Chinatown Dining Week 2019 On Now!

The wait is over – Chinatown Dining Week starts today!

What: Chinatown Dining Week
When: January 17-27, 2019
Where: 8 restaurants in Edmonton’s Chinatown

The $15 specials below will be offered for dinner over the eleven days (menus and hours are subject to change).

  • Asian Express Hot Pot, 10586 100 Street (Chinatown location)
    Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-12:30am, Friday-Saturday 11am-2:30am, Sunday 11am-1:30am
    Main: hot pot (chicken soup base with five items – sirloin beef slices, white fish balls, sui choy, golden/enoki mushrooms, yams)
    Dessert: ice cream
  • Fuqing Lanzhou Noodles, 10824 97 Street
    Hours: Monday, Wednesday-Sunday 11am-9pm, closed Tuesdays
    Main: choice of noodles – big beef (beef cubes) & beef bone soup, Chinese cabbage & pork dumplings, or Chinese chive & pork dumplings
    Side Dish: choice of shredded potato or fuzhu (dried bean curd) with black fungus
    Drink: choice of soft drink
  • Gui Lin Noodle House, 10626 97 Street
    Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11am-10pm, closed Mondays
    Appetizer: bacon wrapped shrimp
    Main: beef brisket vermicelli in soup (Guilin style)
  • Kanto 98 St. Eatery, 10636 98 Street
    Wednesday-Monday 11am-9pm, closed Tuesdays
    Appetizer: vegetarian bao with charcoal grilled and glazed soy protein, red pepper mayo, potato chips, cilantro, and fried garlic
    Main: Lugaw (savoury rice porridge with eggs, green onions, soy reduction and crispy bits)
  • King Noodle House Pho Hoang, 10613 97 Street (Cash Only)
    Wednesday-Sunday 10am-7:30pm, closed Mondays and Tuesdays
    Appetizer: small bowl of broth
    Main: 3-colour vermicelli (bun) bowl, with spring rolls, grilled pork balls, grilled shrimp, noodles, lettuce, bean sprouts, and fish sauce
  • Namaste India, 10023 107 Avenue
    Monday-Thursday 11:30am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11:30am-10:30pm, Sunday 5-10pm
    Appetizer/Main/Dessert: buffet with salad bar, 12 savoury options, and dessert
  • Padmanadi, 10740 101 Street
    Tuesday-Friday 11am-2pm and 4-10pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-2pm and 4-10pm, closed Mondays
    Appetizer: vegan carrot ginger soup
    Main: choice of ginger beef, curry chicken or vegetable deluxe; all served with jasmine rice and two spring rolls
  • Tea Bar Cafe, 10640 98 Street
    Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 11am-12:30am, Sunday 11am-12am, closed Tuesdays
    Main: choice of cheese and imitation crab meat noodles or bacon and rice omelette
    Dessert: ice cream waffle
    Drink: choice of any bubble tea

Happy dining!

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Tea Bar Cafe

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 8 restaurants who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 17-27, 2019.

Last to be profiled: we sat down with Andy Chung of Tea Bar Cafe, 10640 98 Street.

Why did you decide to open the restaurant? 

When I first opened the restaurant, there was no bubble tea place in Edmonton. People had to go to Vancouver if they wanted to have bubble tea. Most people didn’t even know what bubble tea was. I chose to name the place Tea Bar Café because I wanted it to be easily recognizable. People know for sure that they can get tea here and I added “bar” because we also have a liquor licence; at night it is a lounge where people can come for drinks, order snacks and even sing karaoke.  

How long has the restaurant been open? 

19 years.

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant? 

I serve mainly bubble tea, and snack bar food. It is casual dining. 

What makes your restaurant special? 

Tea bar Café is the OG bubble tea place in Edmonton. I have been open since 2000 thus, it is the first and longest running bubble tea place in Edmonton. We offer a diverse drink menu accompanied with over 30 food items. 

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown? 

Chinatown offers something that is different to other areas of the city, which makes it unique. There is a lot to try and explore in Edmonton’s Chinatown.  

Do you have any hopes for the future of Edmonton’s Chinatown? 

I hope Chinatown keeps getting better so that it becomes more welcoming for Edmontonians and people visiting from outside of Edmonton. 

Tea Bar Cafe will be offering a 2-course dinner menu for $15 during Chinatown Dining Week. Check it out, along with the other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Padmanadi

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 8 restaurants who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 17-27, 2019.

Next to be profiled: we sat down with Maya of Padmanadi, 10740 101 Street.

Tell us a bit more about the restaurant. 

We are a family owned, vegan restaurant. There has been a lot of demand for plant-based food, eating healthy, and eating something that’s different, and people are open-minded about the type of food that we are serving. Our dishes are more to share – we encourage family-style sharing. This way you get to try different dishes. 

How long has the restaurant been open? 

We have been around for 16 years. We used to be in Chinatown right on 97 Street. We outgrew ourselves about 10 years ago. It used to be a 60-seat restaurant, and now we have grown to 160 seats.  

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant? 

We are Indonesian, and my mum is Chinese. The type of food we serve is what we eat back home, which is Indonesian-Chinese food. We are also Buddhist, so we don’t use any garlic or onions in our cooking. We don’t use any egg or dairy, and everything is completely plant-based.  

What makes your restaurant special? 

When people think of vegan food, people think about raw, or salad-based foods. What we serve is more like vegan comfort-food – not mac and cheese type of comfort food, but with rice, curry, ginger sauce, and a bit of spice. We cater to various types of people [who love food]. We also serve brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm. We also have a lot of lactose-free customers who enjoy our food a lot. 

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown? 

Small local grocery stores have started selling lots of products that cater to special needs such as halal food and other dietary restrictions. 

Chinatown is a destination for everyone  – you can find good Chinese/Asian food in Chinatown and there are things that you will learn and experience differently in a smaller shop or restaurant.  

 Do you have any hopes for the future of Edmonton’s Chinatown? 

We shouldn’t cover our eyes on the issues that we have (as the issue is not going to go away). There’s a lot of social welfare in Chinatown, and it doesn’t have to be negative. We need to look at it from a different perspective, instead of judging it from only one side. I really hope Chinatown will thrive! 

Padmanadi will be offering a 2-course dinner menu for $15 during Chinatown Dining Week. Check it out, along with the other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Namaste India

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 8 restaurants who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 17-27, 2019.

Next to be profiled: we sat down with Rajendra Singh of Namaste India, 10023 107 Avenue.

Tell us a bit more about the restaurant.

Not many people know that we serve Indian meals in Chinatown. We also cater to halal and vegetarian customers.

How long has the restaurant been open? 

We opened the first Namaste India in the west end in 2015. This location opened in October 2017.

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant? 

We serve Indian favourites. Our most popular dish is butter chicken, but [I would also recommend] chicken lababdar, cooked in an onion and bell pepper-based sauce.

What makes your restaurant special? 

Our buffet is very popular – we offer twelve hot dishes plus salad and dessert. We usually have a different fish and vegetarian special, too. Most of our buffet items are gluten-free, and we have vegan items as well.

We are one of just a few Indian restaurants that serve chicken malai tikka, a mild, creamy dish cooked in the tandoor oven. Our mango prawns sauteed in a mango sauce are also special.

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown? 

I think people should know more about Chinatown – the area has a bad reputation.

Do you have any hopes for the future of Edmonton’s Chinatown? 

My main hope is that the area becomes busier and more crowded.

Namaste India will be offering a 2-course dinner menu for $15 during Chinatown Dining Week. Check it out, along with the other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: King Noodle House Pho Hoang

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 8 restaurants who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 17-27, 2019.

Next to be profiled: we sat down with Linda Hoang, the daughter of the owners of King Noodle House Pho Hoang, 10613 97 Street.

What’s the origin of the restaurant?

This is a family run restaurant, originating from Vietnam with Grandma Hoang. “King Noodle House” was added in the name for an easier Canadian takeaway.

How long has the restaurant been open?

It’s been open for 22 years; 13 years at the current location.

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

We specialize in Vietnamese noodle soup (pho) but offer some vermicelli dishes as well.

What makes your restaurant special?

King Noodle House is one of the oldest running Vietnamese restaurants in Edmonton! We are known for the best pho in town, and are thus deserving the name “King Noodle”! Our pho recipe has been passed down from 3 generations. We are also the home to the iconic “Moustache Man”.

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?

Chinatown is a great hub for good and affordable food. There are a lot of great restaurants where you can experience authentic, quality Southeast Asian food. A majority of the restaurants in the neighbourhood are family owned and operated.

As your restaurant participated in the first Chinatown Dining Week last year, can you tell us about that experience?

We were thrilled to participate in the inaugural Chinatown Dining Week! We definitely get most of our customers coming through at lunch and during the day, so this was an opportunity to bring in more customers in the evening, and also introduce our food to Edmontonians who may not have tried our dishes before. Last year’s Chinatown Dining Week special we actually ended up introducing as a deal Edmontonians can take advantage of year-round as well. This year we’re highlighting our tasty vermicelli dishes!

Do you have any hopes for the future of Edmonton’s Chinatown?

I am hoping for more positive effects from the new downtown arena – an increase in foot traffic and more activity at night will help support and boost local businesses.

King Noodle House Pho Hoang will be offering a 2-course dinner menu for $15 during Chinatown Dining Week. Check it out, along with the other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Kanto 98 St. Eatery

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 8 restaurants who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 17-27, 2019.

Next to be profiled: we sat down with Edgar Gutierrez, owner of Kanto 98 St. Eatery, 10636 98 Street.

Why did you decide to open the restaurant? 

I have two other restaurants, Rostizado and Tres Carnales, that I run with my business partners. But It has always been my dream to open a restaurant [on my own]. Eating out was such a big part of my life growing up. It’s how my mom and I used to bond.

Kanto came about when I was taking Filipino martial arts that brought me back to my roots. I started researching more and just fell in love with the culture all over again and wanted to take it more seriously. So as soon as this space was open, I took over and opened Kanto. Before I came to Canada, I spent a lot of time outside; Kanto means “corner” or “where two streets meet”. [Back home] there were always steamed buns and barbeque sold on the streets. We would play “cara y cruz” (heads or tails), eat BBQ and read comics. Those were a part of my last memories in the Philippines. Kanto is a combination of all those things. It’s an accumulation of my love for food and the restaurant culture.

How long has the restaurant been open? 

7 months.

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant? 

We serve casual Filipino street food; it’s mostly an in and out type of setting. If you go anywhere in the Philippines you will find Bao (steamed buns}, fried chicken and barbeque being sold on the streets. 

What makes your restaurant special? 

There are a lot of Filipino restaurants in Edmonton, but they are all the same; I thought a different approach would widen the scope. Filipino food is very individualized which makes it hard to put it out in the mainstream. I researched trendy Filipino food and decided on items that were easier to introduce.  

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown? 

Chinatown is so diverse; you can get Vietnamese, Chinese, African, Filipino food! It’s open late, very convenient, and close to downtown. There are lot of things you can do, from shopping, eating, and exploring. I come to Chinatown for inspiration. 

Do you have any hopes for the future of Edmonton’s Chinatown? 

I hope we resolve a lot of the health issues around Chinatown. I’m not sure how exactly to tackle the problems in Chinatown but maybe a bigger facility for the homeless that could be a one-stop shop for all their needs. A place where nobody gets turned away. 

Kanto 98 St. Eatery will be offering a 2-course dinner menu for $15 during Chinatown Dining Week. Check it out, along with the other special menus, here.