Asian food vendors (dim sum, street food, bubble teas) operating from May 21th - October 11th, 2010.
Ok I admit this is tough to rate. It's not a restaurant, so for those used to the "night life" atmosphere in Asian countries, you might give ambiance a better rating. For those wondering why there aren't more tables/ chairs set up and annoyed at the pushy crowd, you might give this a one star rating.
I personally love the night market -- a nice alternative on weekends that makes you feel like a part of a community. As for food: I agree that it is not cheap. Don't expect to eat dinner here and get full for less that $25. Food ranges from $1 - $6 and drinks are around $3- $5. This is a good place to try a new food without having to order it and waste it in a restaurant. Variety is the name of the game here.
Takoyaki (Japanese batter balls with seafood filling) around $5
UFO ice flakes (think giant sno cone with fresh fruit, chocolate, syrup toppings) $4
Red Bean Cakes (shaped like a fish) $1
Fresh Coconuts (chopped/ opened right in front of you. Drink through the straw straight from the coconut) $3
New items I found this year:
Yam Fries $3
Japadog (not as good as the original though) $4
Halibut Tacos $4
Purple Corn $4
Kettle (pop)corn $3 - $5
Party slush $3
BBQ Pork buns $1.75
Street food is supposed to be cheap, NOT at Richmond Night Market. I asked myself "Why bother?!!! Why don't I just go to a restaurant and sit comfortably?"
Food is so so. You can get most of them at Asian food court or supermarket deli, it's cheaper and bigger at food court or deli. Nothing special about the food at Night Market.
Everything is so small, even though each item is few dollars. You have to order a lot of very small items to be full. My friend and I, two people spent 32 dollars to finally get rid of hunger. That's 16 dollars a person. 16 dollars per person for street food with no seats? That's stupid! I almost got an ulcer by standing/walking there and eating at the same time, it's so stressful.
There is no place to sit. There's only a few benches and all taken, of course. You have to stand there while eating your food. Maybe you prefer walking around and eating your food at the same time, that can be challenging because it's crowded.
16 dollars per person, you can sit down in a small restaurant and have a decent dinner in a non stressful way. If you go to Asian food court, you will be too stuffed to move. Wherever you go, you got to sit down and relax and eat like a civil human being.
This is by far the most expensive street food ever. There is no reason to be that expensive. Food is so so and there is no scenery to look at (no ambiance), why so expensive. Besides food, most vendors just sell bunch of souvenirs and plastic junks and ugly apparel items. Nothing to look at. The performance on stage is actually amateur, cheesy, obnoxious and loud, you wish they could just shut up and let you eat in peace.
Now you can sample the wares of those exotic cities. I think that the whole point of this market is the food! You cannot beat traditional Asian street food- from pork shui mai to the dragon's beard candy (fun to watch while being made and delicious!). There are tons of vendors hawking fresh foods from Japan, China, Thailand, Korea, it's all there. If you are the experimental type- consider the octopus wheat balls. Look out for the ever-popular waffle vendor at the end corner, amazing vegetable and bean waffles are made fresh. Light and crisp! The dessert waffle with peanuts is to die for.
My personal favorite- the curry fish balls. Yummy! What a great way for Canadians to become acquainted with fast foods that not plain old hamburgers and fries! Enjoy while you can, they are open every weekend from 7pm and it ends October 8.