Restaurant: Qing Hua Dumplings
Restaurant type: dumplings, Chinatown
Prices: 3$-8$ entrées, 10$-17$ dumplings
Date: Thursday April 26th 2018
Table of: 3
My favorite dish: the steamed pork and shrimps dumplings
To continue our post 5@7 tradition, we ended up in Chinatown after Bord’Elle. Usually we go for Chinese food at Fung Shing, but opted for dumplings this time around. I had recently been to Qing Hua Dumpling near Concordia and really liked the dumplings, so I figured, they should be as good in Chinatown, right?
Well, I was in for a surprise. We ordered dumplings with a few different fillings (pork and shrimp, pork and scallops, pork and mushrooms and just shrimp), as well as cooking methods (steamed and fried). The clear standout was the Steamed pork and shrimps dumplings, which were my favorites of the night, mostly because they were the juiciest of the bunch. Flavours were also quite good and I love this combination of ingredients. The Fried pork and shrimps dumplings were also good and flavorful, but a tad dry in comparison to their steamed counterparts.
Next up were the Steamed and fried pork and mushroom dumplings, which were not good. They were both dry, they both lacked in flavour and you could not taste the mushroom.
For our last batch, we did half Steamed pork and scallop dumplings and half Steamed shrimp dumplings. Both were good, but nothing special.
To accompany our dumplings fest, we ordered some beers and white wine, which are often well priced in Chinatown.
Overall, the meal was ok, but nothing special. Unless I caught them on a bad night, I’d say the Qing Hua Dumpling next to Concordia is much better. I have my own criteria when it comes to reviewing restaurants, which I also use on my Instagram account (@elisebgravel). It’s very simple, there are only three points: the quality of the food (on 10), the price (from $ to $$$$$) and the following question: would I go back?
So, here is my review of Qing Hua Dumplings (Chinatown) :
Would I go back?: Nope.
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*All photos and opinions are mine