect it to taste like.
  • My one complaint is that it wasn’t very cold and I would have liked it to be served more chilled.

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Dim Sum

  • You always have to get some greasy dim sum when you go to the night market.
  • The har gow was okay, but I liked the siu mai more. It was the perfect meaty little snack.

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Green Onion Pancake, Spring Rolls, and Banana Spring Rolls

  • This is a new stand at the market that looked promising but ended up being pretty disappointing.
  • The spring rolls tasted very similar to the spring rolls you get at Costco.
  • The banana spring rolls tasted okay, but were nothing special.
  • The green onion pancake didn’t have a lot of flavour and it was just covered in over bearing chili sauce.

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Chicken Tantuni

  • There is a new middle Eastern wrap place at the market that sells lamb, chicken, and beef wraps
  • The wrap is filled with chicken, tomato, and basil.
  • The wrap itself was really good. It was thin, slightly chewy, and almost crepe like.
  • The sauce was flavourful and had a bit of spice to it. Just watch out though cause it may drip on your clothes.

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Cotton Candy

  • There is another new stand that sells cotton candy made into special shaped designs.
  • It looks beautiful and I’ve never seen cotton candy like this before, but unfortunately it was priced very high and at the end of the day it’s just cotton candy.

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Yuja Drink

  • This drink is made with a citrus marmalade type syrup that is mixed with soda water and crushed ice.
  • I found it to be very refreshing, especially after all of the greasy night market food.
  • It was subtly sweet with a bit of tartness from the citrus.

Disclosure: I did not pay for my meal.

Final Thoughts?

The International Summer Night Market is less busy than the Richmond Night Market, but unfortunately there are fewer food stalls. This year there are quite a few new stands to check out if you want to try something different, but I was sad to see there was no Mango Yummy stand.

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