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Aug 16, 2007 01:15 PM

Chinese Food in London, Ontario?

I haven't really conducted a comprehensive search, but I can't say I've ever had decent Chinese food in London. Surely there must be a handful of better-than-the-rest places. Any suggestions?

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  1. I just lived in London for the last year and boy was I starved for good eats.

    I actually had chinese food at Dragon Court (I think) it's on oxford east of adelaide. It's pretty good there - don't have buffet. Order off the menu. Dim sum is decent too for london.

    I would actually highly recommend ben thanh - it's vietnamese, It's very good - the phos are heavenly. And if you get a chance, seafood laksa (which is more singaporean) will knock you off your feet. literally.

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    1. re: Apple

      I had a disappointing meal at Ben Thanh recently. I made a mistake of ordering their Yellow Curry Chicken- which had an unpleasant, almost chemical taste, in a very runny sauce. The salad rolls and vegetarian coconut sour soup were ok, but nothing special.

      What type of seafood comes in their laksa?

      Which phos do you recommend?

      1. re: phoenikia

        I am a simple girl - I like the rare beef pho but I can also recommend the seafood laksa. And the avocado shake. yum.... Ben Thanh saved my days in London.

        Sorry to hear you had a disappointing meal - never ate anything else there. (Always ordered rare beef pho or the laksa ;) )

        1. re: Apple

          Thanks Apple. I'll give them another try, and stick with one of your recommendations.

    2. I lived in London for 4 years while at Western, and all the Chinese people I know, including myself, order take out from Jade Palace.

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      1. re: gtafoodie

        Jade Palace doesn't exist anymore.

      2. Hong Ping at 339 Horton St. E.(at Waterloo St.) serves hot pot as well as the standard dishes.

        Kambie on Horton is another option.

        Ken's Chinese Restaurant at 699 Wilkins Street in south London, is great for dim sum. It is better than most of the dim sum I've found in Toronto. I haven't tried the regular menu at Ken's.

        1. Terrific - thanks everyone! I have tried Hong Ping before, but only the takeout - I'll have to give the hot pot a try. Now that I have some other suggestions, I'll try to work my way through them.

          1. I'd also recommend Tasty Coast, on Springbank Drive. Their menu is available at

            I tried them Tasty Coast yesterday, and found everything to be quite good. Generous portions, good quality ingredients, and a more interesting menu than most London, ON Chinese restaurants.

            I really liked their wonton with spicy peanut sauce, but I'd probably skip the spring rolls in a future order (Nicely fried, but mostly cabbage and carrot inside). The Shanghai noodles included a generous amount of meat and tender shrimp, and the Buddha's Feast was a little bland (as it often is) but full of a nice variety of fresh and crisp vegetables. They also have a few Indonesian and Malaysian dishes on the menu that I might try another time.

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            1. re: phoenikia

              I too enjoyed Tasty Coast, it was definitely a cut above the average London Chinese joint. I can confirm that there are a few Indonesian and Malaysian dishes on the menu (Nasi Goreng etc.) but I was disappointed that their rijsttafel (rice table) was comprised of Chinese food as opposed to Indonesian food. The rice table menu changes every two weeks so perhaps I was just unlucky, but I was a little disappointed not to get a legit Dutch-Indonesian rijsstafel...

              1. re: option13

                Yes, definitely stick to the Chinese dishes at Tasty Coast.

                Unfortunately, we haven't had a good place in London for rijsstafel since the 70s...there used to be a place called Hof Van Hollan at Oakridge Mall! Neither of which exist in 2010!

                Another place, Dragonfly Bistro offers a "rijstafel" on Monday nights, but it was more like a combo plate with 3 dishes- one beef, one veg, one noodle, IIRC. Not exactly rijsstafel in my books. Not as tasty as I would have hoped, either.

                If you are craving Indonesian food (not rijsstafel, though), and happen to be in KW, I recommend Bhima's Warung in Waterloo, which offers Balinese food, although I'd consider it more contemporary style than traditional. Upscale, and pricey for Waterloo, but delicious!

                Edit: just realized I'm responding to an old reply, but what the heck ;-)

                Bhima's Warung
                262 King St N, Waterloo, ON N2J2Y9, CA

                Dragonfly Bistro
                715 Richmond St, London, ON N6A3H1, CA

                Tasty Coast
                344 Springbank Dr, London, ON N6J1G5, CA