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Nov 28, 2011 03:23 PM

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.

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: porker

      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'

      1. re: porker

        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.

        1. re: deadchildstar

          I couldn't help myself and went a bit goofy as well. )

              1. re: deadchildstar

                Okay, I had not seen that SNL video - awesome.

                Here's one back at you -


          1. re: porker

            It's a tradition in New York too. It's very festive and fun, "Jewish Chinese Christmas".

          2. 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.

            1. I haven't done it in a while... but Chinatown is a safe bet for Jewish Christmas.

              I really like Keung Kee upstairs or Beijing with a large group. Both places stay open for the holidays.

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              1. re: OliverB

                As I mentioned, Beijing usually stays open until 4-5pm on December 24 then re-opens around 5:00pm on Dec 25....

                1. re: porker

                  Small correction,
                  Beijing open until 7-8pm Dec 24
                  Closed until
                  Re-open 4:00p, Dec 25

              2. 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.

                1. For old-school classic Cantonese, Yangtze on Van Horne (just west of Victoria) is one of the best.

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                  1. re: anachemia

                    Yantgze is at best very mediocre & not very Cantonese at all compared to other Cantonese restos in the area known as Chinatown. The order we had delivered a few weeks ago was almost inedible, even their egg rolls were meh.

                    1. re: RhondaB

                      they changed ownership again recently

                      yangtze is done for

                        1. re: BarackHObama

                          Whatevs. As long as Gordon Ramsay hasn't become a silent partner and stuck his nose in the plum sauce, there's still hope. ;-)

                          I'm going there on Christmas, will report back on whether it still sucks (IMHO).

                          1. re: anachemia

                            lol it still sucked 3 and a half weeks ago

                            1. re: BarackHObama

                              As you've mentioned about 6 times now. ;-)