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eddy Nov 20, 2010 11:26 AM

Any idea who has the best dang dang noodles in the north end

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    juno Nov 20, 2010 02:20 PM

    I suspect you're referring to what's usually called dan dan noodles. Mainly a Szechuan dish, I believe. I don't much care for the dish myself, but recall having a decent rendition once or twice in Hot Spicy Spicy, an otherwise indifferent Szechuan joint in an all-Asian plaza at Leslie and Finch Ave. Is that "north end" enough for you? If not, others - with more farther-afield north-end knowledge than I - will have to step into the breach with their recommendations.

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      eddy Nov 22, 2010 12:40 PM


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      acd123 Nov 20, 2010 03:19 PM

      My favourite is Chinese Traditional Buns on Dundas W.

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

      1. Charles Yu Nov 20, 2010 03:37 PM

        All restaurants specialising in Northern/Shanghainese cuisine should have Dang Dang Noodles in their menu. Be it the mediocre Asian Legend to Chili Secret to Northern Dumpling Kitchen to Ding Tai Fung to Hi Shanghai....etc. All of them uses a peanut/sesame paste broth infused with chili oil as base. The slightly sophisticated ones might sprinkle some diced preserved turnips and toasted peanuts on top of the noodles. Comparing to the good and authentic ones in the Orient or even in New Jersey, IMO, most of the rendition in the GTA are barely passable. However, if one insists on highlighting a stand out or two, I would settle for Norther Dumpling Kitchen or Ding Tai Fung. At least their broth are fairly dense and their noodles are fairly chewy and Al Dente.

        Chili Secret
        9021 Leslie, Thornhill, ON L3T7N5, CA

        Northern Dumpling Kitchen
        550 7 Hwy E, Richmond Hill, ON L4B3Z4, CA

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          skylineR33 Nov 20, 2010 05:02 PM

          Hey Charles, the dan dan noodle at Chili Secret of the Richmond Hill branch actually is not peanut sauce base, very much like the authentic one, it is quite spicy too. I had it a while ago, not sure if they have changed their receipe.

          1. re: Charles Yu
            grandgourmand Nov 20, 2010 05:31 PM

            You're being too harsh Charles. Maybe they aren't as good as the places you know, but as long as you can get a place that makes handmade noodles, it's probably good. Chinese Traditional Buns. But that's not up north as the OP is requesting.

            Where's the best place for the mutton shashliks??

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

            1. re: Charles Yu
              pinstripeprincess Nov 20, 2010 09:12 PM

              when did you have the dan dan at hi shanghai?

              a lunch visit produced noodles with frozen vegetable medly and ham. no nuts, no sauce.

              1. re: pinstripeprincess
                Charles Yu Nov 21, 2010 07:18 AM

                Hi Princess! Abouit a year ago! May be you ordered the ' Cool mix/toss noodles' ( Leung Boon Mien ) instead?

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                  pinstripeprincess Nov 21, 2010 07:35 AM

                  nope, dan dan for sure.

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                    Charles Yu Nov 22, 2010 02:47 PM


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