Typically open from May to October, the Richmond Night Market features live performances, has over 200 retail stalls, serves an abundance of food, and is home to some carnival games.
This year, the Richmond Night Market celebrated its 17th year, and I had the opportunity of attending.
Although the Night Market does have some carnival games and many retail stalls, I would be lying if I didn’t admit that the main reason I went was to indulge in the food that it had to offer. And boy oh boy did it ever offer some great (and also some not so appetizing) treats.
So without further ado, let me share with you all the reasons why the Night Market made me fat.
The first item on my list (which has been the first item on my food list every time I have made my way to the Night Market) was Takoyaki.
Takoyaki is a Japanese snack which is made of a wheat flour-based batter and is cooked in a moulded pan that gives it its ball-shaped appearance.
Although Takoyaki fillings can be made of a variety of things, to my knowledge they are typically filled with octopus, tempura, pickled ginger, and green onion.
This Takoyaki’s filling, however, had shrimp rather than octopus. On top, there were seaweed bits as well as what I believe were bonito flakes.
Fair warning though, wait a few minutes before biting in to your Takoyaki, or otherwise you may burn the insides of your mouth because of how hot the insides of the Takoyaki are.
Ddeokbokki is a food popular to the country of South Korea.
This meal is composed of stir-fried rice cakes and fish cakes (eomuk), which are paired with gochujang (a spicy, but also somewhat sweet chili paste).
Interestingly, Ddeokbokki was a part of the Korean royal court’s cuisine back in the Joseon dynasty (1392 – 1897). Although the current version of Ddeokbokki has a vibrant red colour to it as well as a spicy aftertaste, the original version was plain and brown. It was only after red chili paste (gochujang) was introduced through Japanese influence that this meal became as it is today.
In my opinion, this was not one of the best kinds of foods served at the Richmond Night Market this year. Although it had great potential, the chicken was not properly cooked (and at times felt raw when biting into it), leaving one of my friends to wonder whether we would go home with a bad case of food poisoning or salmonella. Luckily, we just walked away with a bad taste in our mouths and a craving for something that would wash the raw-chicken flavour away.
4. Coconut Ice Cream
Although a bit expensive for the amount of ice cream that was served, this was definitely the best dessert to get rid of the chicken aftertaste.
Paired with pineapples (…from a can…) and a sauce that I cannot remember the name of, this dessert was both a refreshing and happy contrast to the chicken that was eaten previously.
5. Virgin Cocktails
With all that walking during the day, what better way to give yourself a boost of energy than to rejuvenate with a virgin cocktail.
I ended up buying a Mango Sunset which tasted of peaches and mangos.
Granted, it had a funny aftertaste, so I don’t think it would be something that I would buy again.
The virgin cocktail my friend got, on the other hand, was something that I wish I had gotten. It came with an LED light!
Friday, Saturday: 7:00pm – 12:00am
Sunday: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Holidays: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Open: May 12th – October 9th, 2017
Seniors (<60): Free
Zoom Pass: $25 (up to 7 visits) – this pass allows you to bypass the very long lineup that forms for the Night Market
Check out the event schedule here!
For more information, check out the Richmond Night Market’s page!