Who doesn't like Chinese food? Montreal is just loaded with it! The most common Chinese cuisine is Cantonese, brought over by the first Chinese migrants from Guangdong province who helped build the railroads, and if you've ever had it, you know it's amazing.
But who says you have to go out to enjoy this delicious cuisine? You can easily make it right in your own home! Here are 10 authentic Chinese dishes that you and your friends can make for yourselves.
1. Steamed Fish
This dish is usually served on special occasions or dinner events but don't let that stop you from eating it whenever you want. Any white fish can be used, such as bass, snapper and flounder. It's tender and moist and you'll probably end up eating the whole darn thing by yourself.
It's called bitter melon for a reason and maybe an acquired taste for some. So a bit of sugar helps in reducing that bitterness. (Hey, booze is really bitter but that doesn't stop us, right?) So be a little adventurous.
This mouthwatering dish will leave you wanting this everyday! Lobster is stir-fried with ground pork, egg, some seasoning and garnishes. Once you have this, you'll be reluctant to share this with anyone. A lot of restaurants will cook it without the pork and egg too.
This is better than your standard calamari. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and not as oily with a kick of various seasonings. Drool, drool. If you literally just want salt and pepper, that's fine too.
This porridge ain't boring. The Chinese version of porridge is usually eaten for breakfast or lunch. You can add meat - chicken, turkey and char siu (Chinese roast pork) are the most popular and/or corn or any other diced vegetable you wish. Or just have it plain. You'll usually find this dish wherever dim sum is served.
La Maison Onyx is a pop-up that will run between July and October, giving marginalized chefs a stage to showcase their culinary expertise. Up first is Saint-Henri's Tropikàl Restobar, a Caribbean and Afro-Latin restaurant, which will be there from July 7 to July 27.
Tropikàl will be followed by Maquis Yasolo, an Afro-Québécoise restaurant in Saint-Henri. Later, MasterChef Canada’s Marissa Leon-John of Elle Jay’s Private Dining and Afro-Vegan chef Evy Mendes of Cantine Toca Toca will be serving up delicious eats.
La Maison Onyx is an initiative by DESTA Food, a Black youth network and non-profit business incubator for Black businesses.
According to a DESTA Food statement, La Maison Onyx will feature street food-style menus using local Quebec products, chef-led market tours at Jean-Talon Market, and on-site food demonstrations.
More chefs and Montreal restaurants will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
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MTLàTABLE is back with set menus at your favourite eateries!
MTLàTABLE is back this year, and around 100 Montreal restaurants are participating in the city-wide food festival between June and October. You can get three-course meals at some of the city's best eateries starting at $20.
MTLàTABLE has revamped its format for 2021 complete with table d'hôte menus, fresh local produce and prizes you can win for simply dining out.
Each meal you buy at the festival's participating restaurants makes you eligible to win one of five weekly draw prizes like a $50 SAQ gift card and a $75 pre-paid VISA card to spend at the participating restaurants.
There are also eight 'Food & Fun Packages' to be won throughout the event, which include two nights in a Montreal hotel.
All you have to do is scan a restaurant's QR code every time you visit to earn a 'fork' and participate in the weekly draw.
This year's edition of the festival will also focus on fresh seasonal harvests in Quebec, with recipes tailored to in-season produce.
In June and July, restaurants will serve dishes with beets from the Montérégie region, strawberries from Île d’Orléans and raspberries from the Eastern Townships, as well as broccoli from the Capitale-Nationale region, zucchini from the Laurentians and other green vegetables from Quebec.
In August, field tomatoes, leeks, blueberries, and green beans from across the province — from Bas-Saint-Laurent to Lanaudière — will adorn restaurant plates across Montreal.
In September and October, the fall harvest begins, and restaurants will serve soups and stews that include Quebec carrots, morels, oyster mushrooms, eggplants and acorn squash.
Autumn brings the return of apples to Quebec orchards, and restaurants will make use of locally-grown apples on their dishes toward the end of the festival.
The restaurant is owned by two Quebec brothers of Haitian origin, Akim Acacia and Abdel Acacia. The owners say the idea for Piklìz restaurant started after they held "a big outdoor cookout in Angrignon park and more than 100 people fell in love with [Abdel's] food that day."
The $39 option offers two Haitian pâtés, the choice of two dishes between a wrap, poutine or eight wings, two sides of either a mac n' cheese, a large salade, a large bowl of rice or plantains and guacamole, plus a final choice between two hibiscus lemonades or two desserts.
The other option, which is $49 for two people, comes with more typical Haitian food, including poul griyé, shwimps, Haitian pâtés and griyo. You get the choice of two sides from the list above as well, plus two hibiscus lemonades and two desserts.