Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 10 businesses who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 14-24, 2021. All businesses are offering special takeaway deals during this period for $10 and/or $18. Check out all of the menus here.
First to be profiled: we spoke with Chip Tang of Hong Kong Bakery, 10649 97 Street.
Tell us a bit about your business.
Hong Kong Bakery was the first Chinese bakery to open in Alberta. My parents immigrated from Hong Kong to Alberta in 1977, and opened a bakery in Calgary in 1978. In 1986, they relocated to Edmonton and opened the current Chinatown bakery that same year.
How long has the business been open?
34 years in Chinatown. We have also had a south side location for more than 10 years.
What is the type of food served at the business?
We serve authentic Chinese and Hong Kong-style pastries and buns. We also offer European-style pastries, which reflects how Hong Kong offers international food. We’ve continued to build on the variety we sell, and are proud to feature our house-made macarons!
What makes your business special?
We make everything from scratch from simple ingredients and no mixes, including the fillings. For example, we are the only bakery who makes our own red bean paste!
Many people also know Hong Kong Bakery because of the green onion cakes we serve at the Taste of Edmonton. We sell these frozen at the bakery [for people to make at home].
Why do you think people should shop in Chinatown?
Chinatown has unique, ethnic businesses that are mostly family-run. There is a personality in Chinatown that is different from box stores.
What have you changed about your business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?
We have installed barriers and hand sanitizer stations throughout our bakery.
How has your business been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Larger orders were significantly reduced as the size of parties and gatherings were restricted.
Hong Kong Bakery will be offering the following $10 takeaway special during Chinatown Dining Week:
Special: 2 Barbecue Pork Buns, 2 Coconut Buns, and 4 Macarons (Strawberry Cheesecake, Mango, Chocolate, Rose Strawberry)
Check out other special menus, here.