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Oct 21, 2011 07:32 AM

Hong Kong or Cantonese Stir-Fry or "Wok-Hay" Restaurants

Hello everyone,

I'd to ask for any recommendations or suggestions for restaurants serving stir-fry or wok-hay, in the true Hong Kong or Cantonese cuisine style.

For example, I used to go to Fantasy Eatery a very long time ago but because there have been some negative reviews of it, I haven't gone anymore. So now, unfortunately, I'm out of a good Cantonese wok-hay place to dine in!

I'd interested in any in North York, Richmond Hill, or Markham.

Thank you very much!

Fantasy Eatery
505 7 Hwy E, Richmond Hill, ON L3T7P6, CA

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  1. For starters, you could try Tan Chi Kee in Richmond Hill, Sun Star in North York and Maple Yip in Scarborough.

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    1. re: Royaljelly

      Hello 'Mr. Iron Buddha'!!
      FYI, Tan Chi Kee is no longer in business. Closed a couple of weeks ago!
      As a good alternative, both Judy's Cuisine and John's B-B-Q are still good and both offer tons of stirred fry dishes with great wok-hay effect.
      In addition, New Choice ( aka Yun Yun in Cantonese ) in the same plaza as John's B-B-Q is like a Fantasy Eatery clone and is more than acceptable.
      Another new find is Win's Seafood Restaurant at 16th Ave and Lockridge. Great wok-hay but a bit more expensive than your run of the mill places.
      Lastly, the dinner I had at the 'Emperor' featured a number of dishes including a great tasting ' Free range chicken sauteed and braised with whole chestnuts in hotpot' that has great wok-hay flavor!

      Fantasy Eatery
      505 7 Hwy E, Richmond Hill, ON L3T7P6, CA

      New Choice Restaurant
      324 7 Hwy, Thornhill, ON L4B1S1, CA

      1. re: Charles Yu

        Hi Charles, wow I didn't realize Tan Chi Kee closed up already. I think we were there not too long ago, must've went just before they closed. How quickly they fall.

        1. re: Royaljelly

          Heard from the lady owner that her chef husband and herself needed a break. Been there for sooo long!
          I would prefer restaurants closing than trying to remain open and serve lousy food even though their main chefs have left...etc!! eg., Scarborough Fantasy Eatery!

          Fantasy Eatery
          505 7 Hwy E, Richmond Hill, ON L3T7P6, CA

          1. re: Charles Yu

            Based on the positive reviews here, I was at TCK on one of their last weekends open. The food was indeed good, with obvious wok hay essence. I wonder tho, if the service was always like it was that Saturday -- there were only two servers and a busperson working that full room. It took a long time to get out of there.

            On a separate note, has anyone been to Ocean Seafood? In the same plaza as John's BBQ. Always looks busy.

            1. re: neighborguy

              Ocean Seafood is kind of a 'funny' outfit!! Lunch time they operate like a Hong Kong style cafe serving one meal dishes like baked casserole fried rice and/or spaghetti..etc. Been there a couple of times. Quality was OK, pretty similar to Richmond Court.
              At night, it transforms into a totally different identity, serving lobsters and crab at market pricing prepared in quite a few ways.Rest of the menu are pretty run of the mill fare. Overall prices are on the high side. Until I receive some decent feed back from reliable foodies, I don't think I'll be gambling with my money to try them out at dinner.

              Richmond Court Restaurant
              328 7 Hwy, Thornhill, ON L4B1A1, CA

              1. re: Charles Yu

                The breakfast/lunch at Ocean Seafood has lots of selections and might be the cheapest in R.H. when comparing with other Hong Kong style cafes.

    2. There's a place at Birchmount and Huntingwood in Scarborough that offers good "Wok Hay" food. I don't know the english name, but I think it's called Fortune House.

      Fortune House Restaurant
      2598 Birchmount Rd, Toronto, ON M1T2M5, CA

      1. Hello Charles Yu,

        Thank you very much for your response.

        I'm afraid that I've been to Judy's Cuisine and John's BBQ before, but they were a bit below my expectations. Their offerings and service were a bit ordinary. I've additionally been to Sun Star in North York. The food and vegetables did have that wok-hay flavour to them, but the problem is their limited menu choice. We really don't know what else to order there, aside from the Set Menus A, B, and C. It has always been the Fried Chicken, Stir-Fried Gai Lan or Choy Sum, or Diced Beef. Of course, they do have seafood including several kinds of fish, but they are very pricey.

        I haven't tried New Choice yet, but the reviews here aren't all that positive: http://www.restaurantica.com/on/richm...

        I also haven't been to Win's Seafood Restaurant, but again the reviews cast some doubt : http://www.yelp.ca/biz/wins-seafood-r....

        So would there be any other recommendations or suggestions for wok-hay restaurants in North York or Richmond Hill? Sadly, I'm not able to make it out to Scarborough.

        Thank you again!

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        1. re: scherz0

          Wow! Looks like you are setting the bar pretty high!!

          I visit Hong Kong almost every year and I found quality of some of Judy's Cuisine and John's B-B-Q's dishes equally as good ( if not better! ) than some of Hong Kong's good wok-hay places. May be you did not order the right dishes?

          BTW, Do you read Chinese?! Reason I ask is that there are tons of fine choices posted on the walls in Sun Star. Why order set menu and not a la carte?

          Lastly, my only other Richmond Hill option worth trying is an obscure ' hole in the wall' place called ' Day & Day Coffee' on 10, West Pearce Street, Unit 12-13 ( 1st light north of Hwy 7 on Leslie ). The very reasonable pricing ( including seafood options ) should fit your budget. However, ALL their house specialties and specials of the day are posted on the wall like Sun Star and in Chinese characters only!!!

          Personally, I don't trust reviews on Chinese food by your above captioned sites! Yelp is pretty good and accurate for western food down south. Chinese food???!!! Ummmm??? As for restaurantica.com...? That I don't know?! And I am skeptical about people posting reviews based on dishes like lemon chicken ( Cantonese? No way!! ), sweet and sour pork and Cantonese chow mien?!!! Those are caucasian favourite ' Mandarin Buffet' dishes!! Don't think its fair judging a ' Cantonese wok-hay' restaurant based on those??!!

          Day & Day Cafe
          10 West Pearce St, Richmond Hill, ON L4B1B6, CA

          1. re: Charles Yu

            Have to agree with Charles here, I've been to both Judy's and John's multiple times and has always been great. Most of the regular chinese food eaters on this board are in consensus that these spots are among the best. What did you not like about them?