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Donairs vs Green Onion Cakes: A Showdown!

If you were lucky enough to find yourself free this Thursday past and did not catch Pecha Kucha 18, you missed out.  Always a colourful mix of serious and tongue in cheek presenters, this past one had one presentation that … Continue reading

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Edmonton’s Official Dish – Green Onion Cakes

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 … Continue reading

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Siu To: The Legend

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 … Continue reading

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Edmonton is a really, really BIG small town

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 … Continue reading

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SIU TO CALLED ME!!

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…

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An Open Letter to Linda Tzang, Curator of Cultural Communities at the Royal Alberta Museum

Dear Ms. Tzang, With Metro Edmonton’s recent article, a renewed “green onion cakes as Edmonton’s signature dish” debate has begun.  I felt that the article itself did not fully explain the rationale for why green onion cakes are Edmonton’s signature … Continue reading

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To The EGOC Naysayers…

Sometimes, when I bring up the notion that green onion cakes are an Edmonton thing, people get really worked up.   I hear things about the fact that this obviously Asian export cannot be ours because, well, it is Asian.  One … Continue reading

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In Search of Siu To…

Anyone who knows anything about EGOCs will tell you the legend of Siu To. In our early days of research the same story kept coming up. The basement of Commerce Place… Mongolian Food Experience… San Francisco import. The man that … Continue reading

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Signature Dish

I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to what exactly makes something qualify to be a city’s signature dish.  Surely ubiquity is important.  But beyond it’s wide availability, what makes it belong to someone?  After all, you can get … Continue reading

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Hello Edmonton.

So go figure.  It was there all along.  Staring us in the face.  Mocking us silently in our pursuit of it.  Oh sure it had it’s champions.  You know who you are. But it wasn’t boastful.  This was no egoist.  … Continue reading

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