The journey to taste every EGOC in the city continues at Hoang Long, West Edmonton Mall!
It was a frigid Edmonton day that saw us headed to the big mall (-32 degrees eek!) After a morning spent frolicking at the indoor waterpark, we had worked up quite an appetite. I convinced some friends to haul their brood up to the second floor to sample the green onion cakes at Hoang Long. 4 adults and 4 kiddos would make for a very messy time! Continue reading
Siu To and I were invited by CKUA’s Sarah Hoyles to speak about this project for the February 2, 2014 Arts Alive broadcast. (To hear Siu and I jump to minute 19:01, but the whole thing is pretty awesome.)
It was a beautiful Edmonton day (+9 degrees) and I was pretty amped. It was the first major radio outlet to pick up the story, and I was suitably prepped. Or at least I thought. I googled “how to speak on the radio” and was armed with helpful tips and tricks to assist me. Speak slowly and clearly. Imagine the sound coming from your stomach, not your throat (this made me sound like a man #justsayin). Calm blue ocean.
There was however one question I was not entirely prepared for. And it’s probably the most important question. What do I want? So here it is, my wish list for this project: Continue reading
Fresh off our interview with CKUA, I convince Siu to join me for lunch. I had been meaning to try The Underground’s “Green Onion Cake Sandwich”, especially after Linda Tzang suggested she wouldn’t consider green onion cakes Edmonton’s signature dish until she saw it on local bar and restaurant menus. You don’t get more local than The Underground.
The place is located literally underground. Escalators transport you into the belly of an old bank building right on Jasper Avenue. The space used to be for storage, but now it’s a trendy watering-hole offering countless craft beers on tap. We aren’t here for the beer. Continue reading
Tucked away behind the hustle and bustle of 109th street you’ll find Happy Garden. Nestled among the big trees and old houses of Parkallen stands an Edmonton institution. Credited as being the first home of the Edmonton green onion cake, it was Siu To who pointed me in its direction.
“Best green onion cakes in Edmonton. Even now. They still make it like I showed them,” he told me.
The current owner worked as the head chef for Siu until she and her family bought it from him in 1986. It doesn’t look like much has changed. There are rumblings online that it may have seen some renovations, but I don’t detect any obvious upgrades. Continue reading
When I first embarked on this green onion cake odyssey, all roads seemed to lead to Siu To. Here I was, moments from meeting him. With my notebook and iPhone on the ready, I found a table in the courtyard outside of Zenari’s in Manulife Place and waited for him to be a no-show.
After all, who the hell am I?
“A self-professed Edmonton enthusiast on a quest to elevate the green onion cake to its rightful place as Edmonton’s Official Dish.” I sound like a flake. Continue reading
I suppose I should start with how it came to be that the object of my search ended up calling me (for more on why I was looking for him see here). To be fair, I had never tried all that hard to find Siu. A couple googles and I was spent! Looking for a “celebrity” might prove tricky, but last week I happened to find myself driving through Chinatown when it occurred to me to stop in at the last known restaurant Mr. To had been associated with: Noodlemaker. Now I knew that it had shutdown a few years ago and I didn’t have the address, but I did have some clues from Isabelle. Somewhere near Continue reading
Oh my gawd oh my gawd OH MY GAWD!!!! SIU TO CALLED ME!!!
I was all: Hello?
And he was all: This is Siu.
And I was like: Oh. My. GAWD.
We have a date on Tuesday…
Our next entry into the green onion cakes odyssey takes us to XIX (Nineteen) in Terwillegar.
To say that I was excited to try the green onion cakes here would be an understatement. Chef Andrew Fung had created a Charred Albacore tuna “taco” where the “taco” was actually a green onion cake!! WHAT!??!
As I already knew what I was having, I sat impatiently as I watched my girlfriends hum and haw over the menu. Chicks are the worst. Finally, decisions were made!
Me: “I’ll have your green onion cake thingo please.” I was eager. Continue reading
I made the mistake of spending the holidays in Florida once. The fake icicles and cotton ball snowscapes were a real buzzkill. I will never make that mistake again. Christmas in Edmonton or BUST! The family diaspora assembles for 7 sleepless nights full of food and debauchery. Bedtimes are scrapped and replaced with Lord of the Flies style parenting.
Anyone who has had occasion to spend one with our family would no doubt agree that we really throw down. There’s always a couple of strays (peeps with no place to be) to keep things interesting and for the past several years some new grandkids to add to the chaos. Continue reading
Thanks for tuning in on our hunt to find the best green onion cakes in Edmonton. Next up: Dumplings The Restaurant located just off the Henday along 91st street.
I have to say that the fact that this place has the words “The Restaurant” in their name, really set things off on the right foot for me. Their specialty is Szechuan, a type of cuisine originating from Sichuan province in southwestern China. Technically green onion cakes are not native to the area, but being an Edmonton restaurant, well… you know.
The restaurant itself was nothing special. A few booths scattered throughout a relatively undecorated space. It’s location was a bit confusing Continue reading