Weekend Outings: Summer Night Market

I’ll be starting a new series on the blog called “Weekend Outings” where I will be writing about some events or places I’ve visited on the weekend. The first of the series is on the Summer Night Market, or as some call it the original night market located in Richmond. I visited it last weekend during the Victoria day long weekend and to be honest, I was quite disappointed with the lack of stalls. The food area was bustling with people though, which always seems to be the case at the night market. The only food I bought was an okonmiyaki, while my dad bought some curry fish balls. Check out the photos below:

{The crowd at the food stall area}

{Dim Sum}

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Review: Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen

I have a long list of restaurants to try, but Kishimoto wasn’t one of them. During car free day on Commerical Drive, Es S and I were originally going to go to the place next to Kishimoto’s, but due to the lack of service, (we stood for for a while and no one acknowledged us) we went to Kishimoto instead. Es S said she heard good reviews about Kishimoto, but I’ve never even heard of the place, so I went in with no expectations. When we were seated at the sushi bar, I noticed that the restaurant is run by Japanese people, which is not very common in Vancouver. After the meal, I was glad that we went here instead because I had a good experience.

After looking at the menu, here is what we ordered:

The first item to arrive was the tunta tataki salad. The melt in your mouth tuna rested on top of a bed of greens dressed with a tangy dressing. This had a nice balance of flavours and I enjoyed it.

Next came the Kishimoto roll- scallop, salmon, radish, sprouts, soy paper. This was beautifully presented, one of the nicest sushi  presentations I’ve seen so far. The taste was equally as impressive as the presentation. The ingredients tasted fresh and the whole roll tasted great.

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International Summer Night Market

Last week I went to the Summer Night Market, aka “the old night market”. I needed a new phone case and an excuse to eat night market food, and the summer night market was the perfect destination. The Summer Night Market was selected over the Richmond Night Market because we had visited the Richmond Night Market a week prior and wanted to see what the Summer Night Market had to offer.

What we ate:

{Pork intestine soup– unfortunately, there were only a 2 pieces of pork intestine according to SAW, but good nonetheless, although not as flavourful as the ones in Hong Kong or Taiwan}

{From Bubble Waffle Cafe: cheesecake bubble waffle. I love Bubble Waffle Cafe’s bubble waffle. This had a salty aftertaste to it but I still enjoyed the crispy exterior and soft interior}

{Takoyaki– piping hot but a tad undercooked on the inside}

{1/2 order of Okonomiyaki– nice flavour and crunch from cabbage. I think this is deep fried}

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Richmond Summer Night Market

This past Friday, Es S and I made our way to the Richmond Summer Night Market for the first time this year. This year, a new one has opened up near River Rock Casino. We planned on visiting both, and we did just that. I don’t venture into Richmond often because I find it inconvenient and the roads confuse me. Usually I enjoy going to the summer night market, but this time it left a bad impression.

The Richmond Summer Night Market is open from May 11 to September 16.                                                          They are open Fri & Sat: 7:00PM-12:00AM and Sun & Holidays: 7:00PM-11:00PM.

It is a bit confusing getting to the new night market so Es S and I ended up exiting the night market instead of going to the parking lot. We ended up parking near Aberdeen Center and taking the Canada Line there. While walking to the night market, I guess I didn’t move out of the way in time and accidentally bumped into an old lady, who yelled, “CRAAAZY” at me. I wasn’t even at the night market yet and I was already having a bad night.

The new night market requires a $1 admission, which I wasn’t aware of and was not too pleased about.

Because of the $1 admission, there was a long line and wait to get into the night market. Again, not too pleased.

I didn’t take too many pictures of the stalls, but most stalls were selling phone accessories, Apple accessories, phone cases (mostly iPhone), stationary, and jewelry. I didn’t take too many pictures, but here are the few I took:

{Cute phone sleeves and the only item I purchased: a rose design iPhone case}

{There was a stall selling macaron’s and large mac pop’s, but I didn’t end up getting anything}

The great thing about the new night market is that there are more food stalls. To me, the best part of going to the night market is for the food, but it can get pricey! Here is what Es S and I got:

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Clubhouse Sushi

Finally, I get a chance to try Clubhouse Sushi’s okonomiyaki! I’ve been wanting to try their okonomiyaki for some time now, but because it’s only available dinner time, I never find the chance to. This time I went with M, and we went right when it opened for dinner at 5pm

We were greeted and promptly seated. Our server was very nice and attentive throughout our meal.

We started off with one of the sushi’s on their daily specials, avocado and tempura tuna roll. This was really good, the combination of ripe avocado and tempura tuna went well together. M said the tuna tasted like chicken, guess that why they call it chicken of the sea eh 😛

Next came the octopus calamari. These were served with a side of mayo and were good; crispy and not too oily but a tad salty. I wish there was more though, there wasn’t a lot in one serving.

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