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Another one bite the dust - 'Jun Jun' aka 'Chicken & Noodle' no more!!

Charles Yu Apr 8, 2012 09:17 PM

The already scant ' won-ton noodle ' scene in our supposedly great North America's best Chinese food mecca has suffered another major blow!

First, Big Joy in Richmond Hill, then V2, in Markham and now 'Jun Jun - Chicken Noodle' on Sheppard and Glen Watford in Scarborough have all closed down!! Looks like the closest place to get a decent bowl of authentic Hong Kong style Won-Ton noodle is now in Vancouver!!

Those existing outfits that serve jumbo golf ball size won-ton morsels with pathetically bland broth do not count in my book!! (Won Ton Hut on Warden and Hwy#7 with its great broth and noodle might be the only exception even though the distorted size of the won-ton morsel is still too big for my liking )

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    1. T Long Apr 9, 2012 08:44 AM

      Emotions aside, is this not just a case of the market finding it's natural level? I too prefer less bulk in my wontons and have noticed most places go for the "golf ball". The HK expatriate community is huge in Toronto and Chinese businessmen are among the most shrewd. Surely if there was money to be made from a line of HK authentic, I have to believe it would happen. That it apparently is not says to me that we should just embrace the Toronto authentic style. So who makes the best?

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      1. re: T Long
        Charles Yu Apr 9, 2012 04:21 PM

        I was talking to the chef/owner of Won Ton Hut the other day and his comment was that people simply prefer quantity over quality nowadays! Guess the only exception is Mak's in Richmond, BC. They are constantly packed serving noodles with traditional 'quarter' size morsels!
        Who makes the best in TO?? The answer is simple!! NO ONE!!!

        1. re: Charles Yu
          T Long Apr 9, 2012 06:30 PM

          Too bad...guess I'll just have to keep trying places out. Actually I find myself ordering the water dumpling (sui gow) and noodles over wonton and noodles lately if given the choice.

      2. sweetie Apr 9, 2012 08:55 AM

        I am sorry to hear this news. I liked Jun Jun for more then just the wonton.

        1. aser Apr 9, 2012 09:40 AM

          Damn, that sucks. I still miss Big Joy a lot.

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            Wil Apr 9, 2012 09:44 AM

            I miss Big Joy too, that place was the best

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              jennjen18 Apr 9, 2012 06:30 PM

              Big Joy not only had good noods -- their congee was BEST!!!

              1. re: jennjen18
                Charles Yu Apr 9, 2012 07:08 PM

                Yup!! Especially the pig's liver one!!

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            plug Apr 9, 2012 06:28 PM

            I think they would've stayed afloat if the "one drop aroma" scandals didn't occur......I know at least 10 patrons who had stopped going to the restaurant completely since the news was released.

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              LexiFirefly Aug 28, 2013 09:44 AM

              Sorry super late to this but, what was the one drop aroma scandal. I've been trying Google and coming up nadda.

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                plug Aug 28, 2013 09:50 AM

                http://english.people.com.cn/90001/90...

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                  LexiFirefly Aug 28, 2013 09:51 AM

                  Thank you!

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                    smfan Aug 28, 2013 11:29 AM

                    Did Jun Jun use the one drop aroma?
                    What about the new restaurant at the same location?

              2. haggisdragon Apr 9, 2012 06:46 PM

                I think I'll start up a wonton shop.

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                1. re: haggisdragon
                  Charles Yu Apr 9, 2012 07:17 PM

                  Authentic traditional one or another giant golf ball one?? The latter version, I know at least 6 outfits, all offering mediocre products! So hope yours is the real McCoy!! Ha!!!

                  1. re: Charles Yu
                    haggisdragon Apr 9, 2012 07:28 PM

                    You will be my chief consultant/taster Charles.

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                  smfan Aug 28, 2013 07:02 AM

                  I tried the South Sea at the same location for Bitter melon with beef and liked it. But the place was empty at lunch when I went. While the food court and the HK style cafe at the Dragon Center were quite busy. Why?? Still affected by the "one drop aroma" scandal??

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                    smfan Aug 29, 2013 05:16 PM

                    I meant Dynasty Centre.

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