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Aug 26, 2012 10:02 AM

Any Shanghai dim sum on Spadina?

Having some family in town next weekend and think Dim Sum will be on the agenda. Is there anywhere we can order shanghai dim sum that's good? Just want a change of pace from the Cantonese stuff.

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  1. Chinese Traditional Buns has some of what you're looking for, and the food is very good, but be forewarned it's a zero ambience hole in the wall. For a nicer vibe but food that has its share of detractors on this board, Asian Legend on Dundas.

    The best Shanghai stuff is up in Markham.

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    1. re: childofthestorm

      yeah, been to chinese traditional buns a few times. love it. but we might be a big group, like 20 and the place would not work.

      Can't do a trip to Markham unfortunately. Big group logistics. It's a bunch of out of towners for a wedding.

      might try asian legend. do they do dim sum?

      1. re: grandgourmand

        Yes Asian Legend has the usual shanghai dim sum items all day.

        1. re: grandgourmand

          They also have a party room that could probably fit your group.

          1. re: childofthestorm

            Thanks all...just looked at the dim sum menu. Looks pretty good. Have either of you tried it and if so, any comments? Haven't seen any reviews of their dim sum, but overall looks to be a decent place.

            1. re: grandgourmand

              Gotta ask....
              What's the difference between Shanghai and Cantonese dim sum?

              1. re: petek

                They have a few different items (e.g. soup dumplings, green onion pancakes) and different versions of the Cantonese staples like siu mai.

                I don't know much more than that. Just looking for a change of pace. If you go to the Asian Legend website, they have the dim sum menu posted, with pictures, so you can see what's on offer.

                1. re: grandgourmand

                  Cheers,looks good but now I'm starving! :)

              2. re: grandgourmand

                "Decent" is a good comment, of course they won't compare to the better places in Markham, but still enjoyable.

                There's also Lee Chan Bistro at Yonge just North of Bloor, which is surprisingly authentic given the area. They don't have as many items, prices are about the same BUT portions are quite a bit smaller. Tastewise they're OK too.

                As for the difference, Shanghai Dim Sum is predominantly pork and wheat flour based, and more robust and stronger flavoured than Cantonese style. You won't find delicate items like har gow (shrimp dumpling with rice flour wrapper.)