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):
In January 2021, restaurants were limited to take-out and delivery methods only, and as a result, our event had to pivot too. But the community came through, and participating Chinatown Dining Week businesses were overwhelmed with Edmontonians who placed take-out orders in droves. It was our most successful event to date.
Twenty one months after the pandemic changed everything, most businesses in Chinatown continue to struggle. While restaurants were permitted to re-open to dine-in services earlier this year with the implementation of the Restrictions Exemption Program, many establishments have not seen their foot traffic return to pre-pandemic levels.
Chinatown Dining Week started five years ago as a volunteer-run event meant to highlight some of the culinary gems in an overlooked neighbourhood of the city. The need still stands, perhaps now more than ever, to showcase these unique hospitality businesses at a time when they could use more support.
Participating restaurants have put together special menus for $10 or $18 that will be offered from January 13-23, 2022 for take-out and in-person dining.
The list of participating restaurants will be released on December 27, 2021, and includes several businesses new to the event, as well as many returning favourites.
Mark your calendars, Chinatown Dining Week is returning for a fourth year!
What: Chinatown Dining Week
When: January 14-24, 2021
Where: 10 businesses in Edmonton’s Chinatown
It’s been a rough year for hospitality businesses in Chinatown. The economic downturn had already settled in early on in 2020, impacting discretionary dollars spent dining out, but then in March, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. First, establishments in the neighbourhood were stigmatized because of misinformation about where and how the virus was spreading, and a perceived connection to where the virus originated. Secondly, with the lockdown in the spring, restaurants and cafes were limited to take-out only, which severely impacted their bottom line.
With the current restrictions coming at a time that would have been a busy season for restaurants, it’s more important than ever that we raise awareness of some of the culinary gems in an area that is often overlooked in Edmonton.
10 businesses will be participating in the fourth annual Chinatown Dining Week. We’re thrilled to welcome one new partner to our roster: Kim Fat Market. Kim Fat has been a strong community advocate, and we’re happy to showcase some of their menu items in our upcoming event!
Participating restaurants have put together special menus for $10 or $18 that will be offered from January 14 – 24, 2021. Because of current public health guidelines, all menus will be offered for pick-up only. Participating businesses include (*denotes new participant):
Allow us to introduce you to Ying Fat Food Products Ltd., makers and purveyors of superior quality tofu.
We Edmontonians have much to be proud of, what with having more farmers’ markets than we can shake a stick at, and our summer festivals abound. But few people realize how fortunate we are to have a tofu factory nestled in our very own Chinatown. Fresh-made tofu is something few people get to experience, and unless you’ve tasted it (or felt it… it might be more of a texture thing), you might never know what you were missing. With Ying Fat in town and open to the public, Edmontonians have unbridled access to fresh, scrumptrilescent tofu.
Ying Fat already provides many local restaurants with tofu, and we’re delighted to announce that they’ll be supplying us with individual portions of their house-made sweetened dessert tofu, or dau fu fa, to sell for a bargain at the 97th Street Night Market.
A couple weeks ago, I had a chance to visit Ying Fat and explore the wonders of Alberta’s only tofu factory. Thanks to May Ying for letting me look around and take these photos to share!
Ying Fat Food Products Ltd.
10512 – 98 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 2N4
T: (780) 425-9489