Shrimp at Fortune Express
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Dinner Menu at Fortune Express
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Shrimp at Fortune Express
Dim Sum at Fortune Express
Dim Sum at Fortune Express
Dim Sum at Fortune Express
Dim Sum at Fortune Express
Dim Sum at Fortune Express
Dim Sum at Fortune Express
Dim Sum at Fortune Express
Dim Sum at Fortune Express
Dim Sum at Fortune Express
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Comments

2011 Dec 18
This restaurant has changed hands (I heard that the chef came from Toronto). The English name remains the same, but the Chinese name reads as "New Mongkok".

Update: Two partners bought Fortune Express and the partnership didn't turn out great. So, only 1 partner now. I tried the food. OKay, but not great!

2010 Feb 21
HappyMom, if you love the taste of shrimp and are open minded about chewing a little more, try ignoring your own advice to "ask for no shells" because the shells are the best part! Crisp and flavourful, they make shell-free shrimp seem quite boring. Disclaimer: I haven't tried them at Fortune Express, but the ones at the Yangtze were fantastic. I'm going to order them next visit to Fortune Express!

2010 Feb 21
We do the take out and are satisfied 90% of the time. We used to trek all the way down to Yangtze's just to pick up our take out order! It was so nice to see Fortune Express open up and we have been supporting it from its opening day. It's always a good sign to see local Chinese-Canadians here every day! Very similar menu to Yangtze (obvious 'connection', though not the same owners - we asked). Highly recommend the SHRIMP WITH PEPPER SALT (be sure to ask for no shells). The only issue when doing this take out is that the shrimp coating loses its crispiness when cooped up in the foil container. Nonetheless it is delish. We always end up getting 2 orders so as to have leftovers the next day. A bit pricey - but really worth it if you love shrimp! We also get the (black) pepper steak in black bean sauce, the crab and sea foam soup (yum), kulu pork (sweet), and their superb house rice. I prefer it because it is white and not your typical soy-drenched 'fried' rices. Lots of scallop and baby shrimp in the rice which offsets the spicy shrimp! We had one really really bad experience with what used to be one of my favourite dishes...the deep fried sea bass...undercooked and looked like jelly. When we called to comment, they were very apologetic and remedied the situation with no issue. Be patient when ordering take out over the phone (there is a reason they have a numbered system).

2009 Aug 22
Ordered the Singapore Fried Vermicelli for take-out last night. I am not sure what they put in their food, but I was up with a bad stomach all night and still feeling the effects today.

Don't think I will be going back.

2008 Dec 23
I had take out from here last night and I was quite happy with it.

I ordered Salt and Pepper squid which was some of the best I have had so far in Ottawa. Not greasy at all.

The BBQ pork was very good and a decent portion.

Dumplings were a little bit on the small side but still tasty.

The stuffed crab claw with shrimp paste was very good, but pricey at $5 a pop. I think they are slightly cheaper at Shark Fin Seafood and just as good.

My only problem was with the Spring rolls. I had an order of shrimp springrolls which were very thin but tasty and they gave me two free regular spring rolls with my order which were extremely greasy. I know grease is to be expected with deep fried food but these were either cooked in oil not quite up to temperature or needed to be drained a bit better.

The staff there are extremely pleasant and the dining room is really basic but tastefully decorated.

Definately a bonus for those living in Kanata.

2008 Jul 1
When summer is here in Ottawa, it would be difficult to get a table at Chu Shing or Yangtze on the weekend. This is because most of the wedding banquets take place in Ottawa's biggest Chinese restaurants.

So, it is nice to have a good Chinese restaurant in the Kanata area.

The dishes we ordered last night were all consumed by my boys. My young son also asked me the name of the dishes so that he can bring his friends here for dinner and try out Chinese food.

The service here is always excellent! The server is experienced and this makes the difference!

2007 Nov 19
Fortune Express is a gem of a Chinese restaurant, hidden away in the middle of a non-descript strip mall. There is an accessible bathroom, which is works out well for my dad. The food here is very good overall, and it's one of the better places for Dim Sum in Ottawa (the best is the Chu Shing on Somerset Street West). My family and I have been to this restaurant many times. Each time the service has been fantastic (not bad when our table has seated 9 adults, including seniors with a walker and chair, 3 restless toddlers and a gurbling baby). The staff are just as friendly here as they were at the Yangtze.

2007 Feb 21
Just love this place in general for an easy dinner close to home. Many dishes are as good as the best in Montreal's chinatown and the rest are above average because everything is so fresh. Especially try the won ton soup to share (lots of fresh veggies), salt and pepper shrimp, springrolls. General Tao chicken was fairly awful but that was the only miss on this menu.

2007 Jan 7
My friend invited us here for dinner. We had the crab meat and sea foam soup, deep-fried mashed tofu (off the Special menu), steamed fish, sweet and sour pork, and seasonal vegetable stir-fry.

The soup was good. The taste of the food was fine. But I found the menu price more expensive than most of Chinese restaurants in Chinatown.

The chef must have used a lot of MSG. My throat was so irritated that night and had to keep drinking water to relieve that burning feeling.

2007 Jan 1
We've been here a few times for dinner and dim sum, and it's always been nice. We also recognized May and Wing from the Yangtze. On today's visit, we noticed the menus seemed brand new and were almost identical to those at the Yangtze, both in presentation and content.

We reserved a table for eight at 6pm, but they were so busy with eat in and takeout customers that we had to wait 45 minutes for our soup to arrive! They apologized a bunch of times and gave us an order of the dim sum "Baked BBQ Pork Puffs" to keep the kids alive while we waited.

I've covered most of our dishes below, with the exception of our standard off-menu "Fried Noodles with Vegetables" that we order for our kids' sake (they don't like meat). I looked for the Deep Fried Mashed Bean Curd on the menu but didn't find anything remotely like it. Either they've changed the menu, or it's a special off-menu item... anyway, we found lots of other good things to order!

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2007 Mar 2
We always ordered the "Deep Fried Mashed Bean Curd". Tonight, we wanted to try other tofu dish. So, we ordered the "Soy Sauce Tofu puff with shitake on top of Choy Sum". Not bad!

NB. This is an vegetarian dish.





2007 Feb 18
Just went here for Dim Sum (around 2:30PM). We know that we were late for Dim Sum.

Many of the good Dim Sum items were gone for the day. But the har gau, Steamed rice noodle roll with shrimp, stuff bean curd and deep fried pork dumpling were still available.

We also ordered Fried Rice Noodle with Beef in Soya Sauce. I have tried this before and know that the chef did a good job for this dish. I recommend that you try this one next time. (I remember a Hong Kong chef story movie saying that a good chef must know how to cook Fried Rice Noodle well.)

We didn't order too many dishes. So, the bill came out pretty good price. $45 for 5 people.





2006 Dec 7
This is half of the BBQ duck. The outside skin looked very shiny with the right brown color. But the duck meat taste was kind of bland. This could be a signature dish if the kitchen spent some extra time to marinate the duck meat for appropriate amount of time so that the duck would taste better. (My niece's boyfriend works in Toronto's restaurant and he told me that they marinate the whole duck in salty sauce overnight.)





2006 Dec 7
Here is the steamed fish with ginger and green onions. The fish was fresh and the texture was smooth. But it is too small for 4 of us.

Note: Steamed fish is a popular dish for Chinese. You dip the fish meat in the soy sauce below the fish.





2006 Dec 7
The Lobster with Ginger & Green Onions dish ($21.99) is one of Chef's recommended dishes. It was not bad.





2008 Jul 1
Also a good job on their crispy deep-fried chicken! This dish is normally ordered when my boys are having dinner with us. Who say "No" to crispy chicken!

2007 Jan 1
We got a whole fried chicken and totally feasted on it. Very nicely done and highly recommended!





2008 Jul 1
Again, this crispy beef with sesame seeds was excellent! Good portion size. I should say that this dish is one of their chef's trademark dishes. Thumbs-up!

2007 Mar 2
We ordered the "Crispy beef with sesame seeds" dish tonight. If you like sweet and sour and a little bit spicy taste, you will like this dish.

2007 Jan 1
The Szechwan Crispy Beef with Sesame Seeds was excellent, and was the first plate to become empty at our table!





2008 Jul 1
We normally like to order the salted and spicy shrimps. Good dish to go with rice.

2007 Jan 2
The "Shrimp with Seasonal Vegetable" was good -- very succulent shrimp in a gingery sauce with choy sum that was just fine.

2006 Dec 7
Here is the stir-fried Choy Sum with shrimps. For this dish, the quality of Choy Sum is very important. I would recommend to their chef to get the Choy Sum supply from their neighbour, BestPrice Oriental Market. I understand that winter time is not a good season for Choy Sum. But I bought some Choy Sum from BestPrice last Saturday and the quality was pretty good.




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2007 Mar 2
For the "Crab Meat and Sea Foam Soup", if you don't like crab meat, you can replace it with chicken. The "Chicken meat and Sea Foam Soup" was as good as the "Crab Meat and Sea Foam Soup".

2007 Jan 1
We enjoyed a medium Crab Meat and Sea Foam Soup (my favourite) and also ordered a small Straw Mushroom and Egg Drop Soup (my kids' favourite). The server was surprised because I guess nobody orders two different soups for one table, but hey we like our soup!

Both were good.

2006 Dec 7
Every Chinese restaurant in Ottawa has "Crab Meat and Sea Foam Soup" in the menu. This is our favourite soup.




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2006 Dec 7
We went to have dinner here again. For 4 of us (2 couples), we ordered our favorite "Crab Meat and Sea Foam Soup" as usual. For the dishes to go with rice, we ordered the following:
- Lobster with Ginger & Green Onions ($21.95)
- B.B.Q. Duck (half only) - $12.45
- Steamed fish with Ginger and Green Onions ($13.95)
- Stir-fried choy sum with shrimps

Overall, the meal was okay. See the comment for each dish below. Next time when I am here to eat, I will stick to the deep-fried Mashed Bean Curd (pei pa tofu) and deep-fried chicken and beef with green onions.

Oh! Service was impeccable (we got May as our server)! She kept filling up our tea pot. Our dinner was relaxing since we carried on our dinner conversation until their closing time. So, this is a bonus point added here!


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2007 Aug 9
Took my sister and brother-in-law from Toronto here for Dim Sum. We also ordered the Fried Rice Noodle with Beef in Soya Sauce. The dim-sum and the rice noodle were very tasty. Both my sister and brother-in-law gave good rating to the food.

My sister is a good cook at home (she used to host many parties for 60+ guests at home and every one likes her food). Now that she gets older and doesn't feel like cooking too much at home any more (especially when all their kids have grown up and moved out). So, when they give a good rating of the food, this is a good sign.

2006 Oct 29
Shrimp Shiu Mai.

2006 Oct 28
Here is my favorite dessert - sweet sasame ball.

2006 Oct 28
Sticky rice chicken wrapped by lotus leave. Not recommended. How come no Chinese restaurants in Ottawa will go the extra mile to spend some extra time to prepare the sticy rice by steaming the rice instead of using rice cooker to cook the rice. Sticky rice will taste better by steaming.

2006 Oct 28
Steamed rice noodle roll with shrimp inside. If the dim-sum place does not offer this dish, then it is not dim-sum.

2006 Oct 28
Here is the stuffed egg plant. I don't like egg plant. So, I can't tell the taste. But I am told that they were good.

2006 Oct 28
How can you go to dim-sum without eating the Har Gow (shrimp dumpling)? The tray should have 4 har gows. My husband must have taken one out before I took the picture.

2006 Oct 28
The picture shown is deep fried pork dumpling. Very good. If you like sticky rice, try this one.

2006 Oct 28
Here is the steamed squid. Taste was not bad.

2006 Oct 28
Fortune Express serves dim sum from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM on the weekend only. I tried their dim-sum today and it was good. They have dim-sum carts as well as order from the menu (i.e., you put the check mark on their menu and they will bring the food to your table). I like their baked BBQ pork puff (see picture), sesame ball, deep-fried to-fu. These are my recommended dishes. The Har Gow and steamed rice noodle roll are okay. Not recommended one was the "sticky rice".

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