Category Archives: Chinatown Dining Week

Chinatown Dining Week in the Media

Chinatown Dining Week is now underway, and runs from January 14-24, 2021! 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 prepares to kick off its fourth year

From CBC Edmonton: Chinatown Restaurants turn to takeout during annual dining week

From CTV Edmonton: Chinatown hoping special ‘dining week’ will bring back old and new customers

From The Edmonton Journal: Food Notes on January 13, 2021

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Kanto 98 St. Eatery

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 10 businesses who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 14-24, 2021. All businesses are offering special takeaway deals during this period for $10 and/or $18. Check out all of the menus here.

Last 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?

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 2 years.

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 very convenient, and close to downtown. I come to Chinatown for inspiration.

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

I had some time to create more space through renovations, and [add] decor.

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

The sales have taken a dive. Fortunately, being where we are situated, we are able to stay afloat because of the low overhead and the cost of food to is relatively lower and accessible.

Kanto 98 St. Eatery will be offering the following $10 special during Chinatown Dining Week:

Special: 2 Carne Asada Tacos – Chipotle Marinated Beef with Smoked Tomato Lime Salsa, Handmade Corn Tortillas, Cilantro and Onions, Cheddar Cheese

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Padmanadi

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 10 businesses who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 14-24, 2021. All businesses are offering special takeaway deals during this period for $10 and/or $18. Check out all of the menus here.

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 18 years. We used to be in Chinatown right on 97 Street. We outgrew ourselves more than 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 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.

Padmanadi will be offering the following $18 special during Chinatown Dining Week:

Special: Individually-Sized Ginger Beef, Curry Chicken, or Vegetable Deluxe served with Jasmine Rice, Two Spring Rolls, and Bowl of Wonton Soup (vegan)

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Namaste India

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 10 businesses who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 14-24, 2021. All businesses are offering special takeaway deals during this period for $10 and/or $18. Check out all of the menus here.

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 [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.

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?

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

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

We are currently not offering dine-in, and have not been able to host private events. We are [taking every precaution] as our business requires us to interact with many people on a daily basis, and we want to keep ourselves and our family safe.

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

We are surviving on takeout orders.

Namaste India will be offering the following $10 and $18 specials during Chinatown Dining Week:

$10 Special: choose from Choice #1, #2, or #3:
Choice #1: Butter Chicken – Tandoori Grilled Chicken Cooked in an Ambrosial Tomato and Cream Sauce
Choice #2: Vegetable Korma – Vegetables with Homemade Cheese Cooked in Thick Creamy Sauce, Served with Basmati Rice or Naan (vegetarian)
Choice #3: Chana Masala – Chickpeas Cooked in Onion, Tomato, Ginger and Garlic Gravy, Served with Basmati Rice or Naan (vegan)

$18 special: Butter Chicken Combo (served with Butter Naan and Basmati Rice)

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Kim Fat Market

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 10 businesses who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 14-24, 2021. All businesses are offering special takeaway 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, 9905 107 Avenue.

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.

How long have you been open?

This is our 32nd 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.

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:

$10 special: Small Tray of Deep-Fried Drumsticks or Dry Ribs. Flavour options: All-Dressed, Honey Garlic, Regular Crispy, or Cajun

$18 special: Medium Tray of Deep-Fried Drumsticks or Dry Ribs. Flavour options: All-Dressed, Honey Garlic, Regular Crispy, or Cajun

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Tea Bar Cafe

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 10 businesses who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 14-24, 2021. All businesses are offering special takeaway 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, 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?

21 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.

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

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

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Liuyishou Hot Pot

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 10 businesses who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 14-24, 2021. All businesses are offering special takeaway 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, #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 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 three 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.  

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. 

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

We are trying to find ways to meet customers’ needs for take-out and delivery.

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

We have seen our sales decrease significantly; we’re just trying so hard to survive.

Liuyishou Hot Pot will be offering the following $18 special during Chinatown Dining Week:

Special: Hot Pot Combo
Choose one Soup Base (for individual-sized pot): Spicy, Wild Mixed Mushrooms, or Tomato
Included items (provided either raw for diners to cook in hot pot at home, or pre-cooked): Supreme Beef Slices, Beef Omasum, Shrimp Paste Balls, Watercress, Potato, Tofu Skin, and Steamed Rice


Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Syphay

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 10 businesses who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 14-24, 2021. All businesses are offering special takeaway deals during this period for $10 and/or $18. Check out all of the menus here.

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 opened the Jasper Ave location 7 years ago [which will be the one participating in Chinatown Dining Week].  

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

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. 

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

We’ve had to adjust to the ongoing government regulations by moving towards mainly takeout and delivery, offering promotions, and increasing our social media posts to engage our customers more.

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:

Special: choose from Choice #1 or #2
Choice #1: Tohm Yum (Chicken or Vegetable), Phanang Curry (Chicken, Beef, or Tofu), Coconut or Steamed Rice, Meat or Vegetable Spring Rolls (3 pieces)
Choice #2: Tohm Yum (Chicken or Vegetable), Pad Thai (Chicken or Tofu), Meat or Vegetable Spring Rolls (3 pieces)

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Macarons and Goodies

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 10 businesses who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 14-24, 2021. All businesses are offering special takeaway deals during this period for $10 and/or $18. Check out all of the menus here.

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.

Macarons and Goodies will be offering the following specials during Chinatown Dining Week:

$10 special: six Macarons or two 5″ Pies
$18 special: Large 10″ Pie

Check out other special menus, here.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: King Noodle House Pho Hoang

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring each of the 10 businesses who are participating in Chinatown Dining Week, running January 14-24, 2021. All businesses are offering special takeaway deals during this period for $10 and/or $18. Check out all of the menus here.

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 22 years.

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.

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

Previously we had been cash only but with the pandemic, as we started to promote more take-out services, we also added an email and text order and online e-transfer payment option to try and accommodate more customers. We also changed out our front door entryway to feature a take-out/pick-up entry window. As with other restaurants following government restrictions, our dine-in capacity (when dine in was reopened) had also been lowered and we removed utensils and sauces from the table so there would be less touch points for customers. We also started doing temperature checks at the front door before allowing anyone in, and installing hand sanitizer by the door as well.

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

2020 has been the most challenging year in our 22+ year history. We had already seen business on the decline in Chinatown over the last few years but have been hardest hit since the pandemic. Pho is best enjoyed hot and freshly made from our kitchen to the table in seconds, so the dine-in experience is so vital. We appreciate everyone who continues to support us with take-out orders but it is hard to operate a restaurant on take-out only (especially if we’re not built for take-out only). Seeing far less foot traffic in the area combined with safety concerns of eating out, and our own internal challenges of being able to efficiently shift our operations online has been difficult. We thank everyone for continuing to support us during this time.

King Noodle House Pho Hoang will be offering the following $18 special during Chinatown Dining Week:

Special: choose from Combo A or B
Combo A – Large Bowl of Pho (your choice) + Spring Rolls / Grilled Pork Balls Combo Platter
Combo B – Large Bowl of Pho (your choice) + Vietnamese Iced Coffee and Spring Rolls 

Check out other special menus, here.