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Maple Yip - A nice dinner with a few standout dishes!

Charles Yu Apr 30, 2011 05:39 PM

As I eluded to in my previous posting, we changed our dinner venue from Judy's Cuisine to Maple Yip after learning that the former hiked up the price for their spotted prawns from $22/lb ( weekdays ) to a whopping $37/lb on the weekend.

We were glad we ended up at MY since the meal we had there was superb with a few really outstanding dishes:

- Sauteed live west coast spotted prawns with Maggi sauce (2.5 lbs ). So tasty, we all sucked the heads and even eat the crunchy shells! Outstanding dish #1

- Fried diced preserved turnips and baby smelts egg pancake omelette.

- Poached and marinated free range chicken with herbed 'fish-sauce'. Very tasty with the chicken taste like actual chicken and the meat non-mushy!!

- Deep fried tofu stuffed with prawn pattie to be individually dipped in premium top soya. Crunchy,piping hot skin and smooth as silk interior! Nice!1

- Another 2.5 pounder. This time steamed Florida 'eastern star' Garoupa with ginger, scallions and premium top soya. Perfectly timed and cooked. Outstanding dish #2

- Braised pork belly with preserved Chinese vegetables ( Mui Choi Kau Yuk ). Ultra tender meat and totally non-greasy. The gravy was so tasty, that alone can help one finish off a couple bowls of rice!! Outstanding dish #3

- Stirred fry beef with Bitter melon. Barely acceptable by my standard. The ladies ordered this for the melon's therapeutic property! I found the melon still a bit too bitter for my liking!

The meal was paired with bottles of 1995 Ramonet Chassagne - Montrachet les Ruchottes.

Total comes to $220 for eight people all inclusive!

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  1. jayt90 RE: Charles Yu Apr 30, 2011 05:49 PM

    Excellent dinner and reasonable wine mark up. You could pay $225 for a bottle of 1er Cru at say, Harbor 60, with no food!

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      ace123 RE: jayt90 Apr 30, 2011 06:01 PM

      The wine is probably BYOB.

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        skylineR33 RE: jayt90 Apr 30, 2011 06:28 PM

        Chinese restaurant mostly only charges $ 10 or nothing for BYOB. There is no 1er Cru at the kind of Chinese restaurant like Maple Yip.

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          Charles Yu RE: skylineR33 May 1, 2011 01:15 PM

          Actually, NO chinese restaurants in town, may be except LWH, carries a decent wine list!! In LWH's case, they can get access to the winelist of their 'western' cousin next door.

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          Charles Yu RE: jayt90 Apr 30, 2011 06:29 PM

          The wines were BYOB!

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            skylineR33 RE: Charles Yu Apr 30, 2011 06:49 PM

            Do they provide you with the Riedel Vinum or Sommelier glass, Charles ?? Ha.

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              Charles Yu RE: skylineR33 Apr 30, 2011 07:32 PM

              Tiny little wine glasses only! Should have brought our own! Ha!

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                1sweetpea RE: Charles Yu May 1, 2011 01:38 PM

                Charles, if you had it to do all over again, what vegetable-oriented dish would you have ordered in place of the beef and bitter melon dish? I'd like to go to Maple Yip with a group of 4 or 5 people and order the spot prawns and a garoupa. The pork belly dish sounds great too, but then I need another dish or two, preferably with some vegetables. What does Maple Yip do well? I'm looking to break out of the usual dishes I'd order, but you have the ability to read the items on specials menus and items listed on walls that are in Chinese characters only. I always want to ask what everything is, but servers are either too busy or unable to adequately translate for me. My husband and I are of the opinion (perhaps wrongly) that the "really good stuff" is eluding us and in Cantonese/Mandarin only. Help!

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                  Charles Yu RE: 1sweetpea May 1, 2011 01:52 PM

                  Hello 1sweetpea,
                  Actually you are right!!! The good stuff are indeed listed as specials posted on the wall!!
                  For a veggie dish, I would either go with a 'Sauteed pea-shoot topped with shredded conpoy or crabmeat' or ' stirred fry Chinese broccoli with dried tile fish or just plain ginger and wine'. A dish of sauteed medley of mushrooms with yellowing chives is pretty good too! Worse come to worse, just talk to the table next to you and ask them to recommend or translate!!
                  Good Luck!!

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                    1sweetpea RE: Charles Yu May 1, 2011 02:36 PM

                    Thank you for those suggestions. Conpoy sounds like a really great addition to pea shoots. In fact, all three sound like vast improvements on simple garlic or oyster sauce treatments of those veggies. Now, if only someone will have the patience to walk me through the elusive wall item definitions and the various non-English special menus. Every time I see the same-old-same-old list of ways to have sliced chicken, duck, pork, beef, fish and seafood, etc., I just want to scream out: "where's the good stuff that table #5 has? It's nowhere on my English menu."

                    I just went into a BBQ place the other day and asked for an assortment of delicacies in spiced soy sauce to sample. I got gizzards, small and large intestine, pig's tongues and a pig's ear to try. I'm so glad I did, because I'd previously viewed intestines as creepy-looking. Turns out they were the tastiest items in the container, along with the tongues. You never know until you try something whether or not you'll like it.

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                      Charles Yu RE: 1sweetpea May 1, 2011 03:05 PM

                      If you love pig's innards, you should try their 'Stirred fry pig's stomach tips with preserved mustard greens and fermenated black beans' Delicious and appertizing.

        3. chefhound RE: Charles Yu May 2, 2011 11:27 AM

          My family was there recently for my mother's birthday and we had the prawns with Maggi and the pork belly as well. Boy, those prawns were good! We have the pork belly all the time so no big deal but always good. My sister-in-law loves Ma Po Tofu and thinks that Maple Yip does it the best.
          I have to say, the Peking duck is pretty good too. We eat there all the time but never ordered the Peking duck before. They serve it with cilantro instead of cucumber strips and the presentation is not elegant like Emperor (haven't had the chance to try Yang's duck yet) but the flavour is good and the skin is crispy. The second dish (lettuce wrap) is good but it is definitely better at Emperor.

          It was my first time having the prawns and I can't say enough about them. They were so good. I usually don't like to eat the shell-on shrimp dishes because they are so messy to eat but these were so good I didn't even mind the mess.

          1. Bobby Wham RE: Charles Yu Jul 5, 2011 08:33 AM

            This place is a knockout! The Spot prawns were really fresh. We enjoyed the steamed fish and the Pork belly

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              Charles Yu RE: Bobby Wham Jul 5, 2011 03:58 PM

              Glad you liked it!

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                BLM RE: Charles Yu Jul 16, 2011 09:15 PM

                Do you have a recommendation what we should order at Maple Yip, but we're only 3 people(adventurous eaters of Chinese food). Going to Toronto later this month(from Montreal). Should we still try to order from the specials on the wall? Anything good, that we need to pre-order in advance? It will be my first time at Maple Yip(or should I consider going to Judy Cuisine instead?).

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                  erly RE: BLM Jul 17, 2011 08:32 AM

                  Charles has given some great suggestions.
                  The Steamed Whole Fish is outstanding.
                  I will add their Eggplant Hotpot (not on the English Menu)
                  and never mentioned here, Mung Bean Vermicelli.
                  We order the House Special
                  Be warned they are not always willing to tell you about the "specials"
                  and if pushed will give you the basic dishes that they think non-Chinese eat.

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                    BLM RE: erly Jul 17, 2011 10:54 AM

                    Thanks for the tip-off on their Eggplant Hotpot. Always interested in trying stuff I haven't tried before. What's the House Special(or does it changes regularly)? One of the people I'm going with can read some Chinese, so we can probably figure out the specials on the wall.

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                    Charles Yu RE: BLM Jul 17, 2011 08:55 AM

                    Maple Yip is always noisy and busy and atmosphere is less refine. Judy's on the other hand is slightly 'higher class'.

                    As for food, the problem with Maple Yip is that most of their specials are posted in coloured stickers on the wall and on the black board. Best is to strike up conversation with ' Chinese occupied ' table next to you and seek their help. Worse come to worse - Order BLINDLY and see the surprise result! Ha! They are 99%+ good!! Just make sure from the server you are not ordering all dishes of the same ingredients!

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                      BLM RE: Charles Yu Jul 17, 2011 11:21 AM

                      Thanks Charles. One of the people I'm going with just told me he wants to order a chicken dish at Maple Yip. So the chicken dishes at Maple Yip are very good(besides the highly recommended poached & marinated free range chicken)? Does it matter the time or day, I visit Maple Yip restaurant(as far as quality of food)?

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                        Charles Yu RE: BLM Jul 17, 2011 01:44 PM

                        To play safe, I would make a reservation! At the same time you might pre-order one or half a crispy fried whole range chicken?! Good thing about MY is that they are pretty consistent with their food. But, irrespective, the 7-8 pm peak during weekends almost always have an impact!

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