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has anyone else dined @ "on the rocks"? its a chinese rest. on the corner of front and sherbourne. serves mostly cantonese & szechuan style food. i have tried a few items on the menu my favorite being the hunan hot beef ( a delicious sauce). most of the rest of the menu is fairly standard issue stuff with a couple of exceptions: beef orange delight (beef w/orange peels &dry pepper in a spicy orange sauce) is good. ive had 3 hits and one miss with that particular dish...but i really enjoy it. the phoenix w/ crystal folds was ok but it seems as though i wasnt getting some menu item as spicy as the menu let on. they have a variety of szechuan seafood item but i have not been in the mmood for seafood the times i have gone there.

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  1. 2 words: YPT Soup.

    Is that 2 words?

    Nice Egg noodles, with a tasty (if a bit salty) chicken broth, tons of veggies, dumplings and your choice of beef pork chicken or shrimp. All for $5.95. A buck or so extra for shrimp.

    Get it to go on a cold rainy day. Or stay in if you like.

    The rest of the On the Rocks menu, I find OK. But unless you're daring enough to visit Tom's Lunch on Sherbourne it's slim pickings for chinese in the area.

    Oh, other than the place in the basement of the St. Laurence Market - only a slight improvement on food court chinese - though they have steamed buns on the weekend.

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    1. re: Yermum

      tried the ypt soup. it is a little salty but definatley the best thing going there.
      i have tried the chinese shop at the market but find it very boring.
      i usually just grab souvlaki and lemon roast potatoes from yiannis kitchen if i do go to the market.
      it is too bad there arent any better chinese spots in the area.

      1. re: ndo.

        YPT soup is great. However, the trick is to ask for it without wontons. They taste like fucking cardboard, no joke. A friend at work said to me, "watch out, the wontons taste like cardboard," and he wasn't kidding.
        For those wondering what YPT means, it comes from the nearby "young peoples' theatre," although I don't think it's actually called that. The soup was named YPT because it's a favourite among the theatre crowd.

      2. re: Yermum

        tried the ypt soup. it is a little salty but definatley the best thing going there.
        i have tried the chinese shop at the market but find it very boring.
        i usually just grab souvlaki and lemon roast potatoes from yiannis kitchen if i do go to the market.
        it is too bad there arent any better chinese spots in the area.