Treats at the Richmond Night Market

Welcome to the Richmond Night Market!

The Richmond Night Market is typically open from May to October and 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 you should visit the Night Market and enjoy the food it offers.

1. Takoyaki

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.

A photograph of 6 pieces of Takoyaki, with mayonnaise, bonito flakes, and shredded seaweed on top.
Getting ready to dig into this Takoyaki!

Takoyaki is a Japanese snack which is made of a wheat flour-based batter. It is cooked in a moulded pan that gives it its ball-shaped appearance.

A photograph of Takoyaki being made - at the Richmond Night Market.
There’s something so exciting about watching food being made right in front of you.

Takoyaki fillings can be made of many things, but 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 and bonito flakes.

Make sure to wait a few minutes before biting in to your Takoyaki! Otherwise, you may burn the insides of your mouth because of scolding heat of the insides of the Takoyaki.

2. Ddeokbokki

Ddeokbokki is a food popular to the country of South Korea.

It is made up of stir-fried rice cakes and fish cakes (eomuk), and is paired with gochujang (a spicy, but also somewhat sweet chili paste).

A photograph of ddeokbokki with sweet chili sauce and sesame seeds sprinkled on top.
The vibrant redness of the Ddeokbokki makes the sesame seeds pop out!

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.

3. Chicken

Although this dish had great potential, I was a bit let down when I realized 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.

Pieces of fried chicken being served with a sauce and with three toothpicks - at the Richmond Night Market.
One serving of fried chicken coming right up!

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 weird aftertaste left from the chicken.

Coconut ice cream being served with a sweet brown-coloured sauce and pineapples. At the Richmond Night Market.

Paired with pineapples and a sweet sauce, this dessert was both a refreshing and happy contrast to the previous savoury dishes we had partaken in.

5. Virgin Cocktails with fancy lights

With all that walking during the day, what better way to give yourself a boost of energy than to rejuvenate with a delicious drink.

Mango sunset virgin cocktail. A delicious blend of peaches and mangoes. It is an orange and yellow colour. At the Richmond Night Market.
Mango sunset virgin cocktail. A delicious blend of peaches and mangoes.

And why not be a bit fancy by getting a light in your drink!

A purple-coloured virgin cocktail.
A purple-coloured virgin cocktail. It has an LED light inside so it glows.

Additional Information

Where is it located?

Friday, Saturday: 7:00pm – 12:00am
Sunday: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Holidays: 7:00pm – 11:00pm

Open: May 12th – October 9th, 2017

*check the website as dates and times may change yearly.

General: $3.75
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!

Have you ever visited a night market? Let me know what it was like in the comments below!

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