Not a bad little joint and a good alternative to the other places in the area.
The leek dumplings were delicious, reminded me of the pork and chive dumplings at dim sum but less greasy. The eggs were a nice touch and I didn't miss meat at all.
The sanxian dumplings are just a wee bit slurpy but man, salty. But, like chips, I couldn't stop eating them! Firm and doughy, the way I like 'em. They only have one kind - steamed pork and I believe coriander - but they'll do until Qing Hua re-opens!
The waiter recommended the "Chinese gnocchi soup" which was tomato and egg drop broth with bits of cabbage and rice noodle dough bits, like the leftovers from dumpling dough tossed into the pot. Simple, homey, tasty stuff.
The cold "Chinese Salad" was refreshing in its vinegary-pepperiness, with shredded pork, shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, glass noodles, and some fried chow mein noodles for extra chew. Like the dumplings, just couldn't stop picking at the plate, which was heaping by the way.
Also heaping, a plate called "Shredded pork and pancake" in the menu but is nothing at all like a pancake: just lots of shredded cabbage (I sense a theme here), pork bits, shredded carrot, and lots of chopped up rice noodles - as if someone took a block of refrigerated, fresh, broad rice noodles sold in grocery stores and hacked it up and tossed it into this stir-fry. Plain but homey and yummy, like the other dishes.
The dumplings in peanut sauce were meh.
The waiter was very nice and helpful with the menu though he forgot our tea but he was pretty busy all by himself with Chinese students coming in and out to eat and pick up take-out.
I noticed several were having what looked like the "Noodles with Tomato Sauce" so will try that next time.
Almost everyone was having BBQ skewers but we were so full we didn't get a chance. The lamb ones smelled REALLY good.....Next time!
Just a minor note: if you order diet Coke, you're going to get a generic Costo brand but it all tastes the same to me......Bubbles help get the food down!
Shuang Xiang BBQ
1439 St-Mathieu; 514-935-7779
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