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Mar 28, 2004 10:13 AM

Northern Chinese Dim Sum/breakfast

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Hi, my bro is coming down to TO next weekend and he's bugging me to take him to good eats at a restaurant that has stuff such as scallion pancakes, warm (sweet or spicy) soya milk, soup filled dumplings (xiao long bao), potstickers, and beef brisket noodle soup.

I'm not a big fan of this type of food so I have no idea where to start ever since the place we used to go to on Dundas West closed down.

Please help!

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  1. On Dundas Street you can go to a place called Asian Legend. It is a couple blocks west of Spadina on the North side. There are also other locations of the same restaurant at 1) Yonge and Empress (North York Centre Station) and 2) Commerce Gate (West Beaver Creek and Hw. 7). They specialize in Northern Chinese Cuisine, that is to dumplings and pancake type cuisine. Since the North is much colder than the south, wheat flour, rather than rice became a staple and this is reflected in the cuisine.

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    1. re: sekibun

      Asian Legend serves good Northern Chinese Cuisine. The decor is cleaner and slicker than most place on Dundas.

      If you want great, cheap food Chinese Traditional Buns is a better bet. But the decor is strickly plastic white table cloths and fluorescent overhead lighting.

    2. Jing Peking (north side of College just east of Bathurst) has a Northern Dim-Sum menu (as well as more conventional dishes). They're open very late, but not sure what time they open up. But I've been there for dim-sum (Northern) brunch on weekends. And you can order the dim sum items anytime.
      I can thoroughly recommended the Sesame biscuit which I usually have with hot and sour soup for an excellent cheap meal (make sure you ask for the sesame biscuit to be served at the same time as the soup - the biscuit takes longer to prepare).

      1. Try Rol San on Spadina Ave., it's on the East side of the street, just a short walk north of Dundas. They have scallion pancakes and really good Dim Sum. I was introduced to this place by a Chinese colleague. BUT, the lineups are HUGE at weekends, so if you don't want a 45 minute wait (seriously) then go at 10 a.m. or 2:30 pm
        It's not a rolling carts place, they take your order and make it for you, and I think it's very good.

        1. First Markham Place (1 light east of Woodbine, south side of highway 7)

          couple places:

          Ding Tai Fung Shanghai Dim Sum 905-943-9880

          Fang's 905-947-9969......I know I've been to two Shanghai Dim Sum places, but I'm not sure if this is the other one. Please call.

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          1. re: Goober

            Dai Ting Fung is probably your best bet for all those dishes...they are well known for their soup filled dumplings and green onion pancakes. I don't think they serve beef brisket noodle soup, but you could probably get it at any of the other places in that same plaza like Congee Wong or something...

            1. re: Goober

              Ding Tai Fung is fantastic...the Xiao Long Bao (Soup filled noodles) are to die for.

              HIGHLY recommended.

            2. For Northern Chinese, try Chinese Traditional Buns on Dundas, just west of Spadina (it's a little hole in a wall - north side, few steps below street level). All the things you mention, they have. Food is tasty, and very inexpensive.