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Best Cantonese take-out in Scarborough?

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Guzzler Dec 4, 2007 06:12 PM

It's too snowy/windy to drag my family out for meals now, so I thought I'd get take-out and just bring home dishes to share. We all like Cantonese food. Where/who has the best take-out in Scarborough or south end of Markham? Looking for a fast place, not a restaurant where you have to wait while the sit-in's get served first. Also not into supermarket food ....

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  1. T Long RE: Guzzler Dec 4, 2007 06:21 PM

    1. Sam Woo BBQ (not Sam Woo Seafood which is in same mall) at Bamburgh Circle & Warden. They have a take-out counter and food is quite consistently v. good.

    2. Elegantview at SE corner of McNichol & Vic Park. I've had great takeout of Cantonese Fried Noodle dishes....a bit pricey but worth it. More a restaurant, but delay is not inordinate as everything is freshly made.

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      T Long RE: T Long Dec 4, 2007 06:27 PM

      To clarify, Sam Woo does make menu items from scratch....they just have a separate counter to handle the BBQ and food takeout orders.

    2. Charles Yu RE: Guzzler Dec 4, 2007 06:30 PM

      Fantasy Eatery. The restaurant might be constantly busy ( a good sign ) but you can always phone in your order and pick them up at the counter. Worth considering 'cos the food is consistently great!.

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        Apprentice RE: Charles Yu Dec 5, 2007 05:15 PM

        Charles, I've read many of your posts related to dim sum, wok hai, soups etc. Do any of the fried dishes lose their texture and or taste via take out? Are there any items you recommend only eating while dining in at the resto?

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          Charles Yu RE: Apprentice Dec 5, 2007 06:11 PM

          In my opinion, to ensure the retention of taste and texture of Chinese food, one should really restrict the food to only stews or braised items or may be some B-B-Q meats. Fried food, may it be meat or noodles will definitely become mushy by the time you get home due to condensation inside the containers. However, there are dishes like fried grouper with creamed sweet corn sauce, whereby the restaurant usually separate the fried fish and the sauce allowing the two to recombined afterwards. Simply reheat the battered fish in a toaster oven and one should regain the crispiness. I would also stay away from ordering wok-sauteed veggies since again they will turn yellow and lose their crispiness by the time you get home. One great example of a dish that can taste totally different in resto vs take out is the ever popular 'sweet and sour pork'. To eat that dish when it is piping hot and the pork crunchily crisp is heaven. However, take it home and all you'll taste is some chewy mashmellow like meat coated with coagulated starchy sweet and sour sauce.To me, this is worse than hell! Lastly, I'll definitely pick 'steamed fish' as a definite eat-in dish since this dish requires split second timing. Take it home and I'll guarantee overcooked fish.

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            Apprentice RE: Charles Yu Dec 5, 2007 07:26 PM

            Thanks you sir. Excellent post.

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          chalenegirl RE: Charles Yu Dec 6, 2007 09:42 AM

          i'm going to second Fantasy eatery. IT"S AMAZING. they are open late too. i go here all the time, and you pretty much can't go wrong wih anything on the menu. it's always full, and most of the time a line up out the door (esp around dinner). the service is quick, and the food is fairly cheap. TONS of items on the menu as well. not the best for atmosphere but def great food.

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          Guzzler RE: Guzzler Dec 4, 2007 06:56 PM

          Thanks! I know where these are. Any of them have an online menu?

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            325i RE: Guzzler Dec 5, 2007 11:07 AM

            i suggest Joy Fortune Chinese Cuisine (禧運小炒王) on 3453 Vic Park in the area. They are easily noticed with yellow signs in the street plaza that has a Subway in it on the east side of Vic Park south of McNicoll. They have a variety of dishes priced at $5.99 each.

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              T Long RE: Guzzler Dec 5, 2007 01:12 PM

              I don't think any of the suggestions made so far including mine have a web-site, however I suspect all of them have take-out menus. If I were in your shoes, I would order some "standards" the first time and pick up their menus along with the food. Standard suggestions would be Cantonese Chow Mein, "Rice Noodle with Beef and Green Pepper in Black Bean Sauce" and S&S Pork. I can size up a Cantonese Restaurant based on how they prepare any of these dishes....but I'm sure you have your favorites. Happy chowing.

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              Yum2MyTum RE: Guzzler Dec 5, 2007 11:39 AM

              Ruby's! Can't go wrong with their free-range chicken, and their delicious house fried rice. You should call in for pick-up first, though.

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                caitlink RE: Yum2MyTum Dec 5, 2007 05:45 PM

                Best place for takeout dinner is 'Canton Stirfry'. There is one at the Food Court next to the Kennedy/Silver star no frills plaza on Steeles. They have set menus and taste good even after the 10 min drive home.

                There is another location in the Chinese plaza on Brimely (between Huntingwood and Finch).

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                  jennjen18 RE: caitlink Dec 6, 2007 03:21 PM

                  Yes, Canton Stirfry, I cant disagree more. BUT, you pay much more...!!

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                    caitlink RE: jennjen18 Dec 6, 2007 05:59 PM

                    We rather pay more because the quality is so much better than typical food court. it is well worth the few extra dollars.

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                jinxed RE: Guzzler Dec 6, 2007 01:15 PM

                Jamie Express at the south end of the Market Village food court is pretty decent, quick, cheap and friendly. I like their green beans with minced pork and olives, and steamed chicken with fish sauce.

                1. jennjen18 RE: Guzzler Dec 7, 2007 02:33 AM

                  i cant remember the name, but it's in the yee hong food court at midland and mcnicol.. very yummy.. $11 feeds 2. i think its the best for the cheaper take outs.

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                    caitlink RE: jennjen18 Dec 7, 2007 02:59 PM

                    Really, which stall is it counting from the right? I have only been to the food court once and they all sell the same menu. It would be nice to have a new go-to place.

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                      jennjen18 RE: caitlink Dec 7, 2007 09:11 PM

                      yeah that's what's weird there, all the stalls (except for the bbq place) sell the same thing ...
                      but the one that's the 2nd from the right, i believe they're called 'harden', is best. they always have the most people ordering, either eat-in or take out. try them, very good. good wok power too.

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