Dumplings, Dumplings, Dumplings! Yi Pin Xiang is a dumpling restaurant in Ville St Laurent that’s well known all over Montreal. Diva #1 was on an intense dumpling crawl, so she decided to check out this restaurant with P’tit Frère. They are known for their boiled dumplings, which are different from steamed soup dumplings that are seemingly more popular in Montreal. Boiled dumplings have a thicker skin and aren’t semi translucent like steamed dumplings, they also don’t have soup in them.
Besides boiled dumplings, Yi Pin Xiang also has the traditional pan fried dumplings that are round, the dough crispy, and all the dumplings are stuck together when they arrive at your table. These traditional fried dumplings are classic pressed dumplings that you need your chopsticks to tear apart. We tried these traditional fried dumplings, but they also had what they advertised as their “special fried dumplings.” These tubular style dumplings are rather unique; each one looks like fried cannelloni.
Though we love traditional soup dumplings that are steamed, wrapped in a semi translucent dumpling wrapper, and bursting with broth, we really enjoyed the meatiness of these boiled dumplings. The dumplings are even sealed differently than soup dumplings so that they can be boiled and none of the filling escapes. We ordered the beef & coriander dumplings, as well as the lamb & coriander dumplings, and we were really surprised that we could distinctly taste the difference between these two meaty dumplings that were so similar.
We don’t think that the meat in the dumplings at Yi Pin Xiang was ground, it seemed to be hand chopped and a touch thicker. This would explain why the meat was so flavourful, hand chopped fresh meat is always more potent than ground meat. Sometimes ground meat in dumplings makes the flavour amongst different dumplings indistinguishable. This was not the case at Yi Pin Xiang, where the dumplings were flavourful and perfect when dipped in the traditional black vinegar and chili oil mixture.
Thankfully the chili oil mixture was actually spicy, at some dumpling restaurants it has been weak, probably to suit their white clientele. We had ordered the Yi Pin home salad as an addition to our meal and this too was pleasantly spicy. This vegetable salad was made up of shredded cabbage, carrot and onions with chili peppers and a tangy vinegar based dressing. A type of Asian coleslaw, we were told by our waitress that this was their most popular appetizer.
We loved the lamb & coriander dumplings most of all, but the pork & shrimp dumplings were a close second. For an additional cost each order of dumplings was served half fried and half boiled, the fried being heavier and richer than the boiled dumplings, but both were delicious and we liked the variety. We like to order dumplings served both ways to really appreciate the different textures and flavours. Next time we’ll tried their “special fried dumplings” as opposed to their regular ones!
Yi Pin Xiang was a great dumpling experience, they allowed us to delve away from the usual soup dumplings and try something different. They serve noodles and other dishes but they are truly all about dumplings, and with over 20 to choose from they know what they’re talking about. Located in Ville St-Laurent, it’s a bit off the beaten path but definitely a necessary addition to anyone on a dumpling crawl in Montreal!
Our Rating: Splendid
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