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Qing Hua (Xiao Long Bao) New Location-St Catherine

JerkPork Nov 5, 2013 06:15 AM

I had a chance to try the new Qing Hua soup dumplings place on St Catherine and they were unbelievable. I'm a huge fan of their regular dumplings but the added juice in these just makes them that much better. One must be really careful not to pierce them in the steam basket. Each order is only 10 compared to the usual 15 but they are slightly more stuffed and there is a bit more dough so as far as I'm concerned it's the equivalent of 15.

I've only previously had soup dumplings at Mei (across from Myriade) which were ok but Qing Hua blows them away. The choice of filling is not as vast as the original dumpling offerings, IIRC there are only about 6-8 choices. They also have an option for fried dumplings which I would assume are rolled in the classic way.

  1. SnackHappy Nov 5, 2013 09:03 AM

    Thanks for the report. I'm very much looking forward to checking out the place.

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      chilipepper Nov 5, 2013 07:51 PM

      Oh boy oh boy maybe it's the start of a Xiao Long Bao wave.
      What kind did you have?

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      1. re: chilipepper
        JerkPork Nov 6, 2013 07:22 AM

        Chilipepper, like Sophie above we tried the beef/onion & pork/cilantro.

        I don't know what business was there before but they've done a decent job of aesthetic renovations (new tiles, new walls, new bathrooms, kitchen is brand new) so the place seems very clean.

        1. re: JerkPork
          porker Nov 6, 2013 11:22 AM

          The location was a generic sandwich place cum lunch counter La Croissanterie (which was there for quite some time).

          1. re: porker
            MTLjam Nov 7, 2013 06:33 PM

            Too bad that old school mom-and-pop place had to close, their croissants weren't the best in town but they were baked fresh and cheap.

            Apparently Qing Hua is keeping its Lincoln Ave location open, but you wonder if this other outlet just a stone throw away is going to kill it eventually (or just reduce quality through lower traffic).

            1. re: MTLjam
              porker Nov 8, 2013 05:48 AM

              Thats 3 outlets now, I hope they do well.
              For some reason, I didn't take a liking to the Lincoln locale. On location alone, I'd likely stop in to the St. Catherine spot (for no particular reason...).

              I'm wondering like you, how long would they keep up at the Lincoln place if overshadowed (in cash terms) by St. Catherine.

              1. re: MTLjam
                hala Nov 8, 2013 11:46 AM

                I do appreciate that they decided to have a different menu from what is served at the other two locations.

                1. re: MTLjam
                  BLM Nov 8, 2013 02:25 PM

                  The 3 Qing Hua locations have same owner? Or this new one a franchise or what?

                  1. re: BLM
                    williej Nov 8, 2013 04:46 PM

                    There is Lincoln and Ste.Catherine; where is the third location?

                    1. re: williej
                      kpzoo Nov 8, 2013 04:53 PM

                      Chinatown 1 near de la Gauchetiere.

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            sophie.brunet Nov 6, 2013 07:12 AM

            Went there last night, was very happy with the dumplings, we had the porc and coriande (our fave), porc and scallop and beef and onion.
            Service was nice and friendly , the girl serving us had a bit of difficulty in english (she brought us tea when we asked water, which was funny since we had been arguing about which one to get) but it was not a problem since she was very nice and earnest.
            Will definitely go again :)

            1. SourberryLily Nov 8, 2013 06:11 AM

              Xiao long bao in Montreal?
              Are they filled with broth that just fills your mouth when you bit into them?
              Every since i tasted this in shanghai, i've been craving them!

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              1. re: SourberryLily
                JerkPork Nov 8, 2013 12:00 PM

                They be filled.

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                Jay123 Nov 15, 2013 02:53 PM

                5 of us went for lunch. We were only given 3 (!) menus. We each ordered soup dumplings from the lunch menu. We were entitled to salad which was included. The server brought only one tiny dish of salad. We asked where are the other salads? He muttered that was the salad for the 5 of us and walked away. Are you kidding me? The server came back with 5 glasses of water. We asked about tea. He said it's not free and would cost $2. The dumplings were fabulous but for subsequent visits, I won't be leaving any tip.

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                  rikk Nov 28, 2013 11:22 AM

                  what's the address here?

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                    CaptCrunch Nov 28, 2013 12:47 PM

                    I was there too last week!

                    Its very similar to the Qing Hua on Lincoln. Having always referred to Qing Hua's dumplings as "soup dumplings" (I usually go to the Lincoln location for the soup dumplings and la maison du nord for dry ones) I was under the impression that Xiao Long Bao was different but nope!

                    Took the classic version and liked it very much. Good efficient service, always good value for money. I tried the classic "soy sauce/vinegar/chili sauce (garlic sauce?)" bath and liked it too!

                    I have to echo Porker's question here.. I, for one, don't mind the Lincoln avenue location but I wonder at the difference between the two of them.

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                    1. re: CaptCrunch
                      rikk Nov 28, 2013 12:57 PM

                      Thanks. But where on st Catherine?

                      1. re: rikk
                        sophie.brunet Nov 28, 2013 01:06 PM


                        First hit on google gives you the location in the text, you dont even need to click on it! :D

                        1. re: sophie.brunet
                          rikk Nov 28, 2013 01:13 PM

                          Thank you

                          1. re: sophie.brunet
                            kpzoo Nov 28, 2013 01:21 PM

                            To save others a click in the future:

                            1909 Sainte-Catherine Ouest
                            Montréal, QC H3H 2E8

                        2. re: CaptCrunch
                          SnackHappy Nov 28, 2013 02:04 PM

                          What do you mean "nope"?

                          The dumplings are not xiao long bao?

                          1. re: SnackHappy
                            CaptCrunch Nov 28, 2013 02:11 PM

                            I mean I was under the impression that the "dumplings" were "soup dumplings" and that "xiao long bao" was a type of chinese sandwich (not sure the term is right here) which I always called "bao" (learned after the fact that it is called "Gua Bao")

                            Turned out that Xaio Long Bao and Soup Dumplings are the same thing. :)

                            1. re: CaptCrunch
                              SnackHappy Nov 28, 2013 02:29 PM

                              Well, xiao long bao are technically a type of bun, but the English translation is soup dumpling. I thought you were saying they were the same as at the other locations.

                              1. re: SnackHappy
                                CaptCrunch Nov 28, 2013 02:33 PM

                                They were very similar but it has been a while since I went to the Lincoln location so I cannot comment the minutiae of potential difference (ie: its similar enough that I don't remember a huge difference). :)

                        3. SnackHappy Jan 21, 2014 06:04 PM

                          I finally got around to trying this place. I was very pleased. I had pork and leek xiao long bao which came with a "salad" of pickled daikon and carrot ($8 for 10 IIRC). The xiao long boa were delicious, very soupy and very flavourful. They are much soupier than the dumplings at the other locations and, of course, they are not the same shape. The skin didn't seem quite kosher to me. More like the dough they use at the other location than the more delicate dough I've seen with other xiao long bao. In the end what counts is that they were delicious and I'll be going back very soon to try other flavours.

                          Service was good. The lady owner was taking care of service when I was there, and there was another lady working in the kitchen. The menu looks very much like the other locations with the exception that dumplings are replaced with xiao long bao of which there are fewer flavours.

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                          1. re: SnackHappy
                            kpzoo Jan 21, 2014 08:44 PM

                            SnackHappy, do you happen remember what the other filling options were?

                            1. re: kpzoo
                              JerkPork Jan 21, 2014 08:52 PM

                              Pork coriander,pork leek, beef onion there's also a shrimp choice. I can't recall some of the others but as I mentioned previously in this thread the choices are not as abundant as their regular menu. I believe there are only 6-8 choices.

                              1. re: kpzoo
                                sophie.brunet Jan 22, 2014 06:46 AM

                                There is a lamb one and its really delicious... its lamb and coriander i think. This freezing weather would be perfect to go back there actually... yum!

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