Kanbai – Amazing Szechuan cuisine in Montreal!

Kanbai is probably my favorite Chinese restaurant in Montreal. I love spicy Szechuan cuisine and Kanbai is arguably one of the most authentic Szechuan restaurants in the city. Don’t be scared if you can’t eat spicy food, because there’re plenty of non-spicy options to choose from in the menu.

As you can see from the amount of photos here, I’ve been there too many times and I have sampled 70% of the menu. Most of the dish are very delicious and I’m always stuck with the dilemma of whether to try new things or order old favorites every visit.

My favorite dishes would be the following:

(I included Chinese names of the dishes because I don’t really remember what the English translations are on the menu. When in doubt, show the waiter the Chinese names :P)

Fish in chili sauce (水煮鱼) – The amount of burning red chili peppers floating on the top of the soup may seem daunting. But don’t worry, it’s not as spicy as it looks! As long as you avoid chewing on the peppers, you’ll be able to enjoy the fish just as much!

Cumin chicken with potatoes (大盘鸡) – There are two different cumin chicken if I remember correctly. The one I recommend is the one with potatoes in them. Potato soaks up all the spicy sauce and I might like them better than the bone-in chicken chunks!

Beef slices with chili sauce (夫妻肺片) – This is a cold dish with beef slices and beef stomach (I think). Don’t think about it and just pretend it’s all beef. You won’t even realize there’re intestines.

Pea leaves with garlic (蒜蓉豆苗) – The vegetables are all good with a little bit of garlic in them. I don’t normally recommend a seemingly plain dish of green leaves. But this is a lot tastier than it looks!

 

Kanbai - Clams with Black Bean Sauce

Kanbai – Clams with Black Bean Sauce

Kanbai - Beef

Kanbai – Beef

Kanbai - Vegetables

Kanbai – Vegetables

Kanbai - Steamed Fish

Kanbai – Steamed Fish

Kanbai - Cumin chicken with potatoes

Kanbai – Cumin chicken with potatoes

Kanbai - Fish in chili soup

Kanbai – Fish in chili soup

Kanbai - Eggplant

Kanbai – Eggplant

Kanbai - Hot pot

Kanbai – Hot pot

Kanbai - Beef slices in chili sauce

Kanbai – Beef slices in chili sauce

Kanbai - Cumin Lamb

Kanbai – Cumin Lamb

Kanbai - Saliva chicken (no saliva is used in the making of this dish, unless you pissed off the waiter...)

Kanbai – Saliva chicken (no saliva is used in the making of this dish, unless you pissed off the waiter…)

 

There are two locations, one on downtown St-Catherine street and the other one in Chinatown on Clark street. Personally I prefer the Chinatown location because it’s more spacious, more items on the menu, and the waiter is also more hilarious. The older waiter is not afraid to joke with you. Don’t be offended. 🙂

 

Kanbai(红翻天)

Downtown

1813 St Catherine West Montreal, QC

(514) 933-6699

 

Chinatown

1110 Rue Clark Montréal, QC

(514) 871-8778

 

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Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot - Spicy broth and lamb

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot – Spicy broth and lamb

If you want to experience authentic Chinese hot pot, then Little Sheep should be on the top of your list.
Every year I get cravings for hot pot and would go back every week if circumstance allows. All you can eat at $25-30 per visit is quite reasonable and you would no doubt leave with a food coma inducing full stomach.

For those who are not familiar with hot pot, this is definitely not a classy date spot. Wear your worst t-shirt as you are going to smell like spice and grease after the meal. Some heavy scrubbing would be recommended before you head out to somewhere else.

You get to choose the broth – spicy or not spicy. And types of meat – lamb or beef.
There’s also a buffet filled with seafood, vegetables, appetizers etc to complement the meal.

My typical choice: spicy broth and endless plates of lamb.
Accompanied with: leafy vegetables, mushrooms, and tofu. These could soak up the flavor of the soup and taste extra delicious.

And here’s a gem: buns with condensed milk! I think it’s the condensed milk that make everything better. Either way, drench the buns with it and enjoy! It’s addictive…

Little Sheep hot pot - Buns with condensed milk

Little Sheep hot pot – Buns with condensed milk

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot
50 Rue de la Gauchetière Ouest, Montreal
http://www.littlesheephotpot.com
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