I once wrote an article or Tourism Montreal about the different kinds of Chinese cuisines available in Montreal. FYI, there are eight regional cuisines in China: Lu (Shandong), Chuan (Szechuan), Hui (Anhui), Yue (Guangdong), Min (Fujian), Xiang (Hunan), Su (Jiangsu), and Zhe (Zhejiang). There are similarities among these different cooking styles, but they are all unique. What differentiates them from each other are the regional ingredients, geography, climate and history. Don’t forget, China is huge. We’re lucky to have so many Chinese restaurants in Montreal that represent many of these cooking styles. Beijing, Kam Fung for Cantonese, Gia Ba and Hong Mere for Szechuan, Nouilles Lan Zhou and Delice Oriental for Jiangsu – to name a few. I recently found a restaurant that serves a dish that’s not often found anywhere. Sorry, I take that back, not found anywhere at all. Period. I checked out Chez Yanna for their Toisanese duck.
Recently, every time I’ve given restaurant recommendations for spots in Chinatown, the response I get it, “Are restaurants open?” Yes. Yes they are. Very much so in fact. It surprises me (and doesn’t) that there are people out there who haven’t been to Chinatown in years. Yes, I understand, not everyone has reasons to go. But don’t you think it’s about time you rediscover it? This small eclectic neighbourhood filled will small bakeries, restaurants, boutiques, and other treasures to discover you may have been overlooking in your own city.
Get delicious Chinese barbecue, hand-pulled noodles, knick-knacks and Korean sheet-masks all in one shot! One of the things I’ve always associated with Chinatown is Dim Sum. This used to be considered a Sunday ritual of “Chinese brunch”. But it’s actually an everyday thing – and not many people know this! This is why I’m reintroducing you to one of the long-standing dim sum houses in Chinatown Restaurant Ruby Rouge.
Montreal has some great Chinese restaurants, this we know. But did you know that we have different restaurants that serve very specific and regional cuisines? There are considered to be eight regional cuisines in China. The cooking styles are familiar but very distinct and differ from each other. Some of my favourites are Beijing, Mon Nan, and Kam Fung for Cantonese, Hong Mere and Gia ba for Sichuan, and Nouilles Lanzhou and Delice Oriental for Jiangsu. I recently went to a small local spot for some delicious Taiwanese food. Although not part of China, Taiwanese is indigenously Chinese and the food shares many of the same qualities. I visited Maison Mignon to get my fix of Taiwanese comfort food.