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Aug 31, 2009 04:26 PM

I have an egg foo young craving. Where to find some???

I know it's not the height of Chinese cooking, but... childhood memories inspire me.

Any help would be appreciated. I'm hoping for somewhere clean with yummy food, even if it is Americanized.

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  1. I would try C'est Bon. I know it gets reamed on this board, but some of its extensive menu is actually decent quality, non-greasy Chinese home cooking (e.g., they make a good moo shu pork). It definitely caters to its North Toronto demographic, which I imagine is the reason for the presence of egg foo yong on its menu. I'm just happy they deliver to my house!

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    1. re: TorontoJo

      Thanks so much! Is one of the locations preferable over the other?

      1. re: Full tummy

        I've only ever gotten delivery from the one near Sporting Life, so don't have a comparison, sorry!

        1. re: Full tummy

          I should also note that I have never actually had egg foo young in my life (I'm not even really sure what it is), so don't have any knowledge of whether the one at C'est Bon is any good. Please let me know if it hit the spot for you. :)

      2. Here's a thread discussing the more positive experiences at C'est Bon.

        1. I would try the China House. Beautiful 50's nostaligic decor. Egg Foo Young is on the menu but I have never had it there. The chicken balls are excellent there. Elizabeths Chinese Food had the best Egg Foo Young RIP.

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          1. re: food face

            Thanks for the recommendation; it is a little further out of my way, but I'll keep it in mind if I'm in the area.

            1. re: food face

              I haven't tried China House, yet, but I still hope to...

            2. Ironically the first and only time I tried Egg Foo Yong (with shrimp) was in Amsterdam and I was in heaven.

              I will have to check out C'est Bon.

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              1. re: TOchowgal

                Yenching Palace Restaurant at Bayview Village. I had it at China House two weeks ago and it paled in comparision (literally and figuratively). Yenching's version is golden and puffy and full of whatever filling you order.

                1. re: taterbrandy

                  Always good to have a comparison. Anything else good at Yenching Palace?

                  1. re: Full tummy

                    Kan Shue Green Beans, Szechuan Double Fried Pork, Yu Hsiang Chicken, Szechuan Meat Sauce Noodles.

                      1. re: taterbrandy

                        Tater-b, think they would have good chicken balls too? What kind of Chinese food is it? Sounds interesting.

                        1. re: food face

                          Szechuan and Mandarin. I think they have chicken balls as well but there are much better choices on the menu if you stick to the "authentic".

                            1. re: food face

                              If you like Chicken Balls food face, you gotta try them at Yen Ching!

                              Yen Ching's Chicken Balls are the best I have ever had - they are full of white meat chicken and the breading is light and crispy - not the doughy kind that so many places offer, where you can hardly see the chicken inside.

                              Crispy Beef, Crispy Shrimp, Yu Hsiang Pork and Moo Shu Pork are some of my family's favourites at Yen Ching (we have been dining there for literally decades!) , but my hubby is a white guy and so Chicken Balls have been added to the list of items we order now! :P

                              The prices have gone up over the years because of the cost of staying in that mall - but the quality has remained and those that love it, love it forever!

                              1. re: LovelyAsia

                                Thanks Lovely Asia. I just read up more postive reviews on Yen Ching. It looks like a real gem. I will try it and let you know!

                    1. re: taterbrandy

                      Haven't been to Yenching to eat in in years but have done their take-out sporadically on my way home. I was in the neighbourhood today so went there for lunch, fully intending to have the egg foo young, so I could report on it. Alas, when I ordered it, the manager, who was taking my order, looked at me questioningly and said in Chinese that they have it on the menu because the western customers like it, and maybe I would prefer something more authentic; he also said it'd be too big for me alone. He was being so sweet and trying to be helpful, so I ordered the Szechuan crispy beef lunch special instead (my Chinese isn't good enough to explain; I guess I should have switched to English). The crispy beef (which was very tasty) came on a bed of green beans, with a bowl of rice, a small cup of hot and sour soup and an egg roll - lunch special $10.95. BTW the egg foo young is $10.95, choice of beef, chicken, pork or shrimp ($1 extra). They also have a small selection of dim sum items at lunch - I tried the har gow - ok but nothing special. The restaurant was very clean and nicely decorated - as expected, given the location (Bayview Village).

                      1. re: taterbrandy

                        So, I tried the egg foo young at Yenching Palace, and it was very different from what I think of as "egg foo young". It was deep-fried, and while tasty in its own right, it isn't the egg foo young I grew up with. Aside from that, we enjoyed the sweet and sour chicken balls - very little breading and satisfied the chicken ball craving; the chicken wings - also quite good and a couple of other dishes. Overall, a decent place for this style of Chinese food.

                        1. re: Full tummy

                          Deep-fried egg foo young? Sounds strange. The e.f.y. I remember (from decades ago) was more like an omelette with bean sprouts, shrimp etc throughout the egg mixture. That and chicken balls were standard dishes at the Chinese restos of my childhood. (I remember when dim sum first came to Toronto, and the only Chinatown was that little strip on Dundas w of Bay.) I get the odd nostalgic cravings for chicken balls too - and the requisite fluorescent orange/red sauce. Yours and LovelyAsia's descriptions of the chicken balls at Yenching have started a new bout of craving. :)

                          1. re: ghoti

                            Yes, but the egg foo young at Yenching won't satisfy a craving for the nostalgic version (mine was as yours, with a sort of lightly starchy, tan-coloured, mild sauce around it); you will simply be looking at it wondering, "What is that?" Aside from being deepfried into a puffed up ball, it comes with a bowl of brown oyster sauce-like substance. I can see how some would like it, but I left thinking, "I need to find me some real egg foo young." Hahaha.

                            But, yes, the chicken balls were good.

                            I am going to try heading to C'est Bon in the next little while and let you know how it compares.

                            1. re: Full tummy

                              I do love a good ball. I gotta check out Yenching.

                    2. Thanks for the suggestions, All!

                      So, I have now eaten egg foo young at both Yenching and C'est Bon, and I have to say that C'est Bon was closest to the dish of my youth. Fried in a pan, not deep-fried as Yenching's version is, and served with a quite dark "gravy" over it; this sauce is somewhat different in appearance and taste from the lighter version I am used to, and perhaps there was too much of it... Overall, C'est Bon wins, for me.

                      To compare on other fronts, Yenching wins hands-down on the chicken ball front, with lightly breaded, nicely browned balls, served in the requisite red sauce with some green peppers and pineapple wedges. C'est Bon's were lighter in colour, much more bready, and served dry, with a few pineapple wedges sprinkled over them, and sauce on the side.

                      As far as chicken wings go, C'est Bon's were better, mostly because they tasted fresher to me. The ones at Yenching just had that taste of chicken that was in the fridge two days too long.

                      In terms of atmosphere, Yenching; service with a smile - both offered friendly, quick service; C'est Bon's is more casual, whereas Yenching tries to create an air of formality...

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                      1. re: Full tummy

                        FT: Thx for this review. Btw, which C'est Bon location did you go to...North or South of Eglinton.

                        1. re: T Long

                          North. Have you been to either, and do you think there is much of a difference?

                          1. re: Full tummy

                            No...never been. But will probably try....the one South is close to the house of a friend, so I might go to that one. Thanks again.

                        2. re: Full tummy

                          Thanks, Full tummy! I'll try C'est Bon's egg foo young and Yenching's chicken balls next time I'm feeling nostalgic. Cheers.

                          1. re: ghoti

                            I am glad that you enjoyed the chicken balls at Yen Ching Full tummy - I should have mentioned that I have never had the egg foo yeung at Yen Ching considering it was the topic of this thread! I was distracted by someone mentioning Yen Ching and asking about chicken balls!

                            I always think of Egg Foo Yeung as a Canadian/Cantonese style Chinese Food item - and Yen Ching is more Szechuan/Mandarin.

                            The last Egg Foo Yeung I have had was at Yeuh Tung on Elizabeth Street which has been good in the past, but was not up to par on my last visit - it is not my restaurant of choice but my hubby loves the Chili Chicken there and they are one of the few places we like that are open on a Sunday night.

                            The last place I had really great Egg Foo Yeung was my favourite take out place when I lived in Richmond Hill...a tiny hole in the wall place called Dynasty Chinese - on Major Mackenzie 1 street west of the hospital.

                            The service can be a bit slow because everything is made on the spot and there is usually only the one chef - the owner - but hands down they have the best pork dumplings (potstickers) that I remember from when I was young, and the Egg Foo Yeung is the way I remember from childhood. The other dish I really like there is the House Special Spicy Beef - basically beef with snow peas in a tasty spicy sauce. They have great lunch specials too.

                            Dynasty Chinese Restaurant
                            10 Headdon Gate (Major Mackenzie East of Bathurst)
                            Richmond Hill, ON L4C 8A3


                            1. re: LovelyAsia

                              Thanks for the recommendation! Don't get out that way very often. Will definitely return to Yen Ching whenever I have a hankering for chicken balls. I look forward to trying some of the other items you mentioned in your previous post, too.