Greg Duncan

Ile Perrot

Do you Dim Sum?

Just where in the Off-Island would we find ingredients like fresh young ginger, little Thai eggplants, Gai Lan, (Chinese broccoli) or even some Char Sui (Chinese barbecued pork?

Got a hankering for a winter-banishing bowl of Vietnamese Pho or Dim Sum?

If you are like me, then you navigate a bridge or two and will travel to procure these items and to find something even remotely close to an authentic Asian grocery. True, large chain groceries now increasingly carry an assortment of “ethnic” items and can offer reasonable last-minute substitutions. But if you are looking for the real thing, you’ll make your list, check it twice, and hit the road.

Sadly, Ile-Perrot lost its only source of hard to find and sometimes obscure Asian produce and products last summer due to fire. So far there has been no sign of revival of that wonderfully funky grocery on Perrot Blvd. that carried all manner of Asian goodies and curiosities. Heck, they even carried flats of cheaper-than-most flowers in the spring and Christmas trees at Noel. If I needed a fix of crispy Lumpia, those Filipino or Malaysian fried spring rolls were made in-house.

In the meantime, it is encouraging to see the appearance of independent ethnic eateries dotting the far western strip of Grand Blvd. In fact, you may have noticed that we can now enjoy an Indian Thali right here in the neighbourhood and that Vindaloo has finally found its way to Ile-Perrot. How long will it be until we can enjoy a proper Dim Sum outing without firing up the Hyundai, I wonder?

Here’s hoping that an Asian grocery store will open here and that baskets of steaming Har Gow and Shao Mai dumplings will arrive soon on the scene. My chopsticks are at the ready. Are yours?

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