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Jan 12, 2009 08:11 AM

Best Hong Kong-style breakfast in and around Toronto?

Hi Ontario Chowhounds,

I'll be making an annual pilgrimage to Toronto in about 2 weeks and was on a mission to find the best Hong Kong-style breakfast in or around Toronto, including the suburbs of Markham, Richmond Hill and Scarborough. Some of my favorites are satay beef with instant noodles and HK-style milk tea.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Mei Chun at McNichol and Middlefield. If you are any where near this place I would suggest you check it out.

    1. I generally like the food at Sugar Sweet Cafe on Steeles just east of Midland.

      1. For Richmond Hill, there are two HK style cafes in the same plaza at the corner of Spadina Road and 16th Avenue. Both pretty good!

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        1. re: Charles Yu

          I frequent these two, as you can imagine, the prices are pretty low. I think the breakfast combos there are around $3.99, lunch $5.99, dinner $6.99.

          It's your typical utilitarian cha chang teng, you eat and run. Quick service....

        2. Can you give more details as to what a HK-style breakfast is? I'm interested to try.

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          1. re: rjp123

            It's nothing exotic, really. A typical menu would consist of plenty of combos with your choice of HK-style milk tea or coffee. Dishes include 2eggs+weiners+toast, oatmeal made with condensed milk, scramble eggs+corned beef sandwiches on pullman-style white bread, warm pineapple bun with a thick sliced of cold butter, macaroni in MSG broth with sliced ham, instant noodles with satay beef, congee, fried noodles in soy sauce, etc.

            As you can see, there is influence from both Chinese and Western cuisine.

            1. re: ComeUndone

              Sounds horrendous. Chacun a son gout, as they say.

              1. re: joannekatescoat

                It's not amazing but it's comfort food. Quick and cheap (usually) is a plus too.

                1. re: tksh

                  Yes, I'm splitting my time between HK and Toronto and have to say the breakfasts here are pretty boring compared to the lunch and dinner options.
                  One thing you can do to liven them up is order "yuan yang" tea, a mix of strong tea and coffee.