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Richmond's Summer Night Market 2009 - More Asian Streetfood than you can shake a stick at

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Richmond's Summer Night Market 2009 - More Asian Streetfood than you can shake a stick at

fmed | May 31, 2009 10:39 PM

Sticks (as in BBQ skewers) are more popular than ever with about a half dozen stalls vying for the crown held by the Xin Jiang Man for best Lamb Cumin Skewers. Xin Jiang Man is tops, but one booth almost directly across at the end of the row is grilling them on charcoal - it too was good and the lineup was more bearable. Judging from the lineup in front of Xin Jiang Man, I would say that he is still king of the skewers by a long shot.

The Taiwanese stalls are in full force. There are more takoyaki stalls and Korean redbean waffle stalls than previous years. The Dragon Beard man is still there and so is the "performance" egg-waffle guy.

It is nice to see some diversification.There are number of new, interesting stalls - some innovative and some derivative. There are a number of more "western" style desserts (eg a stall that sells deep fried ice cream). One stall is selling Japadog style hotdogs.

The aisle in the middle gets very crowded and for some reason, the event management has decided to put garbage cans and bags right in the middle of the aisle. I saw people tripping and stepping on them. They really need to re-jig the crowd management and flow if this event becomes more popular.

It is open from 7pm to 3am Fri and Sat and some Sundays (long weekends I think). Free to get in, nearby parking for $5. I took my kids and their friend....they just loved it.

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