Lunar New Year has always been a large celebration in Asian countries and for many Asian communities all around the world. Festivities, big feasts and most importantly, family has always been integral parts of this annual tradition, however this year things will be a little bit different. Although many of us are all at home and keeping ourselves and our community safe, it doesn’t mean that we can’t celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Ox!
Originally a dish eaten by Chinese royalty, Simmer Hong’s signature steam pot brings a whole new and unique way of dining to Calgary!
When you hear Clay Pot Rice or Bo Zai fan, it is a well-known dish to many people from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. Alex, the Clay Pot Rice restaurant owner, knows that many Chinese living in Calgary miss Bo Zai Fan.
“In this industry, we have to learn every day and think every day, surfing online to know more about what the customers like and dislike then adapt to the changes.”
“This is a critical time for many but our heart is still here to serve clients. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen to get our dishes to the tables and we must maintain the quality.”
“There is a reason why Calgary Chinatown has been around for 110 years. The community has been through the ups and downs and they’re very resilient. They know what the mountains and hurdles are, but they can just think up so many different ways to survive.”
“When you look at other burger joints, it’s all very generic: same toppings, same ingredients. We wanted to do something that would change the game.”
“I take my responsibility very seriously. It’s not just a job for me. It’s like my life mission to be able to do something worthwhile.”
Try Again Beverage House’s story is one of improvement and adaptation.
After having years of experience working in the food industry, and working with the art of making Teochew noodles, the owner of Chong Fat decided to bring the cherished food craft to Calgary.
Since its opening in July of 1966, Annette Fung has been with Silver Dragon every step of the way.
These cool guys also put a lot of heart in specializing their ramen.
“We can get through this, I know this and I am committed. I will continue to bring that homey taste of Gui Lin rice noodle to serve everyone. If you haven’t tried it, I welcome you to.”
Sung says his restaurant and its food are able to provide people with a sense of ‘home’.
“We got a call from the USA one day, it was from a grandson who could not travel back right away due to border restrictions.”