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6015 Saint-Hubert
Montreal, Quebec

Metro:  Rosemont, Beaubien
Bus:  STM 13, 18, 25, 30, 31, 160, 161, 197

Visit:  September 15, 2012

http://www.labetise.com

Montreal’s Saint-Hubert street is home to some of the more memorable moments and burgers in the past 3 years of doing this.  While most common citizens come to this area to find that key ingredient for their wedded bliss, I come here to find the next step in a search for burger greatness.  Even though it is situated just south of the sheltered portion of the street, La Bétise is another key component in the progression of the Great Burger Search.

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6730 Cote-des-Neiges
Montreal, Quebec

Bus:  STM 92, 160, 161, 165, 435

Visit:  April 20, 2012

Part of my heritage demands that I find the places in Montreal that serve my kind of food.  In the past, I’ve made mention of trying to find the very best in Won Ton soup in Montreal.  While trying to find Chinese food in general doesn’t really appeal to me, finding that specific dish does.  While I’ve been given many suggestions to sub-par pork and shrimp won tons in Montreal, only a select few were able to tell me where to find the only type of these dumplings worth having.  A shrimp-only won ton dumpling is far superior to the one I just mentioned and I think I’ve come across another place that does it.

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1077 Clark
Montreal, Quebec

Metro:  Place d’Armes
Bus:  STM 55, 80, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435, 747

Visit:  January 1, 2012

2012 has begun and I really wasn’t expecting to make a post out of this.  However, when I was going over it in my mind, I really didn’t see another better moment to show you all the other Chinese restaurant that I frequent.  For those of you who follow, the other Chinese restaurant that I’m a regular at is called Fung Shing on Saint-Laurent below Rene-Levesque.  Everyone has their own Chinese haunts.  Despite quality, these two places are where I hang my hat at.

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150 Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Complex Desjardins
Montreal, Quebec

Metro: Place-des-Arts
Bus: STM 15, 55, 80, 125, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435, 747, 935

Visit: June 29, 2011

Tiki Ming Website

I will be honest, this was never in the plans for the day. After about 30 minutes of wandering around aimlessly, past 2 in the afternoon, I came to this conclusion. To be frank, I’m really not good at picking restaurants without prior research. Having had “Chinese” two days prior, I was more or less curious at the “quality” of one particular item, as you’ll see. I’ve been here many times in the past, and the food is barely passable.

NOTE: This is an updated picture of the sign, I’m still not too wild about it.

Trio

General Tao/Veggies/Fried Rice/Egg Roll

Tried: June 29, 2011

The main reason I chose this combination was for the General Tao. The chicken itself wasn’t so fresh, it was over fried and there was no zing to it. The pieces may have been big, but they were hard to chew. The veggies didn’t scream out Chinese to me whatsoever. The rice and egg roll were probably the best out the whole thing. The rice tasted fine and was finished rather quickly. The one thing I didn’t like about the egg roll is the need to pour the sauce all over it. Something to dip it in would’ve been better.

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405 Sherbrooke Est
Montreal, Quebec

Metro: Sherbrooke
Bus: STM 24, 30, 144, 427

Visit: June 19, 2011

My father’s side of the family has a tradition on each and every Father’s day. Usually, we’d go to a very specific restaurant for the last 40 years. So, when I heard we were going to this relative unknown, my interest was somewhat peaked. This restaurant is so new (in my opinion), that it can’t even be found on any internet directory. The service seemed very tentative. You could tell by the way they carried out the soup to the various tables. The fact that there were 2 separate entrances made the greeting process quite awkward. The restaurant was about 3/4s full by the time we left.

For the majority of the dishes, I’ll try my best to identify them. When I go to a Chinese restaurant, I go under a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. That’s mostly because I don’t want to find out what I’m putting in my mouth.

Tea

Soup

This tasted a lot like a chicken soup. I didn’t really like the consistency.

Bowl of Rice

Lobster

Up until today, I have never seen lobster this big. Also, the portions were quite huge, not only for this dish, but for a lot of the others. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much taste, as the iconic lobster sauce was nowhere in sight.

Lobster Piece

Just for a reference point.

General Tao Chicken

Though the pieces look big and you’re given a lot of it, I found the dish to lack in taste. Once you get over the heat, there isn’t much to it, compared to other similar dishes I’ve tried.

Frog Legs

This is a regular dish that the family orders. I didn’t touch it today and I will never touch it ever. I don’t like the idea of eating or touching frog.

"Fish Pot"

This dish contains your various fish and shrimp in what looks like an edible bowl. The fish was very acceptable and the shrimp was quite large. The items surrounding the “bowl” are scallop pieces. I do not like scallop, therefore I do not touch.

"Mystery Dish"

I’m calling this the mystery dish because I was told one thing and it tasted like something else. I will not argue with the taste whatsoever, because I was one of the better dishes. But, when you tell me this is chicken and it tastes like fish, something has got to give.

Pork Chops

This dish was one of the decent ones. Though, I didn’t exactly like having to work around the bones. Then again, when you eat this, bones are a given.

Tofu

This dish really frustrated me. It wasn’t because of taste, but because the tofu pieces just kept on falling apart. As the pieces got smaller, they because so much harder to pick up with chop sticks. Therefore, any appreciation for the dish was completely lost in the multiple attempts in trying to pick them up.

Beef and Greens

This dish is as simple as it looks. The beef taste quite good and the greens were just like anything you could get in any restaurant.

Dessert

I don’t know what this is. This is the second time in three days that I have seen this unfortunate soup dessert. I was told that it was made with beans and it was supposed to be sweet. I managed two sips before giving up. I usually finish everything put in front of me. For this, I knew better.

Aftermath

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Mr. Lew revisited this restaurant in March of 2012, to see that post, click HERE.

1102 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montreal, Quebec

Bus: STM 55, 80, 129, 150, 410, 427, 430, 435, 747
Metro: Place D’Armes

Visit: Ongoing

What does a half-Chinese person know about Chinese food? I guess no one will ever truly know. It seems like everyone has their opinions when it comes to Chinese food. This establishment is one of two in Chinatown that has been part of my family for the last 40 years. This particular one has been a regular stop during the week for the last 2 years. We have seen waiters come and go. We’ve been through new chefs. We know this place well. Just remember, if you see Chinese people eating in a Chinese restaurant, it must be somewhat decent. I’ve seen my share of Chinese people here.

Won Ton Soup - 12 pieces, no noodles

Tried: August 7, 2009

Dumplings with shrimp surrounded by vegetables.

This is my regular won ton regimen for the week. I will say, without a shadow of a doubt, that this is the best Won Ton I’ve ever had in my entire life. If anyone has a challenger, I am willing to try.

Beef Rice Noodles

Tried: August 7, 2009

This dish contains rice noodles, chop suey, onions, and beef.

If done right, this dish tastes pretty good. This is the second of my regular dishes at this establishment. The noodles themselves are a little more tough than your normal noodle. A good bite require you to take in all the ingredients together. Normally, I can take down an entire serving by myself. These days, that isn’t too easy. I do not suggest rewarming this dish as the noodles can get a little too hard to chew.

Beef Chow Mein Noodles

Tried: August 7, 2009

This dish contains mixed Chinese vegetables, beef, and crispy noodles.

This dish is one that my family takes on a lot. Again, when done properly, this tastes really great. To me, I’ve had this so many times that I’ve become numb to this dish. If the noodles are too crispy, it becomes really annoying. But when the noodles are too soggy, it isn’t too enjoyable either. You need a mix between the two to get this dish at its most effective.

Chicken Fried Rice

Tried: August 7, 2009

This dish contains chicken, rice, and onions.

A chicken fried rice can contain nearly anything. This is a staple of Canadian Chinese take-out. At first, I didn’t like this version because I was more accustomed to the take-out version. But, after trying it a few times, I was getting used to what was here. This is probably one of the best dishes to take back home and warm up later.

Won Ton Soup w/Noodles

Tried: March 12, 2011

This is the won ton soup portion with noodles shared by many. Much like my opinions about the won ton, the noodles aren’t bad. For one of the rare occasions, I drank the soup, which didn’t do anything for me. Still, the best won ton in Montreal.

Cantonese Noodles

Tried: March 12, 2011

I’ve had this dish so many times that I am no numb to this. For this occasion, I didn’t even get around to touching this. For those of you who like crispy noodles, this is the dish for you. Unfortunately, consistency is always an issue. There needs to be mix between crispy and soggy, no extremes. Still, on a good day, this tastes good.

Tofu w/Mixed Vegetables

Tried: March 12, 2011

This is a vegetarian option. At one time, I didn’t care too much for tofu. But these days, I tend to not mind it at all. This dish, in combination with the vegetables, is fine.

Honey Garlic Spareribs

Tried: March 12, 2011

I cannot tell the difference between honey garlic and sweet & sour. These are satisfactory, but you can probably get just as good from take-out.

Shrimp w/Lobster Sauce

Tried: March 12, 2011

The secret of this dish is not so much the shrimp. There are hardly any, but that doesn’t matter. It’s what you do with the lobster sauce that counts. Whether you mix it in with white rice or have the drenched piece of lettuce, you can’t go wrong.

Orange Beef

Tried: March 12, 2011

This was the popular dish of the evening having been ordered twice. This was supposed to be spicy, but I never seem to get what Chinese spicy is supposed to be. The taste of this dish was fine, as I have never had non-buffet orange beef before.

General Tao Chicken

Tried: March 12, 2011

Having had General Tao chicken like everyone on this planet, I didn’t find this to be the best ever, but a very tolerable version.

Crispy Chicken

Tried: March 12, 2011

This dish always tends to work for me. The chicken is never really cooked wrong when I see this dish. The half portion is suitable for people who are trying a bit of everything.

Curry Noodles

Tried: March 25, 2011

Much like your normal Cantonese chow mein, this noodles dish had all the elements, except for the inclusion of one additional guest, curry. I’ll be honest, I’m not a big fan of curry, and this dish didn’t help that. Though spicy, I never really got into the taste of this dish whatsoever, but that’s just a personal taste.

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