If you look at my profile, you will see that I love Asian, among others. There is no such thing as "Chinese food", just as there is no such thing as "Chinese language". Even more than France or India, the food and the language changes from province to province. L'Orchidee de Chine is eclectic. In northern China, the staple is pastry, usually from rice flour, so you see a lot of dumplings and what looks like thin pancakes etc. Go south, and the staple is rice. In Sichuan, they tend to use more garlic. Sorry folks, but fortune cookies are not Chinese, and Chop Suey was invented in San Francisco. Sate is from S.E. Asian French colonial days and is a corruption of the French "Saute", although it is nothing like Saute. Most of what passes for "Chinese Food" in the USA and even in Canada bears no relation to authentic Chinese food at all, and much of it in inedible, soaked in salt or sugar or fried in batter or swimming in sauce that never seems to change with the name. It is said that there are 8 basic varieties of Chinese food, from Shandong, Sichuan, Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Hunan and Anhui. But in reality, there is also Singapore and Taiwan. L'Orchidee de Chine offers a huge variety, not exactly the same as in China, because the produce there is quite different. But you will not find snake, scorpion, monkey brains or lotus in N.A.. Having said all that, the typical Chinese place in N.A. usually provides food-in-a-hurry, with a minimum of polite service. Not so at L'Orchidee, where the owners provide a clean, quiet, polite and odour free experience in 2 rooms. The food is cooked as well as any French resto. and is nicely plated at the table. I am told that the owners are from Singapore, if that is so, it explains a lot. Singaporians tend to be educated, polite and very savvy. You will find some stir-fry as in Canton (Guangdong, Guanzhou), but with just enough delicate sauce for flavour. Dumplings are delicious, and as an appetiser, I recommend their "Duck in pancake", a sort of mini-Beijing duck. Nice beer selection and good wines at reasonable prices. Lunch or dinner, you cannot go wrong here, a nice dining experience all round. Find it at 2017 Peel, on the East side, just above Blvd. de Maisoneuve. 个饱 Gè bǎo (Eat well, Pinyin-Mandarin).
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