Chinese Food for Jewish Christmas
Hello - did a search, and to my surprise, there was no existing thread!
Where can a nice Jewish girl (non-Kosher) go on Christmas for a traditional Chinese dinner in Montreal?
Preferably good/more authentic Chinese food, as opposed to the more deep-fried American kind, but the best restaurants I've been at on Christmas have both, and do both well.
I wait all year for Christmas Chinese Food (for some reason, it just tastes better on Christmas!) and I don't want to be disappointed my first year in Montreal.
Help me out if you can.
I'm probably over my head here...
I'm not sure when or what Jewish Christmas is.
I'm not sure what a traditional Chinese dinner is.
and I don't know what Christmas Chinese Food is....
With that said, my go-to Chinese resto in Chinatown is Beijing. Generally, they're open until 5:00pm on xmas eve then open around 4:00pm on Dec 25th.
Chinese restaurants used to be the only ones open on Christmas Eve or day, for those who aren't going to mass or waiting for Santa. It is also easy to eat relatively kosher at a Chinese restaurant (at least they don't mix meat and dairy). Apparently there are even certified kosher Chinese restaurants
Jenifer 8 Lee talks about this in her 'the fortune cookie chronicles'
I'm being a sort-of goofy about it. Many Jewish people (and other people too) wind up at Chinese food restaurants on December 25th. But many Jewish people do, it's a thing, it really is. So a "traditional Chinese dinner for a Jewish Christmas" just means I'm looking for a good restaurant - maybe a place others have been to on the 25th. Sometimes it can be a very friendly generally-festive place to be.
Not strictly Chinese, but last year we had Kazu on the 24th, followed by PM across the street on the 25th.
There was a noticeably Jewish crowd at both, actually.
A Kosher Chinese option is the original Benny.
That said, the others have already listed some of the more popular places, though it's odd that no one's chimed in with the VIP (it's not an endorsement - it just seems to come up with it comes to odd opening hours).
Alternatively you can check with something like Cuisine Szechuan to see if they're planning to stay open.
As for the goofy, my friend hasn't mentioned putting up and decorating his Chanukah bush yet.