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What's happened to Chung king on Spadina?

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lovegoodfood Sep 21, 2007 08:26 PM

Last Friday it looked dark when I passed by, but I thought it might just be closed. Today I tried to order take out and the phone number was not in service. Does anybody know what's up?

We had a hankering for our ususal Chung king dinner so decided to try Peter's Chung King on College St. It was awful! From the shredded beef to the crispy beef to the spring rolls to the garlic eggplant to the lemon chicken... It doesn't hold a candle to Chung king on Spadina!

If that's gone, where to go for good shredded beef?

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  1. TorontoJo RE: lovegoodfood Sep 24, 2007 09:28 AM

    I'd love an answer to your question, as well. Chung King was our guilty pleasure stop for szechuan shredded beef. It was often over cooked and chewy, but we actually liked that aspect of it! When I called a couple of weeks ago, the number was in service, but the mailbox was full.

    Anyone have a suggestion for good shredded beef? Downtown or Markham?

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      jaymh RE: TorontoJo Jan 4, 2008 03:52 PM

      The owners of the original Chung King on Spadina (not to be confused with Peter's Chung King...yuck) moved a while ago north to Markham. They have a place there called Chung King Garden (4394 Steeles Ave E at the pacific mall plaza)

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        DDD RE: jaymh Jan 5, 2008 01:16 PM

        We also tried Peter's Chung King, but it wasn't as good....any one have any suggestions for similar type pseudo-szechuan downtownish or west end

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          phantom363 RE: jaymh Jan 8, 2008 10:19 AM

          this is the best news that i have heard today. we were customers for over 25 years at their spadina spot. the whole family missed those hot n sour soups, spices chicken and (ofcourse) the szchewan shredded beef.

          i just phoned them and yes, they are the same folks. we will go there tonight and report to you :)

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            phantom363 RE: phantom363 Jan 9, 2008 04:42 AM

            We went to the other chung king yesterday. It is not new. It has been around for 10 years. These were the original owners of spadina chungking, who sold it about 15 years ago and moved north to kennedy & steeles in markham.

            The food was very similar, and that was the best part. The hot n sour soup even excelled the best version of the spadina chungking. The spices chicken in garlic sauce was good, though the spadina one thickened the sauce a bit more and crystallized the sugar. There were more pieces of chicken and more cashews.

            The Szechuan shredded beef tasted the same, sweet with the chewy texture.

            The tea came in china pots and tasted good. It was also free.

            All in all, both the beef and chicken meat was of a better quality.

            But missing were the two dour male waiters. And the pleasant lady owner.

            The d├ęcor was bright and the carpets, washroom clean and bright. Quite a change from the spadina one.

            This too is owned by a lady, who was on hand supervising, and ensuring the welfare of the guests. On the whole, it was a happy experience, as evidenced by the fact that we took home the leftover szechewan shredded beef. We would go again, even though it is about 40 minute drive from home.

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        adf1962 RE: lovegoodfood Aug 7, 2008 10:06 AM

        damn, i love that crispy beef . . i can understand why they moved though . . i'm sure they'll do a good business if they are at the Pacific Mall.

        as someone who has gone to Peter's Chung King on College ( . .yuck?) for more than 20 years, i'd have to say that i like the food there . . and i've been to lots of chinese places over the years. the all-time big seller is the Spicy Chicken with peanut sauce . . the best i've ever had.

        i'm not as thrilled with the broccolli and beef but so what . . .

        there's a whole army of people that go to Peter's and they've all been happy with the food.

        let's face it, when you're near chinatown, there's lots of competition . . including Peter's and Saigon Palace just a few doors down.

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          canuck1975 RE: lovegoodfood Aug 7, 2008 10:53 AM

          I miss Chung King downtown, but have been getting my fill at the PacMall for years. Part of the reason I enjoy going there is that Connie, the owner, still remembers my family from when she owned the downtown (and then Eglinton/Bathurst) location.

          It really was sad when the plaza owner @ Eg/Bath wanted to hike the rent too high. That was my favourite Chinese food ever. Connie owned the restaurant. Peter was the chef. When it closed, Peter opened up on College and took the other Peter with him and Connie disappeared.

          It's funny how I used to drive from uptown to downtown to have their food, and now I go the other way (living midtown now, and going to Markham).

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            starshyne RE: lovegoodfood Oct 9, 2008 05:32 AM

            It's such a heartbreak that Chung King has gone from the Spadina strip. My sister and I have been going there regularly for over a decade. We started going for Friday lunches when we worked at UofT. Then, when our schedules changed, we still went back for the Szechuan Shredded Beef special twice a year - on Good Friday and whatever Friday we had off near Christmas.

            This year we were so dismayed when we arrived and simply found it closed - no note, no explanation, no shredded beef! We didn't even have a chance to say goodbye.

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