Chinese Traditional buns
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?
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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