Inside the Ham Sui Gok at the Chinatown Restaurant

Inside the Ham Sui Gok at the Chinatown Restaurant

Ham Sui Gok (鹹水角) at the Chinatown Restaurant in Halifax

I have previously posted other examples of Ham Sui Gok in the Dim Sum Gallery, including one detailing those served at the Chu Shing Restaurant in Ottawa, in which I give a brief overview of this common Dim Sum delicacy. The Chinatown Restaurant in Halifax is not my favorite local establishment for Dim Sum, but their version of 鹹水角 were the best I have ever had up to that point.

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Hunan Dumplings at the So Good Restaurant in Ottawa

Hunan Dumplings at the So Good Restaurant in Ottawa

Hunan Dumplings at the So Good Restaurant in Ottawa

Calling Boiled Dumplings in a Peanut Sauce ‘Hunan Dumplings’ seems to be a regional thing, limited mostly to Montreal and Southern Quebec. I have also come across them in Ottawa (which is just across the Quebec-Ontario border, of course), and a very notable version I had was at Hunan Dumplings at the Oriental House. The ones you see pictured above were served to me at the now closed So Good Restaurant in Ottawa’s Chinatown. They were actually even further removed from the cuisine of Hunan than most, but they were still nicely prepared and very good.

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Chinese Green Dumplings at the Palais Imperial in Ottawa

Chinese Green Dumplings at the Palais Imperial in Ottawa

Chinese Green Dumplings at the Palais Imperial in Ottawa

I was served the dish you see pictured above at the Palais Imperial Restaurant in Ottawa’s Byward Market. It is a bit of an old-fashioned place, and the service has occasionally been a bit surly, but the dishes they serve are generally pretty decent. The little Dim Sum specialty you see pictured above was definitely non-standard, and not at all as I was expecting from the menu description, but it turned out to be very good indeed.

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Stuffed Peppers at the Yangtze Dining Lounge in Ottawa

Stuffed Peppers at the Yangtze Dining Lounge in Ottawa

Stuffed Peppers at the Yangtze Dining Lounge in Ottawa

I love little appetizers of stuffed and pan-fried Bell Pepper Chunks. Mostly, though, I have only eaten them after making them at home. They do appear occasionally on Dim Sum menus, but, rather sadly, I think, they are far from being a standard item. The ones you see pictured above were served to me at the Yangtze Dining Lounge in Ottawa’s Chinatown and, though they were very attractive and nicely plated, the execution wasn’t all that great.

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Shu Mai at the Yangtze Restaurant in Ottawa

Shu Mai at the Yangtze Restaurant in Ottawa

Shu Mai at the Yangtze Restaurant in Ottawa

The Yangtze Restaurant in Ottawa’s Chinatown is one of that diminishing number of Dim Sum establishments still using cart service. I am not a fan of this method, in all honesty, but I don’t mind having to seal with at Yangtze as their Dim Sum is usually of very good quality. Their Shu Mai (燒賣), seen pictured above, didn’t look all that attractive, but their texture and flavor certainly won me over.

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Boiled Dumplings at the Oriental House Restaurant in Ottawa

Boiled Dumplings at the Oriental House Restaurant in Ottawa

Hunan Dumplings at the Oriental House Restaurant in Ottawa

I believe that the Oriental House Restaurant may be the very first Chinese restaurant I ever visited in Ottawa, which would put that visit at some twenty years ago. Since the establishment is in an area I stay in less frequently than others when visiting the capital, I have only eaten there three, or possibly four times over that whole period. Generally, the food has been pretty good though, and the Dumpling dish you see pictured above, while not quite as expected, was both interesting and tasty.

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Har Gow (蝦餃) at the Yangtze Dim Sum Restaurant in Ottawa

Har Gow (蝦餃) at the Yangtze Dim Sum Restaurant in Ottawa

Har Gow (蝦餃) at the Yangtze Restaurant in Ottawa

I have mentioned elsewhere that the Steamed Shrimp Dumplings known as Har Gow (蝦餃) are often used as a standard by which to judge the skills of a Dim Sum Restaurant. This often works as a pretty good rule of thumb, but occasionally, you will come across a restaurant like the Yangtze Dining Lounge in Ottawa’s Chinatown where the overall quality of dishes is excellent despite the house Har Gow being mediocre, or even poor.

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Squid Deep-fried at the May Garden Restaurant in Bedford, Nova Scotia

Squid Deep-fried at the May Garden Restaurant in Bedford, Nova Scotia

Squid Deep-Fried at May Garden in Bedford, Nova Scotia

I love Deep-fried Squid, whether it be as an appetizer in an Italian restaurant, or the typical battered rings served as a snack in a Pub. My favorite though, is to have just the Tentacles deep-fried Asian-style, either battered, flour-dusted, or even with neither of these. Thus far, the best I have had were the Squid Tentacles Deep-fried at Fan’s in Dartmouth, but the dish you see pictured above came from the May Garden Restaurant in Bedford, Nova Scotia, and were almost, if not quite as good.

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Turnip Cake at the Yimin Dimsum House in Ottawa

Turnip Cake at the Yimin Dimsum House in Ottawa

Turnip Cake at the Yimin Dimsum House in Ottawa

I have already given a basic introduction to Turnip Cake in my post about the ‘Lo Bok Gau’ served to me at the Newtown Restaurant and Bakery in Vancouver. That version wasn’t the best I have had, but it was still better than the dish pictured above, which I sampled at the Yimin Dimsum House in Ottawa’s China town. It looked fairly decent, but the quality was disappointing.

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Rice Noodle Roll (腸粉) at May Garden in Bedford, Nova Scotia

Rice Noodle Roll (腸粉) at May Garden in Bedford, Nova Scotia

Rice Noodle Roll (腸粉) at the May Garden in Bedford, Nova Scotia

Normally, when I order Rice Noodle Roll, or 腸粉, at a Dim Sum meal, I choose the sort stuffed with Shrimp as I like that sort the best. Those filled with BBQ Pork, on the other hand, are something I have only ordered a few times, mostly because that sort is far less commonly offered as a choice. On those occasions, though, I have generally enjoyed it, but the version at the May Garden in Bedford, I am sad to say, was really not very good at all.

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