2011 Richmond Summer Night Market: The Food Vendor Reveal
A sneak peek of the food vendors at the Richmond Summer Night Market 2011
It’s that time of the year again and the Summer Night Market in Richmond, BC has begun. And what part am I interested in? Well the same part you’re interested in! The food of course! I mean that’s why you’re on here right? I doubt it’s to look for recommendations for cell phone covers, fortune tellers, socks or stationary. But I can tell you those are all still available this year.
I actually wasn’t on planning to write this post, but I randomly ended up at the night market on Monday night (Victoria Day) and just started snapping photos in case. I then tweeted if anyone would be curious to see the food vendors before actually having to go down themselves. I mean I knew I wasn’t the only one who was trying to avoid the $5 parking and 10 minute walk, let alone the potential brutal traffic just to get there. Anyways there was a demand, so in the law of economics, here is the supply!
This might be “ruining the surprise” a bit, but I’d like to think of it more as saving you time and money… and gas, which in the end is money… and I guess the environment too. I also didn’t get a picture of every single vendor, as there were about 3 potato torpedoes, 3 bubble teas and 3 takoyaki stands, and there were just too many that I didn’t want to fight the crowd for them.
For me, the food is the funnest part of the night market… but of course it is! However I’m actually surprised with how pricey it’s gotten, for some of the same stuff I could be sitting down and eating it at a restaurant. But that’s the Asian in me talking, and I guess “value” isn’t really the point… even though it really should be if we’re talking about “street food”. Regardless it doesn’t really matter because everyone needs to make a living and everyone needs to eat… so let’s eat!
Most of it was the same old same old, but there were a few new places and a couple surprises. The Indian egg waffle guy (apparently he’s Portuguese) isn’t there though! He’s food and entertainment! So without further anticipation (unless you’ve scrolled down already) let’s B Line to the food… like you normally would upon entering the night market anyways. C’mon, nobody can deny the smell of curry fishballs, but on the other hand sticky tofu is another story.
I actually bought from these guys. How can you deny the smell of grilled squid and especially when they’re grilling them in tons of garlic. These were delicious. Tender, garlicky, savoury and moderately spicy. The marinade is fantastic!
Dragon’s Beard Candy. Chinese style cotton candy stuffed with sugared ground peanuts. I like! For more about what they taste like see my post here.
This was the only Egg Puff (Waffle) place I saw. I miss the Indian (apparently he’s Portuguese?) waffle maker guy (see him here), although his waffles I never found actually that good. He made a good show and it was a fun novelty though!
I don’t remember seeing this last year, but speaking of pho… go try Pho Tam.
I’m pretty sure this is new. This looked like the Japanese version of Fritz European Fry House on Davie Street. You can choose onion rings or yam fries and then select your own flavoured mayo: Honey Garlic, Hot & Spicy, Teriyaki or Wasabi sauce.
I love mango and I love these mango desserts, but I haven’t tried them from here yet. It’s one of the few Asian desserts that I like. It reminds me of Hui Lau Shan in Hong Kong.
I think this was a Vietnamese place selling fried shrimp on toast or garlic bread. I don’t know why I took a photo of this, but they intrigued me… maybe because I needed a break from all the Asian stuff.
This is a very popular Taiwanese snack or dessert. They call them “Wheel Cakes” and they’re really light and fluffy tender cakes that are almost made with crepe batter and the fillings include peanut butter, red bean, custard and Nutella. Peanuts at Richmond Public Market also sells them and offers more flavours.
Probably the only other Asian man doing Western BBQ in Richmond next to the Hog Shack Cook House.
As I mentioned above, I didn’t get all of the food vendors. But I can tell you that the deep fried ice cream place, Mini Melts, and dried squid jerky place were missing in action. However the deep fried cheesecake and deep fried chocolate bar trucks are still there and they’re also making Butter Chicken Poutine and Pulled Pork Poutine. I’m waiting for the Sweet & Sour Pork Poutine and the Chicken Chow Mein Poutine… o_O