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May 18, 2009 07:43 AM

Taishanese & Taiwanese in TO?

My partner (who is Taishanese) and I will be visiting Toronto at the end of this week, and are wondering whether, among the many Chinese options, Toronto has any specifically Taishanese restaurants?

We're also curious if there are any Taiwanese places that might come well-recommended... we miss Taiwanese food!

Oh, and while I'm here, if anyone has a favorite Sichuan joint that we should definitely try (dare I hope for homestyle?) let me know!

Thanks in advance for all your thoughts and insights.

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  1. I didn't realize there was a Taishanese cuisine! Please elaborate.


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    1. re: mrsleny

      Don't know about a cuisine (or a restaurant for that matter!) , but Taishan would be a sub set of cantonese cuisine. Its down the coast from Hong Kong a bit.

      The meals I had in Kaiping, which is just north of Taishan, were like a country version of your standard cantonese restaurants, heavier, rougher, strictly local vegetables. Nothing as good as my mother-in-law's hoi ping style home cooking though.

      The vast majority of Chinese immigrants in North America before the 80's or so were from that area, so many of the original chinatown restaurants would've been run by people from there. That's changed a lot over the last 20 years or so though.

    2. what type of taiwanese food are you looking for? there are a few spots in Toronto but my recommendation would depend on what you want to eat.

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      1. re: helen0505

        I'm not that well versed in Taiwanese food and would love to try a variety. If you don't mind, please post the spots you had in mind with perhaps a suggestion of the specialties at each.


        I haven't been so I can't vouch for it. It's been on my to-do list for a while.

        1. There's a plaza in Markham, I think called Metro Square? Warden and Steeles I believe. There's a restaurant called "Taibei Pai Guo Fan" that does a spot on version of the eponymous dish.