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Asian Legend

Posted by Susan Hu / Reviewed on July 22, 2008 / review policy

Asian Legend beef noodlesAsian Legend has a large menu of banquet dishes and every time I go I think about trying a new dish - but never do. I always get the usual suspects because not only are they not easy to find foods, they are just so superbly done.

Asian Legend steamed pork dumplingsFirst up on the list is always the steamed soup filled juicy pork dumpings ($5.50), or to mix things up, the steamed soup filled juicy pork and shrimp dumplings ($6.50). Best is to have them as soon as they come, piping hot in bamboo steamer.

I'm always very careful to pick one up gently with chopsticks and immediately place it on a spoon. Sometimes I take the trouble to pry a little opening from the seam to dribble in a bit of ginger-laced vinegar. Then I gobble it up in one bite with fingers crossed that the juice both doesn't explode everywhere and that it doesn't burn my mouth.

Less dangerous are the steamed vegetarian dumplings ($5.50). The only thing that might burst out is the filling - a to the brim mix of sesame oil slicked minced spinach, shitake, tofu, and rice noodle vermicelli.

Soy bean soup ($2.95) usually arrives first though, probably because it takes 2 minutes to make. Soy milk is heated and flavoured with turnip pickles, dry shrimps, hot chili oil, sliced scallion and bits of deep-fried dough. A dash of vinegar and soy sauce kicks it up.

Asian Legend fried dough stick and sesame biscuitThe fried dough stick ($1.95) can be requested wrapped in a flaky sesame biscuit ($1.95). When served with sweet soy milk it becomes a traditional breakfast treat. The wrap-like rolled onion pancake with sliced beef ($4.95) is perfect as a light meal any time of the day and also works well as a shared appetizer.

Asian Legend onion pancake sliced beef rollChunky beef noodles ($7.50) is one of my favourites - one of the first things I wanted when I went back to eating meat. Thick chewy noodles soak up rich, dark, soy-sauce braised, beefy broth. It goes well with condiments like dried mustard greens and hot sauce.

Asian Legend spicy peanut sauce noodlesDan dan noodles in spicy peanut sauce ($5.50) looks deceptively small, but the springy egg noodles bathed in thick, creamy sauce match spaghetti carbonara in heaviness.

For more Asian Legend goodness, check out the menu on their web site.

Discussion

11 Comments

jack / July 22, 2008 at 02:22 pm
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should try their stirred fry egg white(mixed with crab, fish) in ginger and vinegar.. and for dessert fried pancake stuffed with red bean paste
jack / July 22, 2008 at 02:26 pm
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one more.. probably most people would not know to order is the fish fillet in wine essence.. it is amazing!
ayl / July 23, 2008 at 06:34 am
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The onion pancake with beef is heavenly. It's a staple I always eat when I am back in Taiwan.
F.Williams / June 9, 2013 at 03:58 pm
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While the food is good and the portions are plenty, I will not return to this restaurant that is managed and serviced by Chinese. They do not understand anything about good manners and good customer service. The staff (all Chinese) were rude. They (staff) yelled at another customer and spoke to us in an unpleasant tone. I also disliked it when they spoke Mandarin to one another right in front of us.
WHAT IS THE F**** CONSPIRACY?

WHY ARE THE CHINESE PEOPLE in CHINATOWN so RUDE???

F-F.Williams replying to a comment from F.Williams / August 21, 2013 at 10:36 pm
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WHY ARE IGNORANT PEOPLE SO RUDE?

If you want English-speaking white waiters sucking up to you and helping you pretend that you're hot sh*t, you should be willing to spend the big bucks at an expensive restaurant. Complaining that waiters at Chinese restaurants don't act like waiters at French is as stupid as complaining that apples aren't as orange-flavoured as oranged.

Why are you being a whiny, cheap d*ck? What do you expect from hard-working immigrants who work 12 hours a day at $2-3 dollars per hour and are struggling with English as a SECOND language?

I'll bet that you only speak English. Your xenophobic, suspicious attitude is really pathetic. Get out of Toronto. You're dragging down a great, world-class city. Stay in Whitby or Leamington, you hick.

F-F.Williams replying to a comment from F-F.Williams / August 21, 2013 at 10:43 pm
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edits:

1. @F.Williams
2. oranges
3. When you, F. Williams, go to Chinatown, why the f*ck are speaking English with your escort in front of Chinese speakers?
To quote a piece of dung: "WHAT IS THE F**** CONSPIRACY?"

You really are a lump of sh*t, F. Williams. Oh, and you should NEVER talk about manners to anyone.
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Alex / December 9, 2013 at 02:07 pm
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Telling a racist to go back to Whitby or Leamington is just as terrible! I'm fairly certain there are open minded people in both towns.

Generalizing that ALL Chinese people are a certain way is disgusting. Was the service terrible? Was the food good? Who cares what nationality the servers were!? F.Williams, I don't care where you come from you're rude, a racist and you cant write a review of a restaurant to save your life.

The service isn't great, its a fact. I never go here for the service I go for the soup dumplings! They are AMAZING! They always come out very quickly and they are consistent every time. If you are a racist towards Chinese people OR if you're looking for 4 star service, do not go here. If you want fast, delicious and unpretentious dumplings (and green onion pancake with beef) try Asian Legend!
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