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Apr 12, 2010 08:00 PM

Lamb Skewers

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?

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


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    1. re: Davwud

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

    2. 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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      1. re: foodyDudey

        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

          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. 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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        1. re: Royaljelly

          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

            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

              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

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

              1. re: Pizza Lover

                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. 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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              1. re: tbonetak

                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.

              2. 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

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