Richmond, BC is home not only to one, but two night markets! They are officially known as the Richmond Night Market and the Summer Night Market. I have been to both, but due to my reliance on transit, I tend to frequent the Richmond Night Market which is a three minute walk from the Bridgeport SkyTrain Station on the Canada Line. Now, if you’re wondering which market is the Richmond Night Market, it’s the Giant Yellow Duck one! In a nod to the giant Rubber Duck that took Hong Kong by storm, the Richmond Night Market has committed to everything being yellow and ducky.
If you’re in the market (pun intended) for a new iPhone case cover, you can’t beat the rows upon rows of kiosks, but the real reason to visit is for the food! The best plan of attack is to go with a few other food-loving friends. After spending $2 each for admission, spending $8-12 each will allow you all to share and try a ton of different dishes without it being a very expensive outing.
The Rotato is a night market staple and a must-try if only to carry it around like a badge of honour. It comes in a variety of flavours and my favourite so far is ketchup. Like most things deep-fried, it is at its best when it comes out crispy, so my recommendation is to ask for it well-done.
Next on the hit list was something I hadn’t had before, but looked good and seemed perfect for sharing. Takoyaki is a Japanese snack which is essentially a small little ball prepared and cooked in a special pan and filled with a variety of things. We opted for shrimp-filled and then it was topped off with aonori (edible green seaweed), katsuobushi (dried fish flakes) and a drizzle of takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise. The sauces, crunch of the katsobushi and warm doughy takoyaki is a great little snack and 6 for $5 is a deal.
The find of the evening was the unexpected stand called “Not Yo Nachos.” I love a good platter of nachos and am always open to other people’s interpretation of nachos. After some deliberation between the Kim-Cho and the Curry-Mango nachos, the Kimchi-inspired nachos won out with kimchi, bulgogi beef, green onions, onion relish, sesame seeds and the traditional orange nacho cheese that I could never turn down. The combination was terrific and definitely looking forward to trying the Curry-Mango nachos next time!
If the food hadn’t already made it a great night, I managed to catch a pretty amazing sunset and got the essence of the evening in a single shot. The descending plane into YVR, the SkyTrain in motion, the food kiosks, the beautiful sky and of course, the big giant duck make for a great time at the Richmond Night Market!