Looking for a good dumpling house
- cardamom Oct 28, 2003 11:13 PM
I love dumplings, either Japanese or Chinese gyoza. Is there a decent, affordable dumpling place in Toronto? Thanks.
There is a good chinese dumpling place called Dumpling King on Midland just north of Finch. Apart from dumplings, it also has different kinds of food from northern part of China and I particularly like the beef pancake. However, it doesnt have English menu, not sure if you could read chinese.
Try the Dumpling House on Spadina north of Dundas. They make fried and steamed dumplings with a variety of meat and vegetarian fillings. The process happens at the front of the restaurant, so you can admire the amazing speed of the chef. The restaurant is extremely busy so the food is very fresh.
My favourite place is still Ding Tai Fung although its further north (Hwy. 7 and Warden).
There's also a good place inside a food court at Midland and Silver Star (plaza next to No Frills). They make their own wrappers!
There is a nice dumpling house at Steeles and Warden in the Metro Square plaza. All kinds of dumplings. I think it is named the same as the one on Spadina north of Dundas (don't know if they're related but I liked the Spadina one better) - but if you're in the north part of town, and don't want to go downtown, this one is good.
Sushi Place (Queen West, south side between Spadina and John) has a dinner order-buffet Sunday-Thursday for 18.99 which includes quality sushi/sashimi and stuff from the kitchen. Included in the stuff from the kitchen is gyoza, as they would make it in Japan. It's pretty good, and if you don't want to shell out for the buffet, you can just order it from the menu as an appetizer.
2) Chinese Traditional Buns
This small restaurant is located on the North Side of Dundas West, just west of Spadina. It is actually below ground, so look carefully. The prices are very reasonable, and they have Xiaolongbao (soup buns) as well as many many other kinds of buns and dumplings. The prices are dead cheap!
The best dumpling house I have ever been to, for Shanghai (Chinese) style is definitely Ding Tai Fung, which is located in First Markham Place. It is very affordable. The dumplings are made fresh on the premises, and they even have a separate kitchen that makes the fresh dumplings and other items.
3235 Highway 7 in Markham (listed on Canada411.com)
Order the "Steamed Dumplings (pork)" (in Chinese is it called little dragon buns). or "sew loong bow". you will not be sorry. also good are the pan-fried "woh teep" dumplings which are similar to Japanese gyoza but instead are entirely pork filled.
you will not be sorry you went here! also try the hot and sour soup (which is pretty good, not the best i've ever had though in terms of authentic Shanghai cuisine), and also the onion "pancakes" (more like a green onion panfried flat bread).