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Any Shanghai dim sum on Spadina?

grandgourmand Aug 26, 2012 10:02 AM

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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    childofthestorm RE: grandgourmand Aug 26, 2012 12:55 PM

    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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      grandgourmand RE: childofthestorm Aug 26, 2012 07:01 PM

      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?

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        Teep RE: grandgourmand Aug 26, 2012 08:40 PM

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

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          childofthestorm RE: grandgourmand Aug 27, 2012 04:03 AM

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

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            grandgourmand RE: childofthestorm Aug 27, 2012 04:40 AM

            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.

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              petek RE: grandgourmand Aug 27, 2012 05:29 AM

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

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                grandgourmand RE: petek Aug 27, 2012 06:39 AM

                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.

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                  petek RE: grandgourmand Aug 27, 2012 06:46 AM

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

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                Teep RE: grandgourmand Aug 27, 2012 11:22 AM

                "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.)

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                  petek RE: Teep Aug 27, 2012 11:41 AM

                  Thanks Teep!

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