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Sep 10, 2011 11:38 AM

The Very Best Chinese Restaurants in Scarborough?

It's important that they be within the boundaries of Scarborough. Do I have this right?

Cantonese: Maple Yip Seafood
Dim Sum: Casa Imperial & Dragon Dynasty
Hunan: Konner Chinese
Sichuan: Szechuan Legend

Are any other regions well represented? I don't mind if there's no English version of the menu. That's what GoogleTranslate Mobile is for.

On the other side of the coin, is there one really good sit-down Chop Suey House (a/k/a Canadian style) Chinese restaurant?

Szechuan Legend
3280 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1V, CA

Dragon Dynasty
2301 Brimley Rd, Scarborough, ON M1S 5B8, CA

Maple Yip Seafood Restaurant
4227 Sheppard Ave E, Toronto, ON M1S5H5, CA

Casa Imperial
4125 Steeles Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1W 3T4, CA

Konner Chinese Restaurant
3250 Midland Ave #126, Toronto, ON M1V 0C7, CA

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  1. I'll second Maple Yip. Haven't been to Szechuan Legend, but a couple of years ago stumbled on Lao Cheng Du and really enjoyed a few visits. I have no idea if it's still there or run by the same people, so it may require further investigation.

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    1. re: Wahooty

      That's so funny. I REMEMBER your review. I think that it's been replaced by a Mandarin restaurant by the name of Peng Fu Xuan Shi Guo Yu because they couldn't think of a longer name.

      This is an underutilized function of DineSafe. If you want to know if a restaurant still exists, plug their address into the DS search function.

      1. re: Googs

        How do you use Google Translate in Chinese restaurants, btw? Get the server to say the specials on the wall into your phone?

        I'm still waiting for the Chinese version of that app where you can take a pic...that will be a food game-changer.

        1. re: childofthestorm

          Google Goggles Translate. Haven't tried the Goggles aspect yet. I've translated a few menus with Google Translate on my laptop and it manages to give me enough info to know what I'd be ordering if not exactly a word-for-word relationship.

        2. re: Googs

          Can't say I'm surprised, but it's a bummer regardless. :(

      2. Hakka cuisine is often discussed on CH and both Federick and Lin Garden have been mentioned as the best in the GTA and both are in Scarborough. No personal opinion offered though as I've not eaten at either one.

        Lin Garden
        1806 Pharmacy Ave, Toronto, ON M1T1H6, CA

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        1. re: T Long

          The general impression I get is that both of them have gone downhill and are no longer worth the trip. For some reason, I've never cozied up to the notion of Hakka.

          1. re: Googs

            Lin Garden is not worth a visit except for cheap lunches, in my opinion.

        2. I like Ba shu ren jia much better than szechuan legend...

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          1. re: szw

            Does anyone else agree with szw? Is Ba Shu Ren Jia better than Szechuan Legend? No offence to szw, just looking for other opinions.

            Ba Shu Ren Jia
            4771 Steeles Ave E, Toronto, ON M1V, CA

            1. re: Googs

              Both Bashu and Szechuan Legend have fancier presentation. However, food and tastewise, I'll settle for ' The Old House ' in Glen Watford Drive!! 'Hole-in-the-wall' but very authentic and great wok-hay dishes! 90%+ patrons are Mandarin speaking = a great sign!!

              To die for' greaseless and crispy crepe pancakes! Even a simple stirred fry potatoes with onions and eggplants can turn out to be heavenly!!

              BTW, chef owner source his special chilis directly from China!.
              A caveat to potential patrons. Chinese only menu! But walls are plastered with photos of house specialty dishes

              1. re: Charles Yu

                I have no need of linens and candles, only great food. The Old House sounds like one of those mom and pop places you suggest.. Is it? If this menu is accurate, I can always take a print-out. I kinda like the idea of point and shoot dining though,

                1. re: Googs

                  Wow! They do have an English menu afterall!
                  Not Mom and Pop but more like Husband and wife!
                  Regarding your point and shoot! Stay away from the 4 chili signs! Its murder!!
                  Good luck!

                  1. re: Charles Yu

                    What do you recommend from the English menu Googs posted? Make it easy for us, Charles!

                    1. re: Charles Yu

                      I believe a walking tour of Glen Watford is in order.

                    2. re: Googs

                      It is the only place in town that offers authentic Beijing Style meat pancakes. We know the owners and keep hoping they will expand the place a bit since it gets full quite quickly.

                      Try the spicy pot for fish - even for those of us not keen on chili the fish fillet still tastes great (key thing is to remove the chilli as soon as possible and wash the meat in lukewarm tea - still tastes good despite all that).

                      1. re: Iron Buddha

                        Is this the pancake you eluded to? The one in the picture is the pork and leek version.

                        Their Beijing rather than Langzhou style Dan-Dan hand-pull noodles is kind of different as well. Sans soup and looks more like a bowl of meat ragu pasta! Very unique tasting, not too peanutty!

                        Lastly, the very simple sauteed potatoes with eggplant and peppers was deceptively delicious!

                        For my next trip, I'll round up more people and try out more dishes. Any recommendations?
                        However, I guess I'll pass on the 4 chillies fish hotpot. When I ate there last, the table next to me had that dish and the couple lost their voice half way through dinner after eating the dish!! Poor soul

                        1. re: Charles Yu

                          Charles, the 4 chilies fish hotpot is quite unique and even for a spice whimp like myself, it's totally addictive. The fish is very tender after sitting in that bowl of hot savoury oil. They give you a tiny ladle to scoop out the chilis if you like. The only better version I had was in Beijing at a restaurant called Spicy Mama.

                          I think that is the same pork pancake in your photo that Iron Buddha (aka, my wife) mentioned.

                          1. re: Royaljelly

                            Ha! Ha!! You must be joking!!!!! Iron Buddha is your wife??!!!! Cool!!
                            Anyways, time for another chowmeet with skylineR33...etc??!!

                      2. re: Charles Yu

                        I don't mind hole in the wall at all, its all about food to me. I've been to "old house" a couple times *years ago* and was not impressed. I wanted to like it, however the food just wasn't THAT good to me. I still much prefer the sichuan at Ba Shu. I will give it another more recent try though!

                  2. If Casa Imperial is on your list (i.e. Markham), then I'd include Xinjiang Restaurant at Metro Mall 3636 Steeles East (next to IBM) for some pretty good Uyghur Chinese Muslim food. Try their lamb skewers, very nicely seasoned.

                    If you crave more Muslim Chinese food, there's also Chinese Halal Restuarant at 668 Silver Star Blvd.

                    Yau Kee noodle house at 5651 Steeles E for pretty good noodles, dumplings, fish balls, etc.

                    We always go back to Yunnan Cross Bridge Rice Noodle restaurant at 19 Milliken Blvd (unit 3) for their very authentic cross bridge noodles. We also like their style of thinly fried breaded pork, and the kids always fight over their corn pancakes (slightly sweet).

                    Not really a restaurant, but Ho Ho BBQ at 3833 Midland for BBQ meats. My dentist also found a small gem at the corner of Finch and Birchmount (don't know their name though). They rely more natural meat flavours and less sauce, which I tend to prefer (some places add too much honey glaze on their cha siu aka John's).

                    BTW, has anyone tried The Royal Chinese after they moved to their new location at 3587 Sheppard E? We used to go to their old location quite often, but migrated over to Maple Yip and never went back. We tried to go once awhile back, but couldn't get a table and left with hungry kids.

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                    1. re: Royaljelly

                      Casa Imperial is in Scarborough....

                      Casa Imperial
                      4125 Steeles Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1W 3T4, CA

                      1. re: Royaljelly

                        Regarding your dentist's discovery... I'll take "Divine Wok" for a hundred, Alex.

                        1. re: Googs

                          My dentist is quite the foody guy too, so before he unleashes his wrath of pain on my mouth, I pick his brains on which food places he's tried lately.

                          I think I found that BBQ place's name, it's Jade BBQ house (northwest corner of finch and birchmount). I believe they do whole suckling pig too if you pre-order.

                          Jade BBQ House
                          2950 Birchmount Rd

                        2. re: Royaljelly

                          "If you crave more Muslim Chinese food, there's also Chinese Halal Restuarant at 668 Silver Star Blvd."

                          What would you recommend at this Halal resto RJ ?
                          I was very disappointed that all 3 dishes we ordered (chicken, lamb & vegs) were only seasoned with very hot chillies. There was no different taste from one to the next other than extreme heat.

                          Silver Star Restaurant
                          100A Lupin Dr, Whitby, ON L1N1X8, CA

                          1. re: knusprig

                            For Chinese Halal we usually go to the one in North York as it's closer to home, but supposed to be the same owners as the Scarborough location.

                            knusprig, If all 3 of your dishes tasted the same and overly spicy, then it's probably just bad luck that you ordered dishes w/ similar chili levels. We've had a few dishes that are pretty mild in spice level as well, like their lamb soup w/ noodles, Lamb or beef pancake, lamb wontons, even the lamb grilled skewers I don't find overly hot (and I'm a wimp in terms of heat). They also have 2 kinds of noodles that I like. One is a thicker white noodle that has a nice chewy consistency to it, goes nice w/ the fatty lamb and rich broth. Another is a cold clear wide noodle that's served w/ a spicy chilly oil sauce topped w/ some herbs.

                            There's some photos (not mine) here that might help you pick some dishes if you want to give them another try.


                          2. re: Royaljelly

                            Tried the Royal, still the same. Not too oily or salty, No MSG tasted. Now they are open for lunch as well.

                          3. I don't agree with Casa Imperial I just thought there food is very average but with very un-average prices. It's not they use very expensive ingredients either...

                            Do dumplings count as a category? I love Dumpling King's dumplings, really juicy, flavourful, and I think their wrappers have the best amount of thickness. But their non-dumpling foods are kinda hit and miss.

                            Casa Imperial
                            4125 Steeles Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1W 3T4, CA

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                            1. re: AngelSanctuary

                              Ingradient can be expensive at Casa Imperial, have you tried their $1000+ set menu for 10 people ?

                              1. re: skylineR33

                                Well I was only talking about their dim sum. But I'm not going to try after having tried their beef noodles, it was ridiculously bland and didn't really have that taste that things stir fried in a wok should taste.

                                1. re: AngelSanctuary

                                  If not at Casa Imperial, where is your vote for best dim sum in Scarborough?

                              2. re: AngelSanctuary

                                AngelSanctuary, do you like Dragon Dynasty?

                                Dragon Dynasty
                                2301 Brimley Rd, Scarborough, ON M1S 5B8, CA