“MooShu” lettering and Cat graphic were taken from their website
I’ve made a point to try and follow a lot of local Ottawa companies, brands, and businesses on Instagram to try and stay in the know with all of the cool things that are happening in town. One of my favourite Instagram feeds to drool over is MooShu Ice Cream & Kitchen‘s (check them out here: mooshooicecream)! They frequently post rad pics of their unique ice cream flavours, their aesthetic venue and the goodies that they are always whipping up in the kitchen!
Moo Shu Ice Cream & Kitchen is an independent shop that prides themselves on using super-local ingredients to create their unique small-batch ice cream and truffles.
I’ve been seeing them promote their home-style Chinese lunch menu for a while now and today I finally caved in and walked over to their location at 477 Bank Street with Ben to try it out!
MooShu Lunch Menu
We ordered both of the options from the lunch menu to share amongst the two of us! I also grabbed a matcha au lait to go with my lunch – I’d highly recommend it!
Vegan Mapo Tofu
The picture above is one of their “Vegan MaPo Tofu“. It consists of soft tofu and shiitake mushrooms in a spicy bean sauce on top of Japanese “haiga” (brown, partially milled) rice. It was topped off with Sezuan sauce, but that’s optional if you aren’t fond of spicy foods. All in all, the dish was very tasty!
Miso-Ume Pork Wontons
Their other lunch menu item is their “Miso-Ume Pork Wontons“. It consists of homemade pork wontons (surprise surprise), green onions, gai lan (chinese broccoli), green onions, and fried onion pieces. I also opted for the “spicy sauce” topping, and I’m glad that I did! It gave the dish an extra kick and made it all the tastier! Whenever I order any kind of “rice bowl” or “poke bowl” variant I typically don’t tend to eat ALL of the rice. By the time I decide to call it quits, there is usually a significant amount of rice left of which I end up giving to Ben. THIS time, however, because the dish was seasoned SO WELL I actually ate all of the rice! It’s a MIRACLE!
If you aren’t too fond of spices, I would pass on the sauce options since I can definitely see that they could very well be too spicy for some people’s tastes even though I personally didn’t have any problems with them (thanks to those Mexican genes no doubt!).
I accidentally took too deep of a breath when I initially raised my food to my mouth and actually ended up inhaling a cluster of spicy flakes and crunchy onions down my throat. Needless to say, I experienced a temporary debilitated state as I tried to play it cool while truly suffering from the spicy crumbs that scratched and violated the lining of my throat. Funnily enough, the guy sitting next to us ALSO choked on the spice from the food! Moral of the story: think twice about taking a breath in front of your spicy Miso Ume wontons at Moo Shu.
The venue is rather small, as it really is optimal for stopping by to grab a few things to go. There are 10 seats if you wish to dine in – two by the window, and 8 stools around a long table.
I wish I could have taken a picture of the other side of the place but it was pretty busy and I didn’t want to bother people by sticking my camera in their faces seeing as the venue is very small. If you check out their Instagram you can get a feel for how the rest of the place looks!
MooShu Ice Cream
As I mentioned, it is more common for people to swing by and pick things up to go! We grabbed a tub of our FAVOURITE flavour of ice cream while we were there: “Hong Kong Milk Tea”. The flavour is so unique and delicious, unlike any kind of ice cream I’ve ever had!
A couple of MooShu’s other ice cream flavours include:
- Hong Kong Milk Tea
- Black Sesame
- Ginger Vanilla Bean
- Lime Leaf + Fresh Mint (Apr – Nov)
- Local Strawberry
- Froot Loops Cereal Milk
- Vegan Chocolate
- London Fog
- Honey Bun
- Toasted Milk
- Vegan Coffee Date
- Red Bean
- and more!
though some of these flavours are seasonal or are only available in pint sizes. The place has a BUNCH of vegan options as well! If you just ask, they can point you in the right direction by letting you know which ice cream flavours are vegan (like their London Fog and Matcha variants to name a few)!
MooShu Ice Cream Truffles
While unrelated to today’s lunch venture, I also thought I’d share some of the ice cream truffles that Ben bought me for Valentines Day! As a special V-Day promotion, Mooshu offered waffle fortune cookies with customizable messages inside – how cool is that!? The truffles, on the other hand, are available all year round!
The flavours that I got were (starting from the bottom left chocolate and moving clockwise) Toasted Milk, Black Sesame (my fav!), Red Bean, Hong Kong Milk Tea, Honey Bun & Vegan Warm Spice!