On Sunday night during the Canada Day 150 weekend, I visited this market again, it was time for my annual visit to see and try what’s new at this popular night market.
My 1st stop was to Benkei Ramen to see Chefs Kaori and Taka Omi where I enjoyed a delicious bowl of their Tokyo Shio Ramen. This was a very busy spot with ramen fans lined-up waiting patiently for piping hot bowls of ramen.
Follow them on Instagram @benkeiramen
My 2nd stop was to Teppan Bossam to see Chef Dan Kim and try his Korean-style Juicy & Tender Pork Belly. I had the regular and spicy pork belly with kimchi.
Follow them on Instagram @teppanbossam
My 3rd stop was to see Chef William and his team at Little Phnom Penh, many will know about this restaurant from their popular location in Chinatown, here they specialize in their deep fried Garlic Chicken Wings served with a lemon pepper sauce which we had along with their Garlic Pork Ribs.
Follow them on Instagram @littlephnompenhofficial
My 4th stop was to Fries & Things, they use Russet Potatoes, they are freshly cut and fried, crispy yet tender on the inside and topped with fresh ingredients from various cultures. We had the Pho Fries which were pretty much everything Pho dressed fries.
Follow them on Instagram @friesandthings_
My 5th stop was to Ichiyo’s Matcha Bar, a refreshing spot focussing on Japanese tea culture, as well as for all things Matcha. Here I had a Matcha Iced Frappe and an a Matcha Ice Tea.
Follow them on Instagram @ichiyosmatchabar
My 6th stop was to their neighbor, Smoked Southern Style Bbq where I met Chef Angus Wong who told me all about their 18 hour smoked beef brisket and other meats. I had some of the Smoked Beef Brisket with their Jalapeno Corn Bread and their delicious house-made barbq sauce.
Follow them on Instagram @vansmokedbbq
My last stop which was #7, was for dessert to BaoBar sweets, here co-owners Joe and Alex were serving up a popular treat. The ice cream is house-made by Joe (an Engineer by profession with a passion for making his own ice cream). I had the yummy Matcha Ice Cream Bao Bun Sandwich.
Follow them on Instagram @baobarsweets
Listen to our Food Glorious Food podcast #33 for more about the above vendors.
Tip: You need good walking shoes, wear dark clothes (if you wear white any food that lands on you will show), and take a long a sweater or light jacket.
Tip: Since it’s always crowded and there are line-ups almost everywhere, throw out the notion of eating savouries then dessert and mix it up.
Tip: Don’t drive to this market, take Canada Line like we did, it’s quick and so easy.
Tip: There is a long line-up to get in and it moves quite fast.
Tip: It is cash only for entrance as well as at most of the vendors.
Cost: $3.75 per person to enter or $25 for a 7 visit Zoom Pass
Hours: 7pm – 12am Friday and Saturday; 7pm – 11pm Sunday
Open: Weekends at night only thru the summer until October
Location: 8351 River Road, Richmond and here is a map on how to find it.
This is the largest night market in North America, they say there are 500 International food items so have fun tasting as many as you can. You can find the market on instagram @richmondnightmarket
By: Richard Wolak