Foodology

Richmond Night Market 2013: SaucyPops, Takoyaki, Chef James, and Mogu

Foodology May 24, 2013 Canadian, Japanese, Korean, Richmond, Streetcart

Richmond Night Market

The Richmond Night Market is back and is often confused with the Summer Night Market (the one by IKEA). This one is located right beside the River Rock Casino and Canada Line. There are tons of shops and food stands in the market.

There are also 1,500 parking spots in the lot and it’s free, but entrance into the market is $2 per person. Sucks, but I just tell myself that it’s worth the easy parking.

My friends and I came here to eat food at 7pm and it wasn’t too busy as we came on a long weekend. We aren’t too keen on shopping at the market but we just love the food stalls. Meat on sticks!

Richmond Night Market

This year the theme is the Magical Duck Island, named after the stretch of land that the night market resides on. There’s a lot of hype around ducks this summer as Hong Kong has the duck art installation in Victoria Harbour. I’m not really sure if there is a correlation there or perhaps good timing.

Richmond Night Market

There are rows upon rows of shops, but I can’t remember exactly how many stands there are. When I was younger, the usual items we would purchase would be stationary, Korean socks, and a stack of blank CDs.

Richmond Night Market

The food section is much busier. It can get crowded at peak hours and you will probably fear the people walking and holding their skewers. Even though I wear glasses, I’m always afraid someone will poke my eyes out. It’s not likely to happen, but beware the crowds.

Richmond Night Market

This year the sitting area is slightly larger. If you have 2 plates of food in your hands, you know you need a place to sit and actually enjoy your meal.

SaucyPops

Richmond Night Market

SaucyPops sells homemade chicken wonton lollipops or as I call it jumbo fried wontons on a skewer. Their fried wontons are served with 4 signature sauces:

  • Wasabi Aioli – Mild sweetness with a wasabi kick
  • Korean Spicy Aioli – Spicy and salty 
  • Honey Garlic Aioli – Sweet and savory
  • Citrus Orange Marmalade Aioli – Sweet and spicy 

You can get all 4 for $4.75. It’s not a bad price and it’s a fun treat to share with others too.

Richmond Night Market

I really liked the different sauces that went along with the wontons. When you bite into them, you get the crunchiness of the wonton wrapper and the great flavour from the sauces. My favorite was the Korean spicy aioli and the wasabi aioli. Clearly I like it spicy when it comes to fried food.

Takoyaki

Richmond Night Market

It’s everyone’s favorite! Theres a few other stands in the night market but most of them are about the same.

Richmond Night Market

For this particular stand, it’s 6 pieces for $5 and you can choose from octopus, shrimp, scallop or veggie for the center filling.

Chef James Xin Jiang Man BBQ

Richmond Night Market

Chef James Xin Jiang Man BBQ is best known for his lamb skewers. There was a HUGE line for these bad boys and there were at least 10 – 15 people waiting to pay and another line waiting for the food. The lines move fast, so don’t be intimidated by the large amount of people. Just make sure you line up correctly cause it can be very confusing where the line begins.

  • 3 skewers for $7.25
  • 5 for $11.50
  • Buy 6 and get a free pop ($13.75)

Night Market

They cook a bunch and then have it kept under the warm lights, so that’s how they move quickly through the long line ups.

Richmond Night Market

We got a bunch of different skewers, but you can’t go wrong with any of them. They all taste good. My personal favorites was the beef and lamb.

Mogu Japanese Street Eats

Richmond Night Market

Food Trucks make me excited, but what makes me even more excited is when they are at the night market. Mogu was selling their signature item – the chicken karaage. They aren’t selling their sandwiches, but thats ok since the chicken karaage is pretty darn good.

  • 3 pieces – $4.75
  • 5 pieces – $7.50

Richmond Night Market

I liked the chicken karaage and so did my friends. Some were a bit iffy about the sauce, but the way they batter and fry the chicken was spot on.

Rotato

 

Richmond Night Market

Rotato serves up the hurricane potatoes. The line up is always long. It seems to be the only stall that served these. We didn’t line up, but they do have this really cool illustration about what you can do with your Rotato.

Richmond Night Market

You can now learn how to propose with a rotato, make a baby stop cry with a rotato and even go fishing with a rotato.

I usually go to the night market a few times a year and it’s fun for the summer. Lots of things to see and buy, but its all about the delicious food.

Address:
8351 River Rd
Richmond, BC

Website:
richmondnightmarket.com

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About The Author

Diana started Foodology in 2010 because she just eats out everyday! She started a food blog to share her love of food with the world! She lives in Vancouver, BC and adores the diversity of food around her. She will go crazy for churros and lattes.

  • aLOO

    Looks pretty delicious, can’t wait to go this weekend!

  • Kimberly Nguyen-Don

    Lmao “Rotato” – they definitely have a marketing background.

  • Larry W.

    Rumor has it that Rotato is wholely or partly owned by the market owner which gives him control how many “Potatoe Stall” there can be. That is why there is only one potatoe stand… more money for a greedy owner.