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where can you find the best egg rolls in montreal

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  1. To me, an egg roll is an egg roll is an egg roll, so I don't have any recommendations for you.

    But this reminds me - doesn't anyone know of any restaurant in the Montreal area that serves Crab Rangoon?

    1. it used to be the hub of montreal jewnese food and for good reason, they had the best damn eggroll of anyone. while the food is mostly putrid now, the yangtze on van horne near victoria still makes a decent eggroll that is unique and tasty. In the old days, we would go out of our way for them and have an eggroll and wonton soup for lunch. maybe if you pass by it'll be worth a quick stop but i wouldn't recommend anything else from there.

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      1. re: celfie

        I'll heartily second that. Went there a while ago with my cousin, just for old times' sake. The egg rolls, which I almost never eat anywhere, were still fantastic 30 years later. Everything else was just disgusting.

        1. re: celfie

          Third vote for Yangtze. Their Cantonese chow mein is fantastic too.

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          Yangtze Restaurant
          4645 Av Van Horne, Montreal, QC H3W1H8, CA

          1. re: anachemia

            What do you think of Yangtze's version of Ruby Foo's spareribs?

            1. re: BLM

              Never tried 'em! I always get the tasty little guys in garlic sauce...

              What's special about the Ruby Foo ribs? (Never had a chance to go there...)

              1. re: anachemia

                Ruby Foo's restaurant in Montreal was a little before my time. They were best known for their dry garlic spareribs & egg rolls. Yangtze & Bistro Mahjongg both make their version of Ruby Foo's dry garlic spareribs.

                1. re: BLM

                  My parents used to bring home a box of Ruby Foo's spareribs after a night out in Montreal back in the early-mid 70's. A few years back I got a craving and searched this board to track down something remotely close. We headed out west to Yangtze after a fun day at the Old Port and headed back to Plattsburgh with 2 boxes. It was very close to what I remember and I was really happy that I could share them with my mom the last summer she was alive. So during this past year's visit east I thought I would try another place--I chose Mahjongg since Chrysanthemum closed. They were GOOD, but not anything close to what I remember from Ruby Foo's---Yangtze is the closest and I will definitely head there next summer.

                  1. re: furysmom

                    Did you try anything else from Mahjongg's full Ruby Foo's menu(including the Ruby Foo's drinks)?

                    1. re: BLM

                      I think the fried rice was on the "Ruby Foo's" page but it was okay. We were up for the day and we also wanted smoked meat sandwiches. We stopped at Snowdon's first and nearly cleared out the deli case. I had to convince everyone that we still needed to get the spareribs for our " Montreal picnic." Majhongg's looked like a nice place to have dinner but doubt we'd be anywhere but Old Montreal if we actually made it up for an evening without kids. The owner was really nice at Majhongg--we were chatting about San Francisco where I live and where he had just visited.

              2. re: BLM

                Yangtze makes the best egg rolls in Montreal and the spareribs are really good too. They come pretty close to the Ruby Foos spareribs... they are still wayyy better than Mahjong can get. The rest of the food I agree is terrible! and the restaurant is quite dirty. It's worth a visit to pick up a bag of egg rolls though.,

            2. re: celfie

              Yangtze eggrolls for sure! They are the same today as I remember from decades ago. Worth stopping for if you're on Van Horne. Used to love their pineapple chicken but sadly, it changed.

              1. re: celfie

                Yangtze is worth a trip down memory lane. I had the Dinner for Two #3 (single portion), and I got 2 decent meals out of it for CDN $ 14.50. Most everything was tasty but delicate. The ribs were too dry at the restaurant, but when re-heated in a skillet they were moist and delicious. And yes, the egg rolls are better than most. It must have been good, when I arrived many of locals were ordering take-out for the pre-Yom Kippur family feast.

              2. I don't try enough egg rolls to attempt an answer. I will comment that I much prefer the 'open ended' roll with the burnt ends to the pressed closed rolls.
                Any thoughts?

                I will have to check them out at Yangtze, BTW.

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                1. re: porker

                  pavillon wong on des sources in dorval

                  1. re: porker

                    Those kind were my all time favourite, and although I know reminiscing is verboten on this board, House of Wong on Queen Mary had the ultimate open ended egg rolls.

                    1. re: maisonbistro

                      Where can I find very good open ended egg rolls in Montreal nowadays(I also prefer open ended egg rolls)?

                      1. re: BLM

                        If you want to pick them up and CSL isnt too far from you... then Cadwell on Kildare and a the new location on Westminister has great ones! (they might be vegetarian.. can't remember for sure).

                        1. re: jarschef

                          Kildare is a long street, what is the cross-street to check out Cadwell?

                          1. re: BLM

                            Kildare & Caldwell is the intersection - they're perpendicular to each other. Not sure what store/resto jarschef was referring to, though, esp. re: "the new location on Westminster."

                            1. re: kpzoo

                              Provisions Caldwell:
                              7025 Chemin Kildare
                              Cote Saint-Luc, QC H4W 1C1
                              (514) 481-0366

                              and new location:

                              5533 Av Westminster
                              Cote Saint-Luc, QC H4W 2J2
                              (514) 481-0366

                              The original location is on Kildare but they recently opened the new location on Westminster. It's bigger and has a salad bar and they make fresh sandwiches. They are also known for importing "american" low-fat products you can't get in montreal (at extremely high prices of course!).
                              Besides the eggrolls they also sell "veal hot dogs" that are incredible for the bbq. They are huge and extremely delish! Worth the trip just for those!

                              1. re: jarschef

                                Thanks! Is that one on Westminster the place next to Solly's?

                                1. re: kpzoo

                                  No, I don't think so... its on the corner of Westminster and CSL rd. I think deli boys is in the same complex.

                                  1. re: jarschef

                                    Ah, that one. OK, thanks! I'll check it out at some point.

                                2. re: jarschef

                                  I always drive to caldwell just for those veal dogs. I can't seem to find those ones anywhere else.
                                  I also like their low fat cottage cheese and the fruit with cottage cheese packs. I wish they had those everywhere.

                                  1. re: Alyson777

                                    alyson77...caldwell has someone who brings that stuff in from Plattsburgh which is why u do not see them anywhere else....

                      2. re: porker

                        Re: open ended egg rolls:

                        I don't know when they started making these, but the last few times we've ordered food from Fu Kam Wah, the egg rolls were open ended. I'd only rarely seen this type before! The Fu Kam Wah egg rolls are excellent, nice crispy burnt open end, and the filling isn't just all cabbage, you can taste the meat, and it is very well done. The plum sauce they give with it has a nice hint of chile spice as well.

                        1. re: moh

                          Tried the open ended egg rolls at Fu Kam Wah Friday. Yes, they're very good.

                          1. re: BLM

                            I'm certainly a convert to this style of egg roll now. Although I still love the extra edges of deep-fried wonton skin that you get with the closed end type. Hmm. I would probably love one end open, one end closed. I'm guessing this type does not exist?

                            1. re: moh

                              The ones at Fu Kam Wah, are the best egg rolls I've tasted so far in Montreal.

                              1. re: moh

                                All this talk of open-ended eggrolls is taking me back so many years to a Chinadian restaurant on De Salaberry in Cartierville that did the best I've ever had, the fuzzy ends just perfectly crispy and delicate.

                                1. re: bomobob

                                  Maybe memory (and taste) is clouded by the passage of time, but I remember the ones at the House of Wong on Queen Mary at Mt. Sights (or was it at the corner of Trans Island) as being my favourite open-ended egg rolls. And Bomobob, I think I'm going back in time a lot longer than your memories, like the 60's.

                                  1. re: bomobob

                                    Not to digress too far, but are you by chance thinking of Dragon House?

                                    1. re: bomobob

                                      No no no, the best open ended ones were on Queen Mary, just East of Decarie - House of Wong..

                                      Heaven - absolute heaven.

                                  2. re: BLM

                                    Some pics of the egg rolls at fu kam wah - and yup, they are excellent!

                                    http://www.midnightpoutine.ca/food/20...

                              2. Peking Garden - there's one on St. John's near Pierrefonds Boulevard in the West Island.

                                Their egg rolls or spring rolls are both quite nice, but what really makes them a stand out for me is their homeade plum sauce - very good!

                                1. Without a doubt (at least to me) it's Kam Shing on Cote des Neiges http://www.montrealfood.com/restos/ka.... Okay, so I wrote the review, but it makes the largest I've ever seen in Montreal, and the best I've had since my San Francisco days.

                                  My second best so far would be Pekin on Queen Mary.

                                   
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                                  1. re: carswell

                                    kam shing eggrolls are alright but peking garden on queen mary is just trashy. i really dont like that place even though my family has been ordering it for a good 15 yrs

                                    1. re: tonbo0422

                                      The one you're talking 'bout at Kam Shing are spring rolls(not egg rolls)? I remember reading your review.

                                    2. They have these mini egg rolls at real Bagel that are open ended and crispy on the ends. The inside of the mini egg roll tastes a lot like the one's from Yangtze. They come in a package of 6 or 9

                                      1. Yangtze.....to me an eggroll is always closed on both ends...

                                        1. you know what gets me is which restaurant actually makes their own eggrolls and does not buy them ready-made which unfortunately is probably much cheaper and more practical for them

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                                          1. re: blondee_47

                                            Well I know that Fu Kam Wah makes their own because Snowdon Deli told me that's who made the mini ones that they sell. I spent years buying them for parties when I could've gone to the source!

                                          2. The best Egg Rolls in town are available at Sun Sing Wung at 72a Lagauchetiere St West.They have Veggie,Pork and Chicken.This is for take out only and while your there buy some Crispy Duck and pancakes for a Duck Roll.

                                            1. So I tried the Yangtze egg rolls...the wrapping is delish: super crispy and not oily BUT the innards have a funky smell. I couldn't decide if it was the cabbage or the meat. It smelled and tasted like something fermented. I threw out the filling after a few bites and had the shell. I have noticed this smell also at Fu Lam and some prepared egg rolls in the fridge section of Costco...maybe it's some ingredient that turns me off?? Does anyone know what I am talking about?

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                                              1. re: hungryann

                                                My DH tried the egg rolls and he thought they were the best he's had in Montreal and did not think they smelled...I actually re-smelled them and I could not detect anything suspicious. Possible explanations:
                                                1. I got a "bad" one
                                                2. I am off my rocker :D
                                                There's one left which I will taste again tomorrow when I have forgotten the smell.

                                              2. I thought most egg rolls used in Montreal restaurants were made by Wing's Noodle and Egg Roll company in Chinatown?

                                                1. Back in ancient times like 50's to the 80's the very best egg rolls were Chinatown, Yangtze, House of Wong, Dragon something on Salaberry x St. Laurent, (name escapes me now). They were all unique, worth going out of your way for and have yet to be duplicated. Why? because they made their own, no rubber stamp egg roll made by some central supply to be re-fried with little variation. But Yangtze was unique. So was the Plum Sauce; (known as Duck sauce by the avg American and tastes like it came out of the back end of a duck!). But when the store sold from original owners a few years back, it all went downhill including watered down Plum Sauce and key recipes. The original egg rolls and sauce was so unique that we couldn't return home to Fort Lauderdale/Miami without several dozen pre-frozen and, buckets of sauce for all our expatriate Canadian friends living here. Would love to duplicate THAT PLUM SAUCE. It even could make stale wet noodles taste good!! Oh yeah, all the above applies to Ruby Foos, a gem that has been lost to antiquity.

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                                                  Yangtze Restaurant
                                                  4645 Av Van Horne, Montreal, QC H3W1H8, CA

                                                  House of Wong
                                                  5255 Ch Queen-Mary, Montreal, QC H3W1Y3, CA

                                                  1. Pavillion Wong: This restaurant was partially owned at one time by Bill Wong who owned House of Wong in Snowdon, Hong Kong House opposite Westmount Square and Bill Wong's on Decarie. They have the original eggs roll with the burnt ends that we know and love. They have a reasonably priced buffet at which you can eat as many mini egg rolls as you wish with the slightly pungent plum sauce. Heaven. We buy four dozen large ones to bring home to Toronto each time we drive into Montreal. Nothing can compare. Blvd des Sources - West Island

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                                                    1. re: ronsloan

                                                      Pavillion Wong was sold a few years (or so I believe) ago and the quality plummeted. Haven't been back in a while, has it recovered?

                                                      Imperial Palace in Kirkland became an excellent replacement when Wong's went downhill. If they've picked things up again though, I'd love to go back - I must admit that every once and a while a good North American Chinese buffet hits the spot!

                                                    2. Any updates on this thread, now that Yangtze has closed? Besides, Fu Kam Wah who makes a good egg roll, whether open-ended or not?

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                                                      1. re: hungryann

                                                        Tao Chinese Restaurant on Victoria Ave.near Sherbrooke in Westmount. Their burnt end egg rolls are pretty good. When I was a kid in Montreal, the egg rolls were fried in peanut oil. This made them extra tasty. No one would do that now and so some flavour is lost. Golden Palace in Ottawa still has great burnt end egg rolls. This is the Mayor of Ottawa with a plate full. Delish!

                                                         
                                                        1. re: hungryann

                                                          The people who owned Yangtzee opened a new place and they still make the same egg rolls. I know this because family friends (old Montreal Jews!) brought over take-out dinner from this place one night this past March. The egg rolls tasted as great as always, but everything else was terrible, as should be expected... just like the old Yangtzee.

                                                            1. re: hungryann

                                                              I'm assuming Oliver is referring to; Tchang Kiang By Yangtze in NDG 6066, rue Sherbrooke.

                                                              It's been mentioned in here in the past.

                                                                1. re: hungryann

                                                                  Just heard a radio commercial on Montreal radio earlier this week for Yangtze restaurant(it's still around). Presumably it's same one mentioned by JerkPork here.

                                                                  1. re: BLM

                                                                    it's a montreal institution so no doubt it's the same

                                                                2. re: JerkPork

                                                                  Peculiar that the Yangtze river is also known as "Chang Jiang" (maybe a variant in spelling?)

                                                                3. re: hungryann

                                                                  I'll be back in the city next week and I'll find out. I'm not sure if it's the place on Sherbrooke mentioned below or not, but it was definitely opened as of 2 months ago and supposedly doing pretty brisk business; at least according to family friends who picked up the food last time and are regular Sunday night customers.

                                                                4. re: OliverB

                                                                  yes exactly, just like the old yangtze lol