By Vanessa Tam
To this day, the annual Richmond Night Market continues to maintain its reputation as one of the best spots in the city to both fill your belly with Asian style street food and your pockets with fun little tchotchkes. From Pokemon themed hair clips and dim sum to false eyelashes and bubble tea, the Richmond Night Market has it all!
This year, we went to track down some of the most interesting foods to taste at the Richmond Night Market whilst fidget spinning our anxieties away.
Trust you gut before going in on these spicy squid legs. With a texture that’s similar to BBQ calamari, these squid legs are brushed with a spicy chilli paste that starts as a slow burn and continues to build long after the dish is finished.
Best compared to a savoury omelette filled with little chunks of grilled eel, Tamayakis are kind of like pizza in that you can put almost anything on them and it’ll probably taste great. Topped with a savoury sauce, Japanese mayo, seaweed flakes, crispy rice and masago fish eggs, this dish was a pretty tasty little bite.
Raindrop cakes look like one of those perfectly round drops of water that you see in nature shows. Interestingly enough, they’re actually made from agar gelatine that’s derived from algae which makes this fancy dessert veggie friendly! Embedded with an edible cherry blossom and dressed with a floral flavoured syrup, this gorgeous treat will probably be one of the most beautiful things you’ve ever eaten.
With a texture that’s similar to that of a waffle moulded into the shape of a fish, taiyaki are usually found being sold on the streets of Japan as sweet treat. Stuffed with red bean paste and topped with ice cream, this version of the popular street food merges value, presentation and taste together in perfect harmony.
The Richmond Night Market is located next to the River Rock Casino at 8351 River Road in Richmond and is open from 7pm to midnight every Friday and Saturday, 7pm to 11pm on Sundays and holidays, from now till October 9th.