If nothing else, the pandemic has caused a creative revolution in dining. Necessity has indeed been the mother of invention and the beneficiaries are Calgary eaters! John and Sharon Nidua were running the restaurant at a seniors complex in the city’s southwest when the pandemic hit.

With their regular clientele on lockdown, they had to think fast. And they came up with a winner. Their Filipino heritage paired with John’s training as an executive chef resulted in PaoYYC, a delicious steamed-bun offering that comes with all sorts of delectable fillings. Make a point of ordering the braised five-spice pork belly, the buttermilk fried chicken karaage and the Korean pulled beef brisket bulgogi. For dessert, the purple ube pao are pretty and tasty! Place orders by Wednesday for Saturday pick-up or delivery. Delivery is $5 in Calgary and $10 in surrounding areas.