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May 10, 2008 03:14 PM

Highlights of Chinatown?

I'm new to Toronto and I live right by Chinatown (Richmond and Spadina). So far my wife and I have tried Pho Hung (pretty good), Pho 88 (mixed luck--should have stuck with the pho), and the Dumping House (pretty good). What are some of the places we should try?

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  1. Lee's garden has a great black cod and I love their hot and sour soup.
    New Sky is also pretty good.
    If you want to try a great vietnamese place, head east a bit to Broadview and Gerrard and check out Hanoi 3 seasons. Their fish pho and shrimp and lotust shoot salad are incredible!

    1. Welcome to TO, befuggled....

      I used to frequent Pho Hung a lot but then I tried Pho Pasteur,and they are so much better than Pho Hung,less crowded and better service

      Pho Pasteur
      525 Dundas Street West

      For noodles and barbeque I go to Kings Noodles but if it is to busy than i like House of Gourmet

      King's Noodle Restaurant
      296 Spadina Avenue

      House Of Gourmet
      484 Dundas Street West

      Of course you will get recommendations of Goldstone Noodle Restaurant and Swatow too....

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      1. re: warlock

        pasteur is 24 hours!! yess!! and the little man is so nice

      2. i think we're neighbours. here are my go to places in the hood:

        for vietnamese i like kim asia cuisine just a few steps west from pho hung on st. andrew. the prep and ingredients seem to be a notch above the usual suspects along spadina. for example, they serve my tho noodle soup with huge shrimps carefully placed on top that are properly cleaned and seasoned with black pepper.

        right next door is ka chi which is really good for korean outside of korea town. they have a huge rotating variety of banchan. their pork bone soup is pretty good. warning: their spice levels are not toned down, so order specify spiciness accordingly.

        for mainland chinese i like chinese traditional buns on dundas just west of spadina (north side, downstairs). they modestly renovated recently which makes it much more pleasant. they have a wider menu than nearby dumpling house and mother's dumpling. they have a chinese version of pulled pork sandwich which i have never seen anywhere else. i did just notice before breaking my ankle a few months back that there is a new mainland chinese place on dundas (north side) east of huron. as soon as i'm mobile again this is on my to-do list.

        and for casual cantonese, i like king's noodle (spadina west side, just north of dundas). they just do things with a little extra effort. for example, they serve lo mein with a decent helping of chinese broccoli compared with a token leaf of steamed iceberg lettuce at goldstone. their bbq stuff is also very good. a nice bonus is they serve dim sum items all day. the dim sum is just so-so, but when you have a craving at 2am, it can't be beat.

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        1. re: num nums

          We probably are neighbors. But thanks to you and everybody else, this is exactly what I'm looking for.

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          1. i really like swatow for their cantonese chow mein and chicken and corn soup . always so good and garlicky .

            mother's dumplings of course! (huron and dundas) i've never had anything bad there .. they are very nice people too ..

            'chinese bakery' a little east of huron, on the south side of dundas .. 3 buns for a dollar! they're a little small, but i love the variety