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Dec 12, 2011 11:44 AM

Authentic Cantonese Food

I had lunch there for the first time with my Chinese wife. We had a few very good dishes:

Wu Xi Paiguo; Ribs "Wuxi" style: wonderful tender braised beef ribs over a bed of "small bockchoy" (xiao baicai). Delicious ribs with a very dark intense and flavorfull sauce slightly sweet.

Fupijen-Tofu skin rolls with mushroom stuffing: Very nice tofu skins fried and wrapped around mushrooms over a bed of mustard greens.

Mei dzi men ya: Slow cooked duck with plumb sauce over tarrow root. Very good dish.

THey had some interesting amazing looking dishes on the menu, including venison, and a host of fish dishes. I will definately go back. The waiters were rushing around so much, so don't expect any help with the Chinese menu items on the wall.

Restaurant Keung Kee
70 Rue De La Gauchetiere W, Montreal, QC H2Z1C1, CA

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  1. Everything I've ever tried at Keung Kee has been good. And as a bonus, they are open quite late, which comes in handy on those late evenings when everything in Chinatown west has long closed and I have a hankering for Chinese food...

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    1. re: cherylmtl

      Have you tried any of the dishes at KK posted on the walls written only in Chinese(otherwise not listed on their English language menu)? It's often a heavy struggle for me to get translations of menu items on the walls of Chinese restaurants. Maybe you get better luck with the translations, as you seem to be at least a semi-regular at KK.

      1. re: BLM

        I think you were talking to cherylmtl; the dishes we mentioned above are from the "wall" of food names. Very good stuff. We are definately going back. I hope cherylmtl has a means of ordering from the wall. If not, next time we go, we will try a few and report back to this string. The Chinese above might get you the dishes that I mentioned above, with some luck (Chinese is hard to pronounce, and the names above are Mandarin, not Cantonese).

    2. These dishes are listed in their English language menu?

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      1. re: BLM

        No; these are dishes posted on the wall of the restaurant written in Chinese. The additional challenge, is that even if you can read those, some of the dishes are not well articulated and the waiters are sometimes busy and unable to help. So it's a challenge, worth it if you can get through it and want to go beyond simple dishes or Canadianized dishes.

      2. Had a great meal here two weekends ago, it's easily my favorite place in Chinatown.

        Ordered the crab and fish maw soup, baked lobster with ginger and shallots, braised cuttle fish in black bean sauce with bok choy, Cantonese noodles with BBQ pork and mixed vegetables (chestnuts, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, snow peas, brocoli, corn), salt and pepper soft shell crab and a large bowl of steamed rice.

        This is comfort food to the extreme!

        Btw, if you want a translation of the Chinese menu, just check out the Urbanspoon listing here:

        Someone posted English captions for everything.

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            1. re: OliverB

              wow thanks so much for posting this translation!!!

            2. KK the BEST Cantonese Lobster in Montreal also great razor clams when available

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              1. re: finefoodie55

                Didn't realize they offer razor clams(when available). What's the best way to get razor clams cooked at KK?

                1. re: BLM

                  I've had them in black bean before- really good!

                  1. re: OliverB

                    Love razor clams! Just nobody seems to clean them properly, always a little sand...

                2. Don't wanna take away from your Keung Kee thunder, but does anyone have info on whats going on with the Sun Sing Lung location downstairs?

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                  1. re: porker

                    Dingy has retired and rented the space It will become a Restaurant.Bye bye to the best Duck and crispy pork in Chinatown

                    1. re: finefoodie55

                      last time i was there the pork was absolutely terrible. the place on st-laurent is much better.

                      1. re: finefoodie55

                        There's a crispy pork shop that sells great duck, barbecue pork and quail in China town. Excellent-compares well with NY Chinatown. Don't know the name, it might be in Chinese. Go north on St. Laurent from Guachatierre a little ways. On east side of Ste. Laurent.

                        1. re: foodlovergeneral

                          Yeah, I really miss Sun Sing Lung, it was my favorite.

                          There was a lively debate on Sun Sing Lung vs. the BBQ joint on St. Laurant here
                          where hypomyces gaves us the name;
                          The unnamed BBQ place is
                          A. Lam Kee
                          1065 St-Laurent
                          514 396-6582

                        2. re: finefoodie55

                          The new restaurant at street level will be owned & run by the Keung Kee people?

                          1. re: BLM

                            Someone told me they'll revive the roast meat business and incorporate that into a fast food type of place ( along the lines of roast meat rice plates).

                              1. re: Har_Gow_Freak

                                Bummer? Maybe losing Sun Sin Lung, bummer. But Ethan has been up and running for quite awhile...