Look out seafood lovers, there’s a new menu in town. With the recent launch of a new Ocean Wise lunch menu from Floata Seafood Restaurant 富大海鮮酒家, Vancouverites can now enjoy a selection of sustainable Chinese food dishes including dim sum and other familiar favourites.
The set menu features ocean-friendly seafood and local produce prepared in traditional Cantonese style. Diners will find Ocean Wise® shaomai, shrimp & kabocha dumplings, and sturgeon with mixed vegetables & wolf berries on the menu – just to name a few.
In 2016, Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise began collaborating with Chinatown-based Hua Foundation and Floata to provide the Chinese community with increased access to culturally relevant seafood options that were also helping to ensure the health of our oceans for future generations. Working closely with Floata, Ocean Wise and Hua Foundation connected with suppliers and producers to source sustainable options for their new menu.
The launch of Floata’s new set menu marks a milestone for those seeking sustainable options for traditional Chinese cuisine. Vancouver has long been known for its culturally diverse food scene, its focus on local and sustainable foods, and arguably some of the best Chinese food in the world. The city’s multiculturalism continues to flourish and consumers, regardless of culture or cuisine preferences, are increasingly concerned about where their food is coming from and how it’s sourced. Floata Seafood Restaurant is the largest Chinese restaurant in Canada, welcoming guests for dim sum, special private functions, and community gatherings. As an Ocean Wise partner, Floata provides other businesses in the Chinese community with a leading example to join the sustainable seafood movement.
Floata hosted a launch event to celebrate the new menu on August 29th, which was attended by over 50 community leaders from the Chinese and Chinatown community, local media, food bloggers, and Ocean Wise supporters eager to taste the new dishes. Kevin Huang from Hua Foundation and Tania Leon from Ocean Wise spoke to guests about the significance of sustainable seafood, the local Chinese food system, and the collaborative partnership to support more sustainable food options at Chinese restaurants and beyond. Guests also took home a simple, Chinese-English bilingual how-to consumer guide packet which included Hua Foundation’s Seasonal Choi Guide and Ocean Wise’s Chinese Seafood Guide.
Ocean Wise and Hua Foundation are proud to support Floata Seafood Restaurant as a leader in sustainable food within the Chinese community. Special thanks are extended to Vancity and Vancouver Foundation for their ongoing support for our collaborative project.
Overfishing is the single biggest threat our oceans face today. With more than 675 partners across Canada, Ocean Wise makes it easy for consumers to make sustainable seafood choices that ensure the health of our oceans for generations to come. The Ocean Wise symbol next to a seafood item is the Vancouver Aquarium’s assurance of an ocean-friendly seafood choice. www.oceanwise.ca.