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Jun 28, 2008 03:45 PM

ISO pai gu fan

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.

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  1. 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

      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. :)

    2. 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. 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

          Thank you HC! Right in my neighbourhood too.

        2. 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

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

            1. re: ziggystardust

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

              1. re: happycamper

                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

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

                  1. re: ziggystardust

                    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

                      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

                        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

                          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

                            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. 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.