Category Archives: Chinatown Dining Week

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!

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Viphalay Laos and Thai Restaurant

Last to be profiled: Viphalay Laos and Thai Restaurant located at 10724 95 Street (Stadium location). We sat down with Lily Mounma, the owner of the restaurant.

Tell us a bit more about the restaurant?

This is a family run restaurant that has been passed down to the Mounma siblings, with Lily operating the stadium location. The name “Viphalay” is a combination of three names representing the women of the family: “Vipha” is Mama Mounma, the original chef and the creator of most of the recipes; “Phalay” is Lily’s middle name; and “Vilay” represents Lily’s sister.

How long has the restaurant been open?

The restaurant will be 10 years old in June 2018.

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

Thai and Laos food. It is a mix of different spices with the addition of fresh ingredients to bring out the flavours of the food.

What makes your restaurant special?

It is the original location (the second location is downtown). We invite people to come enjoy great food that feels just like home.

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?

There are tons of restaurants where you can experience different cuisines. And most importantly, it’s affordable!

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

I have lived in McCauley for almost 20 years, and have seen a lot of progress. Chinatown is a safe neighborhood. More activities centered around Chinatown will be good for the businesses and are a chance for people to experience what is being offered.

Check out the special menus offered during the Chinatown Dining Week.

Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Taipan Café Restaurant

Next to be profiled: Taipan Café Restaurant located at 10627 97 St NW. We had a chat with Gabriel, the manager of the restaurant.

Tell us a bit more about the restaurant?

The restaurant is owned by a family that runs a couple of restaurants around Edmonton.

How long has the restaurant been open?

The restaurant has been operating for over 30 years in Edmonton. The current owners took it over 13 years ago.

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

This is a Hong Kong style restaurant with options such as authentic Chinese food and Szechuan style food for variety. We import ingredients straight from Hong Kong for authenticity and better quality.

What makes your restaurant special?

Most people in Edmonton know about Taipan Café. It is known for its popular dishes such as oven baked rice.

Why do you think people should dine in Chinatown?

People should dine in Chinatown to experience different cuisines.

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

New additions to the core such as the Ice District and the museum are opportunities for more people to experience Edmonton’s downtown, and will hopefully bring more people to Chinatown.

Check out the special menus offered during the Chinatown Dining Week.