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“We can't stop talking about these amazing dumplings!”
Review of Qing Hua Dumpling

Qing Hua Dumpling
Ranked #463 of 5,711 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Centre-Ville (Downtown)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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129 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“We can't stop talking about these amazing dumplings!”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

This dumpling restaurant is a little hard to find but well worth it. It is a basement restaurant with a small sign. Best dumplings I have ever had. We had the beef and onion and had them fried and had pork and cabbage steamed. There are 15 dump,Inge for about $10. They are fresh and delicious. Don't expect to be in and out. They make them all to order so allow time to sit and relax.

  • Visited August 2012
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Philadelphia, PA
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38 reviews
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“Great dumplings!”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

Not fancy, and service is indifferent at best. The menu is basically just dumplings of many kinds, but wow, what dumplings!

Visited August 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Soup dumplings in Montreal!!!”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

Great place in Chinatown on St. Laurent to rest your weary feet after a long hot day of sightseeing in Old Montreal. We weren't hungry enough to really take advantage of dim sum, but wanted to nibble on something. Happily, we stumbled upon Qing Hua -- which I had read about on foodie websites as having excellent soup dumplings. Up a few steps and we walked into a nicely arranged room with sleek tables and high backed cushioned chairs.

We ordered the steamed pork, shrimp and leek dumplings as well as some vegetarian ones. 15 dumplings come to an order, and we liked the pork, shrimp and leek ones so much we ordered another batch! Unlike NYC, where with soup dumplings we would have got a little spoon to hold the broth in when you nibble off a corner, we just turned the dumplings a wee bit sideways and slurped broth out before chowing down.

Note that this place only takes cash -- but they have an atm right inside of the entrance. Prices were reasonable -- the pork, shrimp and leeks ones were $10.99 for an order, with most other dumplings within a dollar either way.

If we had been in Montreal one more night, I'm pretty sure we would have been back - as it is, we know next time we visit, we'll be heading there for sure!

  • Visited August 2012
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“A cheap, delicious dinner!”
Reviewed August 4, 2012

This restaurant is hard to find because it is the basement and its' sign is barely visible from the street. But at least three trips around the block were worth the effort.
The variety of dumplings made it hard to choose, but we selected the lamb and curried beef--pan friend, which is an extra charge and promoted by the waitress.
Both kinds were absolutely delicious, without a drop of grease. The curry flavor beef was just right and the lamb was so good. But the hot and sour soup was dreadful, unlike any version of this dish I have ever tasted.
Two orders equaled 30 dumplings and I would I have preferred a mixture, rather than just two flavors, but I did not find a mixed selection on the menu.
The restaurant is clean, but the decor is practically non-existent. It is better to sit in the second room than in the front room with the cash register. The service was almost nonexistent, but the quality and price of the food make up for the restaurant's shortcomings. Also they only take cash, so come prepared.

  • Visited July 2012
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Ottawa, Canada
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“Delicious Soup Dumplings! Lots of flavor for a reasonable price!”
Reviewed July 21, 2012

Visiting Montreal, three of us visited Qing Hua on a quiet Saturday afternoon. We were surprised to see that dumplings weren't just a menu item: they represented almost the entire menu! That was fine with us, since soup dumplings were what we were after. We shared two mixed orders of steamed dumplings (about 30 generous-sized dumplings) of four different flavors: beef and coriander, chicken curry, pork and shrimp, and pork with leek.

All four presented different flavors, bursting with hot broth. Two orders represented a nice light meal for three people, without having any appetizers. For a proper meal for three people I would augment two dumpling orders with something from the list of appetizers, or order a platter-per-person. 15 dumplings sounds like a filling amount of food, but they really are delightful and disappear quickly. At around $9 - $11 per platter, they offer good value.

Two of our choices were very flavorable and were our preferred choices: the beef with coriander, and the chicken curry dumplings. They were delicious on their own, or dipped in the accompanying condiment choices, which were black vinegar, chili sauce, and soy sauce. The two pork choices were milder in taste and benefited from the condiments. We all agreed that the dumplings were salty enough (almost too much so: MSG?) so we never touched the soy sauce. When I have had soup dumplings before they had been accompanied by sliced pickled ginger as well, which was not offered here.

The restaurant is a small place, but clean. The washrooms exceeded what you might expect to find in a low-cost place like this, and it was nice that we were able to order Tsingtao beer with our meal. The servers were neither energetic nor informative, but the menu does list the fillings in all the dumpling choices, so if you select ingredients that appeal to you, you really can't go wrong. Be advised that the dumplings are prepared as you order, so there's a bit of a wait before they come out, which makes adding an appetizer a good idea. Also, the broth inside is very hot, and the dumpling will squirt out if you simply bite into them. Best to try to open a hole first, drink out some of the juice, and then pop the rest in your mouth. Truly yummy!

  • Visited July 2012
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