More than 400 brave celebration of two cultures



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Todd Wong gets ready to wow more than 400 guests yesterday as co-host of the 10th annual Toddish McWong’s Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner at Floata Restaurant on Keefer Street.

Cultures collided at last night’s Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner held at Floata Seafood Restaurant in Chinatown.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy, now in its 10th year, fused Scottish and Chinese heritages through music, food and poetry-reading. It was the brainchild of Todd Wong, a.k.a. “Toddish McWong.”

“This is a wonderful way to learn about the Scottish-Canadian, Chinese-Canadian pioneer history,” said Wong.

The multicultural dinner started out as a house party for 40 and has since grown into an all-out event with more than 400 tickets sold.

Even the cuisine reflected the amalgamation of the two cultures with dishes like deep-fried haggis wonton.

Vancouver Coun. Raymond Louie, who has attended a few times, donned a traditional Scottish kilt last night.

“We always see him wearing his suits,” said Wong. “They’re very nice suits, but we said, ‘Let’s see if we can get him in a kilt.’”

a song for the New Year

  • Robbie Burns is Scotland’s national poet.

  • Some of his most well-known works include Auld Lang Syne; A Red, Red Rose, and Battle of Sherramuir.