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Montreal Advice - 5 Days

Wow, this is getting to be quite an epic thread, well done everyone. Just wanted to mention that my last few visits to La Banquise were not great (cold soggy fries, for example) and there is a lot of very good poutine all over the city, particularly in the area you are thinking of staying near Sherbrooke. Also a lot of great "gites" or bed and breakfasts if you want something more charming than a hotel. Street parking doesn't have to be a problem in May.

Chinese New Year 2015

Sorry to have missed it. How was it? Nice to know the dragons visit the restaurants. Is it nearly always on a Sunday?

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

Same here. That was a sleepless, useless night, hey? Will drown my sorrows in foie gras at the restaurant. Saves us the trouble of driving into the country, at least.

Chinese New Year 2015

Copying this from another thread, gabriellin83 posted this Chinese New year dumpling event at AuntDai: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oA9zY...

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

Thanks for the links! That is very cool and sounds like a fun Chinese New Year activity. Will try AuntDai soon.

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

That's a great list! Will look out for the lamb skewers. I also like the crepe at Mei, didn't love their dumplings. Forgot to mention earlier that some of my favourite dim sum is Taiwanese at Su Shian Yuang. Their deep fried radish cakes are a family favourite and their smoked tofu bun is also very good, all vegetarian.

Chinese New Year 2015

The most festive event I can find for Chinese New Year is this show at the end of February, link below. There might be a parade in Chinatown next weekend but I'm not sure where one would be able to find out? Not many of the dim sum places serve dim sum at night but there are a few good dumpling places that serve dumplings all day long. Also not sure they'd be doing anything different or more festive for the New Year. It seems to be celebrated as a family dinner event here, as gabriellin83 points out: http://placedesarts.com/shows/event.e...

Chinese New Year 2015

I went for dim sum with friends at Chinese New year last year and there wasn't much of a festive atmosphere. We were told most of the celebrating happens on the Saturday, fyi.

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

I'll look out for the cardboard packages now at Marche Hawai then. Last time I was there I picked up a big plastic jar and it is okay but I wasn't convinced it was the right thing. Everything else on the shelves nearby was sold out, hmm.

Thanks for the chili oil recipe! The first time I made it the oil was much too hot, had to toss the whole batch. This is the mapo tofu recipe I used, btw, really tasty: http://thewoksoflife.com/2014/03/ma-p...

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

Oh, that's a good idea. Just using dried chilis was too mild and mixing in fresh ones made it very hot. I might try a ready made brand. Will look for the Pixian DouBanJiang in brown paper! Thanks.

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Nice to see 'hounds credited over at Montreal Eater! http://montreal.eater.com/2015/2/4/79...

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

Like the others, I'm happy to have a Szechuan expert on the boards! I've been trying to improve my own Szechuan cooking and spent a long time at Marché Hawai looking for Pixian doubanjiang. I did manage to find a big container but if you know of a specific brand that you would recommend, I'd be happy to try it. I am also struggling a little to make decent chili oil so tips for that are welcome too. Enjoy the dumplings!

Where to buy good quality goat's milk in Montreal?

Lufa has whole goat milk 3.8% from Beurrerie du patrimoine in its marketplace now.

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

Great, thanks. I remember liking their chili and salt -fried seafood (not on the menu but they'll mix it if you ask) but then being disappointed with some other deep-fried dishes. Nice to know the duck and lobster are good.

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

Cool, sounds good!

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

pkzilla, what are the specific dishes you'd order at Beijing? Lots of my friends enjoy going there so it would be handy to have a list ready. I vaguely recall enjoying eggplant in black bean sauce, snow pea leaf greens, maybe the hot and sour soup?

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

This is a good idea for a post especially as restaurants are always changing. I wish we could keep track of great Chinese chefs the way we do for other cuisines. I like Le Cristal Chinois for dim sum but had very average food there for dinner recently and extremely lackadaisical service. Never mind, I'll forgive everything for their turnip cake in XO sauce or the sesame balls with salty egg.

I like Little Sheep hotpot and it is the same in both cities, being a franchise. And since you cook it yourself, it's kind of your own problem whether you enjoy it or not, right? I've bought the soup stock package from their company and that is a fun way to start hot pot dinner at home, btw.

Had delicious and inexpensive soup dumplings today at the third Qing Hua location which is in fact called Sammi et Soupe Dumplings. They were really good and we were comparing them to those at Asian Legend in Toronto (one of my favourite places there). They are heartier and less expensive so we'll be going back. The pot stickers were nice but I much prefer the ones at Chinoiserie et Dumplings on rue Chabot. They are hard to beat in either city.

I wouldn't put Beijing on the list unless you want to please very Chinese Canadian palates. Their spring rolls are the size of a ... well, they're really large and greasy. Many of the dishes are hit and miss so trying to keep track of the hits is difficult.

What dishes would you recommend at Aunt Dai and Kanbai?

Best Ramen in Montreal

If I was able to eat beef I'd try the Lan Zhou Noodle place above G&D groceries in Chinatown. There's always a lot of excitement there and more hand-pulled noodles. I make a lot of homemade noodle soups that are more like an Indonesian soto ayam which allows me to control the noodle texture and cooking time, and makes ramen with a soy broth pretty dull when eating out. Mongolian hot pot is another way to feast on a noodle soup that can be pretty rewarding. Will have to check out Kinka!

Best Ramen in Montreal

I agree that if the noodle is what is important to you, might as well skip ramen and get the spicy pork soup with fresh hand-pulled noodles at Nudo. At their food court location I get their sesame version with broth on the side. While I enjoyed Kazu's ramen, the noodles didn't do it for me. I'm fond of Aijsen ramen in Toronto, a popular Japanese chain, which is always consistent but unfortunately there isn't one here. It's hard to find a place with a broth that isn't heavy with miso or soy sauce. I must admit, I'm pretty happy about all the pseudo-isakayas that are opening up - better than nothing! Nice only have to walk half a block to get miso mackerel for lunch, for example.

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

I'm feeling kind of bad-tempered about the whole thing, actually. Will likely go enjoy the restaurant instead as it is so much easier to get to and doesn't require this tedious reservation system.

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

No. Good idea!

Cabane a sucre Au Pied de Cochon

I didn't even get a confirmation email so count yourselves lucky!

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

Their baby bok choy ($3.50) is crisp and fresh, and their organic shiitake mushrooms ($5.50) are good too. They have large brown shallots and something called super salad mix: bitter greens that I use in place of Asian greens. Their rainbow chard is a nice green too.

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

The honey mustard pork chops were a huge hit, to be repeated! Will try the kohlrabi then. Basil plant became pesto. One day I'll get potting soil and be more kind to a lucky plant. They were generous with their acorn squash today, bonus.

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

That also sounds good. Treating them as a kind of daikon is making sense to me now. Anyone enjoying the black radishes or the kohlrabi? I'm not sure what to do with those so don't order them.

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

I've never had any problem suspending delivery either and they've lowered their basket minimum to $15. And customizing the basket is key. I'm making honey-mustard pork chops tonight inspired by this thread and will give those Japanese turnips another try soon.

A lot of the products like the honey, the nougat, soap, are less expensive through Lufa than the health food stores nearby so that works out for me. So many of the big grocery stores roped you in with a special and then you find all the other produce is overpriced and old. There are a few things I wish they would carry that they don't, like organic celery. But then they have fresh sumac flowers which saves me from foraging, so it balances out.

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

I don't usually toss any Lufa items because they last much longer than usual grocery produce especially if you refrigerate everything, including the tomatoes. The only things I find we need to consume quickly are the micro-greens and sprouts. I generally order some bread and freeze that too. We spend about $50/wk for a family of four so we get a lot of variety and freebies.

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

The beet pasta is very pretty and didn't have a strong beet flavour. I fried up some mushrooms and leek in garlic and tossed it with sauteed green zebra tomatoes. Our favourite to order is the fresh the tagliatelle with some homemade pesto. Mustard noted, good idea! And repotting the herbs, that's a good idea too.

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

Ah, will try them raw. I made them cooked in a miso sauce and it was just okay. We had some surprise tomatoes (green) and beet pasta (the "we made too much pasta" surprise I froze awhile back) tonight, so surprising colours and pretty delicious. Which mustard do you like?

Lufa marketplace suggestions?

Wow, well done. I've been making pesto so I should get an extra plant for other dishes. Just picked up our basket. The baby bok choy looks great. The oranges are tasty and very fresh, would probably get some again even at a buck a piece.