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July 14, 2012 – Night-time snack
Written by: Second Stomach
I’ve been going to the Summer Night Market for years. Before it was the Richmond Night Market at this location and now this year we have 2 markets for the first time in Richmond (Richmond Night Market now returning but located near River Rock Casino).
The food is always the best feature of the night market. We came late tonight. This means many goodies will be discounted as closing time nears.
Takoyaki – $4 (last call discount)
Takoyaki has been a feature of the night market for a while and it’s always popular. I remember when the first booth came and now there are so many booths and different variations with larger balls or different fillings (e.g. scallop, shrimp…). Given that it was last call, I had no choice to go with the traditional: octopus filling. I find it highly amusing that the last call price is $3.99. Purely for marketing obviously because I didn’t get my penny back after giving $4 over.
Here’s an order of takoyaki… 6 in an order:
If you don’t know yet, takoyaki is a Japanese snack which are 2 inch balls consisting of batter, octopus bits, and other fillings. The outside is grilled in a special pan and is brushed with sauce. When it comes presented, it gets topped with mayo, seaweed, green onions and bonito flakes. I absolutely love looking at the bonito flakes when an order comes – they look like they are alive and dancing on top of the takoyaki.
Here’s a closer look inside the takoyaki:
Hurricane potato – $2 each or 2 for $3 (last call discount)
I remember the first time the hurricane potato came onto the summer night market scene. I remember that the booth was very busy and there was a lady who was working hard and twisting the potato. Hello Kitty used to say that it was worth the $3 for the twister potato just for the labor! Tonight, we partaked on the 2 for $3 special.
Now, there’s 4 or 5 booths featuring hurricane potato. Now many booths come with different topping options too. This particular booth claims to be the original and now there’s 2 booths from the same owner. Good business!
Here’s a look at the potato that we got. We got ours topped with parmesan and garlic:
With the competition, this year’s potato is much longer than before. Pharmboy took a look at this photo and said that it was just stretched more but I’m quite convinced that I’m getting a bigger potato this year.
I really enjoy these hurricane or twister potatoes. They’re served hot and each piece is crispy on the outside – and just a bit of fleshy potato on the inside.
Tornado Cake – $2 (last call discount)
Now this was interesting. A new booth at the nightmarket. You can see the sign in the picture to read what the tornado cake is all about.
Since it was last call, these were some of the remaining tornado cakes available:
We got a tornado cake topped with walnut:
To eat this, you can unravel the tornado cake since it’s completely hollow:
As interesting as this looked, it wasn’t as tasty as I thought it would be. The texture was similar to a cinnamon bun, especially like the outer layers. The topping was just enough to give it the flavor and it wasn’t too sweet.