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best jin deui , matuan, jen dai, ma yuan or fried sesame balls in the GTA?

Have a cousin visiting who loves these things- after taking her to dim sum, and ordering a bunch of dishes, I asked her which was her favourite, and she answered the sesame balls.

Would like to know which bakeries or restaurants do the best versions- with the freshest oil. My main complaint with some of the deep-fried dishes around town is that the oil isn't been changed frequently enough. My taste buds are getting more sensitive to stale oil as I get older :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jin_deui

Thanks for any of your suggestions!

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  1. Oh man. I remember finishing off every dim sum meal I had with my father growing up with these things.

    The bakery on Baldwin has them but I haven't been in a long time so I can't really state what the quality is nowadays.

    Sidenote - Does anyone remember the name of the place that had dim sum near/in Village by the Grange. This would have been at least 10 years ago.

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    1. re: radiopolitic

      You mean Young Lok? Now that you mentioned them I remember their dim sum counter!

    2. In my opinion, Grand's version is fantastic and one of the only ones I will eat. They are consistent and their frying is among the best, if not the absolute best, in the city. Everything they fry is light and not greasy. They have two varieties - the standard ham siu gok, or a variation featuring pine nuts and duck. They also have a fried custard dessert ball as well. Here are some photos:

      Duck sesame ball: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...
      Dessert ball: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...
      Filling of dessert ball: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...
      Ham siu gok: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bokchoi-...

      Cheers and Happy Eating!

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      1. re: BokChoi

        Thanks so much, BokChoi!

        Good to hear that Grand's frying is up to snuff. Hope to try these out this week.

        Haven't had a chance to try the duck version before- sounds delicious!

        1. re: phoenikia

          No problem phoenikia. I feel so repetitive because Grand is pretty much all I suggest for dim sum... One day, I hope to discover something else that beats it.

        2. re: BokChoi

          The dessert ball looks really tasty!!! Where is Grand located?

          1. re: ChocoCheeks

            The address is in this review: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/557688

            It's on Dixon Rd in Etobicoke. In my opinion, it's worth the drive (if you're from all the way out to the East side like myself).

        3. I really like the plain sesame balls (no filling). There's a bakery in the Broadview China town that I buy them from when I'm in the area. I don't know the name of the place or the address but here's what I recall.

          It's on Broadview, south of Gerrard on the east side. It's around 3/4/5 stores north of 1st Street.

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          1. re: LUV_TO_EAT

            Good to know! Haven't tried the kind with no filling before!

          2. I was never really a big fan of jin deui. Then my non-Asian co-workers took me to Rol San (on Spadina) and ordered jin deui with black sesame filling. I love anything with black sesame paste!! Now I always order those sesame balls whenever I go back.

            Not sure if Rol San re-uses the oil, but I wouldn't doubt it.

            1. I tried the egg custard filled sesame balls (not sure if they are also called jin deui at Yang's today. Fresh oil, lots of sesame, and a delicious filling. Very good!

              They also had a green tea and lotus been paste sweet that was steamed in what looked something like part of a banana leaf (not a lotus leaf), which was also quite tasty.