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Good Chinese delivery to Victoria Park and Eglinton?

Googs Mar 3, 2011 05:27 AM

I've been trying to find a place nearby, but that seems to be a mistake. While I would prefer to spend my money in my neighbourhood I admit defeat. Do any of the good places in the northeast end of Scarborough deliver this far?

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  1. Googs RE: Googs Mar 3, 2011 05:36 AM

    No Hakka please.

    1. Googs RE: Googs Mar 4, 2011 06:23 AM

      Okay, how about this question: Is Chinese Hut any good? If yes, what dishes do you like?

      Chinese Hut Restaurant
      1876 Kennedy Rd, Toronto, ON M1P2L8, CA

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      1. re: Googs
        erly RE: Googs Mar 4, 2011 08:44 AM

        Since Don Mills Gardens was sold, and became inedible.
        We have tried all Chinese Restaurants that will deliver.
        We tried Chinese Hut, as well.
        None that I would repeat or recommend.
        Since I am further West than you, you could google delivery to your area, and see what comes up.

        1. re: erly
          jmarcroyal RE: erly Mar 4, 2011 01:44 PM

          Best place bar none in the area is Holima, located at VP and Lawerence. Not sure about the number but its good chinese food at I guess a reasonable price. You save 10% if you pick-up instead but they will deliver to you.

          This has been my go-to chinese food place all my life, even my mom used to get it when she was a kid. As far as what's good, I always liked their rice(chicken fried, shrimp fried, special fried), they have a good dish called Mushroom Chicken which is like a breaded chicken with a mushroom sauce, their Lobster Sauce is soooooo good with fried wontons to dip.

          Honey Garlic ribs are great, bbq pork is ok, beef and broccoli is tasty. I dont know what people on this site would look for in chinese food but to me this is classic chinese food and if I ever get the craving, Ill pick it up from Holima. FYI its located in a plaza at the north-east corner of VP and Lawerence.

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            Googs RE: jmarcroyal Mar 4, 2011 05:24 PM

            jmarcroyal, thank you , thank you, thank you soooo much. That's exactly what I was looking for. After years of being spoiled by Peking Express at Queen & Parkiament, it's good to know the chop suey doesn't have to run out now that I'm out here. I was starting to think I was doomed. As soon as I've tried them I'll report back.

            Peking Express
            217 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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              jmarcroyal RE: Googs Mar 5, 2011 02:49 PM

              let me know how you like it, I know I do so hopefully its what you expect. I know theres lots to offer in Toronto, from Chinese Buffets, to Authentic Chinese to higher class Chinese, but Id consider this the Classic North American Chinese Food. Its been a while since Ive gotten it but I usually get it once or twice a year for my fix. The best part are the leftovers!

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                Googs RE: jmarcroyal Mar 25, 2011 05:37 AM

                jmarcroyal, I want to thank you for the Holima recomendation. Beau and I have become once-a-week regulars. You're right, this is basic Chop Suey house cooking, but that's exactly what I was looking for in a delilvery Chinese restaurant. If I wanted high-end authentic, I'd go out and let them do my dishes too.

                On a good night I can taste the grill. Is it just me or do they have one? That added element makes even a tame Cantonese chow mein have some flavour depth. It definitely sets them apart from the other places I've tried so far who only use grease as their seasoning.

                Holima isn't Peking Express great, but then again who is? Thanks again. You saved me from trying every place in an ever widening radius around home.

                Peking Express
                217 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

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                  jmarcroyal RE: Googs Mar 25, 2011 01:11 PM

                  Im glad you liked it, I was wondering when you would get around to trying it.

                  What did you end up getting?

                  You gotta try their Shrimp with Lobster Sauce, its so good, and you gotta get the fried wontons to dip, its so good!

                  I like their honey Garlic spare ribs, and like I said earlier, the Mushroom Chicken is tasty as well.

                  I think the prices are pretty reasonable, but I end up grabbing a bunch of different items and it quickly gets expensive, but its great having leftovers for a day or 2 after!

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                    Googs RE: jmarcroyal Mar 28, 2011 07:29 AM

                    So far we've tried the:
                    Egg rolls (crisp skin with crunchy but tender interior),
                    Cantonese Chow Mein (good when tasting of grill),
                    Singapore Noodle (Too dry and not enough flavour bite. Here they could take a few lessons from Peking Express),
                    Ginger Beef (more ginger please), and the
                    Bean Cake Village Style (terrific).

                    Overall I'd say the one thing they should address is the bbq pork. It's always a little to a lot too dry. The chicken is always moist and tender so perhaps we'll try more of those dishes.

                    The mushroom chicken dish you're referring to. Is it the Mushroom Chicken Chow Mein?

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                      jmarcroyal RE: Googs Mar 28, 2011 11:47 AM

                      no, its more of a battered chicken(reminds me of fish and chips but with chicken), and its covered in a nice mushroom gravy, Probably not for everyone but I like the taste.

                      The Lobster sauce is so damn good tho!

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                        Pincus RE: jmarcroyal Mar 28, 2011 01:09 PM

                        Is it Chicken Soo Gai?

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                          Googs RE: jmarcroyal Mar 29, 2011 05:27 AM

                          Is it the Breaded Chicken with Mushrooms?

                          Hmmmmm. Let me seeeee. Chicken lightly battered and served with a nice mushroom gravy. I can see how people would hate that. MAN you gotta remember the name of that dish.

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                            jmarcroyal RE: Googs Mar 29, 2011 07:58 PM

                            Im pretty sure its just Mushroom Chicken, definetely not some chinese name. If you have the menu I think its listed under the Chicken section.

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                Midknight RE: jmarcroyal Mar 29, 2011 05:21 AM

                Due to food allergies, I need to ask if they use MSG (as good many chinese restaurants still do)?

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                  jmarcroyal RE: Midknight Mar 29, 2011 07:59 PM

                  Im pretty sure they dont, but I could be wrong. I think I remember a sign saying no MSG...

                  1. re: Midknight
                    Googs RE: Midknight Mar 30, 2011 06:10 AM

                    The delivery menu states "no msg upon request". Kinda neat that they realize some people want and others don't.

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                      Midknight RE: Googs Mar 30, 2011 06:22 AM

                      "no msg upon request" means that they DO use it on a regular basis.
                      I'm hesitate of anywhere that that excludes it "on request" since it IS a food allergy. And frankly, MSG is a food additive flavour enhancer. If the food it good on it's own, they wouldn't need an enhancer.

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                        Googs RE: Midknight Mar 30, 2011 06:41 AM

                        FWIW I'm an msg-free sort and I'll continue to get delivery from them.

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                          jmarcroyal RE: Googs Mar 30, 2011 11:21 AM

                          googs, did you find that mushroom chicken thing on the menu? I thought I had a menu around somewhere but I guess I misplaced it...

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                            Googs RE: jmarcroyal Mar 31, 2011 05:21 AM

                            Breaded chicken with mushrooms is the closest I can find. I'm sure I'll stumble upon the right one as I make my way through their menu trying almost all of the dishes.

                            1. re: Googs
                              jmarcroyal RE: Googs Mar 31, 2011 12:11 PM

                              Thats probably the one. Im definetely glad you like that place, as I said its been my goto for really my whole life(im 26), I even remember my Grampa saying he worked there as a Delivery guy when he was a young guy. When I think Chinese Food, I think Holima. I hope this thread encourages more people to try them out!

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                                DUH CAR RE: jmarcroyal Apr 20, 2011 02:12 PM

                                We tried Holima out recently. They are pretty good! And the quantities are large. We paid $34 and had 5 meals from the order. Liked the garlic ribs and the breaded chicken with mushrooms. Would give the lobster sauce a pass. One thing we both noticed is how fresh and well prepared the shrimps are.

                                The funny thing is that we have lived 10 minutes away for more than 22 years and never tried them. Think this is because they are only open for dinner and the blinds are askew and half opened when you go by. Even the "open" light isn't on. The place doesn't look that great from the outside. If they would do a bit of sprucing up it would sure help...............

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