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.