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crispy Szechuan beef?

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Hi:

I was wondering if anybody knows of a Szechuan restaurant in the GTA that serves this dish? I know that most Szechuan beef dishes are simple stir frys with strips of beef and veggies. This is more like a crispy ginger beef, coated with cornstarch, wok-fried and sauced with a spicy/sweet concoction. I enjoyed this dish regularly in Edmonton when I lived there, I'm not sure if it's some local version or if you can find it here too.

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  1. I know of two places, one at steeles and bayview at a chinese restaurant called Helena's. it is on the menu as the crispy shredded beef. food at helena's is excellent. dining room leaves much to be desired so i only do take out/delivery.

    also check out the crispy beef at big mouth kee in richmond hill, leslie & hwy 7 area

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    1. re: justinisthebest

      Crispy shredded beef is one of the most requested dishes at Szechuan Gourmet, an insanely popular resto on Steeles Ave. W., in a strip plaza a block or so west of Bathurst St. It's a smallish place, with little space between tables, and - especially on weekends - something of a brawl. But it's clean and extraordinarily well-run, so the wait for tables isn't too horrendous. More orderly during the week. I don't go too often, but when I do I always call for the crispy shredded beef. Very, very tasty, and moderate prices. It's the kind of dish that tastes best immediately out of the kitchen, rather than take out.

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      Szechuan Gourmet Restaurant
      1033 Steeles Ave W, Toronto, ON M2R2S9, CA

      1. re: justinisthebest

        Helena's is the first place I thought of when I read the topic... It's been years since I've been there, but our family always ordered their crispy shredded beef. I remember it being really good.

        1. re: justinisthebest

          Ooh, thanks for the this recommendation! They even deliver to my house, which is a rare, rare find. Looking forward to trying the crispy beef. That's one dish that I've been missing ever since Chung King on Spadina closed.

          Is there anything else you'd recommend from Helena?

          1. re: justinisthebest

            I just wanted to thank you guys for the Helena's recommendation! I ordered the dry spicy shredded beef and it was EXACTLY what I've been looking for ever since Chung King closed down. The only issue was that it was searingly hot with a massive amount of dried red chiles in it. :) I love spicy, but this was a bit much (though lots of rice helped the matter). Next time I'll ask them to use half the amount of chiles. The delivery was remarkably quick, too.

            Web site for Helena's:

            http://www.chinesefoodtoronto.ca/

            Next up, I'll have to try Szechuan Gourmet, though I don't end up in that next of the woods much.

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            Szechuan Gourmet Restaurant
            1033 Steeles Ave W, Toronto, ON M2R2S9, CA

          2. They do a delectable crispy beef at Riz on Bayview.

            1. Yenching Palace in Bayview Village has featured Szechuan Crispy Beef for many years.

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              1. re: taterbrandy

                Danforth Dragon at Donlands and Danforth has a really good one also. That, and a bowl of steamed rice always makes me happy.

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                Danforth Dragon
                861 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J, CA

              2. Szechuan Szechuan in First Canadian Place serves it. Horrifically addictive really...

                1. had the crispy szechaun beef at Chung King in Markham, behind Market Village.

                  Was there for the peking duck and had the beef while we waited...it was pretty delicious...it's not as battered as ginger beef is but it's pretty close.

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                  1. re: c_snapper

                    Had the same two dishes at Chung KIng. Both were very good.