Note: The latest post about the Richmond Public Market is of February 2011 and is found on this link.
It had been ages since we stepped into the Richmond Public Market. We were shopping for groceries around that area and decided to go to the Richmond Public Market to get some desserts — ice plate specifically. Something tells me that we could get it there.
The Richmond Public Market was a great idea which I felt went wrong. Unlike the many public markets around Metro Vancouver, the Richmond Public Market seems to be suffering from some bad choices of tenants. About the only thing that will draw us here is the food court.
The design of the Richmond Public Market is good. It is brightly lit with a sky roof and the layout is practical. However, they seems to allow all kinds of businesses here without much regard on how they fit in to the overall image. For instance, I felt it strange to see a lot which sells mattresses and beds next to the butcher stall.
I am just not proud of my city’s public market really.
What is interesting at the Richmond Public Market is the food court. It is like a collection of Asian hole-in-the-walls. Obviously this is MSG-city but the food here is cheap and in many instances really authentic. There are a few stalls which specializes on little known regional Chinese cuisine.
There is a stall just right at the entrance to the car park. For some reason, this strategic spot had always been a Malaysian stall. This place must have changed hands at least once in the past 10 years. I am not surprised if it had changed owners several times already.
In this stall now is the Yummy Malaysian Delights. They had on their menu a lot of Malaysian delights but we were only looking for this …
In Malaysia, this is called the ABC. ABC is short for Air Batu Kacang, literally translated as Red Beans in Ice. It is also known as Ais Kacang. This is an excellent choice of dessert for summer.
Ais Kacang is made with shaved ice. Yummy Malaysian Delight uses one of those machines used to shave blocks of ice. It is a very simple dessert really. The Ice Kacang is $3.75.
It is shaved ice with lots of dessert ingedients which is never quite standard. The most common ingredient is of course the presence of the red bean. In Yummy Malaysian Delights, they included corn, cendol, leung fun and lychee. The sweetness of the Ice Kacang is from adding rose syrup, palm sugar syrup and some condensed milk.
What is notably missing is peanuts. Ice Kacang MUST have peanuts and they did not even include it! How could they? LOL! Next time I am here for this I am going to bring along my own packet of peanuts.
What is notably added is a scoop of ice cream. Ice Kacang MUST NOT include ice cream. How could they? LOL! The ice cream made the Ice Kacang unneccessarily creamy. We decided we not mix the ice cream and just eat by scrapping off the sides until the ice cream topples over.
We decided to also get a Malaysian salad called Fruit Rojak. This is $5.50 and is quite similar to those found in Malaysia. In this salad are cucumber, pineapple, “jicama”, tofu puff, bean sprout and loads of crushed peanuts. The dressing is what makes this a Rojak. It is made from shrimp paste, chili and sugar.