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The Hungry Nomad: Richmond Summer Night Market (Vancouver, Canada)

August 20, 2012

Richmond Summer Night Market (Vancouver, Canada)

Anyone who has travelled East will appreciate a good summer night's market. The Richmond Night Market (renamed as Summer Night Market) offers you just that. A large area filled with food stands and other goodies from Asia. It's a great way to spend the evening feasting on cheap eats while buying 'Made in China' goods ranging from sunglasses, massage chairs, lingerie, electronics, stationary, hello kitty, etc. It reminds me of night markets of Bangkok where I also feasted on cheap Thai food and coconut juice and spent a lot of unnecessary money on unnecessary items (which I would do all over again in a heart beat). Unfortunately, as the name makes clear the night market is only on in the summer time so folks get there while you can or you will just have to wait until next year to get your hands on some hot dim-sum. 

Richmond Summer Night Market- a summer must-do!
The night market has come a long way. I remember the early years back where it was located in a very small parking lot in downtown Richmond. I still made trips back then when it was little heard of amongst local Vancouverites. Thankfully back then I had a Richmond born and raised friend who knew the ins and outs of Richmond including the summer night market. Back then there were only a few food stands with cheaper prices.

Years later after returning from living in Europe I returned to the Night Market only to find that its location had been changed and the venue had expanded to cover a huge area with flocks of Vancouverites and tourists visiting each summer. The food stands are fantastic and if not for the products then definitely make a trip for the food. It's well worth it. Here is a visual list of my favorite food stands. 

Japanese Octopus balls
Fish waffles filled with nutella, peanut butter and cream

Heaven on a stick sprinkled with ketchup

Chinese Cotton Candy

Curry Fish Balls

Curry Fish Balls
Pork Dumplings

Korean Glass Noodles
Bacon wrapped sausage
This is how it looks as soon as the gates open...we were one of the first ones there.
And this is what it looked an hour later
Dim Sum- Yum!

Delicious waffles with a choice of nutella, peanut butter or red beans.
Corn with different flavors to sprinkle on top.
Richmond's amazing night market tradition continues with the renamed Summer Night Market, with 300 vendors, tons of food, and thousands of visitors.

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