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  • Cody Aug 12, 2004 05:32 PM
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Does anyone know where I can find indian-style chinese food in Toronto/GTA?

It's a unique fusion of Chinese and Indian cuisine, that came from Hakka Chinese, who migrated to India from Canton in the early 1900s.


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  1. See previous thread below. There have been other mentions of Hakka before this, too - do a keyword search!

    Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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      Alek in Toronto

      I don't know much about this style of food but LIN GARDEN on Pharmacy Avenue in Scarborough is a great choice for this style. I love their Chili Chicken and House Shrimp! YUMMY!

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      1. re: Alek in Toronto

        Definite thumbs up to Lin Garden! We go there once a week or so for lunch, and its always packed. I could go for an order of House Shrimp right now I think... :-)

        1. re: Vise

          Based on all the good reviews here and in the other thread, we went to Lin Garden last night. House Shrimp was indeed really yummy -- lightly dusted with seasoning and fried. Tasty, juicy. Unfortunately the rest of the meal was really disappointing. Wonton soup was ok, not great (so-so broth, scantily filled wontons -- the wonton soup at peruvian El Bodegon, of all places, is the best I've had in the city). Chili Chicken and Hakka Noodles were both incredibly bland and uninteresting.

          Too bad. But I'll try some of the other places mentioned and hope for better!

      2. h

        I don't have the address, but my friend (who's Indian) keeps telling about this Indian Chinese restaurant called Fredericks in Scarborough (I think she said Brimley?)

        1. Also:

          1) Kim Ling: southeast corner of Birchmount and Lawrence in Scarborough...try the garlic beef

          2) i don't know the name: east side of Kennedy, south of Denison...same plaza as Pizza Pizza and across from a high school/community centre...try the chilli chicken

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          1. re: Goober

            P.S. The place is north of Denison (I went to that high school :)), but now I'm intrigued by that unsuspecting place and I'll go give it a try.

          2. Please note that the multiple recommendations of Fredericks mean Federicks - it's usually packed and a heck of a lot easier to make reservations if you have the right name!

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            1. re: estufarian

              I am constantly amazed that anyone could recommend this place. The food is absolute swill, and that's no hyperbole. Awful, really awful.

              1. re: wordsworth

                Where in the GTA would you go instead for the same type of food?

            2. On the NE corner of Albion and Islington is an Indian Thali place with an Indian Chinese Menu - the Chili Chicken is good and hot and 2 can eat for about $15

              1. On the NE corner of Albion and Islington is an Indian Thali place with an Indian Chinese Menu - the Chili Chicken is good and hot and 2 can eat for about $15

                1. On the NE corner of Albion and Islington is an Indian Thali place with an Indian Chinese Menu - the Chili Chicken is good and hot and 2 can eat for about $15

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                  1. re: Hungry G
                    jonathan Lovery

                    I have THREE restaurants that meet your request. All are in scarboro and the food is good and spicy.
                    1) China Cottage @ Pharmacy & Ellesmere
                    Phone:(416) 445-6721
                    2) Fredericks @ Brimley & Ellesmere
                    Phone: (416) 439-9234
                    3) Chung Moi @ Kennedy and Eglinton
                    Phone: (416) 755-5293

                    1. re: jonathan Lovery

                      We go to Fredricks everytime we visit Toronto and have never been disappointed. Often take it to go- as it is very vrowded. Closest to real Indian Chinese I've ever had!

                      1. re: whiterose

                        Fredricks was some the worst chinese food I have ever had. So much so that I decided to never eat in a Chinese restaurant again without a previous recommendation.

                        A little extreme I know, but for me this place epitomized everything that can be bad about a chinese restaurant. Surly service, mystery meat and sauces so think with corn syrup and MSG that I felt like I needed to detox for a few days afterwards.

                        Anyway, my guyanese girlfriend had recommended the place because their food is a similar mix. I would suggest trying a caribbean restauarant with a chinese influence or for another hakka resto I thought Bombay Chopsticks was decent.

                  2. There is reasonably good place called Hakka Garden on Overlea. Really enjoyed the crispy beef and shrimp pakora.

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                    1. re: pakdawgie

                      I second this place. Good quality. We've liked everything we've had there in two visits. They offer many of the dishes dry or with gravy - something I haven't seen before.