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Old Montreal's Jiao Dim Sum Bar is giving away free boxes of General Tao chicken next week

Drop by the takeout window for a free box—and maybe pick up some other treats while you're at it

JP Karwacki
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JP Karwacki

The tradition of grabbing some Chinese eats for Christmas is coming a few days early this year.

Old Montreal's Jiao Dim Sum Bar is giving away small Chinese food boxes (fun fact: they're called oyster pails) of General Tao chicken to Montrealers on next Tuesday, December 22 from noon to 5pm at the takeout window of their restaurant (399 Notre-Dame St West).

No purchase is necessary. "We miss you," the restaurant wrote in a post on Facebook, "and hope this spreads a little holiday cheer to all those in need."

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Mark your calendars, Montreal, and make sure to show up ahead of time. Kill some time with a coffee or tea from a local café, enjoy the possible snowfall, and get in line.

If you want to plan a swanky Chinese lunch or dinner by buying up some other dishes from Jiao, you can find their menu here; they've got good bottles of sake and wine to pick up alongside some great dishes like chili oil Chow Fun (rice noodles) with sirloin, their brisket-stuffed Pho Luhng Bao dumpling in pho broth, and yes, those $100 dumplings made with Louis XIII cognac

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