Monday, July 19, 2010

Richmond Night Market

One of the many things I love about Richmond - aside from Asian grocery stores, Japanese dollar stores, green tea cream puffs (and Blizzards!), fish n chips on the dock, daily eagles, and a plethora of farm markets - is the summer night market. All night every weekend during the summer, what seems like hundreds of booths set up in a huge lot in an industrial park on the river, drawing enormous crowds.

You can get pretty much anything at the night market - handmade incense burners shaped like houses from South America (the smoke comes out the 'chimney'), grasshopper hats, bootlegged Korean DVDs, exotic fruit, underwear both scandalous and matronly, live goldfish, and knockoff Gorillapods.

But the food is the best part - and the most packed with people. At times, trying to navigate through the food tents, we would just spend a few minutes standing still waiting for space or movement in the crowd. The variety of food is amazing...lamb skewers from the Middle East, marinated and barbequed octopus from Japan, airy pancake-like egg puffs from Hong Kong, pho noodle soup from Vietnam, dragon beard candy made from spun sugar and peanut paste from China, deep-fried Mars bars from Scotland, and a hundred other things that I can't even describe or remember. It was as common to see someone walking by sucking on an octopus tentacle as it was seeing someone drinking from a coconut. It was a little surreal.

Hope you enjoyed your weekend! Davis booked my birthday present for next weekend - I am pretty much rolling on the floor squeeing in excitement, but I think I will wait to share until I have photos. :)


  1. wow! that looks wonderful! And a little packed... and the food looks amazing!

  2. I love this place too! We go whenever we visit :)

  3. this looks amazing! i wish we had something like that out here. :)
    i love the photo with the pointy (i'm guessing here) fruits. what are they??

  4. Actually, those are the only kind in the photo I haven't tried! I googled "red spiky fruit" and I think they are rambutan:

    They seem to be related to lychees and longan...

  5. For a minute I thought you were referring to Richmond, California, which is near where I live, and I was really excited. This night market looks SO awesome, especially with all the yummy Asian snacks. I could really go for some green tea puffs right now.

  6. This looks like so much fun. All that yummy food but it does look crowded, which I guess is a good thing. :) T.

  7. HKF -- love beard candy
    My favourite Chinese New Year food (though you sometimes find it all year round) is the Dragon Beard Candy, an ancient Chinese Emperor’s Dessert. It’s made into very sweet thin strands and sometimes filled with peanuts.
    If you’ve never tried it, you simply have to! The only place I know to find this online is .

  8. I love that stuff, but I haven't had it in a while! Oddly, I know of a place to get it year-round in Montreal, but I haven't seen it in Vancouver, although it must be around.

    I also saw some in Shanghai... except they had a ton of different flavours and coloured the strands to match! I wish I'd taken a photo, it was quite pretty. :) Thanks for your comment!


... what are you thinking?