BEST OF OTTAWA 2021: Chinese takeout
After over 20-years writing about life in Ottawa, we think we have a pretty good idea of the best of what this city has to offer. In this weekly series, we share our picks with you — our top spots for takeout, live music venues, local brews, bands and more. Check, share and discuss #OLMBest every week!
2195 Carling Avenue
Home of Ottawa's most famous egg rolls, and the official egg rolls of the Ottawa Senators, Golden Palace is a treasure. The restaurant has been a local staple for over 60 years. Along with their signature egg rolls, they offer a vast menu of delicious, freshly-made Chinese dishes. The shrimp chop-suey and beef and green pepper with black bean sauce are two of our fave menu items!
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Shanghai Wonton Noodle
178 Rideau Street
Shanghai Wonton Noodle is a modest, family-run restaurant that offers some of the most authentic and scrumptious Shanghai-style noodles and dumplings in town. With the majority of the menu being under $12, you are truly getting a good bang for your buck. The spot is open until 10 pm every night and offers takeout and delivery via all major delivery apps.
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Won Ton House
1300 Wellington Street W.
At Won Ton House, customers are treated like family — naturally leading to stand-out service and top-notch food. All dishes are cooked to order in the traditional Szechuan style and new menu items are added regularly. We recommend the Special Wonton Soup that includes succulent pork strips, whole shrimp, and to-die-for, plump wonton dumplings. You can order takeout and they’re also available for delivery via the Love Local Delivery app.
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700 Somerset Street W.
The Yangtze Dining Lounge is a staple of the restaurant scene in Ottawa’s Chinatown. Yangtze has treated its customers to the highest quality service and authentic Szechuan and Cantonese cuisine since opening in its iconic building at 700 Somerset in 1982. Don’t want to dine in? No worries, you can order to go!
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Small Street Restaurant
1792 Bank Street
If you are searching for authentic Northern Chinese food, Small Street Restaurant is the answer to your prayers. Specializing in Chinese street style BBQ, spicy BBQ fried vegetables, and the famous northern Dry Pot, this place makes you feel like you’re eating at a popular food stall in China. Their yummy dishes are available for takeout or delivery via SkipTheDishes and UberEats.
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Hing Lung Chinese Food
171 Bank Street and 199 Dalhousie Street
Ottawa staple Hing Lung has been in business for over 32 years and it’s obvious why. The food is delicious and the family-oriented, friendly service is top notch! Order one of their Hot & Spicy Combination Plates to go – the perfect accompaniment to a solo, Netflix binge night.
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Full House Asian Cuisine
1766 Carling Avenue
For a pan-regional Chinese food experience, Full House has you covered. Specializing in traditional dishes from Siuchan, Jiangxi and beyond, there is something for every palette. Some stand out dishes include the deep fried salt & pepper pork and the stir-fried vermicelli. They deliver directly and via all delivery apps.
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625 Somerset Street W.
Local staple Jadeland has long been considered one of the very best restaurants in Ottawa’s Chinatown. Specializing in Cantonese and Szechuan. If you like mild, fresher flavours, go for one of their Cantonese dishes like the stir fried beef and veggies. For a spicier kick, order the Szechuan shrimp. The restaurant offers delivery for orders $25 or more.
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Silver Dragon Chinese Food Restaurant
1109 Cobden Rd.
This humble spot is located in the Iris Plaza strip mall and is your classic, Chinese fast-food grub. Silver Dragon offers all your fave, comforting dishes like fried rice, egg rolls, wonton soup and much more. With a simple counter set-up, the spot is strictly take-out and delivery only.
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So Good Restaurant
717 Somerset Sreet W. and 15 Springfield Rd.
With two locations on opposite sides of the city, enjoy the flavours of So Good wherever you are! This spot is perfect for the cooler months since they have a big selection of soups including classic Hot & Sour and more unique flavours like Cream Corn With Crab Meat. They offer take-out if you want to eat on-the-go.
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Make The Most Of Chinese Takeouts
Chinese love to see people happy and satisfied with the food they make. Since ancient times, they’ve always been meticulous in choosing the ingredients and skilled in applying cooking methods, such as stir-frying, steaming, and roasting. Because of their dedication, passion, and expertise, they continue to discover and introduce new flavours, as well as create authentic, unique dishes that are popular all over the world.
When ordering takeout at a Chinese restaurant, it’s normal for customers to ask for extra sauces. Chinese are quite generous in providing additional sauces, such as the mala sauce and hoisin sauce, free of charge. So, don’t hesitate to request more sauces if you want some.
Chinese restaurants also accept any mode of payment but generally prefer cash. With the dependence on digital technology, contactless and prepaid cash payment methods are widely accepted at almost any establishment. You can even earn cash back with a prepaid card on purchases, like Chinese takeout orders, in Ottawa or anywhere in Canada.
Ottawa is a great place that’s filled with well-established Chinese restaurants that offer dine-in and takeout orders. Head to one of these best Chinese restaurants in Ottawa with family or friends and indulge in delectable dishes. You’ll enjoy the food so much that you’ll want to come back again.
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