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Sep 5, 2012 12:19 PM

Swatow on Spadina - BEST dishes?

What are the best dishes at Swatow?

Thanks in advance


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  1. shrimp dumpling noodle soup, special fried noodles...more like a linguine type noodle than chow mein, pan fried pork dumplings....ask for them well-done with the sweet soya on the side.

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    1. re: robb

      Eggplant with shrimp(ask for it spicy).

      Pan fried dumplings

      General Tsao(sp?) chicken.

      Steamed oysters w/black bean

      BBQ pork noodle soup..

        1. re: robb

          +1 on the shrimp dumpling noodle soup. Flavour of the dumplings (shrimp and mushroom) and egg noodle are good although the soup could be better. The chilies in oil, soy sauce and vinegar pull it all together. It's in my lunch rotation.

          1. re: acd123

            Yes its true that the soup could be better - its too sweet. I much prefer House of Gourmet around the corner on Dundas.

            1. re: T Long

              Stirfried pea shoot with garlic, shrimp dumpling noodle

            2. Haven't been there in a few years but I prefer their beef internals noodle. Not many places give you the variety and quantity of organs. I find the wonton noodle good but pretty standard compared to other places.

              1. Definitely the shrimp dumplings - either as noodle soup or just shrimp dumpling soup (more dumplings).

                Beef stew noodle soup and four kinds of balls are also good soups. Agree that the broth is not the strong suit.

                In terms of the fried noodle dishes, we like special fried noodles, beef and black bean rice noodles, and the Singapore fried noodles particularly.

                Eggplant and shrimp, clams in black bean sauce - both a bit cornstarchy but very tasty.

                Scrambled egg with shrimp on rice - almost a comfort food for me.

                There's a bitter melon dish that's quite good - I can't remember if it is with oysters or something else.

                Agree about the fried dumplings. The fried stuffed tofu and the fried stuffed hot peppers are similarly good.