Monthly Archives: January 2020

THIS YEAR IS IT!  EVERY 60 YEARS ROBBIE BURNS DAY AND LUNAR NEW YEAR FALL ON THE SAME DAY!   IT ONLY HAPPENS ONCE EVERY 60 YEARS!

JOIN US for this cosmic countdown to start off your year!  And enjoy an evening of intercultural fusion at Gung Haggis 2020 with food, music, readings, and scotch!  

This year’s schedule of events include:

  • A dinner menu, with the now world-renowned haggis wonton
  • More readings, more music, and more fun!
  • sneak peak of the menu from previous Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinners

About Gung Haggis:

It was 1998 and as the Chinese Lunar New Year fell only two days away from Robbie Burns Day, which is always January 25, Todd decided to celebrate the Scottish Bard’s birthday along with the Lunar New Year.  “Gung Haggis Fat Choy!” said Wong, “I can celebrate two cultures at the same time.”  And thus was born the Vancouver cultural premiere that culinary and media personalities have come to celebrate this cultural mashup that features deep-fried haggis wontons, haggis dim sum, and haggis lettuce wrap with a glass of scotch each year. 

 Gung Haggis Fat Choy started out as a small fundraiser of 16 people in 1998 in a crowded living room. Twenty years later it serves dinner at the biggest Chinese Restaurant in North America, and has spun off a CBC television performance special, and the SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy Canadian Games.   


“Gung Haggis Fat Choy is the ultimate fusion feast.” – Georgia Straight

“Haggis wontons? Robbie Burns Night meets Chinese New Year.” – Globe & Mail

“Gung Haggis Fat Choy: This Canadian Celebration Combines Robert Burns Night and Chinese New Year.” – Smithsonian

“Haggis and Chow Mein Collide at Seattle’s Gung Haggis Fat Choy.” – Vice

“Hold the sheep’s stomach lining.” – MacLean’s Magazine


For more information, visit https://www.gunghaggis.com/.

Apologies from Toddish McWong for being MIA

Hello to all,

Sorry I have been absent from my blog – for most of the past few years.
From 2012 to 2015 I was busy with Eldercare for both parents, and my father passed away in November 2015. A year later on Christmas Night, I went to Lions Gate Hospital Emergency, then was whisked away by ambulance, to Vancouver General Hospital Heart Trauma Unit – for emergency surgery for Aortic Dissection.

I just had my 3 year check up with my cardiologist – and things are going well. It has been a slower than expected recovery over the past 3 years. But I am now back to work full-time. I am playing music on accordion with my friends of the Black Bear Rebels Ceilidh Ensemble 2X month or more. The Asian Canadian Writers Workshop and Historic Joy Kogawa House Society, keep me on their board of directors.

I thank the many friends and family for helping me and my parents during these past few years. I especially thank my girlfriend Deb Martin, my cousin Gail Young, and special thanks to my ACWW partner Allan Cho & ACWW for keeping our ACWW and Gung Haggis Fat Choy events going, and to the Black Bear Rebels Ceilidh Music Ensemble for all that we do!

I am especially looking forward to this year’s 2020 Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner, when Chinese New Year’s Eve collides with Robbie Burns Day Eve – for the first time in my lifetime, since participating in the SFU Robbie Burns Day celebrations in 1993, and hosting a Robbie Burns Chinese New Year Dinner in 1998!

Cheers, Todd

2020 Gung HAGGIS Fat Choy Robbie Burns Chinese New Year’s Eve Dinner returns for January 24th, 2020

THIS YEAR IS IT! For the first time in 60 YEARS ROBBIE BURNS DAY AND LUNAR NEW YEAR FALL ON THE SAME DAY!
IT ONLY HAPPENS ABOUT ONCE EVERY 60 YEARS!

JOIN US for this cosmic convergence countdown to start off your year!
And enjoy an evening of intercultural fusion at Gung Haggis 2020 with food, music, readings, and scotch!

This year’s schedule of events include:

A dinner menu, with the now world-renowned haggis wonton
More readings, more music, and more fun!
A sneak peak of the menu from previous Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinners

Tickets are available on Eventbrite – Sales end on January 23 – one day before event on January 24th.
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/gung-haggis-fat-choy-2020-the-60-year-eclipse-tickets-83657304249