I was really hoping to do a proper ‘Cheong Fun’ Dim Sum with the some of the Rice Rolls I looked at in a recent ‘Foodstuffs’ post, but, as I wrote on that occasion, there was a bit of a difficulty unrolling these so-called ‘Intestine Noodles’.  For that first post, I tried steaming some sections of a roll in just a bit of sweetened soy along with some whole baby shrimp, This time, though, I wanted to steam larger pieces of roll in a slightly more complex and substantial sauce…Read More →

I came across this package of fresh rice noodles at the Kowloon Market in Ottawa. Unlike my other purchases, which were unexpected ‘finds’, I was actually looking for these in hopes of making a Dim Sum delicacy known as ‘Cheong Fun’ once I returned home.

‘Cheong Fun’ is the Cantonese name by which this type of stuffed noodle roll is most commonly known. In English, they are simply referred to as ‘rice noodle rolls’ and you can see that that is how they are named on the package I purchased. In Chinese, the characters 腸粉 (pronounced chángfěn, in Mandarin), actually translate as ‘Intestine Noodle’, but… don’t be alarmed… the name is descriptive of the appearance, not any of the ingredients… Read More →

625 Somerset Street West, (613) 233-0204, Webpage

Date of Visit: August 18, 2011

Ambience and Service

August 19, 2011:  This is a very small place holding about 50 people. It was almost full when I arrived near 1pm and I was unfortunate enough to be seated at a table right near the door, which I dislike. Luckily, the lunchtime rush had slowed a bit by the time I got to the place so I wasn’t bothered by too much traffic around my table. The service overall was adequate, if a bit rushed and perfunctory, but I noted that there were only two servers covering a pretty good size crowd so I suppose I can’t complain too much in that regard. The interior is a bit plain but not uncomfortable and it seemed to be reasonably clean. The menu is fairly extensive but doesn’t contain a lot that can’t easily be found in countless other Chinese restaurants. The sign out front states that Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine but, really, most of what on offer is more Cantonese in character with just a nod to Sichuan.

 (*Note: The menu link above is to the takeout menu only, the regular menu is better)Read More →