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Mar 27, 2009 07:49 AM

Vegetarian Dim Sum

I used to be able to curb my cravings by buying frozen stuff at King's Cafe in Kensington. Now that they're closed I'm looking for somewhere I could go to that has a decent selection of veggie dim sum items. Doesn't have to be all vegetarian but recommendations of any of those places would be great too. I think I've heard of one out by Pacific Mall.

Downtown best. Any places in Chinatown that have a good selection?

Filled steamed buns, veggie dumplings, sticky rice...mmm...


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  1. Yung Sing on Baldwin, Mother's Dumplings. Whether its really vegetarian like King's, don't know. There's often cross-contamination in Asian vegetarian dishes (fish sauce, etc). But these two seem to understand the concept. Buddah's on Dundas for fake-meat gluten, 668 for salad rolls. There used to be a vegetarian place on Spadina that doubled as a butcher shop. Didn't last long!

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    1. re: Dimbulb

      mother's dumplings is not dim sum.

      The best veg dim sum by far in the city is at Graceful Vegetarian in Market Village (the one you heard about). It's one of my fav restaurants in Toronto, meat included.

      1. re: aser

        Thanks for the name! Now I can search for it and plan a trip out there.

        1. re: aser

          Thanks for the suggestion. Tried Graceful today for the first time. Very accommodating service, and great dim sum. A couple of the steamed items were oversteamed (read: mushy) but the flavours were very fresh and seasoning was spot-on.

          1. re: aser

            Isn't that in Markham not Toronto Aser? Maybe I'm confusing it with another place.

            1. re: JennaBean

              Yes if you want to get technical about it, it is in Markham. It's ttc accessible since it's at Steeles/Kennedy, so.....

        2. lotus pond is an all vegetarian dim sum, it is in scarborough. It wasnt bad, but i am a meat eater... the food reminds me of traditional chinese veggie dishes (the ones my mother would make during those days... dont know what to call it, the tradition goes with her) put into dim sum form.

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          1. re: Pigurd

            I was at Lotus Pond a few months ago and, based on this one experience, would not recommend it. Everything was oily and gooey, both dim sum and noodle dishes. I've had excellent Chinese vegetarian cuisine before and this place does not produce it. I have yet to try Graceful Vegetarian or Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurant for their dim sum.

            Lotuspond - duplicate
            Midland Ave, Toronto, ON , CA

            1. re: gnuf

              Hmm, maybe I won't go out of my way to make a trip there, but I'll keep it in mind!

              1. re: gnuf

                Sorry that you had a bad experience at Lotus Pond.
                We always take Vegetarians there, as we also enjoy it.
                Just after Christmas we were a group of eight with three Vegetarians and must say we enjoyed everything, and did not find anything greasy, oily or Gooey.
                We didn't order anything deep Fried, so that is possibly why.
                The Stir Fried Noodle dish was not greasy.
                The Rice and Sticky Rice Dish is outstanding.
                Our Veggies were excellent including the Spinach in a light Broth.
                Everyone enjoyed the Dim Sum as well.
                We have been to Graceful, and while good, we think that Lotus Pond is better.

              2. re: Pigurd

                I would second Pigurd's suggestion in Scarborough (Midland/MicNicoll) I have had a very different experience than gnuf. I love the dim sum at Lotus Pond and would highly recommend it. However, there are dishes there that I enjoy more than others. You just need to ask for guidance before ordering. They have all the items you require.

              3. My family and I go to Gourmet Vegetarian Restaurant at Hwy 7 and West Beaver Creek Rd, in the same plaza as Ambassador and Wasabi are. This place is family run and all veggie food only.

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                1. re: PrincessStress

                  I'm very downtown-centric, so I have no idea where that is, but I'm gonna search it out one day! Thanks.

                2. Just thought I should update this as King's Cafe has now reopened. Definitely a new look but the food is still good, and they more importantly for me they still have frozen foods for sale.

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                  1. re: fluffysouffle

                    You can buy the vegetarian gluten stuff at t&t on the weekends. I went a few months back and they were at Cherry Street. But they are definitely at the t&t near the pacific mall.

                    You should call King's Cafe if they sell at t&t cherry street downtown if you are downtown.

                    1. re: fluffysouffle

                      I would ONLY eat the dim sum at King's Café. Went there a few weeks ago and was brutally disappointed by the rest of the food -- "Szechuan" sauce tasted like Campbell's soup, a stir-fry had what looked like frozen mixed veggies (the kind with corn and peas), and the congee was like diluted cream of wheat stirred with cornstarch.

                    2. Noble seafood on dundas north of spadina has really good dimsum. There are some veggie options like the spring onion pankcake and some steamed dumplings. This is my favourite dimsum downtown