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Lee Chen Diner in Yorkville

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foodiction2 Dec 11, 2012 05:02 PM

Anyone been here?

Always thought it was westernized Chinese food, but recently heard good things about it. Still skeptical so I thought I would ask some fellow Chowhounds what they thought before spending any money.

It's nearby so if its good that'd be amazing.

  1. prima Dec 11, 2012 05:28 PM

    I haven't been yet, but the spicy beef noodle soup http://leechenbistro.com/noodlesoup.html , fried dumplings and soup dumplings http://leechenbistro.com/specialty.html have been recommended:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/853697#7401264
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/834434#7159497

    http://leechendiner.com/

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    1. re: prima
      prima Feb 8, 2013 10:12 AM

      Finally tried Lee Chen. Shared the soup dumplings, steamed veg dumplings, pan-fried shrimp dumplings, hot + sour noodle soup, and braised eggplant lunch special with a friend. Very generous portions. I will definitely return for the soup dumplings and fried dumplings again.

      Hot + sour noodle soup was very hot, not as sour as most, with less sweetness and more sodium than most I've tried, with a LOT of noodles. I wouldn't get both a noodle soup and dumplings next time, unless I planned to have ample leftovers to take home, or am sharing with 3 or 4 people. Too many noodles for me.

      Nice and close to Yonge + Bloor.

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        hungryabbey Feb 8, 2013 11:46 AM

        Great tip! I will definitely check it out! Thanks!

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          mkhall Feb 8, 2013 12:17 PM

          Comparable to Asian Legend in quality?

          1. re: mkhall
            prima Feb 8, 2013 07:54 PM

            I haven't been to Asian Legend since 2003, so I can't really compare. I liked Lee Chen's soup dumplings more than my last order at Chinese Traditional Buns, and thought they were equivalent to my last order at the midtown Joe's Shanghai in NYC. No star anise in these soup dumplings, which is fine with me, but might not work for people who want star anise in their soup dumplings.

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        eatravel Dec 11, 2012 06:43 PM

        I'm certainly not an expert, but I've gone a couple of times and really enjoyed it. The soup dumplings are delicious, and the pork bao (off menu) is much better than Momofuku's.

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          londonhk Jan 9, 2013 06:55 PM

          I think some of the menu items are westernized Chinese food while others are somewhat authentic (just for background, I'm a Hong Kong Chinese Canadian). I've only been once and had a hot and sour soup noodle (I was in a rush) and it was decent.

          1. happycamper Jan 10, 2013 10:09 AM

            It's fine for a quick lunch if you are in the neighbourhood. I have done take out lunch specials and have no complaints. Northern Chinese-inspired. I like their dim sum more than, say, Cha Lau. Though with Dynasty and Crown Princess in the neighbourhood, it wouldn't be my top choice for Chinese in the area.

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