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JaPe Oct 23, 2007 06:59 PM

Went to Chinese Traditional Buns (536 Dundas West, at Kensington) the other day for lunch. I ordered the Dan Dan Noodles and they were AMAZING. I'm definatly headed back. I've been trying alot of of the cheaper Chinese restaurants in China town for lunch. Alot of the the lunch menus are decent but this place really stood out so far. I have to recommend it so other folks will try it.

  1. JonasBrand Mar 11, 2008 10:21 AM

    Everything we ordered at CTB was WAAAAAY too salty. Pretty disappointing after all the rave reviews.

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      chalenegirl Mar 5, 2008 01:04 PM

      I always hear about this place, and recently have read about it in one of those Toronto Cheap eats books. my SO and i went early on this week and it was great!! def lives up to the hype. it was so refreshing to go to a small shop and support the owner, who was so nice! she came over 2x to ask if the food was good, and told us to come back as we left. haven't gotten attention like that for a long time. as had 2 trays of wonderful dumplings (beef and pork, and pork and chive.), braised beef noodles (thick fresh noodles in a very simple soup), soup filled meat buns (my SO loved them), and we ended the meal with red bean buns (hot and fresh, the bun was soft and fluffy, the inside was light and sweet). the dumplings were the best in toronto (the other really good dumpling house i go to is by steels and kennedy). we were stuffed for about $27 (tax and tip). everything was fresh and i will def be returning. i want to try the mutton dumplings, the onion pancake, and a couple of the other noodles. i can't wait!!

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        JaPe Feb 16, 2008 07:22 AM

        Chinese Traditional Buns has a sign on the door that says they are on vacation for 2 weeks. Is it me or has that sign been up for a month? I really hope they didn't go out of business. I love that place.

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        1. re: JaPe
          chocabot Feb 16, 2008 08:46 AM

          They are likely closed for Chinese New Year. In China, businesses and factories may close for a full month to allow employees to go back to their villages and celebrate with their families. Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday - not like New Year in North America.

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            mia_wallace Feb 23, 2008 07:05 PM

            I hope it's just for new year! That sign has been up for ages, hurry up and open again! has anyone tried their jellied bean curd dish? It's this little bowl of pungent garlicky broth with soft, silky white bean curd and cooked scallions and garlic on top. I think it's 2.50 as well, it's divine!

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              JaPe Mar 4, 2008 08:56 PM

              OK Its open again and they've renovated. . . BETTER THAN EVER. Good Spot.

        2. Teep Oct 23, 2007 08:33 PM

          Actually we just went tonight too. After reading about "lamb soup with dried cakes" - you have to break the cake into little bits to soak in the soup - I always wanted to try it. It's not so good here, the soup is too light in lamb flavour, and the cake was broken by the cook into uneven sized bits, so the small pieces were nice and moist but the larger pieces stayed cakey. (In the authentic version in China you break the cake yourself). The "soup filled buns" has no soup inside, but still were moist and tasty (they didn't call it xiao lung bao). The chive and egg pastries were the best overall.

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          1. re: Teep
            skylineR33 Oct 23, 2007 09:25 PM

            "lamb soup with dried cakes", you mean 羊肉泡馍 ? A special dish in Shaanxi, 陕西. Actually in Shaanxi, you break the cakes in to finger nail size pieces into the bowl, and the server takes it back to the kitchen and bring you back a boiling hot 羊肉泡馍 !

            1. re: skylineR33
              Teep Oct 24, 2007 07:39 AM

              Yes, the original way is for the customer to spend up to half an hour breaking up the cake manually. I've also read there are machines to do it now.

              Any other places in Toronto serve this?

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                Apprentice Oct 24, 2007 08:39 AM

                This was one of my favourite experiences in Xi'an during my visit to mainland last year. Actually Xi'an is a fantastic city, but I digress. I didn't know Toronto had a restaurant that served this dish. Isn't it unleavened dough that turns into dumplings once immersed in soup?

                1. re: Apprentice
                  Teep Oct 24, 2007 09:03 AM

                  That's it, although "turn into dumplings" sounds a little magical, since the Chinese version of dumplings usually have fillings. But yes it is like the British version of dumplings when the dough soaks up the soup.

                  I'd be very curious to hear how the Toronto version compares with the real thing, please let us know if you get a chance to try it.

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                    Apprentice Oct 24, 2007 09:08 AM

                    LOL...Touche! Yes I did not mean 'chinese style dumplings'.

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                    chutchut Oct 24, 2007 09:25 AM

                    There are 2 other places serves:
                    * http://images.google.ca/images?hl=en&q=%E7%BE%8A%E8%82%89%E6%B3%A1%E9%A6%8D&gbv=2
                    * http://images.google.ca/images?svnum=10&um=1&hl=en&inlang=zh-CN&as_qdr=all&q=%E9%99%95%E8%A5%BF%E5%87%89%E7%9A%AE

                    *(Shaanxi Lao Tang Jia)
                    http://forum.yorkbbs.ca/viewthread.php?fid=226&tid=347121&extra=page%3D1
                    http://www.51.ca/service/showitem.php?itemid=81655
                    87 Silver Springs Blvd, Unit 203 (Finch & Birchmond
                    )Tel: 647-430-0594
                    Note: this is a family restaurant. I haven't been there though.

                    *(Changan Northwestern Chinese Cuisine)
                    240 Alton Tower (Steele & Macowan)
                    Tel: 416-916-2634
                    Business Hours: 5pm-11pm
                    Note: If you go on Saturday and Sunday, better to book in advance. It's a fairly small restaurant. I was there once about 2 months ago when it newly opened. We waited for the seats for 1 hour until around 8:30pm and they've run out of the above 2 items. Here you could see pictures of some dishes: http://forum.yorkbbs.ca/viewthread.ph...

                    1. re: chutchut
                      Royaljelly Oct 24, 2007 10:18 AM

                      my gosh, I'm drooling over that last fatty pork dish photo... my wife will be pleased.

                    2. re: Apprentice
                      Tara9000 Oct 24, 2007 11:31 AM

                      I had this a few times in Xi'an last year as well. I thought it was okay, but I'm a broth fan, and the bread soaked it all up.

                      Here's a photo I took for those that want to know what it looks like, although I think the bread is usually ripped up smaller than this:

                       
                    3. re: Teep
                      skylineR33 Oct 24, 2007 09:10 AM

                      No, I am not aware of anywhere else serving this in TO, I am surprised to see this in TO too.

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                        Apprentice Oct 24, 2007 09:47 AM

                        My assumption was that this was a dish mainly consumed by the Chinese Muslim population (hence it's popularity in Xi'an) so that's why it wouldn't be popular outside mainland. Please correct me if I'm wrong. Are there a lot of Chinese Muslim restuarants in Toronto?

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                          chutchut Oct 24, 2007 10:11 AM

                          This is not really a main dish consumed by Chinese Muslim population. It's a popular dish in northwestern area of China. I would say that there might have muslim influence though. Also, northwestern area produces lamb.

                          There's a restaurant operated by the muslim? chefs from Xianjiang Province of China:

                          Silk Road Restaurant
                          http://forum.yorkbbs.ca/viewthread.ph...
                          438 Horner Ave. Etobicoke M8W 2B3 
                          Tel: 416-259-9440
                          They close on Sundays. Also, better to book in advance before you go, they mostly use the materials on the daily basis. You could see pictures of some dishes in the above link. I like 2 items there most - see last 3 picture from the link.

                          1. re: chutchut
                            Royaljelly Oct 24, 2007 10:25 AM

                            There's a few Chinese resto that serve halal meats/dishes:

                            Xinjiang Restaurant (near IBM @ Steeles/Warden)
                            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/425769

                            Chinese Beef & Lamb Restaurant (Sheppard/Pharmacy
                            )http://www.chowhound.com/topics/387702

                            Prairie Mutton Diner (Scarborough
                            )http://www.chowhound.com/topics/425808

                            1. re: Royaljelly
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                              Apprentice Oct 24, 2007 10:37 AM

                              Thanks for the info chutchut and Royaljelly.

                2. redroses Oct 23, 2007 07:04 PM

                  ever been to MELEWA on dundas? really good buns
                  also vietnamese saigon subs, really cheap on spadina west side close to dundas, i forget the name

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