Monthly Archives: July 2014

[Vancouver, Canada] Richmond Night Market

8351 River Road
Richmond, BC V6X 1Y4
Canada
 
Nearest metro:  Bridgeport station on the Canada Line, about a 10 minute walk
Hours:  mid-May through mid-October, Fridays through Sundays and holidays, 7pm to 11pm (Sun) and to 12am (Fri and Sat)
 

Official site: http://www.richmondnightmarket.com/

Yelp:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/richmond-night-market-richmond-3

 

Somehow, during my research for things to do in Vancouver, I stumbled upon the fact that there are night markets during the summers in Vancouver.  Legit Asian-styled night markets at that.  And not only one… I think there are 2 or 3, all around the Richmond area.  And since our hotel was literally next door to the biggest one, it was a no brainer.

This night market really puts the 626 Night Market to shame.  It is open during the weekends for the WHOLE summer!  Admission is only CAD $2.25 and there are about 100 food vendors, all serving different kinds of food.  Most of the food is reasonably priced, and even though there are tons of people around, waiting for food is surprisingly not too long (maybe 15 – 20 minutes).  Not only is there a large food area, there’s also an area for carnival games, and for vendors that just sells stuff (cell phone cases, cute phone cases, art, socks, etc).  There are places to sit/stand for eating, the stalls are inspected by the health department and it was pretty clean, even with the crowd.

Here are some of the offerings and what we tried:

There were a few squid vendors.  Some sold whole squid, some sold just the tentacles… and I think I saw one that had fried squid!

 

Yes, there’s even ramen at the Night Market!  There were a couple of noodle stands, like ramen, udon, soba, etc.

 

There are also quite a few vendors that sell grilled meats, although there was only one that sold whole grilled fish.  It looked and smelled so good, but unfortunately no room in the stomach!  CAD $10 – $15 for a whole fish

 

Even dim sum is served up fresh at the Night Market!  I saw a few of the dim sum vendors around and they all looked so good~~

 

Slavic rolls!  I saw these desserts when I was in Prague, had no idea that they can be found outside of Eastern Europe!

 

And of course there are Taiwanese night market favorites, like the fried chicken filet and popcorn chicken~

 

The night market is not just about Asian food, traditional fair food can be found too, like the smoked turkey legs!  Comes in 2 sizes, large and XL!

 

I didn’t think I can get fresh squeezed sugar cane juice in North America.  Guess I was wrong!  This was a pretty good substitute, of course it cannot beat the ones in Asia!  I think it was CAD 4.50 for a regular size and CAD 6 for a large.

 

The German roasted pork leg 德國豬腳 had a really long line, and smelled so divine that we just had to give it a try!  The vendor cuts it up into bite-sized pieces and serves it on a platter.  The pork was really juicy, but the skin was toughened/hardened from roasting too long.  Still pretty good ~~  CAD $13

 

Korean bento-box from the Korean vendor.  Choose any 3 items for CAD 10.  Portions were generous and the food was delicious!  The rice cakes were spicy but not overly spicy. The chapchae was tasty with a peppery tone.  Yum!

 

The tofu pudding from this vendor was sooo good!  We got it with taro and you add in the sweetener yourself.  Very authentically Taiwanese.  I wish they had this vendor in LA!  CAD 4.50

 

We were eating and heard people next to us raving about the “sandwich wrap” that they just tried, so we were tempted to check it out.  It’s genius what this vendor is selling — they took a Taiwanese-styled onion pancake, and used that as the “wrap”.  I wasn’t adventurous enough to try the more fusion types of wraps, like ham & cheese, curry chicken and kimchi beef.  I chose a more Taiwanese flavored one, the egg and dried pork.  OMG, it was super delicious!  The onion pancake is flavorful, crispy on the outside, but moist and flaky on the inside.  The filling went really well with the onion pancake. I’m still salivating at the thought of having one~~  CAD 6

 

There are tons of dessert to choose from at the night market.  We chose the one with the longest line, which happened to be serving this:  fresh mango  shaved ice, topped with ice cream!!!  It is a rather large portion, more than enough for 2 people to share.  The fresh mango was really sweet.  That combined with the shaved ice and ice cream is really refreshing.  Mmmm…. CAD 5.75

 

Tip: go early to avoid the lines.  8pm – 9pm is VERY crowded!  Also, since there are lots of food vendors, it’s best to walk around once, to check out all of the offerings, before making your selection(s).  Otherwise, you’ll regret that your stomach is only so big.

 

Have lots of fun at the Night Market!!!

[Vancouver, Canada] Rodney’s Oyster House

1228 Hamilton Street

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

(604) 609-0080

Nearest metro station:  Yaletown

 

Official website:  Rodney’s Oyster House

Yelp:  http://www.yelp.com/biz/rodneys-oyster-house-vancouver

 

I had heard from a few people that Rodney’s is a must when visiting Vancouver.  So, it went on the itinerary and I must say that it did not disappoint!  The restaurant is just about a block away from the Yaletown station, so it’s very convenient to get to.  Happy hour, or “low tide” as referred to at Rodney’s, is a great way to sample their well-known seafood.  “Low tide” happens Mondays through Saturdays, 3pm – 6pm, first come first served.  Even though we arrived shortly before 3pm on a Saturday ( in case there was a line), we were seated promptly and handed the happy hour menu.  Within half an hour, the place was packed, so it pays to arrive early!

 

 

The happy hour menu

 

There are about 5 different house sauces on the table, in addition to the different Tabasco sauces.  The sauces vary by spiciness and tanginess.  My favorites were the Seawitch sauce and the White Boy Soul sauce.

 

Fresh warm bread is served complimentary.  I think it’s marble rye?  Soft and tasty!

 

Fresh shucked oysters are CAD $1.50/piece during low tide.  I haven’t had oysters this good since Fishing with Dynamite!  Best part about Rodney’s is the freshly grated horseradish!  I haven’t seen that anywhere else, so it was a real treat.  Highly recommend trying the oysters with the various sauces.  Yum yum yum…

 

Mussels were also awesome!  Mussels are steamed in dill butter, garlic and wine.  They’re so juicy and tender… not to mention, very well-cleaned!  The sauce was great for dipping the bread!  CAD $13.95

 

Will definitely be back to try some other items next time!

[Ketchikan, Alaska] George Inlet Lodge – Crab Feast

11728 South Tongass Highway

Ketchikan, AK

907-225-6077

 

Trip Advisor page:  George Inlet Crab Feast

George Inlet official site:  https://www.catchcrabs.com/

 

I did a bit of research before the cruise to Alaska and this was the one excursion that all the travelers raved about.  Everyone claimed that this was the best crab that they had ever eaten, so I was curious to find out if it really was true.  We took Princess Cruises, and I think the crab feast is bundled with a few short excursions.  For the one that we took (the Rainforest walk with the crab feast), it was about $150 per person.  If you’re not visiting via cruise, reservations through George Inlet’s website are necessary.  Oh, and they do online orders for the crab, although it’s pretty pricey!

 

George Inlet is located right next to the water, very picturesque.  You will need to walk 70+ steps to get down to the restaurant.  Same goes for going back up.

 

The crab feast basically features ALL-You-CAN-EAT freshly caught and steamed Dungeness crab!    The meal also comes with salad and dessert (an awesome crust-less blueberry cheesecake).  All of the reviews were right — the crab is just so succulent and sweet, it is beyond compare!  The crab meat is full of crab flavor, and so tender.  The crab is served table-side, so just raise your hand for more and the waitresses will bring them right over.  The only downside to the crab feast as a cruise excursion is that you’re limited to about an hour of eating time.

 

I think there are also tours/excursions that take you out to the crab boats so that you see how they’re caught.  Will have to try that next time!  🙂