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ISO pai gu fan

ziggystardust Jun 28, 2008 03:45 PM

First off, forgive my poor pinyin! What I'm looking for is Taiwanese lunch box pai gu fan (pork cutlet on rice with steamed vegetables, hard boiled egg and tofu) Anyone know where? As I live downtown, that would be a better option than to schlep up to Markham.

  1. s0memale Jun 28, 2008 11:41 PM

    Yes! I would also like to know! I will travel to anywhere in the GTA for this dish!

    Whenever I visit Hong Kong there is this place I have to go to, cause the pai gu cai fan is amazing!

    Here is a pic of it:

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    1. re: s0memale
      FECHO Jun 29, 2008 06:07 PM

      I had a look at the pic and I think I may have seen something like that at the fast food eatery section of T&T down at the bottom of Cherry St. I couldn't swear it was exactly this combo but, hey, they are a supermarket, they have all the ingredients, so even if they do not have the dish already packaged, you could try and ask them and they may put it nicely together for you. :)

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      eatereater123 Jun 30, 2008 07:25 AM

      there are very few taiwan style restos (except bubble tea places) in downtown toronto. i would recommend a trek up to yonge and sheppard (not as far as markham) where there are a few taiwan-style bubble tea houses that also serve food.

      if you are interested in cantonese style pai gu fan (or pork rib on rice) then my closest downtown suggestions are either the dimsum houses that serve pork spareribs with blackbean sauce on rice or the noodle houses that will serve you any kind of bbq on rice. that's the closest that i can think of downtown. good luck.

      1. happycamper Jun 30, 2008 11:07 AM

        My brother is a big fan of this dish. He recommends two places, both downtown:
        Asian Legend on Dundas: not "authentic taiwanese", but it's pretty good. The dish is enough to feed two.
        Jin Cheng Bakery (across from Asian Legend): a very good deal at $6. You get to choose your side dishes and the bento box comes with a daily soup as well. Highly recommended. The place is operated by Taiwanese; authenticity guranteed.

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        1. re: happycamper
          ziggystardust Jul 1, 2008 09:12 AM

          Thank you HC! Right in my neighbourhood too.

        2. Teep Jul 1, 2008 04:38 PM

          TAIWANfest will be on at Harbourfront Aug 22-24, hopefully there will be some vendors offering hard-to-find chow.

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          1. re: Teep
            ziggystardust Jul 2, 2008 06:28 PM

            Sadly, Jin Cheng bakery has closed down, the quest continues.

            1. re: ziggystardust
              happycamper Jul 2, 2008 07:14 PM

              Really?? Wow, what a shame.I can't believe it...I thought they had hit a niche market.

              1. re: happycamper
                ziggystardust Sep 27, 2008 11:21 AM

                I did end up finding a great pai gu fan after all. In the food court at Metro Square plaza (Warden & Steeles). There's an aptly named place called "Taipei Pai Gu Fan" that does it spot on as I remember it in Taiwan.

                1. re: ziggystardust
                  happycamper Sep 27, 2008 07:49 PM

                  O nice!
                  I will have to pay a visit. thank you for sharing the info.

                  1. re: ziggystardust
                    mmom Sep 27, 2008 09:27 PM

                    Although I haven't been to this food court stall at Steeles/Warden (@ Ferrier St), a Taiwanese friend of mine told me once that this place does the best Pai Gu Fan in town, so give it a try!

                    1. re: ziggystardust
                      T Long Sep 29, 2008 10:42 AM

                      Based on these posts, I went to the Metro Square food court. The full name of the place is "Taipei Chin Yuan Pai Ku Fastfood" and is the stall furthest to the left as you face the vendors. I ordered their # 1 specialty which is described as a pork cutlet on rice. This is my first exposure to this dish, so I have no comment on authenticity, but was very impressed and a definite chowfind for me.....I will return for this dish and will try some of their other offerings also. Thanks guys!!

                      1. re: T Long
                        ziggystardust Sep 29, 2008 08:39 PM

                        It's a simple thing, but a good thing. Having lived in Taiwan for nearly a decade, but by no means an expert, I think it's quite authentic. As with all good places to eat, my humble (and selfish) desire is that others like it so that I may continue to eat it!

                        1. re: ziggystardust
                          T Long Sep 29, 2008 09:14 PM

                          Ziggystardust: Are there any other Taiwanese specialties that you enjoy and have found a good source in the GTA? In particular, did you note anything further at "Chin Yuan".

                          1. re: T Long
                            ziggystardust Oct 1, 2008 02:53 PM

                            T Long; Actually that restaurant is the only Taiwanese restaurant I've tried in Toronto. I was only up in Markham the one time on business and came across the restaurant by chance, so I haven't tried anything else on the menu.
                            I personally didn't find that much to differentiate between Taiwanese and "Chinese" food other than a few local dishes ex. cho dofu (stinky tofu) a fermented tofu dish that smells like hell on earth, and the now ubiquitous bubble tea. I wish I could be of more help, perhaps someone else can chime in?

              2. s0memale Sep 28, 2008 09:37 PM

                great thanks for the update! I was actually just old told a few weeks ago that the food court has some good Taiwanese food, will definitely check this out.

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