Category Archives: Chinatown Dining Week

Chinatown Dining Week: Shan Shan Bakery

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.

Last, we sat with Shanshan Wang of Shan Shan Bakery, 10552 97 Street.

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 7 years ago, we decided to open our own store here in Edmonton.

How long has the bakery been open? 

7 years.  

What is the style of food served at the bakery? 

We make mainly Chinese bakery products and some western items. The items that we have picked for the Chinatown Dining Week are more popular ones in our store, and they are a mix of both Chinese and Western pastries.  

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.  

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 Bakery will be offering the following $10 take-away deal during Chinatown Dining Week:

Special: 2 Egg Tarts, 2 Cream Horns, 2 Mini Red Bean Moon Cakes, and 2 Almond Cookies

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Noi Thai

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.

We sat down with Noi Syhatheb  of Noi Thai, 10724 95 Street.

Why did you decide to open the restaurant?

I used to have a Thai restaurant in Cochrane, AB a few years ago, but we decided we wanted to move back to Edmonton. I had wanted to open up another Thai restaurant – this time in Edmonton, and the opportunity came up two years ago. My sister’s family owns Viphalay [a past participant in Chinatown Dining Week], so we took over this location and I changed the name to Noi Thai. My wife does the cooking and I am the one at the front, it’s just the two of us right now.

How long has the restaurant been open?

We have been opened for two years now.

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

We specialize in authentic Thai cuisine.

What makes your restaurant special?

It’s a family run business; my wife makes the food and I am in the front with the customers. We know there are a lot of Thai restaurants in Edmonton, and some are very popular. We are pretty new here, so want people to know about our restaurant and what it has to offer – delicious and authentic Thai food, with friendly service. We also have free parking in front of our restaurant too!

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?

Chinatown has a lot of different places that offers so many diverse cuisines. I think that some people might be hesitant to go to Chinatown, but events like Chinatown Dining Week would help showcase what this community has to offer.

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

I would like to see more people come out to see Chinatown. Right now, we see a lot of regular customers but it would be really nice to see new diners come in and try our restaurant.

[Editor’s note: Noi Thai’s menu will have different daily special throughout Chinatown Dining Week; above are some of the examples that are offered each day, but Noi will be more than happy to notify diners of what the special will be that day (you can also call ahead to make sure). There will also be photos of the specials at the restaurant on the day of as well and vegetarian options available as well.] 

Noi Thai will be offering the following 2-course dinner menu for $18 during Chinatown Dining Week:

Noi Thai
Appetizer: Spring Rolls and Soup
Main: Curry or Stir-Fry of the Day and Rice

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Macarons and Goodies

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, we met with Akham Hasni of Macarons & Goodies, 10548 101 Street.

Tell us a bit about your business.

Macarons and 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 three years. We also opened a second location in St. Albert two years ago.

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.

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.

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.

Do you have any hopes for the future of Chinatown?

I would like to see Chinatown restored to its previous greatness. The [social disorder] can diminish the cultural experience, and I would like to see more people explore the area.

Macarons and Goodies will be offering the following $10 take-away deal during Chinatown Dining Week:

Specials: 6 Macarons (choose from 32 Flavours) or Bag of Assorted Chocolates

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Syphay

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.

We spoke with Katherine Sayaphet of Syphay, 9441 Jasper Avenue.

Why did you decide to open the restaurant? 

I am the second generation owner of Syphay – my mom opened the restaurant 15 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 had the Southside location on Calgary Trail for 15 years and recently closed that one in September 2019. We opened the Jasper Ave location 6 years ago [which will be the one participating in Chinatown Dining Week].  

We also have plans to open a new location (a relocation of the Calgary Trail one) in spring 2020 so stay tuned for that! It will still be in the Southside of Edmonton. 

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. 

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. 

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

I really hope that Edmonton’s Chinatown continues to improve in the next few years. There is so much opportunity and it really does have so much to offer. I’m hopeful that through events like Chinatown Dining Week, people will discover new favourite dishes or restaurants.  

Syphay will be offering the following 2-course dinner menu for $18 during Chinatown Dining Week:

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

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Youth BBQ

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.

We sat down with Haoran Wang of Youth BBQ, 9645 101A Avenue.

Why did you decide to open the restaurant?

Before I open this restaurant, I couldn’t find a Chinese BBQ restaurant in Edmonton. I realized that there are many Chinese immigrants and international students who really miss this type of food from “back home”.

How long has the restaurant been open?

Youth BBQ has been open for 8 years. We have re-branded and renovated this restaurant [formerly known as “Crystal BBQ”] over this summer.

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

We specialize in Chinese skewer BBQ, which is very common and popular in Northern China.

What makes your restaurant special?

We use charcoal to grill our food, which brings out better flavours of food when compared to using gas or electric grills. Using charcoal to grill also keeps the meat skewers very tender and juicy. Some of our popular dishes are grilled oysters, lamb skewers, and grilled scallops with vermicelli noodle.

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?

You have many food options at good prices, and it is very convenient to dine in Chinatown.

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

I would like to see more people visiting Chinatown either to eat or shop, and more non-Chinese residents [coming] to learn more about the cultures in Chinatown.

Youth BBQ will be offering the following 2-course dinner menu for $18 during Chinatown Dining Week:

Main: Charcoal Grilled Whole Chicken Wing, 2 Beef Skewers, 2 Shrimp Skewers, Potato Chips, and Toast
Drink: choice of Pop

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: All Happy Family Restaurant

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 up, we interviewed Winnie from All Happy Family Restaurant, 10013 106 Avenue.

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 15 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.  

 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 4am, 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 will be offering the following 2-course dinner menu for $18 during Chinatown Dining Week:

Appetizer: 2 Spring Rolls
Main: Egg Fry Rice with choice of Ginger Beef or Mongolian Beef
Drink: choice of Pop

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Shijing Taste Mixer

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 up, we met with Zihan Liu of Shijing Taste Mixer, #127, 9700 105 Avenue (Pacific Rim Mall).

Why did you decide to open the restaurant?

As a Chinese [person], I really enjoy Szechwan food a lot, which is a cuisine known for it’s spicy flavour from the chili pepper and Szechwan pepper used in the preparation. Many people may have heard of Szechwan hotpot, but they may not know that Ma-La-Xiang-Guo is also a very popular way of making food in the same region of China. Both my co-owner and I like Ma-La-Xiang-Guo and therefore we decided to run this restaurant. Many Chinese living here in Edmonton also find that our food reminds them of the taste “back home”.  

 How long has the restaurant been open? 

I opened the restaurant about 2 years ago.  

 What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant? 

Our name of the restaurant, “Shijing”, means “marketplace” in Chinese, and refers to a very local and street-like environment. This is because Ma-La-Xiang-Guo is usually found as street food in Szechwan and it is one of the most local tastes you will find if you visit. Ma-La-Xiang-Guo is similar to hotpot, where you choose different food ingredients from the menu and cook them all in the same pot. However, with Ma-La-Xiang-Guo the diners don’t need to cook it on the dining table; we cook it for you in the kitchen with our special Ma-La-Xiang-Guo sauce. I sometimes explain that it is like a stir-fried hotpot. 

 What makes your restaurant special? 

The key of Ma-La-Xiang-Guo is the sauce that we add when cooking the food. We have been testing different recipes and ingredients from the Szechwan [region in] China in order to improve our house-made Ma-La-Xiang-Guo sauce. We also offer Ma-La-Xiang-Guo in a milder spice level for those who are new to this cuisine. 

 Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown? 

There are lots of different food options in Chinatown as you c find many different types of cuisines from different parts of the world.  

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

I would really hope that our Edmonton Chinatown becomes a more safe, clean and welcoming place for everyone to visit. This will make it feel more like a community.  

Shijing Taste Mixer will be offering the following 2-course dinner menu for $18 during Chinatown Dining Week:

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

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Liuyishou 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.

Next up we spoke with Tina from Liuyishou Hot Pot, #168, 9700 105 Avenue (Pacific Rim Mall).

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 localcan 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 two 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 brothHotpot is a perfect way to bring people together for quality time while enjoying a hearty meal 

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. 

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

Chinatown is facing increased social disorder, especially heath and safety challenges. I wish the City can evaluate the value of the Chinatown area and start renovating the area as there is a lot of business and tourism potential. I hope that Edmonton’s Chinatown can become a well-developed area that can provide the best platform in Edmonton for culture interaction and exchange. 

Liuyishou Hot Pot will be offering the following 2-course dinner menu for $18 during Chinatown Dining Week:

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

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Hong Kong Bakery

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 spoke with Chip Tang of Hong Kong Bakery, 10649 97 Street.

Tell us a bit about your business.

Hong Kong Bakery was the first Chinese bakery to open in Alberta. My parents immigrated from Hong Kong to Alberta in 1977, and opened a bakery in Calgary in 1978. In 1986, they relocated to Edmonton and opened the current Chinatown bakery that same year.

How long has the business been open?

33 years in Chinatown. We have also had a south side location for more than 10 years.

What is the type of food served at the business?

We serve authentic Chinese and Hong Kong-style pastries and buns. We also offer European-style pastries, which reflects how Hong Kong offers international food. We’ve continued to build on the variety we sell, and are proud to feature our house-made macarons!

What makes your business special?

We make everything from scratch from simple ingredients and no mixes, including the fillings. For example, we are the only bakery who makes our own red bean paste!

Many people also know Hong Kong Bakery because of the green onion cakes we serve at the Taste of Edmonton. We sell these frozen at the bakery [for people to make at home].

Why do you think people should shop in Chinatown?

Chinatown has unique, ethnic businesses that are mostly family-run. There is a personality in Chinatown that is different from box stores.

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

More people need to come down and experience Chinatown!

Hong Kong Bakery will be offering the following $10 takeaway special during Chinatown Dining Week:

Special: 2 Barbecue Pork Buns, 2 Coconut Buns, and 4 Macarons (Strawberry Cheesecake, Blueberry Marscapone, Lychee Raspberry, Rose Strawberry) 

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Tea Bar Cafe

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 Andy Chung of Tea Bar Cafe, 10640 98 Street.

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?

20 years.

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

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

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.

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

I hope Chinatown keeps getting better so that it becomes more welcoming for Edmontonians and people visiting from outside of Edmonton.

Tea Bar Cafe will be offering the following $10 takeaway special during Chinatown Dining Week:

Special: Red Bean Waffle and choice of Bubble Tea Drink

Check out other special menus, here.