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Jun 4, 2014 09:42 PM

Richmond Night Market 2014

Haven't been to RNM since 2011 ! I'm looking forward to going this year. Looking at this report:

I plan to try the roasted pork hock, the buckwheat soba and the DF cheesecake. I think that makes for a well-rounded meal ;-)

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  1. Thanks for the link, LR, it's like a visual summary of all the stalls. I haven't been for a couple of years either. Maybe this summer...

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    1. re: grayelf

      Just wonderin' .... anyone ever organized a NM Chowdown ? Might be fun.

      Maybe we can tie a long yellow ribbon (labeled Night Market Chowdown) to our hands as we walk up & down the aisles in a chaingang (or school kids) fashion ;-)

      1. re: LotusRapper

        There's been a few. Fairly epic/crazy in the crowds. But good in that you can "detail" subgroups to go to different stands and line up. Also you can cover more ground and eat more!

    2. I see they're open on holidays. You think Canada Day would be a good day to go? We would be good with a chowdown too. We will be in for the week beginning on Canada Day.

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      1. re: seal

        As with most "touristy" places, long weekends and holidays would only see more people and crowds at the venue and on the roads and transit. If you're not ok with that and are able to go another weekend that might be better. Having said that, who knows if RNM has any special Canada Day stuff in store ?

        1. re: LotusRapper

          Well, we may find out. Btw - is there any online resource that lists all the Canada Day activities? Maybe we would be better off taking the guided tour of Victoria on Canada Day ...

      2. We went last night and had some nice deep fried squid tentacles (actually octopus I guess - big). We noticed the fun potato twirly things varied widely in their crispness. There are about 4 vendors for them so pick the one that cooks them longest (unless of course you like soft deep fried potatoes).
        I had a coconut pudding in a cute little blue dish. It looked so plain compared to all the giant OTT mango/sago/tapioca/ice cream etc concoctions but was cold and rich and coconutty, just what I wanted (but I will try to save room for one of those mango things next time).

          1. re: LotusRapper

            The Slavic Rolls look like midget filled versions of an old fave, Kürtőskalács aka chimney cakes:

            1. re: grayelf

              They are the same concept but with different fillings to choose from. I tried them at a market a couple of years ago from Slavic Rolls and their fillings were almost all Kraft-style jarred stuff and the pastry itself is SO much better at Transylvanian Traditions, where it's actually crisp and flavourful. Slavic Rolls was a bit disappointing.

              1. re: NoMoreSnuggles

                I can imagine. TT's are so wonderful and fresh (which is why they run out!). Filling them seems like either gilding the lily or covering for a lack of crispness, though to be fair I haven't tried them.

            1. re: LotusRapper

              My .2 cents. Really nothing stands out at either Night Market food wise. But it can be a entertaining environment for some. Worth checking for something to do, but not really for the food, imho.
              The cone ice cream is quite horrendous.
              Slavic Roll is ok.
              Pork Hock is decent.
              Buckwheat soba is tasty.
              Think the Squid and Lamb Skewer are good but not worth waiting in line for.

              Off topic, apparently the organizer(the one closer to River Rock) made profits in the 7 figure range last year.