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7373 Langelier
Montréal, Québec

Bus:  STM 33, 95, 141, 460

Visit:  September 26, 2013

There’s one thing about Asian cuisine that keeps me interested and that’s the link to my family.  Being half-Chinese, there’s one thing that my family can always agree on and that’s the choice of Asian food.  On this particular occasion, we found ourselves in the east end at Yenta.

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This is a revisited post for Ruby Rouge.  Click HERE to see the original post.

1008 Clark
Montreal, Quebec

Metro:  Place-d’Armes, Champ-de-Mars, Saint-Laurent
Bus:  STM 14, 15, 55, 80, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435, 747

Visit:  March 2, 2013

http://www.restaurantrubyrouge.com/

For anyone of Chinese descent, Dim Sum is a mandatory practice that is part of living the traditional life.  What used to be exclusively a Chinese activity had now become one that is now shared with just about anyone who likes to eat.  I had an unfortunate Dim Sum drought that lasted years.  It wasn’t until 2 years ago that the dry spell was broken with a visit to Ruby Rouge.  Now, 2 years and 3 other places later, I have returned to Ruby Rouge to give it the due it so richly deserves.

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1676 Lincoln
Montreal, Quebec

Visit: May 21, 2011

Metro: Guy-Concordia
Bus: STM 15, 24, 57, 66, 165, 166, 427, 435

I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz for this dumplings restaurant in the last few months and I had to check it out. Unfortunately, there are a few lessons that need to be learned. The first and only true lesson is to now eat an hour before coming here.

The restaurant only really serves dumplings and that’s a good thing. The other tables, three of them, ordered nothing but dumplings. In a market that saturated with Chinese restaurants, a specialty restaurant is what Chinatown 2 needs. This was my first ever visit to Chinatown’s long lost orphan cousin and hopefully it won’t be my last.

Shrimp and Pork Fried Dumplings

Tried: May 21, 2011

The one thing any patron of dumplings should know is that they take a very long time to come to your table. I spent a lot of time watching the 4 kitchen staff churn out 15 dumplings. I ate 12 of them and it didn’t do it for me. It’s not that the dumplings were bad or anything, it just wasn’t my taste. The dumpling shell tasted weird for me and I would just rather stick to my Siu Mai favorites.

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1008 Clark
Montreal, Quebec

Visit: April 25, 2011

Metro: Place D’Armes
Bus: STM 14, 55, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435, 747

It’s been a very long time since I’ve been to Dim Sum. I’ve always had pleasant experiences with Dim Sum and this time was no different. This restaurant used to be a whole lot smaller. It now encompasses the entire floor of a small shopping center. Come early, or you might now get seated. It should be noted that the division of staff was really off. There were so many waiters who had nothing to do during this busy period. It makes you wonder.

For those of you who don’t know how Dim Sum works, let me explain. As you’re seated at your table, ladies with carts pass by telling the diners what they’re offering. If you choose to go for that dish, the lady takes your piece of paper and initials it. At the end of the meal, the waiter adds it all up and presents you with the bill. Simple process and the ladies can now communicate in English, because at one time, hardly any non-Chinese people went to Dim Sum.

Siu Mai w/Mushrooms

Tried: April 25, 2011

This was one of my favorite dishes of the proceedings, thought I could’ve done without the mushrooms. Siu Mai contains so many ingredients, that when put together, it creates a powerful taste that I can’t go without.

Dumpling

Tried: April 25, 2011

I’m unsure of the name of this dumpling, but it was also really good. I usually go without the use of any soya sauce and I made the right decision. This stands up well on its own.

Dumpling

Tried: April 25, 2011

Years ago, I wouldn’t of touched this with a ten-foot pole, but I decided to give it all a go. This dumpling was soft but the taste was lacking. It wasn’t bad, but I chose to only have one and try for something else.

Rice Noodle Rolls

Tried: April 25, 2011

These were one of my favorites during the meal. In combination with the provided soya sauce, the rice noodle rolls were extremely good. They are soft and provide a very decent taste. I was kinda yearning for more after they disappeared.

Potato Dumplings

Tried: April 25, 2011

I have a vague memory of what this tasted like. If that was the case for me, I can’t count this as good. If this was presented to me year ago, I also wouldn’t have touched this. At least you try everything once.

Ha Gau - Shrimp Dumplings

Tried: April 25, 2011

This was the second star of the day’s Dim Sum. You can’t go wrong with anything that has shrimp in it. Shrimp is like the Chinese equivalent of bacon, but bacon is always tops. You should never pass up on this.

Fish on Green Peppers

Tried: April 25, 2011

This was a weird one for me. This is fish combined with green peppers. I believe that the taste of the peppers overwhelmed the “fish” a lot. Even with the sauce, it wasn’t one to remember.

Pig Stomach

Tried: April 25, 2011

Yes, that’s pig stomach. I’ve once had pig intestines and that was good. This, however, was not. It takes a long time to chew and the texture leaves a lot to be desired. This is the last time I’m ever having pig stomach.

Vegetarian Noodles

Tried: April 25, 2011

These noodles have no content other than noodles and very few veggies, none of which you can see. There is no taste and you could get this at the buffet a block over, which is owned by the same Chinese man who owns the Dim Sum place. I had this later in the day, re-warmed. This was easily forgettable.

Siu Mai

Tried: April 25, 2011

We got these special orders from one of the ladies. We waited so long for these, that we knew she forgot about them. We had to send one of the waiters back to find her and the Siu Mai. Then again, it was worth every second of the wait.

This is an example of a Dim Sum bill.

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1018 Saint-Urbain
Montreal, Quebec

Visit: April 1, 2011

Metro: Place D’Armes
Bus: STM 14, 55, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435, 747

http://www.restonoodlefactory.com/

This restaurant was recently voted #4 in the Mirror’s Best of Montreal poll of best noodles. We visited this location prior to that ruling out of sheer curiosity. The first thing you’ll notice was that this place is extremely small. The need for turnover is extremely high. Once a table leaves, another one needs to be filled. The big even that took us off guard was when the waiter came to clear our table. He took what was left on the dish and deposited it into our plates, saying, “no left overs, no waste now.” In my opinion, that’s a big NO-NO.

Chinese Vinegar

This was on the table. This is meant to be used with dumplings. This smells awful. This was so awful, I contemplated taking some with me for use on unruly students in class.

Siu Mai

Tried:  April 8, 2011

Siu Mai is a type of dumpling that can contain many different ingredients, most notably shrimp.  This was by far, of the three dishes ordered, the one that delivered for me.  Whenever I go to a Chinese buffet or to a Dim Sum place, this is high on my list of things to get.  Whether you add soya sauce or not, the taste is always great.

Beef Stir Fried Handmade Noodles

Tried: April 8, 2011

These are supposedly handmade noodles, but I doubt that. These noodles were too soft for me. They tasted okay, but nothing too memorable. This made me miss my crispy chow mein noodles.

Steamed Pork Chinese Dumplings

Tried: April 8, 2011

This looks good on paper, but it didn’t do the trick for me. The dumpling casing taste a little weird for my taste. I come to find out that this is the norm when getting dumplings. A word of advice, let them cool down before consuming. This was, however, one of the most ordered dishes when I was there. If you do order this, it does take a very long time to come to your table.

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