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Sep 12, 2007 08:48 AM

Yu Shan Dumplings. Another RM Product

As the story goes, a few weeks after Restaurant Makoever renovated the Side Door Grill, a boiler burst and destroyed the restaurant. The owner handed the keys back to the landlord, a wonderful old Asian lady who decided to get into the kitchen herself and make the one comfort food she was expert at - dumplings. With her son running the front, and a new paint job, four months ago the Yu Shan was born.
We dropped in last week, and other than the odd feature of a massive black bar in the middle of a dumpling house, we were pleasantly suprised. The steamed dumplings were light and flavourful, the pan-fired dumplings (particularly the pork-and-chive) were excellent and the green onion pancake was large, crisp and as good as we've had anywhwere. Didn't try rest of the menu this time, but for dumpling lovers, the Yu Shan is worth a visit. On Dundas at Markham.

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  1. i've passed by and noted the change! loved that it switched to a dumpling place and have high hopes.

    does their menu also include soups/noodles or anythign other than what you had mentioned?

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    1. re: pinstripeprincess

      Both fried noodles and noodles in soup. 5 varieties of fried rice, a section called "greens" (beans, broccoli, bok choy) and a bunch of entrees as well as daily specials (short ribs when we were there on Wednesday).

      1. re: SherylKirby

        Had high hopes for Beef Stew Noodle Soup, but was sorely disappointed; broth was good but weak, though the worst part was the meat -- more fat than protein. Asian Legend does it best downtown IMHO. The sauteed green beans were very good, as was the hot and sour soup (chock full 'o stuff, though could've been spicier).

        Steamed dumplings were great - on par w/ Mother's. Though my Mom claims she still prefers Dumpling House of all three (she's Chinese...).

        Either way, YS is closest to home of the three, so I'll be back for sure.

    2. Price range? and do they do uncooked take-out dunplings?...I am a slave to Dumpling House on Spadina, especially in the winter, but would love yet another good option...

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      1. re: Recyclor

        Here's the NOW review:

        I ate there three times in August and was pleased each time. As a bonus, it's great to be able to eat dumplings with beer on their patio, along with an assortment of appetizers. The onion pancake, cuttlefish and shrimp wontons are excellent. Pan-fried vegetable dumplings are the best of its kind that I've had. The three vegetable dishes, such as gai lan with oyster sauce, are surprisingly a bit cheaper than in Chinatown. I tend to find a plate of greens cost a bit more than I want to pay at most places. The atmosphere at Yu Shan is also much nicer than Chinatown dumpling places. I don't think they do much in the way of other northern Chinese dishes. The menu is only two short pages.

        1. re: missmu

          i actually found the onion pancake a little bit too greasy....

          the steamed dumpling was alright, i think it could taste more "home made" unless it's clear that they sell frozen ones. unfortunately, i don't think i'll return.

          1. re: c_snapper

            Greasy onion pancake? Odd, the three times I've had it, it was dry as a cracker - but in a tasty way. Maybe they lose points for inconsistency.