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Aug 4, 2009 03:41 PM

Best hot and sour soup in Toronto?

Just wondering who you guys think has the best hot and sour soup?
Veggie or non-seafood options would be preferable.
And it would be great to hear whether its a red or a yellow broth (usually its red, but I've had excellent yellow broth before)

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  1. I've always enjoyed the hot and sour soup at the China Hut at Kennedy and Ellesmere. Maybe not better than every single place in Chinatown, but still good.

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    1. re: ekammin

      I think that you received few responses, because "best" is usually traditional, and veg. seafood free is not typical.
      The best that we have had in a very long time was at Emperor quite recently, and it does include Scallop, and is not orange!
      Very subtle, great broth,

      1. re: erly

        2 weeks later.,.... we were at Emperor this evening, and looked forward to the Hot and Sour Soup.
        To our surprise, it was Orange, did include shrimp as well as scallop.
        The ingredients were chunkier, and it was spicy.
        Much more typical.
        Decent,,but not outstanding, and certainly not worth the trip..
        Don't know what happened in this period of time, but couldn't ask as my teenage grand daughter would have been embarrassed, but will certainly ask on the next visit.

    2. Haven't found a good veggie hot and sour soup. Buddha's Vegetarian on Dundas W serves one, but I've never tried it. There's also a veggie version at King's Cafe in Kensington Mkt.

      Here are previous threads on great hot and sour soup :

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      1. re: phoenikia

        I have to warn you against King's Café. When I went, it was some of the worst food ever: sauces tasted like Campbell's soup, soup was frozen veggies with floury broth.

        1. re: piccola

          My favorite hot and sour soup is at Hua Sang on Baldwin...I used to work in Markham so I have been to many Chinese restaurants..but it is traditional, pork, shrimp in vegetarian versions that I know of.

          1. re: ebay3392

            If it has shrimp then it's not tradtional, even if it does taste good. This is a Szechuan (Northern Chinese) dish, and it's not surprising that Hua Sang - a Cantonese (Southern) restaurant - would take liberties with it.

            1. re: Teep

              Teep, are there any restaurants you'd recommend that currently serve a good Szechuan style hot & sour soup? Either downtown or up north?

              1. re: phoenikia

                Sorry, it's not a dish I would normally order, and there are no good Szechuan restos downtown, so I can't recommend.

                1. re: Teep

                  Ok, no problem- thanks for your quick reply:)

                  1. re: Teep

                    Teep...would you/could you recommend SZECHUAN restaurants uptown? We went to Peter's 'downtown' for so many years and now that it's closed we need to find some place else even if it's 'uptown', it will have to be our new destination....(No comments on Peter''s been done to death on CH and for us it was like an old comfortable pair of shoes that you simply couldn't throw out...) I'd appreciate your help...thanks

                    1. re: pearlD

                      Well I rarely dine north of Bloor (!) so can't help you there. Best to make a new thread and hopefully Charles Yu, skyliner33 and others can help.

                      There is a little szechuan place near New Sky on Spadina that I haven't seen any reviews on, maybe if someone is brave enough to try...

                      1. re: Teep

                        Thanks Teep and good idea.....I will start a new thread soon as I can on Szechuan restaurants both up & down in Toronto. I'd love to find one downtown as it is closer for us (we're just north of Dupont) but sometimes when with a group of friends we will go up to the suburbs.
                        Good thinking Teep and thanks again.....

        2. Surprisingly enough, right near my office, Lime (on Eg) serves quite a tasty (veg I believe...) H&S soup.

          My favourites include the seafood version at LWH, and Pink Princess (Thai H&S Soup), Peters Chung King used to serve an excellent one, but it's quality is erratic at best of late...

          1. Enjoyed the Hot & Sour Soup at Spadina Garden 114 Dundas St W... just last week. (Yellow Broth) You're right that the broth is often "Red" I was surprised to see this one. It was flavorful and reasonably 'Kickey" as I like to say(Hot)

            1. atomeyes, the responses posted so far are pointing you to Chinese restaurants, but I'm wondering whether it's not Thai hot and sour soup you're looking for (judging by your request for non-seafood options). Please advise.

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              1. re: Tatai

                its actually Chinese that I crave.
                I don't ind having a chicken broth base...just no seafood added