Chinada - Northern Chinese hole-in-the wall
- porker Oct 18, 2010 03:41 PM
I was completely frazzled last Friday and stopped into Goldies on Saint Jacques for a cheap beer (I mentioned Goldies as a dive bar in a "Loyola Campus" thread awhile back). Walking towards the watering hole, I took a gander next door at the pizza place. To my surprise, the hole-in-the-wall pizza joint was replaced by a hole-in-the-wall Chinese place called Chinada (making it more-than-eligible for the dumb chinese restaurant name thread).
The guy is from Northern China and makes his own noodles.
I ordered the Beef Ramen Soup to go (Large $7.99) then headed to Goldies for that beer. The bartender and a fellow patron gave Chinada's potstickers high praise (the guy at the bar, apparently a regular, described them as a chinese peirogi...). I ordered another beer and ducked back into the resto to add pork potstickers to my order (9 for $5.99).
The soup reminded me of the Big Flat Lamb Noodle soup of Verdun, without the lamb. Some may say "bland", but I'd describe it as "delicate". The owner/cook/dishwasher said the soup is better enjoyed in-house, but gladly packed it up for me.
The homemade potstickers were unusual in shape, kinda tubular with a pinched/folded top. First steamed then pan-fried, they were quite tasty, pehaps a bit too gingery for my tastes. Texture was great. The homemade, ground hot pepper was a tasty addition.
I hope to see this guy do well (the bar people said he opened in the summer and does everything himself) and expand his menu to more items closer to his home.
Besides the usual General Tao/Kung Pao/Ma Po type dishes, he lists spiced and sliced beef, home style cold noodles, spicy sauce and cumin chicken, and Baozi (steamed coked and stuffed dough). I wanna return to try these, encourage the guy, and ask him about listing more northern dishes.
Its on St. Jacques (7427) across from the Sealtest plant. Nothing fancy.
Kinda fun to see traffic on this almost 3 years later.
Unfortunately, I did not get to return since my first visit, so I don't know how things have changed (or not).
Just a word of caution; this place is a true hole-in-the-wall. If I remember correctly, a single or two table-one-man-show (and thus reasonable prices). Also, (again if I remember right) the gems must be picked carefully from a menu of run-of-the-mill choices.
If nearby, definitely stop in.
If across town, don't make the trip expecting grandeur and opulence. Kinda the same vibe (but smaller) as Verdun's Delices de l'ile Maurice back when it was better known as Sylvesters (without a completely eccentric guy, boozefest, and gummy candy)...if anyone remembers that.
I had chicken and vegetables and won ton soup. Very tasty and fresh. My friend had beef and broccoli. She liked it so much she ordered 2 dishes to take home for her daughters. Very small but clean and bright. Totally one man show. Guy does everything himself including delivery. Right beside Goldie on north side of st-Jacques near corner of Elmhurst.
I came online tonight to find the delivery menu for Chinada. I have driven by the place daily for years. I was peckish for some hole-in-the-wall chinese food. Unfortunately, it's closed tonight! After reading your review, this place is a slam dunk for some sampling. Thanks.