After attending the Chinese Festival on Saturday in Chinatown, I have to admit that it was better organized than the first year. My day started at the James Short parking structure with a nice surprise – free parking. That was very nice of the City to provide that to alleviate parking woes in Chinatown.
We were greeted by the dragon or at least the kung fu master who was holding the dragon’s head. He said we had some time before they started the dragon dance so we decided to wonder and browse the kiosks selling knick knacks.
There were the usual stalls that were selling iPod cases for $5, $10 and $15 for the premium cases. One stall sold Angry Birds slippers, Angry Birds pillows and Angry Birds keychains. There was even t-shirts that read Save the Birds – not sure if that was a play on the Angry Birds franchise.
Our friends from Asia Snacks were setup, but not selling our favourite egg puffs. They were too busy with taking orders for their Vietnamese sandwiches, to fire up the waffle-like maker so they kept telling us to come back later. We ran out of patience and ended up at the Dessert House for the egg puffs which were excellent. The mini doughnuts van was out and so was the Noodle Truck, both were very popular. TD Canada Trust were giving out personalized zodiac pins, ZipCar was promoting their new hourly car rental service in downtown Calgary and GlobalFest was selling tickets at their booth. There was something for everyone that attended the festival. Too bad it was only for one day, August 11th but I’m glad they ran it from 10am to 8pm.
New to the scene is Asia Snacks, a converted trailer decked out in red and black colours and fully equipped with waffle-like makers capable of turning out Hong Kong craze ‘egg puffs’. If you haven’t ever tried it, you have to before you die. It’s crazy good and there’s no one in Chinatown that makes it. In Vancouver, it’s different. You’ll find it everywhere, at Richmond night market, in Aberdeen mall, in every bubble tea shop but here in Calgary, it is really rare. Don’t know why but Tom and Jinny has it right.
They were at the Lilac Festival last week and graciously invited me in the backdoor for an inside look at how they made the ‘egg puffs’. They set me up to pour the batter into the waffle-like maker. Then they got me to flip it and wait for the creation to be made. Unfortunately as my first time, it wasn’t very good. Tom said it needed more batter but as you can see, plenty of batter was poured
Asia Snacks food truck
but it leaked out and onto the bottom of the pan. I was too clutzy to be any good. When it was all done, the hot egg puffs were carefully peeled from the pan and put into a paper bag. There’s no oil used to keep the egg puffs from sticking. Tom said if you let it cool before you eat it, it’ll be nice and crispy. If he made it, it would be hollow with a thin crisp coating on the outside. And the taste is like a soft fortune cookie. Check them out on Canada’s Day at Prince’s Island celebration where Tom, Jinny and team will be there. To find it, look for the food trailer with the longest line.