All the kids may have already gone back to school and the nights might not feel quite as warm anymore, but who said summer was over? While the other night market has finished up for another season, you’ve still got three weekends to indulge in some truly world class street food at the other end of River Road.
Boasting over 100 food vendors, the Richmond Night Market (8351 River Road) is easily accessible by the Canada Line rapid transit line – it’s well within walking distance of Bridgeport station near the River Rock Casino Resort. With so many options for what to eat and drink at the night market, how can you decide where to begin? We’ve hand-picked some great highlights to get you started.
Don’t forget to grab the Sweet Deals coupon book for only $2 at the main entrance on your way in! You’ll find discounts for 35 food vendors in there, as well as savings at over 60 retail vendors.
Not to be confused with what you might find in the frozen food section of your local supermarket, Fish Sticks offers a fresh approach to deep fried fish on a stick.
Now in its third year at Richmond Night Market, Fish Sticks serves up a sizable piece of battered fish on a skewer. A culinary twist on fish and chips (sans chips), the fish can then be seasoned with such flavours as tzatziki, wasabi mayo, teri-mayo, and garlic seasoning.
The regular Fish Sticks are $6 each (or 2 for $10), but the special Torched Cheese Fish Stick (below) rings in a little higher at $7.50.
For that premium, your piece of deep fried fish is then dressed in Japanese mayo and a special three-cheese blend before going under the blowtorch for a wonderfully melty and lightly charred delight.
Squirt some lemon and enjoy. Just be careful, because the weight of the fish and cheese can feel like a bit much for that narrow skewer!
Right next to Fish Sticks, Chef James offers a range of Xin Jiang Man BBQ skewers, including AAA steak (beef), chicken, lamb, honey garlic prawns and lamb kidney.
They’re all available in your choice of spicy or non-spicy. Pricing ranges based on how many you want, starting at three for $8.25 and going up to four for $10, five for $13.50, or nine for $24.
But wait. There’s more! The Crispy Bun (above) is perhaps one of the more unique items you can get on a skewer. Four green onion buns are grilled on oil made with over 20 ingredients for a truly unique blend. The buns are then topped with sauce and sesame seeds. The net result is a bun that’s crispy on the outside, but still soft on the inside with just a slight chew.
The Roasted Corn (above) is $3.50 each, which is the same price as the Roasted Yam (below). The sweet corn is topped with butter, after which you can season the cob with powdered spices such as lemon pepper and garlic pepper, Parmesan cheese and lemon pepper, or simply go with butter and salt.
At first glance, the roasted yam will greatly resemble a baked potato. Served as a whole (pictured here as two halves for sharing), the roasted yam is topped with soy bacon, parsley and a chipotle aioli. It’s a brilliant mix of sweet, spicy and salty, perfect for a slightly chillier September or October evening.
Dare to try a little bit of everything at Chef James. The meat is succulent, the corn is sweet, and the roasted yam is greatly satisfying.
Po Wah Dim Sum House
Proudly serving hungry patrons since the very beginning of Richmond Night Market, Po Wah offers a great collection of dim sum items.
Choose from such Dim Sum classics as pan-fried pork buns, steamed rice rolls, curry fish balls (available spicy or extra spicy), pork siu mai and shrimp dumplings. Most are offered in small and large sizes for $4.50 and $8.50 respectively.
A small order of shrimp dumplings gets you four pieces, for instance, while the large gets you eight pieces. Spend $10 or more in total and get some free chow mein too.
Ohana Poke by Cooking with Ben
Not to be confused with the Poke balls that people are tossing from their smartphones, Poke Bowls have become all the rage this year.
The raw fish salad served at Ohana starts with the Hawaiian roots of poke, but adds inspiration from both Japanese and Korean cuisine for a dish that perfectly represents Richmond.
Shown here is the OG Original Poke ($8) with yellowfin ahi tuna. Unlike some other eateries serving poke, Ohana does not pre-marinate its fish, opting to dress it on the spot. The tuna is accompanied by a house soy vinaigrette, seasoned sushi rice, masago fish roe, sliced avocado, kimchi’d cucumbers, wakame seaweed salad, wasabi aioli, spicy miso aioli and taro root chips.
If you’re not a tuna person, you can opt for sockeye salmon or bay scallops instead. If you want a bit of a kick, opt for the Spicy Mayo Poke or try something different with the Pokonut Poke, dressed with a coconut milk viniagrette.
Bubble tea has always been a perennial favourite among night market frequenters and that’s probably not going to change any time soon. What if you want something a little different to quench your thirst while simultaneously lighting up your night?
Over at Virgin Cocktails, you can get your fruity bar-inspired drink without the alcohol but with an LED “ice” cube for an extra dollar. They’ve certainly tried to recreate the clubbing and bar-hopping scene at the night market with an extra illuminating atmosphere.
Shown here is the Lychetini ($6), a virgin cocktail with lychee and green apple. Other popular cocktails include the Blue Hawaii (orange and pineapple), Skyline (peach calpis), and Flirtini (watermelon and strawberry). They also serve slushy drinks, smoothies and hot drinks like a London Fog Latte.
Getting ice cream in a waffle cone is classic. Getting ice cream in an actual waffle still has some novelty. But getting ice cream in an egg bubble waffle? That’s something entirely different!
Regular egg bubble waffles, and even ones filled with different flavours, have been spotted at Richmond Night Market for years. Taking that egg waffle and rolling it up into a cone is an Egglet Parfait original. It’s like a delicious fancy sundae, but with the delight of peeling off individual spheres of egg waffle as you work your way down.
The Totoro Taro ($7.50) consists of taro ice cream, mochi balls, a crispy wafer and crumbled corn flakes. Want a taste of green tea? The Matcha Matcha could be a good choice. Those seeking an extra sugary treat may opt for the Sweet Tart instead.
Also known as a mizu shingen mochi, the Raindrop Cake sold by OD is a Japanese dessert made with mineral water and agar to form what looks like a water droplet frozen in time.
We opted for the version served with Red Bean Paste and Matcha Powder ($7.99), a very popular Asian flavour combination. The actual “raindrop cake” itself is similar to a flavourless gelatin, so take each bite with a little red bean, a little matcha, or a little bit of both. It’s delightfully refreshing and light. Alternatively, you can get one with black sugar syrup and soybean powder or with condensed milk and cocoa powder.
Richmond Night Market runs until Sunday, October 10, opening Fridays and Saturdays until midnight and Sundays until 11 pm. General admission is $3.25. Bring the whole family, because children and seniors are free. And on-site parking is complimentary too.