Chow Down Chinatown to Blend Movies, Music, and Food

There’s a fun event coming up on Friday, July 14th called Chow Down Chinatown. Three local bands will perform and vintage kung fu movies will be projected while the audience chows down on local Chinese food.

take out box performers Chow Down Chinatown

Musical Motivation

I chatted with Shon Wong, the man behind the event. His enthusiasm is palpable and I’m sure has been felt by everyone who works at a Chinatown eatery that he has visited in person to promote the event. The whole idea is to energize the neighbourhood. Shon is encouraging the audience to order takeout and bring it along, and then everyone can chow down while enjoying the show.

Not only is Shon the event organizer, he is also performing with his band, Son of James. They are a Vancouver Chinatown rock band. Blending rock, soul, and funk using Chinese instrumentation. There will also be performances by Sax with Eric and the Dimes.

Where and When

Chow Down Chinatown will take place at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver in their outdoor courtyard. Doors are at 6pm and the show begins at 6:30pm. Admission is free.

Chow Down Chinatown event poster

Where to Get the Chow

Bao Bei. Their crispy tofu is one of my all time favourites. I could drink the sweet soy garlic sauce. The chicken wings are another easy-eating choice for Chow Down Chinatown.

Filipino Noodle Joint. Pick up one of their Baon Boxes which come complete with two spring rolls, noodles, rice, and your choice of protein. Or, if you’d rather eat something sweet, try the Turon, also known as Banana Lumpia, or the Halo Halo.

Fat Mao. Known for their Thai-style soup noodles, Fat Mao also has a fried egg salad with avocado, and a wing bean salad with a chili lime dressing, that are both light, refreshing, and easy to eat options.

Between 2 Buns. You can grab a smash burger from their storefront location in Bestie’s old space, and since Chow Down Chinatown is a three hour event, make it a double.



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Bronwyn Lewis is a food writer for the Vancouver Guardian. She’s also a screenwriter and producer. Born and raised in Vancouver, Bronwyn lives in Mount Pleasant and you can follow all her food adventures on Instagram.