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Chinese speaker needed

bomobob | Jan 11, 2009 07:55 AM

While walking along Queen Mary near Decarie last week, we peeked into the window of Ming, yet another Chinese restaurant in the original House of Wong location. There've probably been close to a dozen in that spot since the Wong days, all of them doing standard, boring Cantonese take-out. Well, the place was full, and I mean FULL of Chinese diners. It wasn't for a birthday or a wedding either. Couldn't be a bad sign.

So we went there last night. Once again, we were the only Caucasians in the joint. We sat down, and the owner brought us one of those buffet-taster-all-u-can-eat menus. We refrained from taking off our coats. Insisting we didn't want 6 helpings of pineapple chicken, we asked for the a la carte menu. What he brought us was the little delivery leaflet, just like the one we got in our Publi-sac. We still kept our coats on. We both looked over at the next table where a Chinese family was sitting, and asked if we could have the same menu as them, a big, full-sized, real menu. "Oh, that one's only in Chinese", he said.

We took off our coats. "Tell us what's on it". Fish, lots of fish. We had had dore just a few nights earlier, so fish wasn't in our sights. The Peking duck was the order of the day, and many table were chomping though huge plates of lettuce and chopped up duck. Seeing as how we were only two, and the ducks were almost the size of geese, we passed on the duck, but may well go back this week with some other hungry people.
We ended up having a seafood marmite, which had a fragrant, gingery broth, and didn't nee any help at all. It was loaded with humungonormous. plump shrimps, which were absolutely perfect, buttery squid, tender baby scallops, exploding pillows of tofu, and not a sign of simili crab. We also had Szechuan shrimp, which once agiain had the most perfectly cooked critters, and a sauce that was at first on the sweet side, as it tends to be, but which with a bit of sri racha really elevated it.

So....I need someone to decipher the Chinese menu. By the time we left, the place was once again jammed with Chinese patrons, so clearly, they know something's up.

The restos in this location have been mostly empty, mostly ignored for years. This place is hopping, and I want to get to the bottom of it.

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