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Feb 9, 2005 09:16 AM

Shanghai soup dumplings-Xiaolong bao

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I'm hoping someone can direct me to where I can get xiaolong bao,(soup dumplings)here in Toronto.

Many thanks!

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    Frances in Toronto

    Ding Tai Fung, of course, located at:

    Ding Tai Fung Shanghai Dim Sum
    3235 Hwy 7,
    Markham, ON L3R 0J5

    I don't know if their soup is truly Shanghai (probably not because Shanghai people do not have hot & sour soup) but the xiao long bao and the woh teep definitely are great. And the onion pancakes, the steamed or deep fried rolls, the fried noodles.

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    1. re: Frances in Toronto

      "xiao long bao and the woh teep definitely are great. And the onion pancakes, the steamed or deep fried rolls, the fried noodles."

      And the steamed black sesame dumplings...

      1. re: keane fan

        for those who would like to prepare it at home.
        there is a shop at gerrard and logan (besides simon's veg restaurant) that sell pre made non cooked frozen shanghai goods. including onion pancakes (pre made dough, non cooked frozen). It is a mom and pop shop. but the goods are so well made and they frozen well also.

        1. re: justto
          Chester Eleganté

          For Ding Tai Fung, also check out their (handmade) noodles in soup and the chive dumplings/chive pancakes.

          Also, I haven't seen this mentioned before, but there is yet another Shanghainese place in that First Markham plaza called Fung's (it's located on the western row closer to the Bowring's).

          It's actually the same owners as DTF's. Different menu though and a little pricier. My friend's family (Shanghainese mom) always goes there now instead of DTF, for what it's worth.

          1. re: Chester Eleganté

            My mother (daughter of a Shanghainese) also prefers Fang's to DTF and felt that their dishes for a dinner banquet she attended there were very good and creative.

            1. re: Chester Eleganté

              Fang's Kitchen closed down 2 months ago. They still ahve the same wait staff, but the chef came in from china. I have no idea what the new quality is.

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        Frances in Toronto

        Another nifty Shanghai place right in the same square as Ding Tai Fung is in the food court of First Markham Place (i.e. just go inside the mall in that plaza). There is a Shanghai "fast-food" stall (but it's not that fast), and you can buy all sorts of goodies for cheaper, if you don't mind eating in a food court. Of course the xiao long bao isn't as good as Ding Tai Fung but it's still home made.

        1. You can get good soup dumplings at "Traditional Chinese Buns" on Dundas just west of Spadina. Highly recommended.

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            Frances in Toronto

            My experience of Spadina Chinatown restaurants:
            :P or :(

            If you can help it, try to go further out to First Markham Place for the nice Shanghai stuff.

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            1. re: Frances in Toronto

              Frances, have you actually tried Trad. Chinese Buns? Because, while I'll agree with you in general about downtown chinese these days, Trad. Chinese buns had some great food -- especially the jellied tofu and the Dan Dan noodles. Mind you it is in a basement, and it has a 'certain' ambience. But, it has some really good food.

              Much of downtown chinese has gone right downhill -- you're right. But, there are a few highlights. Although, it took a lot of sketchy meals to find them -- I think I tried every Chinese restaurant on Spadina with a visable health notice over the last 3 years.

              Rol San's dim sum isn't bad -- no Ambassador, sure, but well above Bright Pearl and many others -- including many in the burbs.

              Also, I have been told to try Peter's Chung King and it is on The List. I someone completely missed this place (I guess because its on College?).

            2. Many thanks for all the suggestions. We will make a trek up to First Markham. Can't wait! Yum!

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              1. re: Erica

                Have to recommend -against- Ding Tai Fung .. not as good as Asian Legend (3 locations -- 1) Metro Square, 2) Chinatown on Dundas, on the east end of Dundas where Chinatown ends, 3) somewhere around Steeles/Yonge) The Chinatown Location was renovated a year ago, and it looks fantastic .. while maintaining their food standards.

                There's also 3-6-9 at Peachtree Plaza, just south of Kennedy & Hwy 7. The food there is quite good too. just stay away from DTF.