With its easily-recognizable façade, La Cantine Chinoise is an institution in the Belleville neighborhood. Moreover, the restaurant has been managed by the same family for over 20 years! You never dared popping in? Alright, come with us discover what La Cantine Chinoise has in store!
La Cantine Chinoise is scattered in three services: on one side, a small bakery corner with buns, breads, and freshly made turnovers. On the other side, a caterer corner to take home many good dishes (and delight your family). Last but not least, the third station is a genuine canteen to sit your hungry stomachs.
Here, culinary specialties come from Wenzhou, a city set in South-Eastern China. But you can also find dishes from other regions of the Middle Kingdom. And of course, everything is homemade!
Starting with drinks, originality rules over this part of the menu with drinks you cannot find elsewhere: sparkling lychee juice, iced bing-coffee – a traditional drink based on azuki paste and coconut milk, infused with smoked prunes… How original!
Moving on to food, this is where the parade of good things start. If you do not know what to get, let the managers help you out, they always find the little thing that will delight your tastebuds. Dumplings, eggrolls, tempuras, woks, kaifans, tanmians… Lovely discoveries only waiting for you!
As for us, we started our dinner with the staple jiaozi (€3.5), grilled pork dumplings, with mushrooms and chives, in a hearty and fleshy format, and a nice handful of edamame (€4.5). We also love the steamed shrimp wonton dumplings (€8.5), coated in a delicious spicy sauce, peanut and cilantro. Wonderful! We also went for the delicious pork or vegetarian baos.
Coming up, some liangpi (€9), large rice noodles to be eaten cold with cucumber, tofu turnovers, lots of peanuts and cilantro with spicy (but not too spicy) dressing. And because the weather was pretty bad, we could not help ourselves but get soups by La Cantine Chinoise. We had the soumi bacon (€9.50), a traditional soup with thin noodles and Chinese wine (yes, indeed), vegetables, Chinese bacon, and two sunny-side-ups on top. So good.
And because it is going on well, we also tried the vegetable dishes by La Cantine Chinoise, divinely cooked: on one side enoki mushrooms seared with garlic and soy sauce (€8.5), on the other side, what happens to be a cult dish – and we now understand why so much we loved it – the Chinese eggplants (€10) cooked Hongshao style with garlic and flavored rice. Do not miss this dish, it is exquisite. The bravest ones, those not scared of chili, can get the delicious Sis Huan fish, or the Banmian Boeuf, namely spicy beef seared noodles.
In other words, with affordable dishes, hearty serving sizes, and travel-inducing flavors, we could not recommend La Cantine Chinoise enough!
Dates and Opening Time
Starts 1 October 2020
La Cantine Chinoise
16 Rue de Belleville
75020 Paris 20