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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: Gui Lin Noodle House

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 8 restaurants who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 17-27, 2019.

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?

4 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 the first Chinatown Dining Week last year, 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 a 2-course dinner menu for $15 during Chinatown Dining Week. Check it out, along with the other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Fuqing Lanzhou Noodles

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 8 restaurants who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 17-27, 2019.

Next to be profiled: we sat down with Qin Fuqing, owner of Fuqing Lanzhou Noodles, 10824 97 Street.

Tell us a bit more about the restaurant. 

Lanzhou noodles come from northwestern China, and it’s made by hand-pulling the dough into small strings of noodles. It’s also known as hand-pulled noodles (la-mian, or Lanzhou la-mian). This is the foundation of Lanzhou Noodles, and I have also incorporated my 30 years of culinary experience to make the noodles we serve here. The making of the Lanzhou noodles requires special techniques (the pulling), and therefore it can almost be like a performance!  

How long has the restaurant been open? 

3 years  

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant? 

Lanzhou Noodles – a type of Chinese noodles from a place called Lanzhou in northwestern China.

What makes your restaurant special? 

I also serve northeastern Chinese dishes in my restaurant as I am originally from the Heilongjiang Province of China. My menus focus more on the “home-cooked style” of dishes as it reminds me of home.   

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown? 

People can easily find different types of Chinese/Asian restaurants/cuisines in Chinatown, whereas they tend to be quite spread out in other areas of the city.  

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

I really hope that Chinatown will become more vibrant and better. I believe that Chinatown has the potential to become one-of-the-kind local feature in Edmonton.

Fuqing Lanzhou Noodles will be offering a 2-course dinner menu for $15 during Chinatown Dining Week. Check it out, along with the other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Asian Express Hot Pot

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 8 restaurants who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 17-27, 2019.

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? 

9 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 the first Chinatown Dining Week last year, 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 a 2-course dinner menu for $15 during Chinatown Dining Week. Check it out, along with the other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week 2019 Menus

We hope you’re hungry! For our second annual Chinatown Dining Week, eight restaurants will be showcasing some of the best dishes they have to offer in two-course, $15 fixed price menus.

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

If the menus haven’t whet your appetite, starting tomorrow, we’ll be updating the website  with features on each of the participating restaurants.

Save the Date: Chinatown Dining Week, January 17-27, 2019

After a successful inaugural event in 2018, Chinatown Dining Week will return for a second year with 5 new participating restaurants!

What: Chinatown Dining Week
When: January 17-27, 2019
Where: 8 restaurants in Edmonton’s Chinatown

The response we received last year was overwhelming;  many people ate their way through the 5 participating restaurants over 9 days last year. As a result, we wanted to lengthen the event this year to provide the opportunity for diners to sample even more, and invite additional partner restaurants to the table. In 2019, Chinatown Dining Week will feature 8 restaurants.

The participating restaurants have put together special $15 fixed price dinner menus that will be offered after 5pm from January 17 – 27, 2019. Each menu will feature two courses. Participating restaurants include (*denotes new participant):

Menus will be released at edmontonchinatown.ca on January 7, 2019 – check back then for more details!

Introducing Thursday Lunch Hour Chinatown Tours

Hey,  Shirly here! I’m the Summer Tour Coordinator for the Chinatown tours. I am happy to report since commencing tours in June, we’re off to a great start.

The Chinatown tours started as a pilot project by a group of passionate young volunteers. I have been fortunate enough to be a part of this project to help enrich the curiosity of others who are interested in the history , the current development pressures and opportunities, and some of the specialty businesses in Chinatown.

Some of the most notable moments of the tour, according to the participants, is learning the history of how the two Chinatowns came to be and the several stops at different businesses. We visited Ying Fat, a store that manufactures and distributes tofu and other soybean products. People were fascinated by how many dessert options they had available. My favorite would be tofu pudding, or as I say it in Chinese, “Doufuhua” Other businesses that we visited were Kanto, Creative Gift & Etc., Shan Shan Bakery, Bao An Herbal and Kim Fat. Indeed, Chinatown is one of those places that you can find everything within walking distance.

Here are some shots from recent tours!

We’ve had a lot of interest in the Chinatown tour. So much so, that we are pleased to announce regular lunch hour tours on Thursdays from 12:00 p.m.-12:50 p.m. starting this week, in addition to the longer Sunday tours! If you are interested, join us on either Thursday or Sunday for a walk in Chinatown.

You can register online:

July 12, 2018

July 19, 2018

August 2, 2018

August 9, 2018

August 16, 2018

August 23, 2018

August 30, 2018

September 6, 2018

Meet at the north side of Canada Place (flag pole). Request for private tour with 10 people or more!

If you are interested in learning more about Chinatown or would like to volunteer with us, contact edmontonchinatowntours@gmail.com

Edmonton Chinatown Tours

Chinatown is a mystery to some, and can feel intimidating to others. The neighborhood has gone through several phases of relocation and transition. In spite of these upheavals and changes, the community of Chinatown is still strong. To learn more, consider joining us on a walking tour this summer, returning for the second consecutive year.

Come join us for a two hour walk exploring Edmonton’s two Chinatowns. The tour will run this summer from June 10 to September 23, 2018 on the second and forth Sunday of each month. Learn about the history, visit significant landmarks and meet business owners.

These tours are one way of outreach and engagement; we hope in the future to do more to support the Chinatown community.

If you can’t make it on Sunday, don’t worry! Private tours for groups of 10-12 people can be arranged. Also, if you have a specific interest about Chinatown, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

RSVP for a tour on EventBrite at one of the dates below:

Meet at the main entrance of the Shaw Conference Centre at 9797 Jasper Avenue and look for guides wearing “I ♥ Chinatown” t-shirts!

Please bring:

  • Water
  • Umbrella (the tour will run rain or shine)
  • Clothing that is suitable for the weather (hat, comfortable footwear)
  • A snack in case you are hungry, as no lunch will be provided on this tour
  • Sunscreen, bug spray
  • A big Smile 🙂

Because of the distance covered, this tour is not recommended for children under 5 years old or for people with mobility challenges.

Chinatown is a unique and diverse area in the city – don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn more!

Credit to Sharon Yeo for editing this blog post.