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Real Calgary-style Ginger Beef in Montreal?

John Manzo Sep 11, 2007 03:46 PM

Like the title says- where in Montreal can I get REAL ginger beef?

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    BLM RE: John Manzo Sep 11, 2007 04:25 PM

    What's real Calgary-style ginger beef? I remember seeing it once at a Asian restaurant in Montreal.

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    1. re: BLM
      John Manzo RE: BLM Sep 11, 2007 07:31 PM

      It's sort of like general tso's chicken but with deep-fried breaded beef. Invented at Silver Inn in Calgary, but every Chinese resto in the west has it on the menu.

      I am testing a theory that there are more smoked meat places in Calgary than there are ginger beef places in Montreal. Help me out, mes amis!

      1. re: John Manzo
        BLM RE: John Manzo Sep 12, 2007 09:23 AM

        I think you said before on Chowhound, that smoked meat is available everywhere throughout Canada(I certainly don't think that's the case, as far as authentic smoked meat). Just like, ginger beef is not available across Canada(as I mentioned above I've seen it on one restaurant menu in Montreal, & I don't remember it as a deep-fried breaded beef dish).

        1. re: BLM
          celfie RE: BLM Sep 12, 2007 10:09 AM

          besides, the last thing we need is more breaded deep fried meats

          1. re: celfie
            BLM RE: celfie Sep 12, 2007 10:20 AM

            As you probably suspect, Calgary ginger beef is a Canadianized Chinese dish, aimed at caucasians from what I know(I knew it was invented at the Silver Inn in Calgary).

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              celfie RE: BLM Sep 12, 2007 12:06 PM

              speaking of chinese, has anyone tried Amigo on St-laurent and de la gauchetiere. They conveniently have a typical white person menu but they have some absolutely incredible authentic dishes. One of my new favorites.

              1. re: celfie
                cherylmtl RE: celfie Sep 12, 2007 12:56 PM

                With a name like Amigo? I'm guessing it's some literal translation from Chinese... What style of Chinese food is it?

                My personal fave these days is Keung Kee - even if I'm limited to the white person menu there, too.

                1. re: cherylmtl
                  celfie RE: cherylmtl Sep 12, 2007 01:09 PM

                  hong kong, cantonese
                  they have an extensive chinese menu plastered on their wall
                  they have an alternate name too: 168 - i guess it is in niu kee's old location from what i understand. They make a thunderous hot and sour but i recommend fish maw soup. I had an amazing oyster stew in hot pot, and a really really good sea cucumber dish. Everytime i've gone has been fantastic and the head waiter is a real character.

                  1027 st-laurent 2nd floor

            2. re: celfie
              rillettes RE: celfie Sep 13, 2007 08:49 AM

              Hush your mouth, there is nothing wrong with breaded deep-fried meats. :) Besides, if there is, it's nothing that can't be solved with a bit of bacon.

              1. re: rillettes
                maisonbistro RE: rillettes Sep 13, 2007 08:59 AM

                Don't tell anyone, but I once, whilst in the states, I ordered a chicken fried steak with the requisite gravy and mashed potatoes - and heck, it was good. Very very good. But don't tell anyone. It's my deep dark secret.

                1. re: maisonbistro
                  cherylmtl RE: maisonbistro Sep 13, 2007 09:59 AM

                  I wish there was a place that served chicken fried steak here...(then again, perhaps it's a good thing - for both my waistline and cholesterol count - that they don't)

                  1. re: cherylmtl
                    maisonbistro RE: cherylmtl Sep 13, 2007 10:09 AM

                    Man, I could marry you -

                    well, maybe not - I'm already married and female - not that there's anything wrong with that.


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