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Chinatown Dining Week Feature: Asian Express Hot Pot

Over the next week, we’ll be featuring each of the five restaurants who are participating in the inaugural Chinatown Dining Week, running January 20-28, 2018.

First to be profiled: we sat down with Angus Tam, owner of Asian Express Hot Pot, 10586 100 Street (Chinatown location).

Why did you decide to open 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?

8 years.

What is the style of cuisine served at the restaurant?

We serve individual hot pots 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!

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.

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

Chinatown Dining Week Menus

We hope you’re hungry! For our inaugural Chinatown Dining Week, we’ve engaged five restaurants who 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 20 – 28, 2018
Where: 5 restaurants in Edmonton’s Chinatown

The $15 specials below will be offered for dinner over the nine days (menus and hours are subject to change).

  • Asian Express Hot Pot, 10586 100 Street (Chinatown location)
    Hours: Monday-Thursday 11am-1:30am, Friday-Sunday 11am-2:30am

    Appetizer: two golden fried buns (served with condensed milk)
    Main: Hotpot (soup base, choice of four items, vegetable basket)

  • Cui Hua 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)

  • King Noodle House Pho Hoang, 10615 97 Street (cash only)
    Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10am-7:30pm, closed Mondays & Tuesdays

    Appetizer: spring roll and grilled pork ball platter
    Main: choice of large bowl of pho

  • Taipan Cafe Restaurant, 10627 97 Street
    Hours: Thursday-Tuesday 11am-11pm, closed Wednesdays

    Coffee or tea
    Main, choice of:
    fish filet with garlic shrimp (served with fries & garlic toast)
    8 oz. sirloin steak with garlic shrimp (served with fries & garlic toast)
    club house hot plate with steak, chicken filet and smokies (served with fries & garlic toast)
    chicken filet, pork chip and fish filet (served with steamed rice or spaghetti)

  • Viphalay Laos and Thai Restaurant, 10724 95 Street (Stadium location)
    Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-2pm (lunch) and Tuesday – Sunday 5-9pm (dinner), closed Mondays

    Main: choice of any curry or stir fry (served with coconut rice)
    Dessert: choice of roti rolls, banana envelope, or scoop of coconut ice cream

If the menus haven’t whet your appetite, we’ll be updating the website over the next two weeks leading up to the event with features on each of the participating restaurants.

Save the Date: Chinatown Dining Week, January 20-28, 2018

We’re thrilled to introduce the inaugural Chinatown Dining Week, which will run for 9 days this January!

What: Chinatown Dining Week
When: January 20 – 28, 2018
Where: 5 restaurants in Edmonton’s Chinatown

Many people are already aware of the culinary gems tucked in this historic neighbourhood, but Chinatown Dining Week will provide an opportunity for others to discover new favourites! Chinatown is known for its diverse range of cuisines, some of which will be showcased in this event.

The participating 5 restaurants have put together special $15 fixed price menus that will be offered after 5pm from January 20 – 28, 2018. Each menu will feature two courses. Participating restaurants include:

Menus will be released at edmontonchinatown.ca on January 8, 2018 – check back then to whet your appetite!

Five Reasons to Attend the 97 Street Night Market

If you still need convincing to check out tonight’s 97 Street Night Market, here are five reasons!

What: 97 Street Night Market
When: August 23, 2014
Time: 6-10pm
Where: 97 Street & 106 Avenue

#1: The Food

We’ve got a great line up of Asian-themed menus tonight from Molly’s
Eats, Nhon Hoa and Yellowbird Cafe.

What the Truck?! at Louise McKinneyGyu-Don Beef from Yellowbird

Molly’s Eats

  • Rou Jia Mo “Chinese Hamburger” – braised pork belly, green onions & cilantro in house made flatbread
  • Niu Rou Jian Bing “Fried Rolls w/ Beef” – braised beef shank, cucumber & green onions wrapped in a green onion pancake
  • Gado Gado Indonesian salad – fresh cabbage, lettuce, cucumber, blanched bean sprouts, fried tofu & hard boiled egg slices in pumpkin seed sauce
  • Pisang Goreng Deep Fried Bananas – ripe bananas, battered & deep fried
  • Thousand Layer Cake – multi-layered sponge cake

Nhon Hoa

  • Combo Cold Cut Sub
  • Juicy Meatball Sub
  • Shredded Chicken and Pork Sub
  • Vietnamese Sausage and Shredded Pork Sub
  • Satay Chicken Sub
  • Satay Beef Sub
  • Teriyaki Chicken Sub
  •  Tofu Sub
  • Vege Shredded Chicken Sub
  • Vege Satay Chicken Sub
  • Vege Satay Beef Sub
  • Spring Rolls
  • Salad Rolls
  • Fresh Fruit Bubble Drinks

Yellowbird

  • Gyu-Don Beef (beef rice bowl)
  • Miso Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Teriyaki Philly Steak
  • Yakiniku Wrap
  • Sesame Fish Tacos

In addition, we will have a  variety of desserts from Shan Shan Bakery (buns and cookies), Ying Fat Tofu (their famous dessert tofu) and Holy Cow (fresh fruit popsicles).

#2: The Performers We have a great mix of local talent that  honors traditional cultural
arts and more modern sensibilities.

  • 6:15pm – a lion dance performed by the Shang De Martial Arts will kick things off with a bang!
  • 6:45pm – have you ever wanted to try tai chi but didn’t know where to go? The Red Dragon Tai Chi Club will not only demonstrate basic tai chi and explain its benefits, but also lead those interested in a brief lesson.
  • 7:15pm – twelve year old Vivian Tao has mastered the guzheng (the Chinese plucked zither). Come be amazed!
  • 7:45pm – the Sung Lee Taekwondo Demo Team will show us their equivalent ofStreet Fighter moves. Stay back – you’ve been warned!
  • 8:15pm – Rise to Beat, or R2B, was brought together in 2012 by a love of music and dance. Their style of dancing varies mainly between hip-hop and K-Pop. They’re sure to get the energy up!
  • 8:45pm – the Sung Lee Taekwondo Demo Team will be back for an encore performance!
  • 9:15pm – Convergence Dance Crew is a K-Pop dance group made up of mostly non-Korean performers. Back after their popular appearance at last year’s night market, will close out the stage with a light-infused performance that will raise the bar.

As a bonus, we are fortunate to also have artist Rory Lee on hand, who
will be live painting a piece all evening.

#3: The Vendors

Come to the market for a selection of accessories, trinkets and souvenirs.

Heritage Chinatown Night MarketShow that you love Chinatown!

The Chinese Benevolent Association will also be selling their fabulous
“I Heart Chinatown” t-shirts, and Sunny Snapshots will be offering free photos in their booth!

#4: The Tours

Back by popular demand, we’ve brought back our wonderful tour guides
from last year’s market to provide a pedestrian introduction to the
neighborhood’s history and art. New this year is a food tour, to
showcase some of Chinatown’s culinary gems.

  • 6:00pm, Taste of Chinatown: Ever curious about the tastes of Chinatown, but were too afraid to ask? New this year, Wild Tangerine’s Wilson Wu will be introducing you to some of the culinary treasures in Chinatown, from a fresh tofu factory to a bakery and a barbecue shop. Samples will be included along the way! Space is limited on this tour, and is first come, first served.
  • 6:30pm, History of Chinatown: – Join Lan Chan-Marples and Peter Wong, Chinatown Heritage Tour Guides, on a walking tour of Chinatown past, present and future. Learn about Chinese settlement to Edmonton that began more than 120 years ago, the businesses and associations that sprung up to serve a growing community, and the location and relocation of Heritage Chinatown.
  • 7:30pm, The Art of Chinatown: Join Paul Giang, Spacing Edmonton founder, and Olivia Fung on a walking tour of Chinatown that explores its artistic side and other curiosities. The tour will include work done by Dirt City Dream City, the Living Bridge, the free wall along the LRT, and the proposal of arts district in quarters.
  • 8:30pm, History of Chinatown: – Join Lan Chan-Marples and Peter Wong, Chinatown Heritage Tour Guides, on a walking tour of Chinatown past, present and future. Learn about Chinese settlement to Edmonton that began more than 120 years ago, the businesses and associations that sprung up to serve a growing community, and the location and relocation of Heritage Chinatown.

#5: The Spirit of Chinatown

Chinatown is a diverse area that has undergone many changes in its
history. With continuing revitalization and promises of new
development, growth and transformation will be a constant in this
neighborhood. But what will remain true is the enduring spirit of
Chinatown, its foundation as a gathering space for different cultures
and the potential it has to capture future generations.

97 Street Night Market2013 Night Market

Hope to see you there!

97 Street Night Market Performers!

We’re excited to finally announce our schedule of performers at the 97 Street Night Market on August 23, 2014! We’ve gathered a great mix of talent from the community for an evening that honours traditional cultural arts and embraces more modern sensibilities. Performances take place every half an hour.

  • 6:15pm – a lion dance performed by the Shang De Martial Arts will kick things off with a bang!
  • 6:45pm – have you ever wanted to try tai chi but didn’t know where to go? The Red Dragon Tai Chi Club will not only demonstrate basic tai chi and explain its benefits, but also lead those interested in a brief lesson.
  • 7:15pm – twelve year old Vivian Tao has mastered the guzheng (the Chinese plucked zither). Come be amazed!
  • 7:45pm – the Sung Lee Taekwondo Demo Team will show us their equivalent of Street Fighter moves. Stay back – you’ve been warned!
  • 8:15pmRise to Beat, or R2B, was brought together in 2012 by a love of music and dance. Their style of dancing varies mainly between hip-hop and K-Pop. They’re sure to get the energy up!

A taste of R2B
  • 8:45pm – the Sung Lee Taekwondo Demo Team will be back for an encore performance!
  • 9:15pmConvergence Dance Crew is a K-Pop dance group made up of mostly non-Korean performers. Back after their popular appearance at last year’s night market, will close out the stage with a light-infused performance that will raise the bar.

See you there!

97 Street Night Market Menus

One of the highlights of any night market is the food! On August 23, 2014, you can expect tasty Asian-inspired treats from several food trucks, as well as some specialty items from local merchants. It’ll be hard to narrow down your selections!

97 Street Night Market Molly’s Eats feeding the crowd at the 2013 Night Market

Without further adieu, here are the 97 Street Night Market menus:

Molly’s Eats

  • Rou Jia Mo “Chinese Hamburger” – braised pork belly, green onions & cilantro in house made flatbread
  • Niu Rou Jian Bing “Fried Rolls w/ Beef” – braised beef shank, cucumber & green onions wrapped in a green onion pancake
  • Gado Gado Indonesian salad – fresh cabbage, lettuce, cucumber, blanched bean sprouts, fried tofu & hard boiled egg slices in pumpkin seed sauce
  • Pisang Goreng Deep Fried Bananas – ripe bananas, battered & deep fried
  • Thousand Layer Cake – multi-layered sponge cake

Nhon Hoa

  • Combo Cold Cut Sub
  • Juicy Meatball Sub
  • Shredded Chicken and Pork Sub
  • Vietnamese Sausage and Shredded Pork Sub
  • Satay Chicken Sub
  • Satay Beef Sub
  • Teriyaki Chicken Sub
  •  Tofu Sub
  • Vege Shredded Chicken Sub
  • Vege Satay Chicken Sub
  • Vege Satay Beef Sub
  • Spring Rolls
  • Salad Rolls
  • Fresh Fruit Bubble Drinks

Yellowbird

  • Gyu-Don Beef (beef rice bowl)
  • Miso Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Teriyaki Philly Steak
  • Yakiniku Wrap
  • Sesame Fish Tacos

We are also happy to have a variety of desserts from Shan Shan Bakery (buns and cookies), Ying Fat Tofu (their famous dessert tofu) and Holy Cow (fresh fruit popsicles).

Make sure to come with an empty stomach!

97 Street Night Market Walking Tours!

Last year, our Chinatown walking tours were immensely popular. Those who took part learned about the neighbourhood’s history, its inhabitants, businesses, and notable art. 97 Street Night Market We’ve asked our able guides to return again this year, so put on your walking shoes and join us for one of four free tours starting at the 97 Street Night Market on August 23, 2014:

  • 6:00pm, Taste of Chinatown: Ever curious about the tastes of Chinatown, but were too afraid to ask? New this year, Wild Tangerine’s Wilson Wu will be introducing you to some of the culinary treasures in Chinatown, from a fresh tofu factory to a bakery and a barbecue shop. Samples will be included along the way! Space is limited on this tour, and is first come, first served.
  • 6:30pm, History of Chinatown: – Join Lan Chan-Marples and Peter Wong, Chinatown Heritage Tour Guides, on a walking tour of Chinatown past, present and future. Learn about Chinese settlement to Edmonton that began more than 120 years ago, the businesses and associations that sprung up to serve a growing community, and the location and relocation of Heritage Chinatown.
  • 7:30pm, The Art of Chinatown: Join Paul Giang, Spacing Edmonton founder, and Olivia Fung on a walking tour of Chinatown that explores its artistic side and other curiosities. The tour will include work done by Dirt City Dream City, the Living Bridge, the free wall along the LRT, and the proposal of arts district in quarters.
  • 8:30pm, History of Chinatown: – Join Lan Chan-Marples and Peter Wong, Chinatown Heritage Tour Guides, on a walking tour of Chinatown past, present and future. Learn about Chinese settlement to Edmonton that began more than 120 years ago, the businesses and associations that sprung up to serve a growing community, and the location and relocation of Heritage Chinatown.

All tours will meet at the information tent.

Save the Date: 97 Street Night Market 2014

Building on the momentum of our first market last year, we are thrilled to announce the second annual 97 Street Night Market, taking place this August!

What: 97 Street Night Market
When: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Time: 6-10pm
Where: 97 Street & 106 Avenue

2014 Night Market Poster, August 13, 2014

Expect food trucks, Chinatown walking tours, performers and vendors. Over the next few weeks, we will share more details about what we have in store. Stay tuned!