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Dec 20, 2006 06:15 PM

Hakka cuisine in Toronto?

Anyone know of any good Hakka (Indian/Chinese) restaurants around the GTA?

Looking for top quality food and service...Price doesn't matter whatsoever.


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    I've been to Yueh Tung downtown, and another place in Malton, they are not bad. Many people say Fredericks is great.

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    1. re: Teep

      Hey teep, I go to Malton sometimes. Could you tell me the name of the place?

      Here in the eastside I frequent Danforth Dragon. The Chicken Pakoras rock! Everything else on their menu is good too, except for the Shanghai noodles.

    2. Federick's Restaurant

      1920 Ellesmere Road (at Bellamy)
      Scarborough, Ontario M1H 2V6
      (416) 439-9234

      Mon - Thurs: 11 am - 10 pm
      Fri - Sat: 11 am - 11 pm
      Sun + Hol: 4 pm - 10 pm

      Chili chicken is very nice. Also any pakora.

      1. China Cottage at Ellesmere and Pharmacy is not bad. Nice volume for the price, but whether it is "authentic" hakka I dunno. It's also halal.

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        1. re: yummy in my tummy

          Lin Garden on Pharmacy, just south of Sheppard. MMMmmmmmm...chili chicken and green beans.

          1. re: yummy in my tummy

            i'd second china cottage, but tell you avoid Fredericks at all cost.

            there is the ming room in Mississauga that very good
            there is Bombay chopstix (a little over priced).
            there are two rest on the corner of airport road and derry

            just to name a few <S>

            1. re: galambo

              Avoid Federick's at all cost? That's pretty harsh. They serve up some pretty tasty Hakka classics. Sure, I prefer Lin Garden, but Feddy's is still a reliable Hakka restaurant.

              1. re: Brain of J

                when i went there (twice to give it another chance) the chili chicken was dry, oily, and not at all spicy. while the china cottage was just the opposite. (same area)

                i just like to waste my time and money, and federick is way way over rated.

                though i prefer ming room if you ask me

                1. re: galambo

                  Just order the Pakora at Ming Room and you can see how bad that place is.

                  Fredericks has great Chili Paneer.

                  Ming Room
                  6461 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON L5N1A6, CA

              2. re: galambo

                Agree 100%. Federicks is absolute swill. There is no other description.

              3. re: yummy in my tummy

                China Cottage is awesome. As a fan of Thai, Malaysian-Singaporean, and Indian food, Hakka is also one of my favorites. As far as I can see there is not a fixed menu at all Hakka places, and this makes sense because Hakka is a fusion cuisine (indian style chinese) and it's really anyone's guess which one of them is most authentic. They have a decent Thai menu as well (our favorite item on the menu is the mango salad, and the green-curry sauce chicken, tom yam soup, etc) but the best authentic hakka item is the Vegetarian Pakora in Manchurian Sauce. If someone can tell me that this isn't "authentic" then, I'd be glad of the education. But this place is a regular haunt for me, and I love it. Prices at China Cottage are really good, and the decor is a cut above the average Hakka place in Scarboro.

                Also worth checking out, for the cheap-eats fans out there, is Spicy Dragon, at Kennedy/Lawrence.


                China Cottage Restaurant
                80 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1R4C2, CA

              4. Lin Garden is tops!!! A favourite after-church spot, I spent an entire year eating at least twice a week there. You must try the green beans, for sure the chilli chicken (I once took a take-out container in my carry-on to a friend in Belfast who hadn't had it for over a year), but most people over look two of my favs: Shrimp Pakoras and Manchurian Beef-fried noodles. And the best part, the horrible easy-listening music. Can't get enough of Celine Dion, Brian Adams, and Don Henley.

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                1. re: bendale

                  I tried out Lin Garden recently based on the comments on this board. I used the shrimp pakoras as the comparator food since the shrimp pakoras at Federicks have historically been outstanding (I haven't been there is a while and last time I wasn't as impresssed).

                  I found the shrimp pakoras at Lin Garden to be overly doughy and not even in the same ballpark as Federicks. It's conceivable Federicks has gone down hill since I have last been there (about a year) but on pakoras alone I wasn't impressed with Lin Garden.

                  I have to get back to Federicks to see if it is now as bad as some posters state.

                  1. re: bendale

                    Love Lin Garden... their Chili Chicken is amazing

                    Lin Garden
                    1806 Pharmacy Ave, Toronto, ON M1T1H6, CA

                  2. Chung Moi at Kennedy & Eglinton (Scarborough). Theri chili chicken is so good. You have to try the green beans dish with black bean sauce. I am South Asian and I go here for my hakka food fix all the way from etobicoke.

                    Chung Moi Chinese Restaurant
                    2412 Eglinton Av E
                    Scarborough, ON M1K2P3
                    (416) 755-5293

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                    1. re: TOchowgal

                      Yeah I love Chung Moi. Its my family's favourite when we're in that area. In Etobicoke we go to China Garden (first choice), and more recently Faley's, but just for lunch.

                      1. re: beany

                        In the same strip mall as Faley, we tried Salt (and?) Pepper take-out on a reco. Great food! Huge portions! We expected it to be spicy, so we asked for mild everything, and it was just right. Tried the Chinese Chicken Biryani - 'mild' was still a bit spicy, but very flavourful. Shrimp Hakka noodles tasty and just a little oily. Each food section had a Manuchurian item, so we had the Manchurian fish. It was about 10 fish portions, battered and fried, and swimming in a tasty manchu sauce.