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About Sharon Yeo

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

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: Lee 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.

New to Chinatown Dining Week is Lee House. We sat down with Jayden Cho, Manager with the restaurant.

Why did you decide to open the restaurant?

When I was going to school here in Canada, I met many friends who came from Korea to study. What they missed the most from Korea was home-cooked food, so I used to invite them over to share my mom’s food. My mom is a great cook, and all my friends really loved her dishes. My family decided to open the restaurant to share my mom’s food with anyone who misses Korean home food, and with anyone who wants to try something new!

How long has the restaurant been open?

It’s been 8 years in Chinatown.

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

We are serving traditional Korean food, nothing fancy, but just like how Korean people would eat at home.

Spicy Pork Bulgogi and Vegetable Pancake ($18) Chinatown Dining Week Special

What makes your restaurant special?

It is a definition of a family-run small local business; we cook, we serve, and we run the place. My family put our love and passion in this place to create Korean home-style meals, just like how Korean mothers would prepare for their family at home. It is authentic and comforting.

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?

Chinatown in located at heart of Edmonton’s downtown. It brought many cultures together, not only Chinese, but Korean, Vietnamese, Indian, etc. It also neighbors many other ethnic groups, such as Ethiopian, Greek, Italian, etc. Visiting Chinatown, not only you will be having authentic Chinese food, but you will be pleasantly surprised by the many other options that you could choose from.

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

We reduced number of tables to help customers keeping social distance with other parties. We also check vaccination records and provide hand sanitizer at the entrance. Our staff wear masks, and we are paying extra attention to sanitizing tables, chairs, doors, etc.

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

Just like many other small local businesses, the pandemic caused negative effects to our business. It is getting better now, but still far from pre-COVID times. People still prefer take-out options, through deliveries or pick-up.

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

$18 Special: Spicy Pork Bulgogi and Vegetable Pancake

Orders can be made via phone or in-person
(780) 438-0790
10704 97 Street
Daily 11am-8pm (kitchen closes at 7:30pm)

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: Tea Bar Cafe

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 Andy Chung of Tea Bar Cafe, one of the businesses that has been with Chinatown Dining Week since it began in 2018.

Why did you decide to open the restaurant?

When I first opened the restaurant, there was no bubble tea place in Edmonton. People had to go to Vancouver if they wanted to have bubble tea. Most people didn’t even know what bubble tea was. I chose to name the place Tea Bar Café because I wanted it to be easily recognizable. People know for sure that they can get tea here and I added “bar” because we also have a liquor licence; at night it is a lounge where people can come for drinks, order snacks and even sing karaoke.

How long has the restaurant been open?

22 years.

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

I serve mainly bubble tea, and snack bar food. It is casual dining.

Fresh Fruit Bubble Tea and Original Egg Waffle ($10) Chinatown Dining Week Special

What makes your restaurant special?

Tea bar Café is the OG bubble tea place in Edmonton. I have been open since 2000 thus, it is the first and longest running bubble tea place in Edmonton. We offer a diverse drink menu accompanied with over 30 food items.

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?

Chinatown offers something that is different to other areas of the city, which makes it unique. There is a lot to try and explore in Edmonton’s Chinatown.

Tea Bar Cafe will be offering the following $10 special during Chinatown Dining Week. They are valid for dine-in and pick-up:

$10 Special: 1 Original Egg Waffle and 1 Fresh Fruit Bubble Tea

Orders can be made via phone or in-person
10640 98 Street
(780)424-0696
Monday-Sunday 11:30am-10pm

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: Syphay

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 spoke with Katherine Sayaphet of Syphay, another business returning to Chinatown Dining Week.

Why did you decide to open the restaurant?  

I am the second generation owner of Syphay – my mom opened the restaurant 16 years ago. She’s always had a passion for cooking and she started this business without any experience and just learned along the way.  

How long has the restaurant been open?  

We opened the Jasper Ave location 8 years ago [which will be the one participating in Chinatown Dining Week].  

We also opened a new south side location in 2020 (a relocation after closing our other location of 15 years).

Pad Thai, Tohm Yum Soup and Spring Roll ($18) Chinatown Dining Week Special

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?  

We are unique because we are both Thai and Lao style cuisine. My mom was born on the border of Thailand and Laos so the when she developed the menu, the dishes had both Thai and Lao influence. If someone orders a dish and they would like it more Thai flavor or more Lao flavor, we are able to accommodate that. It all depends on the customer’s preference on the flavor and what they like so don’t be afraid to ask staff for recommendations! 

What makes your restaurant special?  

Syphay’s name comes a combination of both of my parents’ names. It is family owned and operated, which I think makes this restaurant feel genuine and unique. The food is authentic and the staff is always friendly. We have lots of new customers who come in to dine and we work hard to have the staff be informative and help explain the menu if needed. Sometimes it can be intimidating for people to try new restaurants so we have friendly and welcoming staff to help alleviate that. 

Phanang Curry, Coconut Rice, Tohm Yum Soup and Spring Roll ($18) Chinatown Dining Week Special

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?  

Edmonton’s Chinatown has a sense of community and there are so many unique restaurants, bakeries, and little shops. I think everyone in Edmonton should visit Chinatown at least once to experience the different types of cuisines and cultures. 

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

I’d say the pandemic has greatly affected us emotionally. It has put a great deal of stress on us and our staff. We had to constantly change and adapt but we are grateful for our supportive customers.

Syphay will be offering the following $18 special during Chinatown Dining Week. IT is valid for dine-in or pick-up:

$18 Special: choose from Choice #1 or #2

Choice #1: Tohm Yum (Vegetable), Phanang Curry (Chicken or Tofu), Coconut Rice, Vegetable Spring Rolls (2 pieces)

Choice #2: Tohm Yum (Vegetable), Pad Thai (Chicken or Tofu), Vegetable Spring Rolls (2 pieces)

Orders can be made via phone or in-person
(780) 423-4241
9441 Jasper Avenue
Monday-Friday 11:30am-2pm; 5-9pm, Saturday 5-9pm, closed Sunday

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: Shan Shan Bakery

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 to be profiled is Shan Shan Bakery, another returning restaurant to Chinatown Dining Week. We sat with the bakery’s Shanshan Wang.

Why did you decide to open the bakery? 

My husband had been operating both Chinese and Western bakeries for over 30 years, with experience in Vancouver. About 9 years ago, we decided to open our own store here in Edmonton.

How long has the bakery been open? 

9 years.  

What is the style of food served at the bakery? 

We make mainly Chinese bakery products and some western items.

What makes your bakery special? 

With over 30 years of professional baking experience, we produce over 100 types of pastry items from our kitchen here. We also make custom cake for parties and events.  

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown? 

There are lots of dining options in Chinatown and they usually have a really good price – more bang for the buck! Chinatown is also a very convenient location in the city as it’s near downtown.  

2 x $10 gift certificates ($18) Chinatown Dining Week Special

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

I hope that more people would come to experience and learn about the Chinatown’s culture, business and community. I also hope that issues like homelessness and safety would be improved in the near future. 

Shan Shan will be offering the following $18 special during Chinatown Dining Week. It is valid for pick-up only:

$18 Special: 2 x $10 gift certificates

In-person orders only, payment by cash or e-transfer only
10552 97 Street
(780) 974-7788
Daily 10am-7pm

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: Liuyishou 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 up we spoke with Tina from Liuyishou Hot Pot, a returning Chinatown Dining Week participant.

Why did you decide to open the restaurant? 

The initial motivation was actually quite simple. I lived in Edmonton for 3 years before opening this restaurant, and I struggled almost everyday because I had such a hard time choosing which restaurant to go to. There were not too many Chinese restaurants out there back then, not to mention an authentic franchise Szechwan hotpot restaurant which was already very popular and wide spread in China. Then the idea of opening such an authentic Szechwan hotpot restaurant came into my mind. I not only want to give all Chinese who are living in Edmonton the feeling of being back home when eating at Liuyishou Hotpot, but also wish that the locals can come out and enjoy delicious and traditional Chinese hotpot. Ultimately, I wish to present and spread the time-honoured Chinese food culture. 

How long has the restaurant been open? 

The restaurant has been open for four years.  

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant? 

We are a very traditional Chinese Szechwan hotpot restaurant; it is one of the best ways to share food with friends and family. “Hotpot “consists of a metal pot of broth sits on top of a burner at the centre of the table, while plates of raw meats, seafood, vegetables, and starches are presented all around the pot. Diners can choose different flavours of broth from the menu as well as their favourite food to cook in the broth. Hotpot is a perfect way to bring people together for quality time while enjoying a hearty meal.  

Hot Pot Combo ($18) Chinatown Dining Week Special

What makes your restaurant special? 

Founded in 2000, the Liuyishou Hotpot restaurant has grown from a single location on a small street in Chongqing, China to currently having over 1,200 locations around the world. 

Chinese hotpot has become immensely popular around the world given its interactive nature during the meal. Carefully selected ingredients such as premium marbled beef, wild mushrooms, seasonal greens, and other specialty foods, are cooked at your own table in broth to the perfect temperature. What separates Liuyishou from other hotpot restaurants is its healthy image with outstanding quality, and a blast of true Chinese traditional hotpot flavour. 

Most importantly, we are the only world-wide franchise hotpot restaurant in Edmonton which means that only Liuyishou Hotpot can provide the taste of authentic Chinese Szechwan style hotpot as if you are eating in the Szechwan [region itself]. 

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown? 

Edmonton’s Chinatown was established over 100 years ago. Over that time, Chinatown has become the point of western and Chinese cultural interaction. Food is one of the most important aspects of any culture, and it is one of the best ways to know the basics and trends of a culture. Dining in Chinatown is the perfect way of getting to know Chinese culture while enjoying delicious Chinese food. 

Liuyishou Hot Pot will be offering an $18 special during Chinatown Dining Week. It is valid for pick-up only:

$18 Special: Hot Pot Combo – choice of one Soup Base (for individual-sized pot): Spicy, Wild Mixed Mushrooms, or Tomato, and Supreme Beef Slices, Beef Omasum, Shrimp Paste Balls, Watercress, Potato, Tofu Skin, and Hot Pot Noodles

Orders can be made via phone or in-person
(780) 425-8888
#168, 9700 105 Avenue (Pacific Rim Mall)
Monday-Thursday 11:30am-2:20pm and 4:30pm-8:20pm, Friday-Sunday 11:30am-2:20pm and 4:30pm-9:20pm

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: Kim Fat Market

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, we interviewed Phong Luu, the owner of Kim Fat Market. They are returning to Chinatown Dining Week for a second year.

Tell us about your business.

When you walk into our market, you will not only find butchers offering you fresh custom cuts of meat (beef, pork, chicken, and lamb), but we also provide a great selection of live seafood, a well-stocked Asian market and fresh vegetables. We also offer a variety of delicious Chinese and Vietnamese food to-go. Some popular items being our hotpot kits, garlic fried chicken wings, lobster with noodles and cream sauce, and so much more. We can provide ready to go, tasty meals for you, your family, and friends.

Dry Ribs ($10) Chinatown Dining Week Special

How long have you been open?

This is our thirty-third year! We have been serving the Edmonton area since 1989.

What makes your market special?

What makes our market special is that our team takes the time to understand what our customers want. Our staff can teach customers about the different cuts of meat to help better your meals.

Fried Chicken Skin ($10) Chinatown Dining Week Special

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

Since March 2020, we have focused on increasing our presence on social media. It has helped us tremendously in advertising what we offer. We are so grateful for our friends and family who have helped us spread the word as COVID-19 has guided us in a different direction. Our clientele base has diversified and has led our business in a positive direction. We love all the orders we receive and are always grateful for all the kind words and shout-outs.  We also continue to shop locally, to support small businesses and we try to be fluid in meeting community needs by offering delivery to our customers and keeping our pricing fair despite increasing rates on our end.

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

Chinatown has always been known for its culturally rich markets, Asian bakeries, delicious dining spots and sweet shops, but truthfully, we’ve all taken a hit. A large part of our sales relied on wholesale meats and groceries to restaurants that are struggling due to being closed or operating at reduced capacities. We’ve had to redefine our target market and be more creative to help our business maintain sales during these unique circumstances. We have also increased our already stringent sanitation standards to further ensure cleanliness during this time, so our customers continue to feel comfortable purchasing from us. Our customers also enjoy the family dynamic as they become a member of our family the moment they walk through the front door.

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

  • $18 Special: Dry Ribs, flavour options: Original (Garlic), Salt ‘n’ Pepper, Taiwanese, Honey Garlic, or Fried Chicken Skin, flavour options: Original (Garlic), Salt ‘n’ pepper
  • $10 Special: Fried Chicken Skin, flavour options: Original (Garlic), Salt ‘n’ Pepper

    Same day text message orders only, submitted before 1pm
    9905 107 Avenue
    Text (780) 982-8222
    Daily 10am-5:30pm

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: All Happy Family 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.

Next up, we interviewed Winnie from All Happy Family Restaurant. The restaurant is returning to Chinatown Dining Week for the first time in two years.

Why did you decide to open the restaurant? 

My family and I had been in the restaurant businesses for over 8 years before we moved to Edmonton. When we moved here, we wanted to continue doing what we are familiar with and picked this location because it’s close to the downtown area and surrounded by the Chinese community. Before we started this restaurant, there weren’t many restaurant options for family style/comfort food around town that would be open late at night; yet there was a demand for it, especially for those who get off work very late. We thought that this could be a great opportunity for us.  

 How long has the restaurant been open? 

We have been open for over 17 years in Chinatown.  

 What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant? 

Our dishes are mainly Cantonese style, which is from the Cantonese (or Guangdong) province in China. We make dishes that are authentic and have also adapted western flavours in some of our menu items.  

1-Person Combo with Ginger Beef, Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls, Egg Fried Rice and a Can of Pop ($18) Chinatown Dining Week Special

 What makes your restaurant special? 

We have a very extensive menu which offers over 180 options to our customers. Diners can always find something they like from our menu! We have late night hours every day as we open from 11am to 2am, 7 days a week.  

 Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown? 

People should dine in Chinatown more as you will find options for Chinese food as there are many authentic cultural food options here.  

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

I hope our Chinatown becomes a safer environment with better streets, and to have reduced social issues in the area.  

All Happy Family Restaurant will be offering an $18 special during Chinatown Dining Week. It is valid for both in-person dining and pick-up.

$18 Special: 1-Person Combo (Ginger Beef, Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls, Egg Fried Rice and a Can of Pop)

Orders can be made via phone or in-person
10013 106 Avenue
(780) 421-8297
Daily 11am-2am

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: Macarons & Goodies

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 Macarons & Goodies, another returning business to Chinatown Dining Week. We spoke with Akham Hasni of the bakery:

Tell us a bit about your business.

Macarons & Goodies is a specialty French bakery. I opened the business after working as the first Executive Pastry Chef at Rogers Place.

How long has your business been open?

We have been open for four years. We also opened a second location in St. Albert three years ago.

10″ Pie ($18) Chinatown Dining Week Special

What type of food is served at your business?

We serve French, Canadian and Mediterranean cuisine, but we specialize in high-end traditional French pastries, cakes, and cookies, including macarons. We make everything in-house.

2 x 5″ Pie ($10) Chinatown Dining Week Special

What makes your business special?

We are the only bakery that specializes in French specialties, and we offer the largest menu and variety in the city. Our macarons are our best-selling product – we offer 32 different flavours, and some of the most popular are salted caramel, pistachio, and dulce de leche.

We also serve high tea, and offer macaron baking classes.

6 pcs Macarons ($10) Chinatown Dining Week Special

Why do you think people should shop in Chinatown?

Chinatown is full of specialty restaurants that you can’t find anywhere else in Edmonton. The businesses are the attraction.

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

$18 Special: 10″ Pie
$10 Special: 6 pcs Macarons or 2 x 5″ Pie


Orders can be made via phone or in-person
(587) 473-6400
10548 101 Street
Monday 10am-6pm, Tuesday-Saturday 9am-6pm, closed Sunday

Chinatown Dining Week Profile: Namaste India

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.

First to be featured is returning restaurant Namaste India. We sat down with we sat down with Rajendra Singh of Namaste:

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.

Chana Masala with Naan ($10) Chinatown Dining Week Special

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.

Vegetable Korma with Rice ($10) Chinatown Dining Week Special

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.

Butter Chicken Combo with Rice and Naan ($18) Chinatown Dining Week Special

What makes your restaurant special?

Our buffet [when in-person dining is permissible] 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.

Butter Chicken ($18) Chinatown Dining Week Special

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?

I think people should know more about Chinatown – the area has a bad reputation.

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

$18 Special: Butter Chicken Combo with Butter Chicken, Naan and Rice
$10 Special: choice of Butter Chicken, or Chana Masala with Rice or Plain Naan, or Vegetable Korma with Rice or Plain Naan

Orders can be made via phone, website, or in-person
10023 107 Avenue
(780) 540-0100
Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 11:30am-9.30pm, Sunday 12pm-9:30pm, closed Tuesdays

Chinatown Dining Week 2022: Participating Businesses

We hope you’re as excited as we are for the upcoming Chinatown Dining Week, an event now in its fifth year!

It highlights some of the best food the neighbourhood has to offer, and this year, we’re thrilled that 18 businesses will be a part of Chinatown Dining Week 2022. It represents our largest number of participating businesses the event’s history. While we are welcoming back many returning favourites, we’re also happy to announce that we have seven new restaurants on board this year.

Participating restaurants have put together special menus for $10 or $18 that will be offered from January 13-23, 2022.

With the ongoing pandemic, some participating restaurants will be offering their Chinatown Dining Week menus for guests choosing to dine in as well as those opting for take-out, while others will be offering their specials as take-out only.

Participating businesses include (*denotes new participant):

Menus will be released at edmontonchinatown.ca on January 2, 2022 – check back then for more details!