Five more foods to try at the Richmond Night Market

Good food and plane-spotting come together at the Richmond Night Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Good food and plane-spotting come together at the Richmond Night Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Yes, the days are getting shorter–but that just means more bright lights at the Richmond Night Market, which continues until October 13. And keep in mind that sunset (around 7:15 p.m.) is a great time at the market to watch the jets descending into nearby YVR Airport.

While you may have already tried some of the market’s awesome food options, there are plenty more good eats to explore. Here are five that caught my eye on my recent visit.

Hand-pulled noodles are part of the show. Carolyn Ali photo.

Hand-pulled noodles are part of the show. Carolyn Ali photo.

Hand-pulled noodles

Who doesn’t enjoy a bit of theatre with their dinner? When you order these hand-pulled noodles, they’re shaped right before your eyes. The noodle master stretches, flips, and swings the dough—standing next to a simmering wok of hot oil, mind you—before he dunks the resulting noodles into boiling water.

The finished dish of hand-pulled noodles. Carolyn Ali photo.

The finished dish of hand-pulled noodles. Carolyn Ali photo.

He then tosses the noodles ($6) with minced pork, chilli oil, and green onion oil for a spicy, if not heart-healthy, treat. Thick and toothsome, the noodles also come in a version with chicken and veggies or stir-fried minced beef and mushrooms.

Adding veggies to the grilled wraps. Carolyn Ali photo.

Adding veggies to the grilled wraps. Carolyn Ali photo.

Fusion wraps

Continuing on the dinner-theatre theme, it’s fun to watch this dish being made at the More Fusion Wrap booth. The cooks fry up flaky Asian green-onion pancakes, add your desired filling, and the roll the whole thing up into a hand-held snack. (Tip: ask them to cut the roll in half so you can share with a friend and thereby sample more at the market.)

A pork wrap with pickled daikon and carrot. Carolyn Ali photo.

A pork wrap with pickled daikon and carrot. Carolyn Ali photo.

The flatbread rolls cost $6 each and come with fillings such as kimchi and beef, onion curry chicken, egg and dried pork, ham and cheese, and daikon radish and pork. I had the latter, which was bright with pickled daikon and carrot.

You've probably never tried this kind of fish stick. Carolyn Ali photo.

You’ve probably never tried this kind of fish stick. Carolyn Ali photo.

Fish sticks

This fish on a stick gives a whole new meaning to the term “fish sticks”. Inspired by the fried fish cakes in Taiwan, it’s made by threading pieces of fish cake onto a skewer, spiralling them like a flower, and battering and deep-frying the creation. Voila! One giant fish stick.

The result is crispy and chewy with a light fish flavour. It comes dressed with your choice of seasoning and sauces such as wasabi mayo, spicy chipotle mayo, or tartar sauce for traditionalists. (One stick for $5.50 or two for $10.)

Have a friend pick up a rotato potato and with a sword each, you can have a fish vs. chips battle.

Roasted pork hocks at the Richmond Night Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Roasted pork hocks at the Richmond Night Market. Carolyn Ali photo.

Pork hocks

Since it’s September this one’s a no-brainer in honour of Oktoberfest. These “Oktoberfest-style” roasted pork hocks are cooked on a large rotisserie behind the counter.

The hocks go for $13 each and you can either take one to-go whole or have it hacked up to share at the fair. There are several booths at the market selling soft pretzels and pretzel twists, so again, divide and conquer with a friend to amplify the Oktoberfest theme.

Slavic Rolls make a nice end to an evening of noshing. Carolyn Ali photo.

Slavic Rolls make a nice end to an evening of noshing. Carolyn Ali photo.

Slavic Rolls

Don’t forget to save room for dessert! Before you’re completely stuffed, head over to the Slavic Rolls booth, where Raphael Baruh makes these sweet treats. A variation on a doughnut, these hollow cylinders of yeast dough ($6 each) are baked on a rotisserie instead of fried and then rolled in cinnamon sugar.

You choose a filling to be spread inside, such as raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, lemon, Bavarian cream, or Nutella.

Mmm…there’s nothing like warm doughnuts to fight off that autumn chill.

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