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Sarah Mar 22, 2006 12:09 PM

Did the Champion House Restaurant in China Town close?

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    Brain of J RE: Sarah Mar 22, 2006 06:19 PM

    Yes. Early in 2005 I went there knowing only the address, but when I got there, there was no Champion House. Too bad too, I often heard that it had the best Peking duck in the city.

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      Suzie RE: Brain of J Mar 22, 2006 09:52 PM

      I loved their "Champion House Shrimp".

      They also had a location on Hurontario (Highway 10)just south of 401 in Mississauga. I believe it is still open but call to verify.

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        Ronin RE: Suzie Mar 23, 2006 09:53 AM

        Sorry, they're long gone from that location on Hurontario.

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          badrockandroll RE: Suzie Feb 24, 2012 09:42 AM

          I am reviving a very old thread, because for some reason, I was thinking about these shrimp last night: does anyone know of a substitute location for those spicy caramelly yummy shrimp? I also recall that they used to have a handout for the recipe, from the old Toronto Star TV guide: does anyone have one to share? I am nostalgic for my introduction to non-food court Chinese food from so many years ago!

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            millygirl RE: badrockandroll Feb 24, 2012 01:26 PM

            I believe I have the recipe somewhere in my files. I will do a search and get back to you.

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              badrockandroll RE: millygirl Feb 24, 2012 05:47 PM

              Why thank you very much, Millygirl - very nice of you!

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                gabtrac RE: badrockandroll Apr 14, 2012 03:41 PM

                Hey Millygirl!
                I just had a craving for those same shrimp. I used to live in the area when in University and they were always a big treat. Did you find that recipe?
                Thanks,

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                  millygirl RE: gabtrac Apr 15, 2012 07:54 AM

                  Sorry, I forgot all about it. I will check today for sure and get back to you.

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                    gabtrac RE: millygirl Apr 15, 2012 11:59 AM

                    You Rock!
                    Thank you for taking the time.
                    I used to have the Toronto Star article on my fridge - for years. I don't know what happened to it.
                    Yesterday I went on the Star archives web site and searched for an hour with no results - shitty...
                    Anyway, thanks again.

                    Cheers,

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                      badrockandroll RE: gabtrac Apr 16, 2012 04:08 PM

                      I am glad to know that I'm not the only one pining for those shrimp! I'm going to bump this thread to revive other half of my question; does anyone know of a restaurant in T.O that serves the same style of shrimp as the Champion House did all those years ago?

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                        ElizabethS RE: badrockandroll Apr 16, 2012 04:41 PM

                        Friend has the recipe - have requested it. So.. who remembers Mr and Mrs. Sung and their children? Going back a l-o-n-g way!

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                          gabtrac RE: ElizabethS Apr 16, 2012 04:52 PM

                          I love the internet for just this reason!
                          Cheers,

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                            ElizabethS RE: ElizabethS May 3, 2012 03:48 AM

                            Friend back in town - looking for recipe!

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                              millygirl RE: ElizabethS May 6, 2012 01:40 PM

                              Okay here we go folks....Champion House Shrimp #44 recipe

                              I'm thinking this might have to go on the Home Cooking board so please check there :)

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                                Tatai RE: millygirl May 6, 2012 05:38 PM

                                Here's a link to the recipe that millygirl posted: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/847945 Don't know if I'll ever make it, but I do vividly remember those shrimp. Thanks, millygirl!

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                                  millygirl RE: Tatai May 6, 2012 05:41 PM

                                  Hey thanks Tatai!!!

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                                  gabtrac RE: millygirl May 12, 2012 08:12 AM

                                  Hey Millygirl - THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH!!!
                                  I can't wait to try this out!
                                  Cheers!

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            Tatai RE: Sarah Jun 6, 2013 11:41 AM

            I'm reviving this old thread because I think I've found a match for those shrimp (albeit with chicken) at Szechuan Gourmet on Steeles just west of Bathurst. We went there for dinner last night for the first time in about 10 years. It was very good old-school Canadianized Szechuan.

            Their Crispy Ginger Chicken was out of this world. An amazingly crisp and light exterior, succulent chicken within, and a gooey, almost black sauce that was nowhere near as sweet as it looked (a good thing). I'm not sure if they have shrimp this way on the menu (I no longer order shrimp in restaurants), but I'm sure they'd make it on request. They give you a choice of spice levels; we chose medium but will go for hot next time.

            The rest of the food we had was fresh and flavourful.

            http://www.szechuangourmet.ca

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              magic RE: Tatai Sep 26, 2013 10:04 AM

              This sounds a lot like the "Palace Sauteed Shrimp" at Tasty Chinese Restaurant on Eglinton, which are delicious.

              Might be worth checking out for those that miss Champion House's shrimp. I never made it to Champion House so cannot fully comment on how similiar the two dishes are, but they sound similar.

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                magic RE: Tatai Jan 2, 2014 01:13 PM

                I finally tried the crispy ginger chicken at Szechuan Gourmet and must say it was delicious. It tasted and looked exactly like the Palace Sautéed Shrimp at the now-closed Tasty Chinese Restaurant on Eglinton. But made with chicken instead of shrimp. (Shame about Tasty closing. Them was some good eats.)

                Not sure I was that thrilled with the other dishes I tried at Szechuan Gourmet. I think I might have ordered the wrong things. The crispy ginger chicken will get me to return and try other things I saw on people’s tables that looked promising.

                Btw, I asked the waiter if the kitchen would substitute shrimp for chicken in this dish and although he seemed a tad reluctant he seemed to believe they might for a $1 charge. So there you go…. Tasty and Champion House’s shrimp might have a chance at living on.

                In terms of ambiance this place is great. Very much what I grew up with in terms of old school Canadianized Chinese. Simple, boisterous, upbeat. People enjoying themselves. Will return.

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