Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Youth BBQ

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 16 businesses who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 9-19, 2020.

We sat down with Haoran Wang of Youth BBQ, 9645 101A Avenue.

Why did you decide to open the restaurant?

Before I open this restaurant, I couldn’t find a Chinese BBQ restaurant in Edmonton. I realized that there are many Chinese immigrants and international students who really miss this type of food from “back home”.

How long has the restaurant been open?

Youth BBQ has been open for 8 years. We have re-branded and renovated this restaurant [formerly known as “Crystal BBQ”] over this summer.

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

We specialize in Chinese skewer BBQ, which is very common and popular in Northern China.

What makes your restaurant special?

We use charcoal to grill our food, which brings out better flavours of food when compared to using gas or electric grills. Using charcoal to grill also keeps the meat skewers very tender and juicy. Some of our popular dishes are grilled oysters, lamb skewers, and grilled scallops with vermicelli noodle.

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?

You have many food options at good prices, and it is very convenient to dine in Chinatown.

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

I would like to see more people visiting Chinatown either to eat or shop, and more non-Chinese residents [coming] to learn more about the cultures in Chinatown.

Youth BBQ will be offering the following 2-course dinner menu for $18 during Chinatown Dining Week:

Main: Charcoal Grilled Whole Chicken Wing, 2 Beef Skewers, 2 Shrimp Skewers, Potato Chips, and Toast
Drink: choice of Pop

Check out other special menus, here.

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