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Congee Noodle House ( Cantonese name aka 'Jan Dul ), 3555 Don Mills - Good 1st impression.....additional visits needed to confirm

Charles Yu May 27, 2011 09:08 PM

I dined alone at this 'newly changed name' eatery yesterday. Seeing they adopt the Chinese name of one of Hong Kong's best noodle house, my first inclination upon sitting down was to order a won-ton noodle to compare the two. Since they also have 'Sha-Tin style roasted pigeon' as a special of the day for $12.99 each, I also indulge myself in one.

The won ton noodle was your typical Toronto product. Nothing stand out. However, I was glad to see them adopting the 'regular' won ton morsel sizes rather than the nowadays popular 'giant golf ball' version. Prawn filling was well seasoned and crunchy. One of the better won ton in town. Noodles were OK but the broth, lacking the taste of roasted dried tile fish and shrimp eggs, was a flop. I did make comments to the lady owner about the inferior broth, who promised me to talk to the chef about a future 'revision'. We'll see??!!

The roasted pigeon, on the other hand, was a totally different story! Piping hot with crisp, lacquered skin, nicely seasoned with five spices and super juicy meat ( juice actually squirted out when I tore the drumstick from the body ), at $12.99 per bird, it was definitely good value for money. ( considering John's B-B-Q in Richmond Hill charges around $20 per bird and tasted the same! ).

The owner told me I should pay them a return visit to try out their famous sweet and sour pork, steamed live fish and other wok-hay stirred fry dishes. Based the the surprising quality of the pigeon, I'll defintely take up her offer.

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Congee Noodle House
3555 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M2H3N3, CA

 
 
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  1. skylineR33 RE: Charles Yu May 27, 2011 10:07 PM

    Oh, this is not the Jan Dul Tasty we hope it to be...thanks for the report, Charles.

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      Charles Yu RE: skylineR33 May 28, 2011 05:51 AM

      Yeah! Pity!
      They also claim their ' Gone Chow Ngau Ho' to be as 'greaseless' as the HK Tasty's version and if requested, can add 'yellowing chives' at the end! May be I'll give it a try one lunch time?!

    2. jayt90 RE: Charles Yu May 28, 2011 04:26 AM

      Nice report and photo, Chas.
      Is it considered improper to ask for a bird served without the head?

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        Charles Yu RE: jayt90 May 28, 2011 05:47 AM

        As a paid customer, you can request what ever you like! Besides, the lady owner was very friendly and accommodating!

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          klyeoh RE: jayt90 Jul 9, 2011 09:30 AM

          The bird's head is a delicacy! When I eat roast pigeons in HK, the first thing I'd have would be the bird's soft, mushy brain - the bird's skull is incredibly thin & crunchy and would shatter at the slightest bite ;-)

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            Charles Yu RE: klyeoh Jul 9, 2011 04:39 PM

            When I was young and living in Hong Kong. My Grand-Ma insisted we go to 'Lung Wah' in Sha-Tin for roasted pigeon at least once a month. Since our party was at least 10 people strong, there were always that amount of pigeon heads available. My uncle usually was the one who claimed them. The result??!! He suffered from a stroke at the tender age of 47 due to all those 'high cholesterol brains'!!!

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              klyeoh RE: Charles Yu Jul 9, 2011 06:35 PM

              Lung Wah is one of my go-to places for roasted pigeons whilst in HK, too. I think your uncle probably consumed too many other high-cholesterol stuff (intestines/innards, cha-siu, siu yuk/pork crackling, etc) besides the pigeon brains :-D His monopolisation of all the pigeon heads was an indication of his over-indulgence.

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          warlock RE: Charles Yu May 28, 2011 12:10 PM

          I think its called "Southern Chinese Restaurant" in its current avatar.....

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            bobinken RE: Charles Yu Jul 9, 2011 08:57 AM

            My husband and I went to Skymark Plaza last evening (3555 Don Mills Road) looking for Congee Noodle House and couldn't find a restaurant with this name. Then we saw Congee Delight and wondered if that was the one that was reviewed by the original poster (Charles). We looked at the menu and decided that it probably was and decided to have dinner there. It was wonderful....food was exellent, great staff etc. The waitress told us that this restaurant is part of the group of restaurants owned by the people who run Congee Wong, Leslie Cafe and others.
            They are having a grand opening special now and offering a 10% off discount.

            They have a website and the URL is www.congeedelight.com

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            Congee Noodle House
            3555 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M2H3N3, CA

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              bobinken RE: bobinken Jul 9, 2011 09:04 AM

              I didn't check the website for Congee Delight that they have listed on their menu before I posted and I just discovered that it doesn't appear to be up and running at this time.

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                T Long RE: bobinken Aug 24, 2011 01:25 PM

                I can confirm that "Jan Dul" is named Congee Delight. That location has been through numerous name and management changes the last 10 years or so. The current reincarnation seems quite good as Charles has indicated. It's very comparable to the Congee Queen flagship restaurant at Don Mills and Steeles in Thornhill, reputed to be one of the better "Congee" type operations in the city. Comparable but without the noise and off-putting bustle of Congee Queen. Congee Delight's website is still not working.....

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                Congee Delight
                3555 Don Mills Rd #4, Toronto, ON M2H 3N3, CA

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                  bobinken RE: T Long Aug 24, 2011 08:40 PM

                  Yes it is. :)

                  We have been to Congee Delight many times now and enjoy their food very much. The owner Rebecca is a lovely welcoming hostess.

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                  Congee Delight
                  3555 Don Mills Rd #4, Toronto, ON M2H 3N3, CA

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                    bobinken RE: T Long Aug 24, 2011 08:41 PM

                    I didn't mean "yes it is" regarding the website..LOL I was referring to the name of the restaurant.

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