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Jamie Eats Burgers Oct 28, 2009 06:52 AM

I went to CTB last night to try it out.

I didn't know what to order, so I grabbed the Spicy Chicken, and then had the fried bananas coated in honey for dessert just because I wanted to try it.

Any other recommended dishes there?

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  1. haggisdragon Oct 28, 2009 06:56 AM

    The dumplings are good. There's also a great fried noodle dish with spicy ground pork sauce.

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      itsvince Oct 28, 2009 07:30 AM

      I love CTB! I was introduced to the place by a Taiwanese food critic who really liked the place. Every time I go there I get two things (these aren't the actual menu names, which I never remember): the silky/spicy/soupy tofu, and what we like to call the "Chinese hamburger", which is braised meat (can't remember if it's lamb or beef) chopped up and stuck between 2 toasted buns (doesn't sound like much but it's great). Try these appetizers out next time as part of your meal, you won't be disappointed. And if anyone can tell us what these dishes are actually called that would be awesome.

      They also make great soup buns, dumplings, and noodles. Everything seems to be homemade. I haven't ventured much into the expanded menu they introduced a couple of years back.

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        fickle Oct 28, 2009 09:46 AM

        The chinese hamburger is actually the xian cured pork sandwich. Very tasty. I love the steamed buns with the red bean paste also. Yum!

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          grandgourmand Oct 28, 2009 09:52 AM

          they have a beef or lamb version as well. So you're both right.

          The spicy noodles haggisdragon is referring to is dan dan or da lu noodles, I forget. They are great. You can ask for hand made noodles for an extra $1, I believe. Worth it.

          I love this place. One warning, though, they are hit and miss with the mutton skewers. First time I had them, they were delicious. Last two times, way too much gristle and fat. I don't mind that stuff, but they weren't on the grill long enough to break down a bit more.

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            phoenikia Jan 19, 2011 03:30 PM

            Finally tried the xian cured pork sandwich. Delish. Also ordered their pork soup dumplings & the largest serving of gai lan ever- at least 3, if not 4 cups of gai lan. Hope to try the steamed buns with red bean past next time!

            Chinese Traditional Buns
            536 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T, CA

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          KJeats Oct 28, 2009 09:57 AM

          I love the food and the people here.

          Definitely try the jellied bean curd. The cured pork sandwich is really good but also try the beef and cumin sandwich.
          The mutton shashlick can be sublime, but lately It's been only "OK". Very greasy chunks of lamb with cumin and other spices, very worthy of trying.
          Get some soup filled dumplings and proceed with caution.
          My favorite dumplings here are filled with egg and zucchini.
          Under the "dry noodles" section, get the dan-dan noodles. Ask for them with the home-made noodles.
          Definitely get the pickled cucumber.


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            acd123 Oct 28, 2009 10:25 AM

            I like Chinese Traditional Buns a lot but I had something really really bad there last week. It was a noodle soup (with th hand pulled noodles) called Noodles with Hot and Sour Meat Sauce. The "sauce" was bland soup that was so watery that I think it came straight from the tap. The meat and spicy part would probably have been good if there was even the slightest bit of flavour in the soup. Horrible. Also, the hand pulled noodles were excllent. I'll still go there, for buns, dumplings, pulled pork sandwich, dan dan noodles, etc. But please, don't get that "soup".

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              smudgebee Jan 14, 2012 03:10 PM

              I went there over holiday and had a few amazing dishes. The Mao Po Tofu was great, the dan dan noodles are yummy. Also the dill and prok dumplings are good.

              However I heard there was some sort of altercation there recently and it has been closed. Does anyone know what happened and if the staff is all ok? The articles are vague and I can't tell if it was someone who worked there that was killed.

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                LearningHow Jan 14, 2012 03:23 PM


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                  magic Jan 14, 2012 03:36 PM

                  Jesus that's awful.

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                    crawfish Jan 14, 2012 05:57 PM

                    I worked at a Keg where the dishwasher murdered the chef. It's random.

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                      nevrenuf Jan 15, 2012 12:42 PM

                      i hope they're not done....the beef in spicy soup is so addictive...i think the one here and a northern traditional kitchen are my favourite versions....

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              equalibra Sep 13, 2013 07:44 AM

              I think this is the most recently updated thread about ctb. I too love their Dan Dan noodles (in all their salty greasy glory), jellied bean curd, and dumplings. I walked by the other night and it looked like they were shutting down!! I would be devastated!! Any have any info? I hope I'm wrong.

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                plug Sep 13, 2013 10:16 AM

                What were the indications that they were shutting down for good?

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                  nevrenuf Sep 13, 2013 12:04 PM

                  i'm also curious about this...

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                    Notorious P.I.G. Sep 19, 2013 05:59 PM

                    I walked by that night too. I am pretty sure that they where just taking out the garbage because I walked by tonight and it was business as usual.

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                      equalibra Sep 24, 2013 07:20 AM

                      Awesome! I guess it seemed like they were taking out quite a lot of stuff. And I feel like maybe even loading some things into a truck? Anyway, perhaps I will go tomorrow and check it out.

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                        ramenramen Sep 24, 2013 09:31 AM

                        I was there over the weekend so no, definitely not closed.

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                          Notorious P.I.G. Sep 25, 2013 03:15 PM

                          Yeah, they had quite a bit of junk when I walked by. Large pieces of metal and bags etc...

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                            MissBingBing Sep 26, 2013 04:28 AM

                            Maybe they're redecorating?

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                              Notorious P.I.G. Sep 26, 2013 07:34 AM



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