Xiaolongbao - Sammi & Soupe Dumpling
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Sammi & Soupe Dumpling

Address: 1909 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri); 11:30am – 10pm (Sat – Sun) Website: https://www.sammisoupedumplingmenu.ca/   While in Montreal for a few days of gorging and sightseeing, my wife and I made sure to indulge in some xiaolongbao – the infamous soup dumplings – and Sammi & Soupe Dumpling was at the top […]

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Harmony Restaurant

Address: 769 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 10:30pm (Mon, Wed-Sun); closed Tue Website: http://tdrharmony.com/     While looking for a restaurant to ring in the Chinese New Year (re. gorge), I came across Harmony Restaurant and its northern-Chinese fare in my internet research. With a solid reputation, and close proximity to our apartment, it was an easy choice to […]

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Dumplingtown - Roku bar + bites
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Roku bar + bites

Address: 610 Somerset St W, Ottawa Hours: 6 – 10pm (Tue – Thu); 6 – “late” (Fri – Sat); 11am – 3pm (Sun); closed Mon Website: https://www.rokubarbites.com/     Procrastination rarely works out, and that’s certainly true for food bloggers as memories fade, and all you’re left with are vague feelings and a bunch of pictures on your phone. Such […]

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Fried chicken bao - Gongfu bao
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Gongfu Bao

Address: 365 Bank St, Ottawa Hours: Lunch: 11:30am – 2pm (Tue – Fri); dinner: 5pm – 9pm (Wed – Sun) Website: https://www.gongfu.ca/   You’ll have to forgive me for being late to the game on Gongfu Bao, but to be fair, its existence as a food cart primarily occurred before I lived in Ottawa, and since its transition to brick-and-mortar, […]

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Shanghai buns - Yen Fung Ding
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Yen Fung Ding

Address: 628 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON Hours: 10am – 7pm (Sun-Mon, Wed-Sat); closed Tue Website: http://yfddumpling.com/ or their Skip the Dishes template site http://www.yenfungding.com/   After some failed starts due to hours that don’t run very late, (including one which led us to tasty neighbour Roku Bar) my wife and I made a successful visit to dumpling house Yen […]

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Spread of goodness - Cafe Orient
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Cafe Orient

Address: 808 Somerset St W, Ottawa Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm (Thu – Tue); closed Wed Website: https://www.cafeorient.ca/     It didn’t take too many visits to Café Orient for it to become my family’s go-to spot for authentic Chinese food. It even usurped my sister and her husband’s favourites, and they’ve been living in Ottawa for the better part of 20 years […]

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Mega dumpling bowl - Dumpling Park
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Dumpling Park

Address: 538 Rochester St, Ottawa, ON (behind the Morning Owl) Hours: 11:00am – 2:00pm (M-F, during the warm months) Website: Nada Green factor: No composting or recycling. Recyclable/re-useable containers.   After hearing tales of delicious lunches at the dumpling truck my sister was mildly addicted to, she shot me a message last summer to meet up for lunch and finally […]

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Coriander shrimp dumplings - Hung Sum
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Hung Sum

Address: 939 Somerset Street West, Ottawa Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm (M, W-Th), closed Tue, 11:00am – 10:00pm (F), 10:00am – 10:00pm (Sat), 10:00am – 9:00pm (Sun) Website: Just this Facebook account   It can be tough being the new kid on the food writing block (NKOTFWB album dropping soon!), and perhaps even more so when you’re trying a storied, popular restaurant for the first time. […]

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Dumplings in spicy peanut sauce
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Oriental Chu Shing

Address: 691 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON Hours: 11:00am – 11:pm (M-Thu), 11:00am – 12:00am (Fri-Sat), closed Sunday Website: http://orientalchushing.com/   Hip, modern, minimalist – these are three things that Oriental Chu Shing is most definitely not. A throwback to the large Chinese restaurants of yore that have mostly faded away with rising rents, increased competition, and the natural rollover of family […]

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