International Summer Night Market
Now before going any further, it’s probably best to differentiate from the two Richmond markets. I get the sense they get mistaken often because it’s easy to just say the “Night Market” and not really be clear which one you’re referring to. The International Summer Night Market is the original one that can be found on 12631 Vulcan Way near the Home Depot. The Richmond Night Market is the one near River Rock Casino that has become synonymous with the ducks, whereas the ISNM is going the Panda theme this year. We’ll be back giving the 411 on the Richmond Night Market in a few weeks, but with the ISNM starting earlier, it was time to get out there and sample the goods!
Now that we have covered the fine print, let’s get on with it! In its 7th year, the ISNM welcomes over 25,000 visitors every weekend from May right through till September. With 61 food vendors to choose from with food from across the world, the market has definitely earned its international reputation.
All About the Dumplings
There is something new at the market every year and one of those kiosks belongs to Soo Jerky. It’s a Singapore style jerky and they’ve been around since the mid 1980’s! They were handing samples out and that got me hooked. This isn’t like the hard break-your-teeth jerky you find at the gas station, rather it’s sweet (and spicy) with a really great texture to it. It’s a family run business that sells its products through stores across Vancouver. I opted for a piece of the sweet and spicy beef and it was by far one of the highlights of the evening! One large piece sells for $5, but they also have packages to take home, I was very tempted!
I came across a showstopper in the form of Taiwanese Wheel Cakes and they were wonderful! First off, this contraption was so cool and would be perfect for a summer BBQ! Wheel cakes are essentially two mini pancakes with either Nutella, red bean, peanut butter or an Oreo cookie stuffed between them! The Nutella was the clear-cut winner but the Oreo was a close second, it just needed to be a wee bit warmer so there was an extra little melting action going on! The cakes are $1 each and was good value for what you were getting.
Definitely be on the look-out for the kiosk that reads “TW Traditional Snacks” for the Wheel Cakes!
And Much More…
May 9 to September 14
Sunday and Holidays – 7pm-11pm
12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond, BC, V6V 1J7
About Our Guest Writer: Ethan Adeland is a freelance food and travel writer and the voice behind Feeding Ethan. He shares his honest adventures in the kitchen, behind the camera or iPhone and wherever his travels may take him. He has never turned down an opportunity to Instagram a sunset or his next meal.