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Lamb Skewers

radiopolitic Apr 12, 2010 08:00 PM

The other day while walking in Chinatown I noticed this little booth in the wall on the north side of Dundas just east of Spadina. There is a name but its in Chinese characters and I can't read it.

They were selling lamb skewers I think 2/$3, 4/$5 and I think 10/$10.

Has anyone tried these? Are they any good?

  1. Davwud Apr 13, 2010 04:24 AM

    I'm assuming they were not cooked. Do you know if/how they were seasoned??


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    1. re: Davwud
      radiopolitic Apr 13, 2010 08:20 AM

      They are cooked to order from what I noticed and served ready to eat. It's just a window that looks out onto Dundas.

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        Davwud Apr 13, 2010 11:21 AM

        Sounds good.


    2. foodyDudey Apr 13, 2010 04:58 AM

      I don't know anything about those, but Mr Greek meat market on Danforth Ave sells seasoned lamb skewers for $1.50 that look and taste good. There isn't a speck of fat on them, and at first glance you would think they are lean beef.

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        grandgourmand Apr 13, 2010 05:38 AM

        Thanks for the tip. Sounds good. These guys aren't associated with the fast food chain?

        FYI, I've bought vac-packed lamb trimmings from this store. $20 for 10lbs. If you have a meat grinder at home, great for lamb burgers, kofta, etc. It's on the fatty side, so I cut with lean beef or lamb.

        1. re: grandgourmand
          foodyDudey Apr 13, 2010 05:49 AM

          As far as I know, they are not associated with the fast food place. I've been driving by it for years and never went in, because it's name made me think of the Mr Greek restaurant. They have some really good looking meat in there at reasonable prices. They should change their name to Splendido meat market, then I would have been there years ago!

          88 Harbord Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1G5, CA

      2. Royaljelly Apr 13, 2010 05:45 AM

        Sounds like one of those Uyghur/Muslim/Halal style lamb skewers where the meat maybe pre-marinated, the they dip into some spices including cumin etc and then grilled. It's quite different than the stuff you can get at a Greek or North American places. Give it a try if it's only $3, who knows you might get hooked on it. There's quite a few of those places that do Chinese lamb skewers up north GTA. Some folks sit around and eat those w/ a pitcher of beer.

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          grandgourmand Apr 13, 2010 06:33 AM

          I've had the ones from Chinese Traditional Buns and really enjoy them. However, they need to be cooked through and crispy. They tend towards fat and gristly, which is fine for texture when it's made a bit crispier. Undercooked, and I find the texture unappealing. It's happened a couple times.

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

          1. re: Royaljelly
            radiopolitic Apr 13, 2010 08:22 AM

            I'm familiar with the food having been to Xinjiang and most of Central Asia but I was in a rush and didn't have time when I noticed the place to try it out. Figured I'd ask on here.

            1. re: radiopolitic
              munchieHK Apr 13, 2010 09:02 AM

              I keep meaning to try that place. I know they serve cooked skewers and I have seen line ups for them at certain times. I have seen several young Chinese munching on them out of a paper bag as they walk and they had smiles on their faces, so I'm assuming it's pretty good.

            2. re: Royaljelly
              Pizza Lover Apr 27, 2010 05:40 PM

              Royaljelly - any particular recommendations for places up north that sell these lamb skewers? thanks.

              1. re: Pizza Lover
                Royaljelly Apr 27, 2010 08:32 PM

                I had a pretty decent meal recently at Xinjiang Restaurant in Markham (Steeles just West of Warden). They should have a good selection of lamb skewers and other Uyghur style dishes. The place is well decorated and has good service.

                There's also Chinese Beef & Lamb house on Sheppard, but is a bit darker & dingier looking place. I think there was as chowmeet there once.

                Last one is Xin Jiang BBQ at corner of Pharmacy and McNicoll. I only went once when they first open many years ago and enjoyed the skewers but all other dishes were disasters. They must've improved by now as they are still there (I presume?) after all those years without my business. When I used to drive by, I'd see guys eating the skewers and drink pitchers of beer and not much else.

                If you're in Pacific Mall there's a little stall that sells it upstairs by the washrooms (next to the bookstore). I wasn't too fond of it.

                Xin Jiang Restaurant
                3636 Steeles Ave E, Markham, ON L3R1K9, CA

            3. tbonetak Apr 13, 2010 01:01 PM

              Tried them just after they opened up. Tasty, but you don't get a whole lot for the money. Lots of cumin and chili sprinkled over. It's a pity they don't stay open later, as there have been a number of times I've tried to pick some up after working late and they're closed. Definitely worth a try.

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                ggom1 Apr 29, 2010 07:33 AM

                I tried them soon after they opened too. The skewers didn't seem to be pre-marinated. Not bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat there. It's more of a fun snack if you're not in the mood for a bun.

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                michsaun Apr 29, 2010 07:59 AM

                they have amazing marinated lamb skewers at George's Meating Place at Queen and Jones - very good quality meat... nice people and when bbqued they were incredible. Highly recommend

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                1. re: michsaun
                  warlock Apr 30, 2010 04:58 PM

                  I think the Lamb Skewer's mentioned in the thread is a bit different from the ones that you are referring to......

                2. food face Apr 30, 2010 06:14 PM

                  My gut feeling this hut in Chinatown is no good. I walk past it everyday and it just doesn't seem like a chow find to me.

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                    warlock Apr 30, 2010 06:25 PM

                    When does it open? I have walked by in the afternoons,twice,and it was closed....

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                      food face May 1, 2010 04:09 AM

                      They seem to open when Chinatown peaks. So if you in nice weather especially on a weekend they will be open. REPORT BACK ya hear!

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                        warlock May 15, 2010 03:06 PM

                        Tried it today.....was a bit skeptical,considering the price,me and my buddy got 10 skewers for $10.....was grilled right in front of me....took the option of the spicy seasoning....
                        Surprisingly the lamb tasted very fresh,cumin being the dominant flavour.....can't go wrong with that price.....
                        He also has beef/chicken and shrimp....might try them another day.....

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                          food face May 16, 2010 04:14 AM

                          COOL. I must admit I am suprised. The price certainly is right. That's great you had a good food experience at the lamb stall.

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                    food.lover.t.o. May 23, 2010 12:15 AM

                    I buy these lamb skewers whenever I'm in Chinatown. Personally, I love them! They are definitely not the best lamb skewers (since it's cooked over an electric bbq instead of charcoal). However, they just seem to taste better since it's on the street.

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