Richmond Night Market

On the banks of the Fraser River, behind a massive distribution warehouse and just off the flight path to the airport lives a Vancouver summer tradition: the Richmond Night Market. It’s a medley of Asian traditional meets county fair where dim sum and hawker stands replace candy floss and ferris wheels. Wen and I had to go.


For us, the main feature was the food. We revelled in deep-fried fun. Taiwanese chicken:


Japanese yams and onions (coated in teriyaki mayo…):




The skewers and cups were a nice touch.

But that wasn’t enough dough-crusted fun. From there it was on to octopus balls:



Here’s how they’re made, in case you’ve ever wondered how they make them round:

And then some battered frozen lychees for dessert. The difference between the frozen centers and fried shell is great:


It wasn’t all deep-fried though, we also had roasted corn – although we removed any healthiness by slathering it in butter and then various cheese and salt toppings:



Wen also got some fresh-squeeze orange juice which came with this curious lid freshly stamped on it:


We were stuffed and we didn’t get a chance to try the duck crepes, assorted noodles or dip into the dim sum.

While the food was the main event for us, there was also a huge market where you could indulge your fantasies of buying cheap sundries from overseas. Apparently Angry Birds has been turned into a series of plush toys that now battle Mario et al. for kids’ attention. And, if you desire, you can now change your eye colour before hitting out a night on the town:


It was a great time and felt like a North American-ized version of another market I was in just over a year ago…

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