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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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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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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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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