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May 4, 2006 12:52 PM

Best Hot & Sour Soup in Toronto

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I've had a couple of mediocre Hot & Sour soup experiences lately (mainly swimming in grease) so I'm putting out a request for the best!

Downtown places would be preferred, but I'm up for a drive...


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  1. Wow.... great question. Wish I knew. I love hot and sour soup!

    Places that are mediocre at best:
    Xam Yu
    Kim Hoa
    Wah Sing

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    1. re: Derksen

      I agree with xam yu!!!! But I believe the management changed so the chef is gone :(

    2. I had the Hot and Sour Soup at Lai Wah Heen recently. It was quite good.
      Not exactly a quick takeaway meal, but you never know if you don't ask.....

      1. Great Hot & Sour soup at Baldwin Palace, which is on the SW corner of Baldwin & McCaul.

        I recently had some terrible Hot & Sour at Rol San. It basically tasted like red chicken ball sauce. Ugh.

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        1. re: xtal

          I agree on the Rol San hot and sour. it is terrible! and bright pink.....ugh, i couldn't even finish it...

          1. re: innercitykitty

            Thats too bad, Their dim sum is top notch!

          2. re: xtal

            Oh I know xtal, what's up with the icky Rol San H&S soup? Some of the worst ever.

          3. I like the hot and sour at Chung King (Spadina, south of College). It has the same flavours and ingredients as the soup my mom made while I was growing up. The only thing I don't like is that they use too much corn starch, so that it has that slightly overly thick consistency. Otherwise, it's yummy.

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            1. re: Jo

              I get my fix at Peter's Chung King on College just west of Spadina. To confirm, this is a different restaurant - Peter used to own the Chung King on Spadina.

              1. re: estufarian

                I second the peters chung king rec, I also think urban thai on college does a nice veggi one as well

                1. re: estufarian

                  I've always meant to try Peter's Chung King. How's the Szechwan shredded beef there? It's the one thing I crave from Chung King (but always as carry out, of course!).

                  1. re: Jo

                    NO! Never 'take-out' the szechuan shredded beef. Always eat it there. It's the one dish that HAS to be eaten straight from the wok. Otherwise you lose the crispness of the outside of the beef (steam from the veggies will soften the beef). I won't even order this dish if the restaurant is close to full as they sometimes make two portions together for different tables, and the heat is diffused, meaning that the beef isn't as crispy.
                    And if the place is quiet I ALWAYS order the Szechuan Shredded beef - one of my favourite dishes in any restaurant in Toronto.

                    1. re: Jo

                      To me, the specialty at Peter's is the dumplings - I never eat there without ordering them. Sort of a Platonic ideal of the dumpling, you might say.

                  2. re: Jo

                    I 2nd szechuan chung king

                    1. re: Jo

                      i second that, i think it's better than peters' up the street as well.

                    2. I had a really good one at Ambassador on Hwy7.

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                      1. re: Janine

                        Where on Hwy 7? I work in that neck of the woods now...

                        1. re: TwinklyTerrapin

                          hwy 7 & west beaver creek, west beaver creek is just west of Leslie.It will be in a plaza on the northwest corner.......great dim sum as well....

                          1. re: need a beer

                            Ah, quite close to where I work...have to keep that in mind. Is the Ambassador in the same little plaza as the Michael-Angelo's grocery store?

                            1. re: TwinklyTerrapin

                              No the grocery store you mentioned is at the northeast corner of hy 7 & woodbine Amabassador is west of there a few traffic lights west of the DVP, there is also a decent Japanese restaurant; Akasaka & for cheaper Chinese fare you can try Wide Mouth Kee oh, but stay away from the walker hill barbque much better elsewhere

                              1. re: need a beer

                                Cool -- gotta try Wide Mouth Kee, just 'cause that's such a great name ;-) Thanks!

                        2. re: Janine

                          The soup at ambassador is the best seafood based hot and sour soup in the city IMHO, and I have tried one heck of a lot of them.