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Dec 15, 2006 11:07 PM

Does anyone remember the eggrolls from Lichee Gardens?

Is there anywhere in the Toronto area that makes eggrolls like that? They were soooooooooooooo good!!!!!

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  1. Try Kenny Fongs on Eglinton between Bathurst and the Allen. Kenny was a big time waiter at the original LG and has borrowed many of the old dishes... Mongolian Beef, Shrimp and Scallop Rolls and Egg Rolls almost identical to what you remember. They also make a good Crystal Fold (Lettuce wrap).

    1. They made the best honey garlic spareribs (going back to the original location).
      Does Kenny Fong make these as well?
      I would love to find similar crispy sticky ribs with a "tooth".
      Whenever I try them in other restaurants I get overcooked stewy sweet ribs that are inedible.
      I had given up, although I replicate their ribs at home, I would love to find a restaurant that serves them for lazy times.

      1. I don't know about the ribs, but we tried Ken Fong's when they first opened a few years ago, and were not impressed. The egg rolls are, indeed, "egg" rolls, made using an egg crepe, but I found them to be a soggy, greasy mess.

        1. I never said the food was that impressive. In my opinion most dishes are quite average. Just wanted to point out the Lichee similarity on a few dishes.

          1. If you want great eggrolls you have to go to Ottawa or Montreal. In my experience good eggrolls are non existant in Toronto.

            If you happen to be in Ottawa go to Golden Palace on Woodward. Best eggrolls I've ever had and a bit of an institution in Ottawa.

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            1. re: Aardvark

              But are they the soft eggrolls that Lichee Gardens had or are they hard?

              1. re: zoohort2

                They are soft and round and burnt crispy at each end rather than the flattened down bean sprout variety that you get in Toronto. I can't remember the Lichee Gardens ones. It's been a long time.

                1. re: Aardvark

                  Oh...these sound just like the ones we used to get at House of Wong (long gone) on Queen Mary Rd. in Montreal. We called them egg rolls with burnt ends.

                  Oh, the cravings!!!

              2. re: Aardvark

                great. another montrealer whining about how great the food is back home. i got news for ya pal, even montreal food ain't what it used to be. see what happened to ben's?

                1. re: Aardvark

                  The Egg Rolls at Golden Palace are truly fantastic. Open ended crispy egg rolls (hence the burnt ends that everyone remembers) with just the right aount of filling. The restaurant itself is a throwback to the 50's - 60's and the food hasn't changed much since then. Chicken chow mein (same as the chop suey but with dried noodles), Almond Guy Ding, "Canadian" sweet and sour chicken balls, and garlic spare ribs are some of the classics. It's a little on the pricey side, but the egg rolls are worth it. I prefer szechuan style chinese food, but if you're a fan of this style of food you'll enjoy the Golden Palace. It's actually at 2195 Carling Avenue, near Woodroffe. If anyone in the GTA knows of a place that makes this style of egg roll, please share with your fellow chowhounds.