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HawtLeak Feb 10, 2010 12:03 PM

Does anybody know where can I find asian/chinese desserts?

for example:
- cendol
- hot/cold chinese desserts with red bean, taro, etc
- snowcone with syrup n fruits
- thai desserts

  1. kpzoo Feb 10, 2010 12:08 PM

    In a word: Chinatown. (or as some locals like to call it, China Block-and-a-Half)

    My personal fave is Patisserie Harmonie at the corner of St-Urbain & de la Gauchetiere.

    http://www.midnightpoutine.ca/food/2008/02/baked_in_montreal_patisserie_harmonie/

    http://www.montrealmirror.com/2008/030608/resto.html

    I know others prefer MM Legende. You could walk around Chinatown and sample a bunch of places, easily.

    Thai desserts are tougher. Talay Thai has some - see details here:

    http://www.montrealfood.com/restos/ta...

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      HawtLeak Feb 10, 2010 12:14 PM

      thank you for ure reply n resources!

      however, im looking more like real asian desserts... cos yes although those buns at chinatown pastry shops are looked upon as desserts, but they're actually called "asian bread" in asian... (i dont know if u understand....)

      1. re: HawtLeak
        kpzoo Feb 10, 2010 12:25 PM

        Sorry for misunderstanding what you're looking for! Hopefully someone else can help.

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      sharkbait88 Feb 10, 2010 12:19 PM

      wow do i miss those.
      the closest i have to come to finding any asian desserts is the korean restaurant on st catherines, i think its called towa? serves pa pin su (similar to the snowcone chinese dessert) or at least had a sign in the window saying they served it. never went though. and for chinese desserts, the closest to it i've seen are the buns they usually serve at dim sum restaurants, red bean, winter melon cake, custard, etc. i would DIE to get the lesser known chinese hot soup desserts, hong do sa type of stuff.

      1. SnackHappy Feb 10, 2010 12:40 PM

        Restaurant Amigo has a different tong sui for every day of the week. Other Chinatown restaurants may have them as well. You will have to ask because they might not be on the menu.

        I've had one of those Indonesian shaved ice desserts at one of Nonya's previous incarnations. Don't know if they still do them.

        Vietnamese chè is much easier to find. Every pho joint in town makes two or three different ones. The three colour or rainbow chè is the same thing as cendol. Banh Xeo Minh and the place next door on Bélanger both offer up a nice range of chè. Most Asian groceries sell them, as well.

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          SnackHappy Feb 10, 2010 12:56 PM

          The place next to Banh Xeo Minh is called Gò Công and it's very good. I wrote about it in the Restaurant Openings thread, last year. I did go back afterwards and had a lovely meal there. I hope people in the area will check it out. I would love for this friendly, family run hole-in-the-wall to still be around when I get back to Montreal.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5844...

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          unlaced Feb 10, 2010 12:45 PM

          Snackhappy just beat me to it - a version of Cendol is found at most vietnamese places. I had one last Friday night at Pho Bang New York (1001 St Laurent)

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            vanierstudent Feb 11, 2010 07:40 AM

            Keung Ki(wtv it spelled) use to have an awesome tsa nai(fried milk).

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              mainsqueeze Feb 11, 2010 08:02 AM

              Keung Kee, I think. They don't have it anymore?

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                vanierstudent Feb 11, 2010 03:48 PM

                I don't know. Didn't go there for a few month.

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              Plateaumaman Feb 11, 2010 06:51 PM

              You can buy cendol at Marché Oriental .. it's near the tofu and soya milk, in a series of plastic bags with tight elastics. Then you take it home and mix it all together yourself.

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                HawtLeak Feb 15, 2010 07:55 PM

                thanks!

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                  Plateaumaman Feb 16, 2010 05:10 PM

                  Next you'll be looking for petai/peteh! I have to get mine in New York though.

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                    HawtLeak Feb 17, 2010 04:07 PM

                    peteh? isnt that the veggie that makes your mouth really stink after? LOL omg how did u know that!

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                      Plateaumaman Feb 18, 2010 10:30 AM

                      True, it's pretty pungent, not as bad (good?) as durian though.

                      My father is from Java, voila.

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