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Best hot and sour soup in Toronto?

atomeyes Aug 4, 2009 03:41 PM

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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    ekammin RE: atomeyes Aug 4, 2009 08:20 PM

    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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      erly RE: ekammin Aug 5, 2009 07:28 AM

      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,

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        erly RE: erly Aug 14, 2009 07:55 PM

        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.

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      phoenikia RE: atomeyes Aug 5, 2009 07:56 AM

      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 :
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/483562
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/559108

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        piccola RE: phoenikia Aug 5, 2009 08:16 PM

        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.

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          ebay3392 RE: piccola Aug 6, 2009 05:47 AM

          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 it...no vegetarian versions that I know of.

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            Teep RE: ebay3392 Aug 6, 2009 07:58 AM

            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.

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              phoenikia RE: Teep Aug 6, 2009 08:29 AM

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

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                Teep RE: phoenikia Aug 6, 2009 10:03 AM

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

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                  phoenikia RE: Teep Aug 6, 2009 10:10 AM

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

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                    pearlD RE: Teep Aug 6, 2009 04:22 PM

                    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....it'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

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                      Teep RE: pearlD Aug 7, 2009 07:54 AM

                      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...

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                        pearlD RE: Teep Aug 7, 2009 11:09 AM

                        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.....

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          Sadistick RE: atomeyes Aug 6, 2009 12:40 PM

          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...

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            easily amused RE: atomeyes Aug 6, 2009 03:24 PM

            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"...so I was surprised to see this one. It was flavorful and reasonably 'Kickey" as I like to say(Hot)

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              Tatai RE: atomeyes Aug 6, 2009 05:57 PM

              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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                atomeyes RE: Tatai Aug 8, 2009 12:59 PM

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

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                miranda RE: atomeyes Aug 7, 2009 01:24 PM

                Love the Hot and Sour Soup with shredded chicken at Asian Legend...had it today for lunch at theur Dundas at Beverley location....Miranda

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                  ebay3392 RE: miranda Aug 7, 2009 02:36 PM

                  I was just at AXIA in Mississauga last night and their H&S Soup is vegetarian, good and plenty of heat....with a meal it is $2.88 so decent price point as well.

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                  doji RE: atomeyes Aug 7, 2009 06:54 PM

                  Haven't had it in a while, but used to love the hot & sour soup at Cafe 668. (Its vegetarian...)

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                    burlgurl RE: atomeyes Aug 14, 2009 08:17 PM

                    I love hot and sour soup! Surprisingly, I don't like heat though. I really like the Funky Thai version in Oakville (and Funky Thai 2 go)..it's vegetarian and really good!

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