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Some interesting, notable and delicious Chinese food this weekend!! - Yang's, Potato Noodle House, Fisherman's Lobster Clubhouse and Oriental Gourmet.

Charles Yu Dec 1, 2013 10:15 PM

This has been a crazy, crazy weekend!

Following a normal Saturday family dinner at Yang's. Events got out of hand, when 5 foodie friends got together today and things unexpectedly morphed from a simple planned dinner outing into 5 hours of continuous non-stop eating !!

At Yang's yesterday, I had a surprisingly delicious ' 6.5 lbs giant lobster, prepared 2 ways ' - Sauteed with Maggi sauce and Steamed egg custard with Tomale. Great value at $12.99 per pound!

Today, this was what I had between 4.30 pm to 9.30 pm:

- H K style Chicken Pie & Dark Chocolate cake at Cakeview Bakery.

- Curry Fish balls and Beef balls, 2nd level, Pacific Mall.

- Regular and Spicy Lamb Soup with 'Potato' noodles, Cold hand-cut noodles with peanut sauce, 2nd level, Pacific Mall

- Dinner #1 at Fisherman's Lobster Clubhouse.
Notable dishes include:
Double boiled Partridge, Pork and Frittilera Soup; Giant 6 pound lobster ' Gold Sand ' style ( Salted duck egg yolk coating ); Steamed live Green Bass, Sauteed pea shoots with King Mushrooms: complimentary black sesame soup dessert.

- Chocolate dessert and coffee at Cafe 1019, Midland/McNicoll

- Dinner #2 at Oriental Gourmet:
Notable dishes include:
Smoked 'Great grand father' free range chicken with shredded Jellied fish; Pan fried Xenontondon with premium top soya sauce: Chui Chow 'Double Yellow face' crispy noodles: Steamed Crystal buns

Whilst Yang's lobster was a huge success, the 'gimmicky Fisherman's version was a major ' expensive' flop! In the past, Fisherman's 'Gold Sand' style Dungeness crab had been absolutely delectable and a huge favorite amongst patrons. Anticipating this preparation will be equally successful on the larger lobster, our party unanimously voted for this cooking method despite the unexpectedly and horrendously expensive, $30 surcharge!! $30 for duck egg yolks! Wow!!
We would have gladly pay this premium if only the end result would provide us with a memorable 'wow-factor'! Unfortunately, the dish was a huge disappointment! The addition of excessive filler batter coating to the grind up duck egg yolk not only diluted the unique salty taste but also rendered the texture to a less than desirable 'chalky' form. Furthermore, due to the huge size of the chopped up lobster portions, the meat and batter was still uncooked in certain places! An experienced chef and less greedy management would have turned down our request for this unattainable method of preparation!! Guess the $30 surcharge was to much to pass!! Only commendable points were that the dish was surprisingly non-greasy and the lobster meat was fresh, chewy and sweet.

However, all is not lost since we had one of the most delicious Chinese soup served! The delicate taste and aroma of the soup, so full of umami essence was superb. The fish was also nicely executed! The flesh was perfectly cooked and the accompanying soya sauce nicely seasoned.

Apart from the stand-out soup from Fisherman, another true winner of the evening was undoubtedly the great tasting Free-range chicken of Oriental Gourmet. One of the best tasting, Chinese style chicken in the GTA IMO, this potential award winner has lovely smokey aroma, nice flavorful and chewy textured meat and delicious herbed sweet soya sauce marinade. Highly recommended! And at $25!! A true bargain!!

The other Oriental Gourmet dishes were also winners. The Xenentondon were nicely fried, yielding crispy exterior skin and moist juicy flesh. The crispy noodles were perfectly crunchy and addictively good when eaten with sugar and dark vinegar. Lastly, another unexpected surprise was the ultra-chewy Crystal buns. The ones filled with egg custard was particularly tasty. Full of delicate egg custardy taste and not overly sweet!

Way too full to go to bed, that is why I am posting at this late hour!!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    caitlink Dec 3, 2013 05:25 PM

    how did u like the lamb potatoe noodle at Pmall? it's now one of my daughter's favorites. Not much meat but the soup is good. Chewy noodles. that place does brisk and amazing business.
    Definitely taking some business away from Sun's Noodle. Both are good eats in that corner of the foodcourt.

    And i thought our family liked our "food". That's a lot of meals in one day. Always love your enthusiasm for food and sharing :-)

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    1. re: caitlink
      Charles Yu Dec 3, 2013 07:18 PM

      Hello Caitlink!
      ref: Potato Noodles - Exactly my thoughts and deduction! Personally, I found the product 'interesting' but the noodles TOO chewy for my liking. Bad for the digestive system since too easy to swallow whole without chewing!! Like you said, too little meat but love the soup, especially when nothing similar in the area. However, when compare to the 'Silk Road' version, its like comparing Big Mac with Burger Priest's burger! Silk Road Lamb soup[ noodle is such much more tasty and complex!!

      The BBQ lamb skewer place close by is doing a brisk business as well!! Have you tried?!

      About the amount of food consumed. Don't forget, I was not alone!! There were 4 other people with me with equally awesome appetite!! And 3 of them were LADIES!!! Ha!

      1. re: Charles Yu
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        caitlink Dec 4, 2013 05:03 PM

        I wanted to try Silk Road but after driving all the way out there found out they were closed for the day. Kids were very disappointed.
        Lamb skewer place doing brisk business for sure. We have tried. And then duplicated at home with minimal effort and cost. Lots of cumin and "spicy powder" involved.
        Good for the three ladies. I am going to have to bring my foodie teenage daughters to your next chowmeet.

        1. re: caitlink
          Charles Yu Dec 4, 2013 06:33 PM

          Looking forward to it!!

    2. Shmobo Dec 2, 2013 12:06 PM

      Good Time!

      BTW, I went for a pint of beer afterwards as a nightcap..

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      1. re: Shmobo
        Charles Yu Dec 2, 2013 04:07 PM

        Should have joined you! Couldn't sleep anyways! Ha!

      2. jlunar Dec 2, 2013 09:37 AM

        The soup and the chicken were my two favourites for sure. Great overall meal at Oriental Gourmet. Would consider taking my family there (and that's saying something...!!)

        Though not un-tasty, I was sorely disappointed at the execution on the duck yolk lobster - raw lobster bits and gummy filler-mixed yolk is not what I expect for the $30 premium. Perhaps sticking with the crab is the best way to go.

        1. Nevy Dec 2, 2013 08:57 AM

          I've never heard of Cafe 1019 before... what is the dessert like? Japanese inspired? Asian types only... or European influence? The chocolate looks quite lovely. Does it have pastry too?

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          1. re: Nevy
            Charles Yu Dec 2, 2013 09:11 AM

            Pretty new!
            A mix of 90% European influence desserts such as Crepes, Pana Cotta, Molten Lava Cake, Creme Brulee, Cheese cakes...etc vs 10% Orental. Chocolates are 70% cocoa using Lindt. Saw no pastries.

            1. re: Charles Yu
              Nevy Dec 2, 2013 09:17 AM

              Interesting... so it's truly a cafe and not just a take out bakery type. I'll have to add that onto my dessert trail in GTA East to try out.

            2. re: Nevy
              jlunar Dec 2, 2013 09:36 AM

              Hmnn... warning on the coffee. It's less exciting than I want it to be for a cafe.

              Lovely looking chocolates, however! Very nicely executed.

              1. re: jlunar
                Charles Yu Dec 2, 2013 04:06 PM

                After drinking that cup of iced coffee at 7.30 pm plus all those Chinese tea in between, did not manage to sleep till 4.35 am!!!!!! Never again caffaine after noon!!

                1. re: jlunar
                  Shmobo Dec 2, 2013 04:34 PM

                  In Scarborough it is exciting enough

                2. re: Nevy
                  Shmobo Dec 2, 2013 12:10 PM

                  The dessert place is call 0109 Dessert and Chocolate. Coffee is definitely not their strength.

                3. T Long Dec 2, 2013 07:37 AM

                  Charles: Your amazing appetite and capacity to consume is only matched by this impressive lineup of dishes.

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                    Vinnie Vidimangi Dec 2, 2013 08:22 AM

                    Charles must have used chopsticks. Whenever I use chopsticks I scarcely end up with enough food, let alone eat too much.

                    1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi
                      foodyDudey Dec 2, 2013 08:30 AM

                      I doubt Charles has any problem using chopsticks! That would not have slowed him down. I am not sure how he managed to eat all those dishes.

                      1. re: foodyDudey
                        Charles Yu Dec 2, 2013 08:49 AM

                        Surprisingly, for those meals, I almost used my hands as much as I did using chopsticks! Used hands on fishballs, lobsters and Xenontondon.....etc. Fisherman Clubhouse actually provides you with a whole box of help-yourself 'surgical gloves'!!

                        Thanks for all your concern! I'm more worried about my cholesterol level than my waist line, which had been a steady 35" for years!

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                          Vinnie Vidimangi Dec 2, 2013 03:48 PM

                          Way to go Charles! My kinda guy! Gourmandesely speaking of course.

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                    Sadistick Dec 2, 2013 06:38 AM

                    Wow Charles, hopefully for your sake your belt had an extra notch (or three!) to fall back on after all that food!

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