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best chinese in markham

jerry diakiw Nov 22, 2003 03:05 PM

I am new to markham and looking for good chinese food in markham. My favourite in Richmond Hill was Choice of the Orient on Yonge and Weldrick
but I don't know of any in Mrkham dispite there being hundreds of them
Please give name and location tried the thai/ ,malaysin form this list, called Coconut Island restaurant at 7 and keenedy cheap and excellent. thai red curry made fresh every day from 20 herbs the woman told me!

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    springhaze Oct 30, 2006 10:46 PM

    Does anyone know of a dim sum place where I can get a bitter melon sesame ball. I had this in Los Angeles. It is a green fried ball (bitter melon) with black sesame paste inside.

    1. superchick Oct 30, 2006 05:07 PM

      Devonshire Place on Steeles (ok, i think it's technically scarborough) is now a chinese restaurant. It was formerly a steakhouse and the decor hasn't changed.

      Went for dimsum this wkend, definitely some interesting, out of the ordinary choices (i.e. grouper& chive rice noodle roll, tempura squash and prince mushrooms). Not cheap ($110 for 5 ppl).

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        LikeTheWolf Oct 30, 2006 06:44 PM

        re: Devonshire Place...intersection or address please, phone number too if you have. thanks.

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          mmom Oct 30, 2006 07:27 PM

          Devonshire Place is now:
          Casa Imperial Fine Chinese Cuisine
          Address : 4125 Steeles Avenue East, Scarborough, ON M1W 3T4
          Telephone : 416-756-2788
          On Steeles, SE corner at Warden

      2. Charles Yu Oct 28, 2006 04:09 AM

        Totally agree with Chalenegirl! One should also try the 'limited edition' Free range soya chicken. Best in Toronto, hands down.

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          chalenegirl Oct 28, 2006 02:48 AM

          fantasy eatery
          yum!! cheap and open late. yum yum!
          it's always packed. they have this fried silk tofu with prince mushroom stirfry. so good and i've never had it anywhere else. the outside of the tofu is crispy and the inside is hot and soft. the flavors in all the dishs are amazing.
          way better than spadina garden or any of the places downtown

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            FoodNazi Oct 27, 2006 06:07 AM

            Has anyone tried that Din Tai Fung place?

            Its trying to capitalize on the name of a famous Taiwanese dim sum place, but its supposed to still be pretty good.

            Has anyone had experience with good HK or Taiwanese dim sum that can confirm or deny how good their Xiao Long Bao is?

            Its hairy crab season... mmm...

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              superchick Oct 27, 2006 02:47 PM

              It's good
              Their crab and pork dumplings are a farce, stick to the regular pork ones. They're probably the best in the city but i've definitely had better in asia

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                springhaze Oct 29, 2006 11:31 AM

                I've been there twice. Get the juicy pork dumplings. It seems the small ones are really popular. Also, watching what people order, mostly are the dumplings and the soup with dumplings.

                I've had their Shanghai noodles that were very good.

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                  Chester Eleganté Oct 31, 2006 09:21 PM

                  I find it has slipped somewhat but is still pretty good. Chive dumplings are also worth a try. I prefer going to Shanghai Xue Yuan nowadays instead for a change (moreso for their dishes).

                  Casa Imperial's dim sum is both high-quality and innovative. Go for dinner as well.

                  Fantasy Eatery...hell yeah! It gets crazy packed though.

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                DDD Oct 26, 2006 02:24 AM

                I agree about restauran malaysia, a few good dishes, but not that authentic. Coconut Island has a decent Roti Chanai from what I remember. We're in the west end now, but unfortunately they've closed our fave little malasian place on Roncessvales.

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                  ianizukawa Oct 26, 2006 12:01 AM

                  Restoran Malaysia foods caters only to Canadians. Most of my Malaysian friends dont go there. Not authentic.

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                    kwong Oct 27, 2006 07:50 PM

                    Well, where do they go instead? It's more authentic than most places I've been to in the GTA (but you are right that it's not authentic).

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                      Wil Nov 1, 2006 12:36 PM

                      That's funny, we took a Malaysian exchange student there and they loved it and thought it was good.

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                        kwong Nov 1, 2006 04:35 PM

                        Yeah, I took my aunts from Malaysia there. They said it was not entirely authentic, but the differences were VERY minor. They also said that despite the minor differences, the food tasted equally as good as the real thing in most cases.

                        Considering they've lived in Malaysia for about 40 years, I trust their judgment on this one. =)

                        Plus, having gone to Malaysia myself, I agree with their assessment.

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                      cwong5 Sep 29, 2006 02:20 AM

                      Chinese... Well that's a big category really. For Dim Sum, I recommend Spring Villa. (Woodbine and Denison) For dinner, you have tons of choices really. O Mei on Hwy 7 and Valleymede. (Go for the authentic Chinese) Ambassador seems to be People's Choice. I prefer a nice Richmond Court (Time Square and Chambers Gate.) for a more casual experience.
                      As for Malaysia/Thai, Try Restaurant Malaysia inside the plaza at the southeast corner of major Mackenzie and Bayview. The plaza made look old, it's brand new inside. (They have a really nice specialty milky tea. try it!)

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                        kwong Sep 29, 2006 06:48 PM

                        It's actually called Restoran Malaysia, not Restaurant Malaysia. Granted, Restoran is the malay word for Restaurant, but still. :)

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                          mellie Sep 30, 2006 12:08 AM

                          Was in the neighbourhood last week and Restoran looked like it wasn't opened. Is it gone or just undergoing renos? Pity.. the other Malaysian place Satay Ria at Pacific Mall is gone too. There's only Coconut Island left.

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                            LikeTheWolf Sep 30, 2006 12:40 AM

                            with regards to Restoran Malaysia, they were undergoing renovations.

                            The renovations are now complete and it is very trendy looking inside (dark woods, sculptures, indirect lighting, etc)

                            Toward the later stages of the renovations they were open but it was not obvious from the outside.

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                        Tout Garni Sep 28, 2006 01:15 PM

                        I second Magic Wok. The name is sort of misleading; it sounds like it belongs in a food court. But the food is outstanding.

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                          Apple Sep 29, 2006 01:43 AM

                          tell me more about Magic Wok - thinking about going there tomorrow night... what are the prices like - what is the best thing to order?

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                          Otonabee Nov 26, 2003 11:13 AM

                          When I am in the area I always love to go to Sam Woo BBQ just south of Warden & Steeles in the Bamburgh Circle plaza. I used to live across the street, but now I have moved quite a ways away so unfortuantely it is now a bit of a hike.

                          Excellent food. Admittedly sometime the service is a little off - but the quality of the food is really consistant. Their lemon chicken is the best that I have ever found!

                          There is also a seafood spot (also a Sam Woo) in the same plaza but admittedly I have never been. It is my understanding that it is quite good as well.

                          Let us know what you find!

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                            Goober Nov 26, 2003 02:38 PM

                            The service can be especially bad sometimes. I think they know they have good BBQ and are popular....so if they lose 1 customer or 2.....who cares???!??

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                            Frances in Toronto Nov 25, 2003 09:51 AM

                            One of my favourite places to go at Warden & Hwy 7 (in First Markham Place) is "Ding Tai Fung", which is a shanghai style restaurant (rather than cantonese or hong kong style).

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                            1. re: Frances in Toronto
                              oracle347 Oct 29, 2006 11:36 AM

                              I second Ding Tai Fun. I have a little Shanghainese Blood in me and I have to say their Soup filled wontons are as Close to what I can find in Hong Kong as it gets....

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                              Aser Nov 23, 2003 03:31 AM

                              best to me would be Magic Wok on 4331 14th ave (14th and Kennedy). They're only open for dinner hours and a reservation is recommended. Even then you still have to wait, but it's definitely worth it.

                              (905) 305-6088

                              Ambassador and Bayview Garden in Richmond Hill are good too, but that's not exactly in Markham.

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                                Goober Nov 22, 2003 09:47 PM

                                Kenny Noodle (technically, Scarborough).....in plaza south of Steeles Ave., 2 lights east of Kennedy Rd.
                                Make a right at the 2nd light, then a right at the 1st plaza entrance. Kenny Noodle's right there at the corner.

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