Until the start of Chinatown Dining Week, we’ll be featuring each of the 18 businesses who are participating in this year’s event, running January 13-23, 2022. All businesses are offering special deals during this period for $10 and/or $18. Check out all of the menus here.
Next up is a first-time participant in Chinatown Dining Week! We interviewed Khuyen Wales, Director at The Moth Cafe.
Why did you decide to open the restaurant?
Our food journey, at the time, led us down a path of exploring and creating plant-based dishes and learning about the benefits of vegetables and herbs. When we were given the opportunity to open a restaurant on the east side of the city we decided to jump on it. Chinatown and Boyle has always held a special place in our memory because this is where we started our lives as immigrants.
How long has the restaurant been open?
Just over 4 years.
What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?
What makes your restaurant special?
I really don’t see us being special. We’re a family. We take care in everything we do, and we try to live and treat others the way that feels good to the human spirit. We sleep well at night.
Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?
Chinatown is a hot spot for many family owned businesses. The food scene here is diverse and that alone is worth a visit to the area. The community support goes a long way.
What have you changed about your business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?
We’ve had to pivot just like most restaurants and businesses impacted by Covid-19. We had to straddle between finding ways to stay afloat, keep our staff and customers safe, and provide ways for people to still enjoy our food at home.
How has your business been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
It’s been difficult for our staff and family, but we try to adapt the best we know how, stay positive, stay motivated, and that’s all we can really do.
The Moth Cafe will be offering the following $10 special during Chinatown Dining Week. They are valid for pick-up or dine-in:
$18 Special: Purple Yam Risotto with 2 pieces of Jackfruit Crab Cake and Chocolate Mousse
Orders can be made via phone, website, or in-person
9449 Jasper Avenue
Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 11am-4pm