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Which Richmond Night Market is optimal for food (of course)?

grayelf Jul 11, 2012 09:07 AM


This is a decent overview but I'm wondering if any Hounds have made it to both this year for a personal comparison. Any help/insight would be most appreciated.

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  1. LotusRapper RE: grayelf Jul 11, 2012 11:30 AM

    I had three aborted plans to go to the new one (RNM) :-(

    My folks went on Sunday, said the food was meh. But they say that about a lot of places, LOL.

    Dunno if anyone saw this recent article:


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      twinkienic RE: grayelf Jul 11, 2012 10:02 PM

      I smell a night-market-down!

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      1. re: twinkienic
        LotusRapper RE: twinkienic Jul 11, 2012 10:15 PM

        I smell a Pepto-Bismol-down !

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        jcolvin RE: grayelf Jul 12, 2012 02:58 AM

        Only been to the "new" one (Bridgeport station) this year. Large selection of food. The usuals and some new stuff too ($8 wood fire pizza, pork hocks). My impression is that there is more selection in the new one than the old one had (but i haven't been to the old one this year). I had BBQ squid (few to choose from, I prefer the place that has whole squid rather than just tentacles), a few different BBQ beef/lamb skewers, a papaya milk, a wood fire pizza, and was going to get a pork hock but ran out of steam.

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          grayelf RE: jcolvin Jul 12, 2012 08:08 AM

          Now I'm leaning toward the new one as I will be using transit. Anyone else with feedback on either/both?

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            TheCulinaryCircus RE: grayelf Jul 13, 2012 07:56 PM

            (Sorry if it's TL;DR!)

            Been to both the "old" (by Home Depot) and "new" (by Bridgeport station) night markets. My allegiance lies with the old one, simply because you get better value for your money. Got a small plate of bbq squid (mmmm tentacles), a bag of taiwanese-style chicken nuggets, two bags of egg waffles (they had a 2 for $4 promotion which was a steal) and one rotato + thai iced tea before calling it quits (!)

            Old night market

            - no entrance fee! Save that $1.50 and use it towards a rotato or order of bbq squid ;
            )- from Bridgeport station, there's a (free) shuttle that leaves every 20 mins. going to the old night market.
            - Food's cheaper, and there's a fair assortment of goodies. And not one, but THREE rotato stands (so shorter lines). Plus a very efficient egg waffle stall.

            - parking costs $6 (or $5 I couldn't remember). Me and a lady friend got there around 7:30 pm and the parking lot was near full.
            - If you don't do the free shuttle, you can take the 407/430 (but have to walk a fair distance)

            "New" Night Market

            - ridiculously convenient for those taking transit!
            - Parking's free! Aside from the parking lot right beside the night market, there's a smaller lot closer to Bridgeport station (you'll walk past it on the way to the NM).
            - Greater variety of food stalls: this night market's bigger than the old one, so there's more space for food vendors. And as LR mentioned, the "old-school Chinese night market" wood fired pizza. :)


            - traffic is a PITA: left the night market around 10pm and the bottleneck around the parking lot area was INSANE.
            - The $1.50 entrance fee: this really bothers me because you're paying to get in...only to get food that's pricier than at the old NM.
            - I found myself paying "food truck" prices for some of the food ($6-10), as opposed to the lower price range ($3-7) at the other NM.
            - Not a big deal, but I noticed there was a lot more corporate sponsorship "booths" littered around the new NM than the old one. Less shopping to be done.

            Personally I don't mind going the extra step and riding the free shuttle to the old night market. The crowds were so much bigger at the new one and I found myself shoulder-to-shoulder with people more than I'd want to.

            Just my $0.02

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              Sam Salmon RE: TheCulinaryCircus Jul 13, 2012 09:08 PM

              "THREE rotato stands"
              I am So There!!

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                LotusRapper RE: Sam Salmon Jul 14, 2012 12:11 AM

                Ok I'll be the village idiot here ....... what's a rotato ??

                1. re: LotusRapper
                  grayelf RE: LotusRapper Jul 14, 2012 12:39 AM

                  It's that twirly potato on a stick jobby that you keep seeing in photos of the night market!

                  And I'm on the fence about whether a tourist *should* take one of four dining chances on a night market. I've bought some fun stuff at the "old" night market, and enjoyed the average food there but it is super crowded and not that cheap. I'd say it might be worth it if the visitor was able to do an early supper somewhere in Richmond and just have later night snacks... plus buy some silly swag ;-).

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                    LotusRapper RE: grayelf Jul 14, 2012 12:41 AM

                    Ah, got 'cha :-)

                    1. re: grayelf
                      Katie Nell RE: grayelf Jul 14, 2012 11:59 AM

                      That could be a potential plan... I'm having trouble narrowing it down anyway! :-)

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                        Katie Nell RE: grayelf Jul 14, 2012 02:07 PM

                        Is there a good izakaya in Richmond? That is the one thing I haven't been able to fit in yet. Is the Guu good there?

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                          fmed RE: Katie Nell Jul 15, 2012 01:27 AM

                          There is a Guu but it isn't like any of the other ones. Not worth the effort IMO.

                          There are a handful of izakaya there actually. I think the best one might be Nan Chuu which is run by Gyoza King.

                  2. re: TheCulinaryCircus
                    fmed RE: TheCulinaryCircus Jul 15, 2012 01:29 AM

                    I was at the "new" one tonight. The food selection is definitely more interesting. Overall, it felt a lot more organized than the "old" one. It also felt more spacious.

                2. re: jcolvin
                  LotusRapper RE: jcolvin Jul 12, 2012 09:19 AM

                  Wood fired pizza ...... very old-school Chinese night market ! [wink]

                  1. re: LotusRapper
                    LotusRapper RE: LotusRapper Jul 12, 2012 08:25 PM

                    Maybe that Chinese wood-fired pizza stall is a covert operation backed by Trader Vic's:

                    (scroll down dinner menu's Entrees section):

                3. Katie Nell RE: grayelf Jul 13, 2012 08:50 PM

                  So... if you were going to be vacationing in Vancouver for 4 nights, would you spend a precious evening at one of the markets, or is it not really worth it? Is it too touristy? I was kind of thinking it was a no-brainer, but after reading some of the comments on the article and here, I'm not too sure!

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                  1. re: Katie Nell
                    barcosbarcos RE: Katie Nell Jul 13, 2012 09:34 PM

                    It's definitely not too touristy. But generally most of the food at the night markets is nothing especially spectacular. I find it enjoyable due to the large variety of food available and being able to see your food prepared before you. If you have nothing like this where you live it would probably be fun. Most people from out of town that I take to the night market enjoy it as well.

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                      LotusRapper RE: barcosbarcos Jul 14, 2012 12:14 AM

                      Well for me, I've bought 3 cell phone holsters (~ $5 each) from the old night market from at least 2 years ago and all three are still fully intact and serving me well, better than any of the more expensive crap I've bought at my local FIDO outlets :-D

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                        vandan RE: LotusRapper Jul 14, 2012 11:37 AM

                        just bought a new cell phone , anyone know if market near river rock has cell phone skins etc.... ?

                      2. re: barcosbarcos
                        fmed RE: barcosbarcos Jul 15, 2012 01:23 AM

                        Not touristy at all. They are both open fairly late so you can have a light early dinner downtown then head over to try the food stalls.

                      3. re: Katie Nell
                        jcolvin RE: Katie Nell Jul 15, 2012 11:54 PM

                        It's a great place for a tourist to visit. A unique experience you can't really find outside of Asia. It's mostly locals rather than tourists and worth going as a dinner destination. Hit 4 or 5 stalls and you're full. I'd recommend the new one; there's just more of it.

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