A Brief Introduction
Richmond Night Market is considered one of the largest night market events in North America, it began in the year 2000 founded by Raymond Cheung. This event offers various street foods, merchandise, and games. The location of the place is accessible because it is close to Bridgeport Station and River Rock Casino which can be considered as the landmark of the event. (8351 River Road). The entrance fee is $ 4.75 per person, free admission for seniors and children under 8. Moreover, they provide free parking facilities. This event is open only during the summer season from May 10-October 14 and its operating hours are 7 pm to 12 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, on Sundays from 7 pm and it closes at 11 pm. Talking about our experience, we arrived early hence, we encountered a long line at the entrance so we waited 20 minutes before we got inside the event. It is not that bad because we got a chance to take some pictures while waiting. One of the things that we did not like about the place is they do not have shaded places where people can eat when it rain so our group had a hard time eating since it was raining when we arrived and most of the members don’t have an umbrella. So, we highly suggest providing tables for customers.
Rotatoes (Chip on a stick)
Another fun way to eat fries without getting your hands dirty. This snack is served on a stick while the potatoes are cut in a spiral which makes it easier to eat while roaming around the night market looking for your next snack. These spiraled potatoes have 4 different flavors such as cheddar, salt and pepper, onion with pickle and chili, and sour cream. The way that they serve the potatoes is hot and is made to order but they should cook the potatoes longer for it is considered a little bit raw and sliced thinly to achieve its crispiness since the customers are willing to wait as it is made to order. Also, they do have a discount coupon that you can get 3 orders of spiraled potatoes for $19. Overall, we enjoyed this snack as it is very convenient and delicious.
Takoyaki is a ball-shaped Japanese pancaked filled with diced octopus. Takoyaki is common and popular street food in Japan. The booth has different flavors of Takoyaki (original, pizza and mayo). We asked for the popular flavor and they suggested to try the original one. It was so soft and has tastes very fishy which we think is normal since it is filled with diced octopus. We highly recommend this savory snack to those who love seafood. Based on our experience, 2 of our groupmates did not like it at all, but the rest loved it. To anyone who’s wondering how much does this little snack cost, you can get 6pcs of Takoyaki for $8 which in our opinion it’s too pricey for a small portion of snack.
BBQ Squid is a Chinese dish that costs from $12 to $15 per serving. This food is savory, delicious and you can choose: the level of spiciness you can endure; and the parts of the squid that you would like to have whether you want squid rings, tentacles, mixed or why not try the whole BBQ squid and they will cook it in front of you.The food is delicious but the serving is not worth the price and is not good for sharing because you would want more!
Spicy Vegan Miso Ramen
Spicy vegan miso ramen is a healthy Japanese 100%vegetarian dish it looks appetizing and delicious. The dish is different from other dishes by its freshness because the chef uses fresh vegetables for this dish. Fresh corn, beans, egg, Lettuce, noodles, hot sauce, pepper are the main ingredients. The way he made it is so perfect and the smell creates enthusiasm. The prize is a little bit high, but it is worth it! ($7.50 small cup – $12.50 bowl).
A churro is a fried-dough pastry originated in Spain and Portugal. The recipe expanded throughout Mexico after the Spanish colonization. Churros can have a filling inside or just plain. In this case, we tried churros filled with dulce de leche (milk caramel) and chocolate. The secret of a good churro is that they are cooked inside otherwise they will taste like dough. Also, it must be crispy and it has to be filled with high-quality ingredients. In this food stand, there is a sign which indicates that the churros are peanut-free (concerned about allergies). Fun fact is that sellers speak Spanish and will give you great customer service with a great smile. We considered these churros are very well done, ask them without so much filling because otherwise they will be very sweet, but they do worth a try!
Mochi (Rice cake)
Mochi is a Japanese rice cake usually filled with sweet red bean paste. Mochi was the best food that we tried at the night market. The booth offered different kinds of Mochi flavors filled with raw strawberries. We tried double strawberries with red beans, chocolate and vanilla cheesecake which are one of their best sellers. Each Mochi cost $ 5, at first it seems that the price is a little too high for a single Mochi but we can say that it was a total satisfaction, it is a delight to the palate!
Dragon’s Beard Candy
It is considered as Chinese cotton candy originated from China but soon it spread throughout Asian countries and even Canada. All of the members of the group liked the Dragon Beard Candy because it is very sweet that compliments with the food that we order so it serves as our dessert but inside of this candy contains peanuts so I would not recommend it to those people who have allergies with peanuts. Also, 6 pcs of this candy costs around $4.00 so it’s worth a try for those who do not have any allergies with peanuts.
In general, we can say that the Richmond night market is a good experience for people who like to spend their free time exploring different food from various countries as this event offers different snacks mainly from Asian countries like Japan, Korea, China. Unfortunately, when we scheduled our trip to visit the Richmond night market the weather was cold and rainy which affects our decision in choosing the food that we wanted to try. It is recommended to visit the event in the first months of summer to enjoy the event.
We noticed a frequent cleaning of the floor, there were a lot of waste bins near to food stalls. Moreover, they provide hand sanitizer for personal hygiene.
The atmosphere feels like you are in a big parking lot, with many booths and stalls organized in row and columns, with some tables and chairs to sit but they are not cover to protect you from sun or rain. Richmond market doesn’t have green areas.
- Bring cash they do not accept credit or debit cards,
- Be patient and wait it is crowded, you have to make lines in every stall.
- Bring your umbrellas and raincoats there are not covered tables to seat and eat.