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Hunan Dumplings

I am looking for great hunan dumplings with peanut sauce somewhere in the GTA. North York Yonge St area especially.

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  1. I don't know about North York, but if I recall correctly there's a place in one of those little malls just north of Finch on Midland.... it;s the second mall on your left of you're heading noth on midland... they Only serve dumpling.... now if only I can remember the name of the place...

    1. Thanks for the reply....do you know if they serve the dumplings with peanut sauce. In Montreal all the Thai/Cantonese restaurants have this on their menu but I have yet to find this dish in North York or up-town Toronto

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      1. re: ande8150

        Ambassador has a mixed meat dumpling served with spicy peanut sauce on their dim sum menu. I like the item. I don't know if it is exactly what you're looking for though. But, it is otherwise excellent dim sum (my vote for best in the city). Go try the dumpling and enjoy the rest. Hwy. 7 and Leslie (on West Beaver Creek).

      2. Hi ande8150. As a former Montrealer here 10 years, I too would like to find a place that has the type of Hunan dumplings found in Szechuan restaurants in Montreal. Then again, I have yet to find a great Szechuan restaurant in Toronto.

        1. I love hunan dumplings, like the kind u get at Bentleys in Laval or St Sauveur or that place called hot and spicy?? I know exactly what your talking about. I can only tell u that the closest i have come to this in Toronto is the steamed dumplings with peanut sauce at Szechuan Szechuan. They have pan fried dumplings as well which can be ordered with peanut sauce, but i have yet to try them. Szechuan Szechuan has 2 locations 1 is downtown in First Canadian Place, which is the one i've eaten at, and another in the Vaughan Mills Mall.

          1. Glad to hear that Szechuan Szechuan has opened another location. I assume the new place is open on weekends, which the downtown location is not. I've always wanted to try the one in First Canadian Place, but it's closed Saturdays and Sundays.

            I look forward to trying the dumplings in peanut sauce. I just hope that the sauce is not overly sweet, the way it's done sometimes in Montreal (usually at the places that over-sweeten all of their sauces). It's great when the sauce is perfectly made, with just the right amount of chili oil and low on the sugar/honey.

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            1. re: FlavoursGal

              Just a caution: many of Szechuan Szechuan's dishes (downtown) are so sweet that they taste candied. This includes things (e.g., dry shredded beef) that don't come in a sauce. Many of these dishes would be delicious if they reduced the sweetening level, but they are not disposed to do so and, as a result, I seldom eat there.

            2. Thanks so much for the caution, embee! I so lament the sweetening of "America." Everything from Chinese food to cakes and pastries are overwhelmingly sweet. The exception is in the province of Quebec, where there is still a European sensibility towards sweetening foods and pastries.

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              1. re: FlavoursGal

                I think you're right about a Quebec sensibility (or, more likely, a specific Montreal sensibility) toward, say, European style pastries, but Quebecois cuisine itself may be the sweetest of all. Sugar pie anyone?

                1. re: embee

                  I tried Szechuan Szechuan last night - as recommended on the internet. I'll just respond to the "hunan dumpling" issue here. Their Hunan dumplings were dissapointing. We got 6 tiny gummy wontons, each of which had a half teaspoon of thick peanut "paste", not sauce, but paste, dollupped on the top of them. The bowl was also watery under the wontons. Completely OFF !!!!! We were starving, and at the time, the dish was "ok", but if compared to a Montreal Hunan dumpling dish, it's way off. They were edible, but I could make better hunan dumplings at home, and I won't be ordering them again. The Freaking recipe has three items in it, yet Toronto restaurants can't figure it out (PB, soy sauce, sugar, salt, hot chili paste) What's so hard????? I will go back to this place because their General Tso Chicken and Palace Shrimp were F*&cking outstanding !!!! (Best 2-main-dish Montreal-style-szechuan food that I've had in TO).

              2. By the way, I was swooning the other day when I ate for the first time at Big Mouth Kee, under Ambassador on West Beaver Creek and Hwy 7.

                We had the Eel in Honey Garlic Sauce. This dish was probably the highlight of a superb meal. The eel had been blanched in oil before being tossed with a divine honey garlic sauce. The sauce tasted of deep caramel with hints of garlic. Pure heaven!

                1. I'm from Montreal, where Hunan Dumplings are a staple on Szechuan menus. In Toronto, it's very rare to find it on the menu, and if you do, there is always something "off" on the sauce. Very frustrating. I tried them at E-Pan, a recommendation on the internet, however, it was creamy peanut sauce, with no soy sauce in it, and not sweet or spicy. Just a bland creamy melted peanut butter sauce. The best "Montreal" Hunan Dumplings that I've found in Toronto (after trying them at over a dozen places) is at Chinese Hut restaurant on Kennedy and Ellesmere (DEFINITELY worth a 30 min. drive to get them). They are spicy as hell and very close to a Montreal recipe. In fact, after you have them 2 or 3 times, you stop comparing them to Montreal and just crave them. IF I ever find them anywhere else, I'll post it. Just to let you know, the rest of the food at China Hut is VERY average at best, so be careful what you order - stick to Moo-shi chicken and other staples. Their General Tao is awful - gummy batter and gloppy sauce over it. They call their Hunan Dumplings "Spicy Baby Wontons" and they are definitely worth the trip. Excellent value as well - 6 LARGE wontons swimming in a soup-container of spicy peanut sauce for $3.80. We get 2-3 orders every time we get take-out. Enjoy.