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Everyone's go-to take out option, Chinese food is tasty stuff and not surprisingly, Chinatown has obviously got a myriad of options for where to get some. But what if you can't get to China town and you're craving some of that General Tao, some crispy spring rolls, and those delicious peanut-butter dumplings? Then what? Don't worry, we got you covered, and compiled 10 places that do delicious Chinese food outside of Chinatown so you can get your fix no matter where you find yourself.
If you've ever been south of the border, you probably already know this popular chain that specializes in American Asian cuisine, but P.F. Chang's has two locations in Quebec, one off Decarie (corner Jean- Talon) and the other one in Laval. Apart from the stylish decor, every dish on the menu is prepared to order using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients, with many vegetarian and gluten-free options. Now is also a really good time to go as P.F. Chang's is currently running a promotion perfect for 2. For $24.99 a person, you each get a soup, a starter to share, your choice of 2 mains, and 2 mini desserts.
Some favourites on their menu include Mongolian Beef (sliced beef tossed with green onion sticks), Chang's Chicken (PF Chang's version of general tao) and the Red Chilli Shrimp with Noodles (a bed of egg noodles topped with shrimps that are tossed in black beans, red fresno peppers, red onion, garlic and ginger). PF Chang's has also recently introduced some new items, one of which includes the Korean BBQ Chicken, tender chicken breast, tossed with onions, green beans, red peppers, chilli sauce and topped with a fresh kimchi salad. Oh, and can't forget about their Banana Spring Rolls, served with a delicious coconut/ pineapple ice cream and drizzled with caramel and vanilla sauce.
2350 Rue Guy If you're a Concordia student and haven't been to Cusine Szechuan, what are you waiting for!? Even if you don't go to school in the area, the food and portions here are the bomb. But watch out, cause Cuisine Szechuan are not afraid to bring the heat in pretty much all of their dishes.
1845 Rue Ste-Catherine O 3510 Boulevard des Sources Don't be misled by the name, this is not a café, though the downtown location is usually packed with students. Definitely not high-end by any means, but the generous portion sizes and low prices are hard to beat. Plus the pineapple chicken is pretty dope.
4771 Avenue Van Horne This Cote-Des-Neiges favourite has been open for over 17 years and makes a great place for birthday parties and other celebrations thanks to their large dining room. Their Hot & Sour soup is maybe the best is the city, the Beef and Chinese Broccoli dish (when done well) is juicy and tender, and if you like Peking Duck, Kam Shing does it so right.
Szechuan et Nouilles
355 Rue Bernard Ouest Szechuan et Nouilles is ideal for take out if you live in the Mile End. Nothing fancy, but their General Tao is pretty spot on and they offer a decent combo special with spring rolls, steamed rice and soup for about $11.
4230 boul Saint-Jean A lot of West-Islanders swear by this place, and for good reason. They have a massive selection of quality and delicious menu items, but the all-you-can-eat tasting menu is by far the way to go. You might not be able to move afterwards, but that shouldn't stop you.
1676 Avenue Lincoln Qing Hua's specialty is definitely their dumplings which are beloved by many a Montrealer. This hole in the wall doesn't look like much, but definitely worth stopping in if you are in the area. Dumplings come 15 per basket, with a wide range of your choice of fillings, which you then dip in sauces you prepare yourself at the table. Try the lamb and coriander dumplings. They will not disappoint.