Octopus Balls & Dragon’s Beard: Stretch Your Stomach at the Richmond Night Market(s)
Ever eaten fried octopus? How about deep fried ice cream? Okay, what about a potato twirled around a little stick?
The Richmond Night Markets (New for 2012, there are now two Richmond Night Markets) are a summer-time staple in Vancouver. Not only for strange eats, but also for funny socks that you can buy for a dollar.
The eating area in the Richmond Night Market is massive. You’re going to get bombarded by the sights and smells (sometimes good, sometimes bad). Make sure you do not eat before heading to the Richmond Night Market – you won’t regret it!
While you won’t find some of the famous eats found in authentic Asian markets (ex. crickets, tarantulas, etc…) the Richmond Night Market offers some interested cuisine that you won’t soon forget.
Possibly the strangest thing that I was able to ingest was the Octopus Balls, which were surprisingly delicious and not as bad as they sounded. Other fun things to try include: Dragon’s Beard Candy (delicious, cotton-candy-esque dessert), Tornado Potatoes (MMMM potatoes on a stick!), Deep Fried Ice Cream, delightful Dim Sum, and so so so much more.
As mentioned previously, there are two Night Markets in Richmond this year. (For full details on why, click here). So you have two choices to stuff your face this summer, or you can try to do both in one night!
1. Richmond Night Market = 8351 River Road near River rock Casino & Skytrain (free parking!)
2. Summer Night Market = 12631 Vulcan Way near Ikea with a free shuttle bus.