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The Best Chinese Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / December 25, 2014

chinese restaurants torontoThe best Chinese restaurants in Toronto will always carry the term "arguably" with them, which in most cases will just end up in full-on bickering. In a city chock-full of excellent Chinese restaurants, not just in terms of quality but also in terms of variety, it is almost impossible to have a definitive list of what constitutes the "best". That's not going to stop us from trying though, so put your pitchforks (or pitch-chopsticks, har har) down, relax, and check out these must-visit restaurants.

Here are the best Chinese restaurants in Toronto.

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Best of Toronto

The Best Hakka Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / December 3, 2014

hakka restaurants torontoThe best Hakka restaurants in Toronto provide heaping amounts of hot and heavy dishes. For those unfamiliar, the name "Hakka" actually refers to an ethnic group within China spread all around the world but in Toronto, the term has been used almost exclusively (and somewhat erroneously) in reference to Chinese people who settled in India, blending Chinese ingredients with garam masala and other Indian herbs.

The cuisine may feel a bit coarse, the restaurants may look mostly underwhelming, and the overall presentation may be unimpressive, but for my money it's hard to beat Hakka when your stomach starts whining for delicious and satisfying comfort food.

Here are the best Hakka restaurants in Toronto.

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Eat & Drink

The top 10 General Tao chicken in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / October 31, 2014

general tao chicken torontoThe top General Tao chicken in Toronto still can't seem to agree on what it wants to be called. (General Tao? General Tso?) Whatever you call it, few will disagree that this dish of uncertain origin is a great panacea for those craving a tang of sweet and spicy (and often greasy) Chinese food. It may be unhealthy, inauthentic, and unappreciated by connoisseurs, but for my money, there's no dish that offers as awesome a pick-me-up as a plate of the General's chicken.

Here are my picks for the top 10 General Tao chicken in Toronto.

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Eat & Drink

The top 10 Cantonese chow mein in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / October 10, 2014

chow mein torontoThe top Cantonese chow mein in Toronto are all about perfect balance. This should come as no surprise, as a dish that features a smorgasbord of ingredients - deep-fried egg noodles, pea pods, broccoli, roast pork, and chicken slices, to start - covered in thick sauce should have just the right amount of each. It's the perfect comfort food as the temperature drops, and it's like getting a warm hug from your Chinese grandma (admit it, you've always wanted one).

Here are my picks for where to fill up on Cantonese chow mein in Toronto.

See also: 8 places to eat Cantonese Chinese food in the GTA

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Announcements

International bubble tea chain lands in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / August 17, 2014

gong cha tea torontoWith dozens of locations around the world, this chain of bubble tea cafes has finally come to rest in the GTA, with its first Canadian location now open in Markham's Metro Square. Your old favourites like taro milk tea are all here (only updated with fresh ingredients - no powders here), but there's also "moustache drinks" - the house specialty - and an infinite combo of toppings, flavours and add-ons.

Read my review of Gong Cha Tea in the cafes section.
Eat & Drink

The top 10 bakeries in Markham

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / June 13, 2014

markham bakeriesThe top bakeries in Markham are, surprisingly, rather multicultural. Shedding Markham's oft-quoted stereotype of being Chinatown North, these purveyors of lovely pastries (and other enemies of my thighs) reflect a wonderfully diverse cultural spectrum. You could ostensibly pick up Cantonese egg tarts, macarons, jalebis, CNE-style donuts, and a tiramisu cake in one large trip, and still never leave Markham. And the best part? They are all excellent.

Here are my picks for the top bakeries in Markham.

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