All posts by Sharon Yeo

About Sharon Yeo

Sharon is an Edmonton-based blogger who has been writing about food since 2006.

Chinatown Dining Week in the Media

Chinatown Dining Week is now underway, and runs from January 13-23, 2022! Click here for the menus.

We’ve also received some great coverage for the event so far! Check out the stories below to learn more about Chinatown Dining Week:

From Taproot Edmonton: Chinatown Dining Week set to return with more restaurants than ever

From CBC Radioactive: Taste the world this week at Chinatown Dining Week

From The Edmonton Journal: All of the flavours of Asia with Chinatown Dining Week

From Linda Hoang: Lindork’s List #99 – Chinatown Dining Week, Deep Freeze Festival, west end poke and more!

From Global Edmonton: 2022 Edmonton Chinatown Dining Week has some restaurant owners optimistic of boost in business

From Global Edmonton: Edmonton restaurants hoping Chinatown Dining Week will bring in foodies

From Global Edmonton: Chinatown Dining Week showcases more businesses than ever

From Lindork Does Life: Ep. 18 – Edmonton Chinatown Dining Week

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: China Marble Restaurant

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.

Last but not least, we sat down with Lao Jian, the owner of China Marble Restaurant. It is the restaurant’s first year participating in Chinatown Dining Week.

Why did you decide to open the restaurant?

Our family had a wonton restaurant in Hong Kong, and our dishes were very popular in our neighbourhood. We thought it would be a good idea to try it here in Edmonton and see if Edmonton locals would like it as well.

How long has the restaurant been open?

We had 2 restaurants in the south of Edmonton, and the first location was open in 2004. Both locations were closed in 2017, but our friends and previous customers kept telling us how much they missed the food. We were really grateful for the support from them and decided to start looking for a new location. In 2020, this location (previously Pagolac Restaurant) in Chinatown became available for us. We really liked how there are lots of Chinese businesses in the area, and the location came with some customer parking spots at the back – and here we are!

Shanghai Noodles Chinatown Dining Week Special

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

What we have on our menu are mostly Cantonese dishes made with traditional home recipes. Our signature dish would be the Bao Yu Wonton Soup, which is named after my lovely wife. Our Cantonese style stir-fried dishes are also very popular, and we have a Dim Sum menu as well! 

What makes your restaurant special?

We make cooking sauces in house to ensure they taste authentic and great! 

I’d like to also mention that our restaurant location is where one of the very first Chinese banquet restaurants was located. We even have a display in the restaurant that shows you the very original menu from the 1930’s. 

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?

There are lots of great options of Chinese food and cuisines from many different ethnic cultures. It definitely brings you an international food experience!

Shanghai Noodles Chinatown Dining Week Special

What have you changed about your business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?

Of course we have to make sure all the health and safety protocols are strictly followed, such as masks, proper and frequent sanitization, checking vaccination proof and ID, etc. We have our own laundry room in the basement, and all the tablecloths are changed, washed, and dried after each table is finished. 

How has your business been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Business has definitely gone down compared to what we used to have in the southside locations. Much less dine-in customers, and most orders are for take-out.

China Marble Restaurant will be offering the following $19 and $18 specials during Chinatown Dining Week. They are valid for pick-up or dine-in:

$18 Special: Shanghai Noodles or Beef Chow Fan (flat noodles) with Soup of the Day

$10 Special: Shanghai Noodles or Beef Chow Fan (flat noodles)

Orders can be made via phone or in-person
(780) 760-2808
10566 97 Street
Wednesday-Monday 10am-10pm, closed Tuesday

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: The Moth

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?

Plant-based.

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. 

Purple Yam Risotto with 2 pieces of Jackfruit Crab Cake and Chocolate Mousse ($18) Chinatown Dining Week Special

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
(780) 244-9702
9449 Jasper Avenue
Monday-Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 11am-4pm

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: Emperor’s Palace

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.

We sat down with Kelvin, the Manager of Emperor’s Palace. This is the restaurant’s first year in Chinatown Dining Week.

Why did you decide to open the restaurant?

From what I know, the owners wanted to bring a premium Chinese banquet restaurant to the Edmonton food scene back in the 2000’s. They wanted the restaurant to offer a great selection of authentic Chinese food, especially Dim Sum dishes from the Cantonese culture. 

How long has the restaurant been open?

It’s been almost 12 years since it was first opened in 2010. 

Choices from the $18 Special for Chinatown Dining Week

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

We have over 60 different Dim Sum dishes on our menu and over 200 items on the entire menu that offer different Chinese dishes. Most of our menu items are available all-day. One of our most popular menu items is the Peking-Style Duck. It is a 3-course menu that comes with BBQ duck meat served with pancakes, duck meat with lettuce wrap, and a bowl of duck soup.

What makes your restaurant special?

We are dedicated to the premium dining experience with spacious dining areas and private dining rooms available for booking. We are known for serving Chinese banquets in Edmonton. 

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?

You can easily find many authentic Asian food options in the area! 

Choices from the $18 Special for Chinatown Dining Week

What have you changed about your business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?

We have set up hand sanitizer stands at all of the entrances, and make sure our staff are masked at all times and wash their hands about every 10 minutes if they are serving customers. All surfaces are sanitized on a regular basis, and tablecloths are changed after every use. 

How has your business been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

We have approximately a 40% drop in our sales since the pandemic. In pre-pandemic time, we used to have about 8 event bookings per week on average but this is no longer the case anymore. 

Emperor’s Palace will be offering the following $18 special during Chinatown Dining Week. They are valid for pick-up only:

$18 Special: choose one item from A and one item from B: A – Special Fried Rice or Soy Sauce Chow Mein; B – Steamed Shrimp Dumplings, Steamed Shrimp and Pork Dumplings, Steamed Spareribs with Pumpkin, or Steamed Chicken Feet with Black Bean Sauce

Orders can be made via phone or in-person
(780) 757-2288
10638 100 Street
Daily 10:30am-8pm

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: Gui Lin Noodle House

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 to be profiled: we sat down with Tony Young, owner of Gui Lin Noodle House, who is returning to Chinatown Dining Week.

Why did you decide to open the restaurant?

After running a restaurant in Toronto for 4 years, my wife and I decided to move to Edmonton with the aim of providing something unique in the Edmonton food scene. The name “Gui Lin” is the style of the food we serve and is also a city in Guangxi, China.

How long has the restaurant been open?

7 years.

Minced Pork Vermicelli in Soup ($10) Chinatown Dining Week Special

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

Guilin-style food originating from Southern China. It is a combination of spicy and sour flavors.

What makes your restaurant special?

We are the only restaurant that offers Guilin-style food in Edmonton; [we think] it is unique, different, and something special.

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?

Chinatown offers unique food and scenery with new things for people of all ages to discover. There are BBQ houses, noodle houses, bubble tea, and bakeries just to name a few things, means there is something for everyone.

Minced Pork Vermicelli in Soup ($10) Chinatown Dining Week Special

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

There were a lot of new [non-Chinese] customers that came to visit the restaurant, which is not our usual clientele. Hopefully more people coming to [the area] will make Chinatown feel more vibrant and welcoming.

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

Through Chinatown Dining Week, I hope that people’s perception of Chinatown becomes more positive and it generates curiosity for what Edmonton’s Chinatown is offering. I hope that development in the downtown core brings hope for a brighter and busier Chinatown.

Gui Lin Noodle House will be offering the following $10 special during Chinatown Dining Week. They are valid for dine-in only:

$10 Special: Minced Pork Vermicelli in Soup (Gui Lin style)

10626 97 Street
(780) 497-8280
Tuesday to Sunday 11am-7pm, closed Monday

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: Co Chin Saigon

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, we interviewed Luan Cao, one of the managers at Co Chin Saigon. This is their first year in Chinatown Dining Week.

Why did you decide to open the restaurant?

We are always proud of how delicious Vietnamese food is, as well as the variety of traditional food across the country. Also, it has been a long time since Vietnamese food was introduced to Canadians with lots of adjustments to meet local people’s tastes. This is not really necessary anymore nowadays. Thus, it is an opportunity for our team to start up a restaurant that can bring back the experience of authentic Vietnamese food.

How long has the restaurant been open?

We started last March, and we will be one year old this coming March 7.

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

We provide a 100 percent Vietnamese food menu, and a unique full service for dining customers that can’t be found elsewhere.

What makes your restaurant special?

At Co Chin Saigon, customers will receive not only the best dishes and/or soups but also a unique daily special menu that introduces more traditional foods to try out every day.

Special Pho with Medium Rare Beef, Brisket, and Meatballs and Iced Vietnamese Coffee ($18) Chinatown Dining Week Special

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?

Chinatown should be considered as the most convenient and interesting place for people to visit and stop by, as there are many local markets providing special imported products, and restaurants offering a variety of traditional  food menus from many other countries to explore. Also, it is very close to the city’s downtown where many other indoor and outdoor events are held due to its location, and it is not too far to visit from surrounding areas.

What have you changed about your business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?

The only uncertainty that impacts the restaurant is the government restrictions specifying the restaurant’s capacity, as it will change constantly depending on the status of COVID-19. Other than that, our food and services were determined as unique and special not only because of the pandemic, but it is indeed the public image that we are building.

How has your business been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

The pandemic has pushed people into many uncertainties, personal health and finance, making people afraid of going out. Thus, we have been receiving less opportunities and customers’ awareness as other businesses during this tough moment.

Co Chin Saigon will be offering the following $18 special during Chinatown Dining Week. They are valid for dine-in or pick-up:

$18 Special: Special Daily Made Pho, with Medium Rare Beef, Brisket and Meatball, and an Iced Vietnamese Coffee

Orders can be made via phone or in-person
(780) 761-6311
10632 100 Street
Monday-Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-6pm

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: 97 Hot Pot

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.

We interviewed the co-owner of 97 Hot Pot, Kai Li, a new addition to Chinatown Dining Week this year.

Why did you decide to open the restaurant?

I was friends with the previous owners, and two of them were selling their shares as they were moving to the next chapter of their lives. I was looking for new opportunities at the time, and the hot pot business had caught my interest. 

How long has the restaurant been open?

The restaurant first opened in 2013, and I took over in August 2021. 

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

We offer individual hotpots with different Asian-flavoured soup base options, such as Tom Yum Kung (most popular), Malaysian Curry, Japanese Miso, and Szechuan Spicy Chicken. 

Special Lunch Menu ($18) Chinatown Dining Week Special

What makes your restaurant special?

Besides offering individual hotpots, all of our mashed meats are made in-house. We get fresh hot pot ingredient deliveries every day to ensure the freshness of our food. 

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?

It’s a place for diners to enjoy authentic and fusion food experiences. Besides the foods, we always make sure we have Chinese décor which adds to the overall dining experience. 

What have you changed about your business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?

We have always made sure all the surface areas are wiped down following the safety protocols. Over at our sauce bar, the sauces are refreshed every 15 – 20 minutes during busy times and every 4 hours during slower times. We have also provided hand sanitizers at different spots in the restaurant. 

How has your business been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?

We have had about a 20% decrease in business compared to pre-pandemic. 

97 Hot Pot will be offering the following $18 special during Chinatown Dining Week. They are valid for dine-in only:

$18 Special: Special Lunch Menu (choice of soup base + choice of 6 items + 1 pop), available all day

10602 97 Street
(587) 521-1888
Sunday-Thursday 11am-12am, Friday-Saturday 11am-1am

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: Spirit Bistro

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.

We interviewed David Yu, Manager of Spirit Bistro. They are participating in Chinatown Dining Week for the first time this year.

Why did you decide to open the restaurant? 

Our family owned and operated a restaurant on the north end of the city for over a decade and we sold it back in 2016. My parents deeply missed the industry and the feeling of being their own boss and owning a restaurant, which ultimately led us into deciding to open up Spirit Bistro.

How long has the restaurant been open?

We have been open for 1 year, since 2020.

Salted Fish Fried Rice and Hot and Sour Soup ($18) Chinatown Dining Week Special (drink not pictured)

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

Chinese take-out.

What makes your restaurant special?

Although not exclusive to just our business, our whole entire family supports and contributes to the restaurant whether that is through monetary means or through direct work, which has allowed us to provide better food and service to the community.

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown? 

I believe Chinatown serves as an important location for community building in the city. It allows people from other backgrounds to gain a better understanding of Chinese and Vietnamese food & culture especially through the lenses of earlier immigrants that arrived in Edmonton many years ago. Simultaneously, Chinatown provides newer immigrants and Edmontonians a spot to communicate and to bond with one another (e.g., Dim Sum gatherings, Hotpot).

Big Rice Noodle with Beef and Wonton Soup ($18) Chinatown Dining Week Special (drink not pictured)

What have you changed about your business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic?

We have focused primarily on take-out/delivery.

How has your business been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? 

I would say COVID-19 has been a challenge but at the same time has provided us with a lot of opportunities. Many businesses/restaurants have closed in the area since the beginning of the pandemic, which has forced many businesses to think outside of the box or to do unconventional things in order to attract more customers.  

Spirit Bistro will be offering the following $10 and $18 specials during Chinatown Dining Week. They are valid for pick-up only:

$18 Special: Big Rice Noodle with Beef or Chicken with Salted Fish Fried Rice and Wonton Soup or Hot & Sour Soup and Pop or Water

$10 Special: Big Rice Noodle with Beef or Chicken with Salted Fish Fried Rice

Orders can be made via phone or in-person
(780) 425-0183
10824 97 Street, Unit #3
Monday-Thursday 11:30am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 12pm-12am, Sunday 1pm-10pm

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: King Noodle House Pho Hoang

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 to be profiled: we interviewed Linda Hoang, the daughter of the owners of King Noodle House Pho Hoang.

What’s the origin of the restaurant?

This is a family run restaurant, originating with our family in Vietnam. “King Noodle House” was added in the name for an easier Canadian takeaway. Plus Dad / Owner ‘Moustache Man’ likes to think of himself as a King, and also that our pho is the “King” of all phos (lol).

How long has the restaurant been open?

It’s been open for 23 years.

Combo A, Large Bowl of Pho + Spring Rolls/Grilled Pork Balls ($18) Chinatown Dining Week Special

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

We specialize in Vietnamese noodle soup (pho) but offer some vermicelli dishes as well. But the speciality is our pho. With pho, it’s all about the broth, and our broth recipe stands out from most pho broths you’ll try.

What makes your restaurant special?

King Noodle House is one of the oldest running Vietnamese restaurants in Edmonton! We are known for serving the best pho in town (and beyond—we have people who say they need to stop for our pho when they come in from out of town, and people who tell us pho they’ve tried in Vietnam doesn’t compare to ours!). We are so grateful for our customers and this recognition, and are proud of the pho we serve. Our pho broth recipe has been passed down 3 generations. Customers also like to be served by the “Moustache Man” (his grumpiness is charming for most).

Spring Rolls, Pork Balls and Vietnamese Condensed Milk Ice Coffee ($10) Chinatown Dining Week Special

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?

Chinatown is a great hub for delicious and affordable food. There are a lot of great restaurants where you can experience authentic, quality Southeast Asian cuisine. A majority of the restaurants in the neighbourhood are family owned and operated, which is always worth supporting. It’s so close to downtown and yet often can be overlooked by Edmontonians thinking of where or what they should eat. It’s truly a gem for local shops and tasty cuisine.

King Noodle House Pho Hoang will be offering the following $10 and $18 specials during Chinatown Dining Week. They are valid for dine-in or pick-up:

$18 Special: choose from Combo A or B
Combo A – Large Bowl of Pho of your choice + Spring Rolls / Grilled Pork Balls Combo Platter + A Can of Pop
Combo B – Large Bowl of Pho of your choice + Spring Rolls / Grilled Pork Balls Combo Platter + Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Combos exclude # 1 , # 32 , # 33 and # 34

$10 Special: Appetizer + Drink Deal with Spring Rolls, Pork Balls and choice of Vietnamese Condensed Milk Iced Coffee or Can of Pop

Orders can be made via phone, text, e-mail, or in-person
10613 97 Street
780-428-8983 (by phone) or 780-903-2247 (by text) or kingnoodlehousephohoang@gmail.com
Wednesday-Sunday 10am-7pm, closed Monday and Tuesday

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: Asian Express Hot Pot

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 to be featured is Asian Express Hot Pot, a returning Chinatown Dining Week business. We interviewed owner Ming Wang.

Special Combo ($18) Chinatown Dining Week Special

Why did you decide to open the restaurant?

A group of friends came together to open the restaurant after years of working in the food industry. The restaurant is named to represent the sauces and bases used for hot pot that is influenced by different Asian cuisines from countries such as China, Japan, Malaysia, and Korea. Thus, the name Asian Express Hot Pot. 

How long has the restaurant been open?

11 years.

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

We serve individual hotpots with your choice of bases and sauces. 

Special Combo ($18) Chinatown Dining Week Special

What makes your restaurant special?

We offer over 30 different sauces for variety, so there is something for everyone! 

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?

Edmonton’s Chinatown is a diverse community with a lot to offer! It is a one-stop shop for all your needs; you can shop, dine, and take in the beautiful scenery and culture at the same time. There is a lot to discover in Chinatown! 

Asian Express Hot Pot will be offering the following $18 special during Chinatown Dining Week. They are valid for dine-in or pick-up.

$18 Special: Special Combo (Soup Base + Noodles + Choice of 4 Items) + 2 Spring Rolls or 2 fried golden buns + 1 Pop

Orders can be made via phone or in-person
10586 100 Street
(780) 421-8300
Sunday-Monday, Wednesday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm, closed Tuesday