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Jadeland

Address: 625 Somerset St W, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 11pm (Tue – Thu, Sun); 11am – 12am (Fri – Sat); closed Monday Website: http://www.jadeland.com/     There’s a lot of reasons to try out a restaurant you’ve never been to before – curiosity, convenience, wanting to get in on the hype, etc. Less common, however, was my motivation for wanting […]

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Shrimp-stuffed eggplant - YImin Dim Sum
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Yimin Dim Sum

 Address: 870 Somerset St W, Ottawa Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri); 10am – 10pm (Sat – Sun) Website: http://www.yimindimsumhouse.com/   Earlier this fall, my sister and I met up for lunch at Yimin Dim Sum, a small shop near the western edge of Chinatown. It seats about 30 in a quite utilitarian atmosphere, whose décor highlights include paper […]

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Add-ins - Yunshang Rice Noodle
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Yunshang Rice Noodle

Address: 275 Bank St Unit 101, Ottawa, ON Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Sun – Thu); 11:30am – 10:30pm (Fri – Sat) Website: http://www.yunshang.ca/web-en.html     Ottawa has a bit of a thing for Asian noodle soups. From the daily line-ups at Sansotei, to the hand-made noodles at La Mien (RIP) and now at La Noodle in the Market, and of […]

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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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