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Of all the stores that sell bbq duck in Chinatown, which one is the tastiest?

épikurien Apr 7, 2009 07:35 PM

Where should one buy it?

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    Evilbanana11 Apr 7, 2009 08:23 PM

    Don't know the name. St-laurent and Renee Levesque there's a big parking lot, then theres a grocery store, a foot massage place then a tiny hallway right next to it. They make the best BBQ duck PERIOD. Their Soy chicken is badass too. The place is tiny and crowded tough.

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    1. re: Evilbanana11
      porker Apr 7, 2009 09:30 PM

      I don't know the name either, but the place you're talking about used to house Hun Dao retaurant. Hun Dao closed and this BBQ joint opened. Its at 1065 St. Laurent.
      It is crowded...seems they could have planned a better layout...

      1. re: Evilbanana11
        Andria Apr 8, 2009 07:04 AM

        Just consulted with my Chinese connections... that is THE place to get it. They didn't know the name either, but your description is right on.

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          nonpareils Apr 8, 2009 07:55 PM

          I'm not sure, but I think it has "Lam" in its name, and the sign is red.

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            kwy_li Apr 25, 2009 07:15 AM

            If I'm not mistaken, it's called Lam Kee.

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        finefoodie55 Apr 8, 2009 12:55 PM

        I think you would be amiss not to try Sun Sing Lung at 72 Lagauchetiere Tel 514-861-0815.I have tried them all and his pork and duck are tops.Let us know what you think.

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          porker Apr 8, 2009 06:12 PM

          I don't buy duck that often so don't have much to comment in that area.
          My weakness is pork and I agree with finefoodie on Sun Sing Lung; its my favorite for roast pork (they also have a killer, deboned pigs foot). Strike up a conversation with the friendly owner and ask to see his oven. Its at the back on the right hand side just beyond the doorway. If you're lucky, he'll have a whole hog cooking in that beast of an oven.

          I do get cuttlefish from time to time, but not many places have it (the ones hanging in the window). The place that burned on the corner St. Laurent/LaGauchetiere had good cuttlefish. The place mentioned above does have it, maybe the only place in Chinatown, and its pretty good.

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            mattmtl1213 Oct 22, 2011 01:07 PM

            Unfortunately, Sun Sing Lung closed in July 2011 because the owners retired. I tried going today and was very upset to see it papered up.

          2. Yummylicious Apr 8, 2009 06:45 PM

            Both places are good -- but for different reasons.
            The "narrow hole beside the alley + foot massage" has the best Soya Chicken, by far. Not the "original" kind, but the grain fed one is the best. It is sold by pound, compared to the other one that's sold in whole, and it includes the head and feet.
            Sun Shing Lung has the best duck, it has been confirmed by the greater Chinese connections :p , but is more pricey.
            To get the best Roasted Suckling Piglet, you must try the place that is situated in the heart of Chinatown in the middle of the red-brick road on de la gauchetiere. I forgot the name but it is in front of Buffet Jade and right beside Restaurant Keung Kee.

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              porker Apr 9, 2009 04:53 AM

              To me, thats the one finefoodie55 and I are talking about, Sun Sing Lung @ 72 Lagauchetiere Tel 514-861-0815.

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                moh Apr 9, 2009 05:59 AM

                Is this the one next to Patisserie M.M. Legende? I had no idea what it was called. But this is my go-to place for BBQ duck, and I absolutely agree with porker that they make excellent roast pork. Also love the BBQ pork. I could just eat that stuff straight, and have had to set limits lest none of it reach home.

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                  Yummylicious Apr 9, 2009 06:22 PM

                  Oops, you're right
                  It is Sun Sing Lung. I got mixed up.

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                celfie Apr 9, 2009 08:06 PM

                im not sure if it has been mentioned but i am partial to the hole in the wall on the east side of st laurent just north of de la gauchetiere. they also have the best bbq pork ever! i especially love that they hand you back your change soaking in grease and fat.

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                  épikurien Apr 9, 2009 09:19 PM

                  That's minus 1000000 points for hygiene standards...

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                    celfie Apr 9, 2009 09:34 PM

                    ya i guess while everyone is trying to avoid lead painted pacifiers made in china, im looking for some

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                    moh Apr 10, 2009 05:10 AM

                    Is this the grocery store next to the one that burnt down earlier in the year? The one with the upstairs part with all the kitchen tools? I have often eyed their product, but by the time I go in there, I have already stopped at Sun Sing Lung, and so I can't justify buying more. I am also intrigued by the stew-y tripe like concoction they have, but never have had the guts to get it.

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                      celfie Apr 10, 2009 06:15 AM

                      no its really small and kind of dark. its more towards the middle of the block.

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                        BLM Apr 10, 2009 07:25 AM

                        This is on the west side of St Laurent.

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                          moh Apr 10, 2009 07:37 AM

                          Doh! getting east and west confused again.

                          Celfie, if at some point in time you could post the name or the address, I'd greatly appreciate it.

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                          Yummylicious Apr 10, 2009 07:31 AM

                          this place they're talking about is right across from the supermarket (Kien Vien??). This place isn't a supermarket, it's really a thin, narrow strip that only sells bbq meats

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                            porker Apr 10, 2009 05:01 PM

                            I passed by this place just last night and read the name. You think I can remember the name?
                            It starts with the word "A"
                            Its something like A Sham Teng BBQ. Of course, I don't have it correct. As I mentioned above, its at 1065 St. Laurent.

                            KV is on the west side and is next to the building that burned down (we were up the street at the time and it looked pretty scary). They have a small counter selling tendon, duck, and pork.
                            Directly across the street is the A Something Something BBQ, just south of the little alley.

                            BTW, as we passed, a man came out of a commercial storefront (two doors down) which had the front newspapered up. I asked what he was opening.
                            "In a month" he said.
                            "OK, in a month but WHAT are you opening"
                            "Oh, its gonna be a lounge, beer, wine, pool tables."
                            I always felt Chinatown should have a nice lounge. There's the Holiday Inn, but its somewhat antiseptic. There used to be a hole in the wall on De la Gauchetiere west of St. Urbain, but it was really a hole.
                            This new place doesn't exactly sound swish with pool tables, but we'll see, I guess.

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                              lagatta Mar 25, 2010 08:58 AM

                              I think there will be a nice lounge in Chinatown when the new complex is finished.

                          2. re: moh
                            kwy_li Apr 25, 2009 07:20 AM

                            I think the stewy tripe you're referring to is fat brisket and tendon - not too foreign relative to actual tripe...! :)

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                          chilipepper Apr 10, 2009 11:59 PM

                          Sun SIng Lung all the way! Been going there since I was a kid and they haven't failed me yet. They can pack up a nice duck and rice too for a tasty meal.

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                            kit Apr 24, 2009 09:13 AM

                            I second the suggestions for Lam Kee (i think that's the name) on the east side of St. Laurent. These folks used to operate the bbq counter at that grocery store that burnt down! Big fan of the BBQ duck & BBQ pork cha sui. Their roasted pig is inconsistent.

                            About the change handling, every time I'm there, only the woman handles the money. All she does is tie an elastic band around the box holding the BBQ duck and puts the brown paper wrapped BBQ pork in a plastic bag. Both can be dripping with sauce so maybe that's how it ends up on her hand. But it's the two males that handle the food exclusively. Anyway, that's been my experience.

                            Another place for delicious Roasted Suckling Pig is the Kim Phat near Jarry - at least I think it was there. A family member picked it up early in the morning like 9-ish and it was heaven!!!

                            1. Chocolatesa May 11, 2009 02:52 PM

                              I bought half a duck at Sun Sing Lung yesterday and it was amaaazing, I love the dipping broth they give with it!

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                                porker May 12, 2009 04:49 AM

                                That sauce IS amazing. I always ask for extra!

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                                remdog99 May 22, 2009 08:55 AM

                                what about the best restaurant for chinese duck?

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                                  Har_Gow_Freak Mar 24, 2010 05:27 PM

                                  Is the unamed place (under Maison Kam Fung and besides Dobe & Andy [in that shopping mall]) any good?

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                                    JadeMyst Mar 24, 2010 09:51 PM

                                    That shop is Dobe & Andy's BBQ meat outlet. I believe most people think Sun Sing Lung is the best of the bbq ducks from shops in Chinatown. Dobe & Andy's is good but not as good as Sun Sing Lung, but their duck is less expensive than SSL.

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                                      sakhaneft Mar 25, 2010 03:59 AM

                                      Peking Garden on Queen Marie has some pretty amazing Peking duck

                                      Peking Garden Restaurant
                                      4794 Boul Saint-Jean, Pierrefonds, QC H9H4B2, CA

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                                        Har_Gow_Freak Mar 31, 2010 11:28 AM

                                        Is the BBQ (hanging in the window) at Hong Kong (the restaurant on St-Laurent) any good?

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                                    FlashinLeather Mar 25, 2010 09:51 AM

                                    So i'm thinking about trying Sun Sing Lung tonight, but people keep saying its expensive, what am i looking at for a filling meal for two? Preferably take out (if they do it), and what should i get besides the bbq duck with extra dipping sauce?

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                                    1. re: FlashinLeather
                                      Mr F Mar 25, 2010 10:55 AM

                                      "Expensive" is relative; Sun Sing Lung (which is exclusively takeout) is still cheap eats even if it's a little more than other Chinese BBQ.

                                      They have BBQ duck and pork, roast pork, maybe some other meats (roast chicken?); frozen dumplings (never tried them), various spring rolls (decent but greasy), possibly a couple of other things (sticky rice?).

                                      If none of that appeals to you, you can always get some takeout from one of the nearby restaurants to go with the duck.

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                                        FlashinLeather Mar 25, 2010 11:09 AM

                                        Thanks, looks like the duck and pork it is

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                                          FlashinLeather Dec 7, 2010 05:11 PM

                                          Went to Sun Sing Lung last week for pick up around dinner time. Got home very excited to taste this duck and pork that everyone was raving about....

                                          It was disgusting, one of the worst take out experiences of my life, full of fat, bone, average sauce, the best part of the meal was the rice.

                                          Needless to say I won't be go back and really tarnished my first china town experience.

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                                            SnackHappy Dec 7, 2010 08:00 PM

                                            I wouldn't put the blame on Sun Sing Lung. All Cantonese BBQ places will give you the same stuff. I guess you just don't like that type of food. Fat, bone and gristle are part of Chinese BBQ and a lot of Chinese food. That's just the way they roll.

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                                              sweettoothMTL Dec 8, 2010 05:14 AM

                                              Yes, it's always like that. When i don't feel like chewing my way through the pieces of bone, I order the pork. It is boneless, and as tasty...

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                                                porker Dec 8, 2010 08:30 AM

                                                Good point, SH - gotta love that fat, bone, and gristle. I remember reading a comment on the Tapioca The or Cuisine Schezuan thread awhile back. The poster was freaked out by the oil in this and the fat content in that. I just smiled and said to myself, 'thats the way it is'.

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                                                  Shattered Dec 12, 2010 11:16 PM

                                                  FL's 1st Chinatown experience, and 1st duck experience too, apparently. It's fatty and full of small bones no matter how it's prepared.

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                                                    porker Dec 13, 2010 04:12 AM

                                                    Yep, that'll ruin a person for sure.

                                      2. hypomyces Oct 29, 2011 05:27 AM

                                        The unnamed BBQ place is
                                        A. Lam Kee
                                        1065 St-Laurent
                                        514 396-6582

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                                          yamiam Mar 17, 2012 05:51 PM

                                          A. Lam Kee is closed due to fire damage originating from the adjoing teashop on Friday morning. Where else can I get a great bbq duck?

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                                            lepuma Mar 18, 2012 10:55 AM

                                            Dobe & Andy at the ground floor of the building at the southeast corner of St-urbain and René-Levesque has some pretty decent BBQ duck and the like... Not quite as good as Lam Kee though, hope they re-open soon!

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                                          OliverB Mar 18, 2012 05:35 PM

                                          I used to pick up whole BBQ ducks dirt cheap about a year ago from this place across from the Cote Des Neiges Plaza... I forget the name. It's one of the Asian grocers in the area.

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                                            SnackHappy Mar 18, 2012 05:51 PM

                                            Kim Phat? I think it's the only Asian supermarket directly across Plaza Côtes-des-neiges.

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                                              OliverB Mar 18, 2012 06:33 PM

                                              Yup Kim Phat on Goyer and Cote-des-Neiges:


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