Qing Hua, Authentic Homemade Chinese dumplings right in the heart of Chinatown
Qing Hua , 1019 St- Laurent Boulevard
1019 St- Laurent Boulevard
Montreal, QC H2Z 1J4
Cuisine: Chinese / Asian
A visit to Montreal would not be complete until you have had the chance to visit and explore Chinatown. Situated near the De la Gauchetière Street area, the neighborhood is more than just an exotic place to find inexpensive souvenirs and electronics. The neighborhood also boasts several food markets, convenience stores as well being home to many of Montreal's East Asian community centres.
Amid the numerous Asian restaurants on offer, lies a hidden gem where fresh ingredients are selected, chopped up, and hand formed into plump, juicy morsels served piping hot on bamboo platters.
Located right in the heart of Chinatown, Qing Hua is a Dumpling haven. The work and patience that goes into making these wonderfully juicy and flavorful pockets of goodness is interesting to consider and guests are welcome to watch as the staff prepare their orders in their open kitchen.
I have had the pleasure of sampling several of the 20 main options available on the menu, including vegetarian, seafood, and meat. The dumpling skins are chewy and doughy while the filling swims in a hot juicy stew that sometimes like to surprise the unsuspecting diner by squirting out.
Visitors are asked to select from a pre-existing list of mixed ingredients and then select to either fry, boil or steam their dumplings. As opposed to boiled dumplings, the steamed dumplings are a little dryer on the outside, but retain more of the stew soup, which make them the most popular choice. Prices are reasonable and an individual portion of 15 dumplings will cost you 10$ to 13$.
My personal favorite is the steamed lamb and coriander combo. The strong taste of the lamb is subtle here, while the fragrant coriander balances it out. If you are wary of lamb, you could always consider trying the coriander and pork version, which is just as flavorful. A complementary selection of beverages and desserts is also on offer, my favorite being their creamy, green tea ice-cream.
The restaurant has been recently refurbished and the interior may be simple in design with engravings on the wall and pretty chandeliers on the ceiling, but remains a clean and classy location for authentic Chinese cuisine.
Review submitted by Genevieve P.M. Roy