The Vancouver Chinatown Night Market runs from May 19 to September 9th, 2012 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Lots of food stalls to enjoy various Chinese snacks.
Despite my less than flattering ratings, everyone has to come down and check out both this night market and the one in Richmond, err, New Westminster. As my title indicates, I find the dim sum treats to be of foodfair-ish quality, but hey, this is a food fair. The food is cheap and fun if you go with some friends and can sample bits of a few different dishes. You might even find a poster you like or an awesome pair of this summer's hot looking sunglasses. (Probably not...)
Felt the need for a snack and to get out of my house for a while at around 8:00 PM. Decided to trek to Chinatown for the China Town Night Market, which started this weekend. I had been to both Richmond and Vancouver's Chinatown last year, so I knew what kind of grub to expect.
One thing about the China Town Night Market is that it is much, much easier to get to by transit. Vulcan Way in Richmond was a transit NIGHTMARE. However, the China Town Market is also much, much smaller. This can be good or bad. If you want to spend an evening - Richmond just has more going for it because if it's size. However, I just wanted to a jaunt and a snack - so China Town just made more sense for this evening.
The south side of Keefer has all the food vendors while the North side has all the goods and wares. I strolled the few blocks and found what I was looking for, curry squid balls ($2.50 for six) and bbq meat skewers (4 for $7).
There are two places that sell skewers - one for the aforementioned price, the other is a little bit more expensive (3 for $7). Sadly, the first place was completely sold out of skewers. I guess with only two places selling them in such a small area - it is pretty easy for people to automatically gravitate toward the better deal. However, they did have curry balls. Six soft, delicately flavoured fish balls with a tasty curry sauce served in a cup with a skewer to eat 'em. Tasty and cheap.
I picked up my skewers at the other place, sampling lamb and beef. I had to wait a few minutes for my beef (as it was still on the grill), the server plopped an extra skewer which had been on the hot plate for me (nice gesture). Both the lamb and beef were very tasty.
Pop is available in cans for $1.50 each. There is also dim sum, grilled squid and some other Asian items. For food stalls - I found they kept the area as clean as possible, wearing gloves when handling food.
Be aware that it is CASH ONLY - bring small bills and loonie/toonies/quarters for ease. Also, be aware that there is two 'Johnny on the Spot" type washrooms at the west part of the street for facilities. I would bring some hand sanitizer...
To get here, you can walk a few blocks from Stadium Skytrain. You can also get off the Skytrain at Main Street and either walk or take a bus if you are nervous walking in the area. Get off close to Keefer and it is just a block more to the west.
I rated the ambiance a little low at two stars because it wasn't as big as Richmond, just not as much to see. Also, I got hit up for change from panhandlers wondering through the area three times. It is just a little sadder than the Richmond Night Market.
Came down for a stroll on a Friday night. Lots of activity. Sampled some of the dim sum and mini donuts. Just about what you would expect. No rants no raves kinda like the PNE. Pleasant evening, pleasant stroll. Walked west along Keefer and then east along Pender. Pender is like a ghost town. Lots of private security visible and lots of Vancouver police present. Cheap evening.