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About Sharon Yeo

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

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Kanto 98 St. Eatery

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.

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?

More than 1 year.

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 the following 2-course dinner menu for $18 during Chinatown Dining Week:

Appetizer: Deviled Egg – palabok flavour, chicaron, green onions, lemon-fried garlic
Main: Mikki – Noodle Soup with Chicken Broth, Shiitake Mushrooms, Garlic, Green Onions, Fried Shallots and Hard Boiled Egg

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Padmanadi

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.

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 17 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.  We also opened a second location on the southside in 2019.

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 the following 2-course dinner menu for $18 during Chinatown Dining Week:

Appetizer: Daily Soup and two Spring Rolls
Main: choice of Curry Chicken, Ginger Beef, or Vegetable Deluxe (gluten-free), and Jasmine Rice
Dessert: Coconut Mousse

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Namaste India

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.

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 nine 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.

Namate India will be offering the following dinner menu for $18 during Chinatown Dining Week:

Appetizer/main/dessert: Buffet with Salad Bar, Savoury Dishes (4 Meat and 5 Vegetarian), and Dessert, with Naan Bread and Chai

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week: King Noodle House Pho Hoang

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.

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 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; 14 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. 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).

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.

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

We were thrilled to participate in 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. This year we’re throwing a drink into the combo mix.

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

We hope Edmonton’s Chinatown becomes as vibrant and well-visited as some of the other popular streets in the city.

King Noodle House Pho Hoang will be offering the following 2-course dinner menu for $18 during Chinatown Dining Week:

Appetizer: Spring Roll and Pork Ball Platter
Main: choice of Large Pho
Drink: choice of Vietnamese Iced Coffee or Lemonade

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Gui Lin Noodle House

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.

Next to be profiled: we sat down with Tony Young, owner of Gui Lin Noodle House, 10626 97 Street.

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?

5 years.

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.

As your restaurant participated in Chinatown Dining Week over the past two years, 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 2-course dinner menu for $18 during Chinatown Dining Week:

Appetizer: Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
Main: Beef Brisket Vermicelli in Soup (Gui Lin style)
Drink: choice of Pop

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Asian Express Hot Pot

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.

First to be profiled: we sat down with Angus Tam, owner of Asian Express Hot Pot, 10586 100 Street (Chinatown location).

Tell us a bit more about 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? 

10 years.

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant? 

We serve individual hotpots with your choice of bases and sauces. We offer over 30 different sauces for variety, so there is something for everyone!

What makes your restaurant special? 

We were recognized as one of the 100 best restaurants in Canada from 2014-2016. Everything on our menu is homemade and healthy.

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!

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

We would like more people to come and experience Edmonton’s Chinatown. There are some local issues [happening] here, hence we need more people to be aware of it. We also want to bring more awareness to our restaurant: the first hot pot restaurant in Canada serving individual pots! We have been awarded the Best Asian Food in Canada on Asia Star TV, and Top 3 Best Late Night Restaurant by the Avenue Magazine in 2017 and 2018.

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

I’d like to see more people visiting Chinatown, and a brighter Chinatown that is safe for everyone who visits.

Asian Express Hot Pot will be offering the following 2-course dinner menu for $18 during Chinatown Dining Week.

Main: Hot Pot Soup Base, choice of 5 items from menu, and choice of Regular Noodles or Rice Noodles
Dessert: Ice Cream

Find the other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week 2020 Menus

We hope you’re hungry! For our third annual Chinatown Dining Week, 16 businesses will be showcasing some of the best food they have to offer in either two-course, $18 fixed price menus, or $10 takeaway deals.

What: Chinatown Dining Week
When: January 9-19, 2020
Where: 16 businesses in Edmonton’s Chinatown

The $18 specials below will be offered for dine-in dinners only after 5pm over the eleven days (menus and hours are subject to change):

  • All Happy Family
    Appetizer: 2 Spring Rolls
    Main: Egg Fry Rice with choice of Ginger Beef or Mongolian Beef
    Drink: choice of Pop
    10013 106 Avenue, (780) 421-8297
    Monday-Sunday 11am-4am

  • Asian Express Hot Pot
    Main: Hot Pot Soup Base, choice of 5 items from menu, and choice of Regular Noodles or Rice Noodles
    Dessert: Ice Cream
    10586 100 Street, 780-421-8300
    Monday-Thursday 11am-12:30am, Friday-Saturday 11am-2:30am, Sunday 11am-1:30am

  • Gui Lin Noodle House
    Appetizer: Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp
    Main: Beef Brisket Vermicelli in Soup (Gui Lin style)
    Drink: choice of Pop
    10626 97 Street, 780-497-8280
    Tuesday-Sunday 11am-10pm, closed Mondays

  • Kanto 98 St. Eatery
    Appetizer: Deviled Egg – palabok flavour, chicaron, green onions, lemon-fried garlic
    Main: Mikki – Noodle Soup with Chicken Broth, Shiitake Mushrooms, Garlic, Green Onions, Fried Shallots and Hard Boiled Egg
    10636 98 Street, 780-244-7388
    Wednesday-Monday 11am-9pm, closed Tuesdays

  • King Noodle House Pho Hoang
    Appetizer: Spring Roll and Pork Ball Platter
    Main: choice of Large Pho
    Drink: choice of Vietnamese Iced Coffee or Lemonade
    10613 97 Street, 780-428-8983
    Wednesday-Sunday 10am-7:30pm, closed Mondays and Tuesdays

  • Liuyishou Hot Pot
    Main: Hot Pot Soup Base (choice of Original Spicy Soup, Wild Mixed Mushroom, or Tomato Soup), and Meat Ball Sampler (Cuttlefish, Shrimp, Beef), Sliced Marbled Beef, Fried Chinese Doughnut, and Shrimp Paste
    Dessert: Glutinous Rice Cake
    #168, 9700 105 Avenue (Pacific Rim Mall), (780) 425-8888
    Monday-Sunday 11:30am-2pm; 4:30-11pm

  • Namaste India
    Appetizer/main/dessert: Buffet with Salad Bar, Savoury Dishes (4 Meat and 5 Vegetarian), and Dessert, with Naan Bread and Chai
    10023 107 Avenue, 780-540-0100
    Monday-Friday 11:30am-10pm, Saturday 5-10:30pm, closed Sundays

  • Noi Thai
    Appetizer: Spring Rolls and Soup
    Main: Curry or Stir-Fry of the Day and Rice
    10724 95 Street, (780) 423-3213
    Tuesday-Friday 11am-2pm; 5-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 5-9pm, closed Mondays

  • Padmanadi
    Appetizer: Daily Soup and two Spring Rolls
    Main: choice of Curry Chicken, Ginger Beef, or Vegetable Deluxe (gluten-free), and Jasmine Rice
    Dessert: Coconut Mousse
    10740 101 Street, 780-428-8899
    Tuesday-Friday 11am-2pm and 4-10pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-2pm and 4-10pm, closed Mondays

  • Shijing Taste Mixer
    Main: Chinese Malaxiangguo – choice of Chicken, Beef or Lamb, and Imitation Crab Stick, Fish Tofu, Potato Slices, Chinese Cabbage, and choice of Regular Noodles or Wide Rice Noodles
    Drink: choice of Pop
    #127, 9700 105 Avenue (Pacific Rim Mall), (780) 760-7030
    Sunday-Thursday 12-10pm, Friday-Saturday 12-11:30pm

  • Syphay
    Appetizer: Small Tohm Yum Soup with Vegetables and 2 Pork or Vegetable Spring Rolls
    Main: Choice of Thai Phanang Curry with Chicken, Beef, or Tofu (served with Coconut or Steamed Rice) or Pad Thai with Chicken, Beef, or Tofu
    9441 Jasper Avenue, (780) 423-4241
    Monday-Friday 11:30am-2pm; 5-9pm, Saturday 5-9pm, closed Sundays

  • Youth BBQ
    Main: Charcoal Grilled Whole Chicken Wing, 2 Beef Skewers, 2 Shrimp Skewers, Potato Chips, and Toast
    Drink: choice of Pop
    9645 101A Avenue, (780) 448-3636
    Monday-Sunday 4-11pm

The $10 specials below will be offered all day over the eleven days (menus and hours are subject to change; business reserves the right to substitute items):

  • Hong Kong Bakery
    Special: 2 Barbecue Pork Buns, 2 Coconut Buns, and 4 Macarons (Strawberry Cheesecake, Blueberry Marscapone, Lychee Raspberry, Rose Strawberry) 
    10649 97 Street, (780) 429-3838
    Monday-Sunday 9am-6:30pm

  • Macarons & Goodies
    Specials: 6 Macarons (choose from 32 Flavours) or Bag of Assorted Chocolates
    10548 101 Street, (587) 473-6400
    Monday-Friday 9am-6pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, closed Sundays

  • Shan Shan Bakery
    Special: 2 Egg Tarts, 2 Cream Horns, 2 Mini Red Bean Moon Cakes, and 2 Almond Cookies
    10552 97 Street, (780) 974-7788
    Monday-Sunday 9am-7pm

  • Tea Bar Cafe
    Special: Red Bean Waffle and choice of Bubble Tea Drink
    10640 98 Street, 780-424-0696
    Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 11am-12:30am, Sunday 11am-12am, closed Tuesdays

Save the Date: Chinatown Dining Week Returns, January 9-19, 2020

Mark your calendars – Chinatown Dining Week will be returning in January for a third time!

What: Chinatown Dining Week
When: January 9-19, 2020
Where: 16 businesses in Edmonton’s Chinatown

Even more exciting, we’ve doubled our participating businesses from last year, with 9 new establishments joining us for a total of 16! As in the past, Chinatown Dining Week will highlight some of the diverse cuisines available in the neighbourhood – including regional Chinese specialties, Filipino, Indian, and Thai.

In addition to businesses located in commercial Chinatown clustered around 97 Street, we’ve also added two restaurants situated in so-called “Chinatown South”, or the area just east of Canada Place. Those who attended our summer walking tours in previous years will know that Edmonton actually boasts two Chinatowns, and though the Quarters is now largely home to cultural and family associations, some retail and hospitality hidden gems remain.

Participating restaurants have put together special $18 fixed price dinner menus that will be offered after 5pm from January 9 – 19, 2020. Each menu will feature two courses. Participating restaurants include (*denotes new participant):

This year, we’ve also added a new category that now enables Chinatown Dining Week to feature other types of businesses that may not focus on the sit-down experience. These establishments will offer $10 takeaway packages that will be available during regular business hours from January 9-19, 2020. Participating businesses include (*denotes new participant):

  • *Hong Kong Bakery, 10649 97 Street
  • *Macarons & Goodies, 10548 101 Street
  • *Shan Shan Bakery, 10552 97 Street
  • Tea Bar Cafe, 10640 98 Street

Menus will be released at edmontonchinatown.ca the week of December 16, 2019 – check back then for more details!

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!