I had planned just to spend the night watching terrible television and ordering room service but while in the airport I discovered that French food blogger Emilie from Griottes blog on another trip in Kelowna was staying at my hotel and was going on a tour of the Richmond Night Market.
Emilie insisted that I come along with her and I don’t like disappointing the French.
Richmond is a suburb of Vancouver and it has a very large Asian population. The community started a night market over a decade ago and grew rapidly with up to 30,000 people visiting each night.
It can get really busy on weekends as tourists also come, it’s one of the popular weekend getaways from Seattle.
There are a bunch of stalls with people selling random superhero and Hello Kitty branded items as well as a kagillion cell phone cases and other blingy electronic covers but I came for one thing.
There are 88 food vendors (is this a coincidence with 8 being perceived as a luxury number) at the Richmond Night Market and as hungry as I was that is even too much for me so we just asked our guide to show us her favourites.
Dim sum was the first stop and such a favourite of mine. It was pretty good but I’ve had better.
Speaking to one of the cooks they told us it is frozen not fresh, maybe that was the problem, I’m not totally up on dim sum etiquette or what makes some better than others.
Emilie was ecstatic to try the mango smoothie, maybe they don’t have mango in France. It was delicious and tasted just as I expected.
Next up was German-style rotisserie pork hock – you don’t need to ask me twice about trying it!
Our guide then hesitantly asked if we wanted to try the octopus, clearly she didn’t know who she was talking to because I adore it. This was actually my favourite dish as it was really tender, first they boil it and then they grill it.
Our guide saved the most popular for last – the rotato, a deep-fried potato tossed in potato chip seasoning. It also had the longest line with people waiting up to twenty minutes.
It has reached such popularity there are little cartoons to tell you all the things you can do with the rotato. While this isn’t an Asian dish apparently it is very popular in Korea.
And with that we had to tell our guide we simply could not eat any more food. We rolled home and I passed out in a food coma at the hotel. So tired I didn’t even bother to turn on the television.