It’s official…

Chinatown Night Market - Press Conference

The 17th annual Vancouver Chinatown Night Market will kick off on Friday, May 18th.

There’s still time if you want to partake in this exciting summer event.  Got a fledging business you want to promote?  Are you part of a dance crew and you want everyone to know how cool your moves are?  Give us a shout and let’s see if we can work something out!


Community Potluck

If you’re in the area of Chinatown/Strathcona on Sunday, April 29th, be sure to stop by Hogan’s Alley Café (789 Gore Ave) after 4pm to take part in their Community Potluck event.  It’s a chance to meet up with the locals and discuss…well, local things!  What better way to start building community spirit than to sit down and have a fun meal together?

Meanwhile, here’s a brief introduction of Jennifer Halley, the owner of Hogan’s Alley Café, courtesy of This Space.



Terracotta Warriors

Today, an interesting public art project was unveiled at the courtyard of Chinese Cultural Centre:

1 of 30 warriors

The Great Terracotta Warrior Public Art Project by the BC Lions Society consists of 30 replicas of the famous warriors, each painted by a different BC artist.  Do you folks remember the whales and bears dotting the city in the years past?  Same idea here.

This one is by James Tan

So where are these warriors being displayed?  Ahh, that’s a secret (…if you don’t have a map already.)  Why not pick a nice day to be out and see how many of them you can track down?  We will start you off with this warrior, painted by James Tan, proudly standing guard at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.  Now let’s see if you can find them all!

What’s for snack?

It’s a not-so-well kept secret of Chinatown…


Frequently found still warm and flaky…

Layers of flaky goodness

Buy one or six or twelve…

All waiting for you
(yes the traditional egg tarts are good, too)

…at the New Town Bakery!

We’re sure most of you have heard of the world-famous apple tarts from the New Town Bakery (148 E. Pender St.)  If you haven’t tried one yet…what are you waiting for?  Go get one and munch on it as you enjoy the warm spring day, or take them home and add a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Check out their brand new digs!

What’s for snack?

If you’re in the mood for a quick snack, boy are you in the right place! Chinatown has plenty of choices on offer. Let’s start with a common snack – the steamed bun.

1) Chicken bun (siopao) from New Town Bakery.  (148 E. Pender St.)

The famous chicken bun/siopao from New Town

2) Jumbo chicken bun from Kam Wai Dim Sum (249 E. Pender St.)

Look at the size of that thing!

Chicken, Chinese sausage, and egg yolk

3) Steamed bun from Harvest. (243 Union St.)

Seems to be a modern take on the "gua bao" concept...

Careful…steamed buns can be very filling!  What starts off as a snack might end up becoming a meal!  Do try one out (or three) next time you’re in Chinatown.  Walk around.  Enjoy the sights.  Then buy some more to take home.

What’s for lunch?

This post will require you to adjust your thinking a bit.


Today’s lunch is Farmcrest organic chicken sandwich (on artisan bread), chickpea salad, and a SIP Lavender Lemon Peel soda.  All made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.  We know it sounds like a cliché, but you can indeed taste the freshness in every bite.  And the soda…lavender with a hint of lemon and not overly sweet.  Everything about this lunch has healthy written all over it times 100.

So where can you find all these deliciousness?  Downtown?  Yaletown?


To be specific, Harvest Community Foods on 243 Union Street.

Yes, this is what the new Chinatown is about; you can find old favourites AND new offerings with heavy emphasis on local producers.

So head on down to Harvest, order yourself a good lunch from their daily menu, and give the owner, Michael Leung, a hi-five (don’t forget his staff too).  They are doing something so very right and deserve a good attaboy, wouldn’t you say?

Stay tuned…a profile on Harvest coming soon! (and hopefully we can snag one of their already-famous steam buns at the same time)

Not your average chicken salad sandwich