Immerse Yourself in Asian Food and Street Atmosphere at Richmond Public Market - WestCoastFood

By Matt Law

Appearances, they say, can be deceiving. Despite an unassuming facade, The Richmond Public Market holds true to the expression.

Richmond Public Market, Canada

Richmond Public Market, Canada

For almost 30 years, the market (located at 8260 Westminster Highway) has been home to food stalls offering traditional Asian fare as well as modern dishes with some twists.

The first floor of the market is home to grocers, butchers, a bakery and a seafood stall. You can also find hand-made frozen dim sum to take home if you haven’t had your fill of Asian food. It’s best to visit the first floor after gorging yourself upstairs, lest you shop on an empty stomach.

A butcher at Richmond Public Market, Canada
A butcher for that take-home meal for later
Seafood at Richmond Public Market, Canada
Seafood selection on the first floor

Richmond Public Market, Canada

The second floor is where the fun begins Be warned, it is best to visit this floor with at least one friend as the portions are very generous.

Richmond Public Market, Canada

Richmond Public Market, Canada

Jammed with stalls, the food court offers everything from the ubiquitous sweet and sour pork to hand-pulled Xi’An noodles at the famous Xi’An Cuisine. These are truly some of the best noodles I’ve had … and that’s compared to the ones I ate in Xi’An, China.

Hand-pulled noodles at Richmond Public Market, Canada
Hand-pulling noodles on-site at XiAn Cuisine
Noodles with fried pork and chili at Richmond Public Market, Canada
Noodles with fried pork and chili at Xi’An Cuisine

Noodle with fried pork and chili at Richmond Public Market, Canada

No trip to an Asian market would be complete with out spicy wonton. Order these as a starter with your noodles at Xi’an Cuisine.

Spicy wonton at Xi'An Cuisine in Richmond Public Market, Canada
Spicy wonton at Xi’An Cuisine

Another must try is the Taiwanese cuisine stall Potelicious. Order up a steaming hot bowl of broth, noodles, and a variety of vegetables, meats, or tofu. Get it to go or stay to have it severed in a metal bowl with a heating puck underneath to keep it warm.

Deluxe spicy tofu from Potelicious at Richmond Public Market, Canada
Deluxe spicy tofu from Potelicious

Deluxe spicy tofu from Potelicious at Richmond Public Market, Canada

There are plenty of other vendors and foods to choose from so if you’re not in a rush, grab a bubble tea and cruise the stalls to see what’s being offered before you place an order, or two.

Deep fried fish at Richmond Public Market, Canada
Deep fried fish

Now that you’re full, don’t forget to head back to the first floor and grab some frozen dim sum for the road.

Dim Sum at Richmond Public Market, Canada
Making dim sum to take home with you. Step 1: the outside
Dim sum to-go
Step 2: the inside
Dim sum to-go at Richmond Public Market, Canada
Step 3: the finish

The Richmond Public Market (located at 8260 Westminster Highway) is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s best to bring cash since many of the food stalls do not accept debit or credit.

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