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Asian seafood and/or vegetable soups in Toronto

prima Feb 4, 2013 10:22 AM

I realize Swatow's and House of Gourmet's shrimp dumpling noodle soups have been mentioned before. I'm a fan of the soups at Linda, and I like the seafood miso soup at JaBistro. I've also tried the seafood Hot & Sour at Dynasty. Have also tried one of the seafood tofu stews at Mot Na Son.

I'm not sure which Vietnamese places are best for soups that are more seafood or vegetable-focused, and would love some recs for Vietnamese places serving better seafood soups.

I've tried the Tom Yum at KSR, Sukhothai and Linda, and plan to try the soups at Mengrai and Golden Thai. Golden Thai seems to have the most options for both seafood and vegetable soups. http://www.goldenthai.ca/soup_%2526_s...

Open to recs for my tho, tom yum, tom kha, shrimp noodle, shrimp dumpling noodle, shrimp wonton, vegetable noodle, laksa, anything involving seafood or vegetables. Noodles optional. Open to spicy and non-spicy soups.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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    fickle RE: prima Feb 4, 2013 11:28 AM

    love the tom kha gai from Khmer Thai

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      prima RE: fickle Feb 4, 2013 11:39 AM

      thanks, fickle :) The Cambodiana soup looks interesting, too.

    2. Googs RE: prima Feb 4, 2013 11:39 AM

      Congee Queen's House Superbowl Congee is worth taking the afternoon off for.

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        prima RE: Googs Feb 4, 2013 11:40 AM

        Thanks for the link & rec, Googs. Still haven't made it to Congee Queen.

      2. Charles Yu RE: prima Feb 4, 2013 12:13 PM

        Judy's Cuisine, Honest Kitchen ( next to Maple Yip ) and O Mei all offer a version of ' Yellow fin Garoupa fish soup with Tofu, Bok Choi and Chinese Mushrooms '. Milky, dense and extremely tasty if done right/!
        O Mei's version is super-expensive since its part of a 'giant garoupa 3 ways' menu
        Judy's Cuisine is less expensive but again its part of a 2/3 ways menu.
        Honest Kitchen offers the soup and a stirred fry filet duo for about $28.

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          prima RE: Charles Yu Feb 4, 2013 12:19 PM

          Wow. Haven't tried this type of soup yet. Thanks, Charles!

        2. hal2010 RE: prima Feb 4, 2013 08:02 PM

          Hanoi 3 Seasons does a good soup with fried calamari in it. Not for the health conscious, though. Very salty as well as the deep fried seafood.

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            prima RE: hal2010 Feb 26, 2013 07:58 AM

            Good to know. Thanks.

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              Full tummy RE: hal2010 Feb 26, 2013 08:25 PM

              Actually, I LOVE Hanoi 3 Seasons' vegetarian pho - the one with the lemongrass broth. Very flavorful and with loads of fresh veggies!

            2. Charles Yu RE: prima Feb 4, 2013 08:26 PM

              Another great one is "Double boiled mixed seafood ( crab meat, prawns, scallops and calamari ) with Chinese mushrooms and lotus seeds in chicken broth encased inside a whole winter melon"!!
              Both Maple Yip ( cheaper ) and Yang's do a great rendition. However, need to pre-order!

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                aser RE: Charles Yu Feb 4, 2013 10:32 PM

                This soup is excellent, I highly suggest the OP to try this out. Perfect for winter time.

                My suggestion would be the nabeyaki udon at Ematei. Scallop, shrimp, mushrooms, egg in a dashi broth. Top 5 in my TO soup noodle rotation.

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                  prima RE: aser Feb 26, 2013 07:57 AM

                  Thanks, Charles & aser.

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                Sadistick RE: prima Feb 5, 2013 05:02 AM

                Though I have not tried it myself, some family members have recently mentioned how excellent Yang's seafood hot & sour soup is/was....

                It is on my list next time I am there.

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                  prima RE: Sadistick Feb 26, 2013 07:58 AM

                  Will keep that in mind for another visit. Thanks.

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                    1sweetpea RE: prima Feb 26, 2013 09:19 PM

                    Hanoi 3 Seasons' Cha Ca La Vong is pretty tasty, both as a dry bun and with soup. My husband really enjoys the vegetarian pho as well. Mimi doesn't wow me, but their shrimp dumpling soups are pleasant. Peach Garden (on Gerrard) has a substantial vegetarian menu. They're big on the mock meats, but they do some solid dishes with them. They also do a tasty Bun Rieu Cua (crab and tomato soup with bun noodles). It's pungent with that skanky fish paste, but kind of addictive once you get into it. There's place on College (I think) that's gotten some good press on these boards (sorry, the name is escaping me) that does a nice bun rieu cua. I believe Pho Dau Bo has it on weekends, but I've never been there on a weekend so haven't tried it.

                    I'm a fan of the various fish-based spicy soups (Maewoontang or Saengsun Chigae) at Korean places around town, such as Il Bun Ji, Seoul House and Sejong (not sure if it's still around). Il Bun Ji offers a few variations on its Korean menu, which you can request. You'll have to strong-arm your server into translating for you, but I've successfully ordered from this menu. The fish tend to be pretty bony, so buyer beware! The one that appears on the English menu is quite tasty, though salty. If you're into raw skate wing (not exactly sustainable) and noodles, you can readily find it on the menus of Korean restaurants in the spicy cold noodle section.

                    My parents used to hit Edo on Eglinton every so often for their udon noodle soup with tempura shrimp on the side (to avoid soggy tempura batter). I'm sure it's done well elsewhere too, but Edo does a good job and it's one of the few dishes on their menu that isn't grossly overpriced.

                    Don't laugh me out of the (chat) room, Prima, but Ben Thanh on Wellington in London does a rich and spicy chicken laksa. It's nowhere near authentic, but undeniably fiery, filling and tasty.

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