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im planning a early summer trip to van and my quik questions are,when(hours)whereand what are those gems that the locals know are good there.thanks for the info guys

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  1. Have a look at this thread howlin:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/624081
    Here are the dates and hours from 2009
    Hours copied from the site:
    Night Market Hours of Operation
    Open from May 15th to October 4th, 2009
    Every Friday and Saturday from 7:00PM to 12:00PM
    Every Sunday and Holiday from 7:00PM to 11:00PM

    I recommend the Xin Jiang food (especially the Xin Jiang Man and the newer stalls that use charcoal instead of gas); the Dragon's Beard (Chinese cotton candy), Egg Waffles, the Korean bean pastries. There are quite a few stalls there - mostly mediocre, but it's worth sampling to find the gems.

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    1. re: fmed

      right on thanks thats what i was looking for.by the way ive never heard of dragons breard before ,whats that like?

      1. re: howlin

        It is a spun sugar confection similar to a cotton candy (but coarser) wrapped around a peanutty "nougat". It isn't easy to find....especially hand made before your eyes.
        http://candyaddict.com/blog/2005/11/1...

        1. re: fmed

          A couple years ago I was able to get a local chef do a Dragon Beard Candy demo. I was made hand pulled sugar confection wrapping up a sugar peanut mixture. Maltose was heated in a mircowave and a pointed stick was used to punch a hole in the middle of the blob of maltose and the chef pulled it like hand pulled noodles. If done right it can be thinly then most anything I know. As I remember it the candy melted in my mouth.

          You can get Dragon Beard Candy all year long if you go to Parker Square on No 3 road in Richmond.

          Maybe I can wait until after May15 th to come up to BC again.

          1. re: yimster

            I should have mentioned the Parker Place Dragon's Beard store. I think it is the same person who runs it (not entirely sure)

            Are you still coming up in Mar?

            1. re: fmed

              It will be in April or May will know a little later. But I will let you know. Maybe a quick walking tour of my favorite places in BC. A Chowdown?

              The owner of Parker Place store said it the candy maker is one in the same but I have not confirmed it by speaking to the Candy maker. They are now as rare as hen's teeth.

              One day I need to give it a try, along with hand pulled noodels, knife cut noodles and so many things. I have a long list of things I would like to make before I am done. Being so luck in that I have met a lot of so great chefs that have share their skills with me I need to record it for later use.

              1. re: yimster

                A Chowdown for sure yimster. Contact us when you know.

                Consider adding the Crystal Mall foodcourt to your to-do list.

                1. re: fmed

                  Been there, look forward to returning.

                  Will let you know.

    2. I second fmed's recomendation of Xin Jiang Man. The lamb skewers + grilled buns are very delicious.

      I would like to add "Wheel Cakes".... I think that's what they are called. They are round cakes with different types of fillings like Jam, Peanut Butter, Nutella and Custard. Made right in front of you. Just a heads up, there were 2 stalls last year but go with the stall that is more expensive. The cheaper stall used watered ddown filling.

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      1. re: moyenchow

        those cakes are good. You can also get red bean, IIRC. Be sure to get a bunch when you order since there's always a line.