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The Best Chinese Restaurants in Mississauga

Posted by Guest Contributor / May 2, 2012

Chinese Restaurants MississaugaThe best Chinese restaurants in Mississauga reflect the cuisine's wide array of flavours and offerings from dim sum to fusion dishes. From something simple like the warm satisfaction of clay pot rice with steamed vegetables, to comfort food like roasted duck, food offerings in Mississauga give plenty of reason to head west of Toronto for Chinese eats.

Here are my picks for the best Chinese restaurants in Mississauga.

Writing by Kunal Gulati. Photos by Morris Lum

Emerald Chinese Restaurant

Emerald Chinese Restaurant

Located in the heart of Mississauga, Emerald Chinese offers excellent dumpling and spring roll combinations. As a bonus, the prices aren't too hard on the wallet, unless you're ordering from their extravagant set menus. You should prepare for line-ups out the door for dim sum brunch on weekends, and don't expect philosophical conversations from the efficient staff as they like to keep it short and sweet while carrying around delicious dim sum push carts. I recommend trying the giant crab. More »

Ming's Golden China

Ming's Golden China

Ming's Golden China is owned and operated by night owls. Seriously, it's one of the best places to eat in Mississauga after hours. Stumble into a brightly lit space, complete with chandeliers, that welcomes your (presumably) heavily inebriated self. Let your taste buds take over with their delicious crispy fried chicken and crispy beef. I would go as far as to dub this the late night Kentucky Fried Chinese Chicken. Enjoy dim sum on the weekends and feel free to order pitchers of tea as it's free. More »

Tremendous Chinese Restaurant

Tremendous Chinese Restaurant

What you'll find in spades are tentacles, tentacles, tentacles. Tremendous is well-known amongst Mississauga's gambling and party-rocking community, and for being a signature late-night spot where you will find everyone, from your best friend to your grandparents, sitting around a large table ordering plates of chicken balls, tentacles, and fried rice. The servers have matching pink vests that add to the whimsy of this place. Service is quick and priced for the drunken customer on the prowl for grease. Is it 4 a.m. already? More »

Sam Woo Restaurant

Sam Woo Restaurant

Sam Woo has its own Wikipedia Page, and with good reason. Some of the owners over at Tremendous Chinese Restaurant transferred over to this spot by Square One. The atmosphere is crisp and clean, and you should expect a full house along with quality food and service. Sadly, the pink vests did not migrate with Tremendous' staff. For an exceptional dish, try General Tao's chicken. More »

Axia Restaurant

Axia Restaurant

Pronounced 'axe-ia' and meant to stand in for 'Asia,' Axia lives up to its reputation as a fine dining option for fusion dishes that incorporate Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cuisines, along with a wide array of desserts. I would recommend the teriyaki-glazed sea bass or lemongrass pork chop. The only potential drawback of this upscale place is the price, but I pay it gladly. More »

Ming Room

Ming Room

Ming Room represents a unique Hakka experiment that reflects the cuisine's fusion of Indian and Chinese flavours. This is hands-down my favourite low-key spot, and is ideal for fine dining without the price to match. I recommend their ginger chicken and chicken sweet corn soup. Don't forget to grab their exceptionally delicious fortune cookies on your way out and visit their second location, which has recently popped up on Hurontario Street. More »

Summit Garden

Summit Garden

Located in the west end of the city, Summit Garden features live music and famous Chinese acts on the weekend. Seafood lovers take note that a wide array is present on Summit Garden's vast menu, although the spot is also highly recommended for dim sum enthusiasts who enjoy open spaces and push-cart dishes. Dim sum is available as late as 4 p.m. all week with XL costing a mere $6. Also, don't expect a quiet dining experience. More »

Noodle Wok

Noodle Wok

Put simply, Noodle Wok is among the cheapest, greasiest, and most delicious Chinese fast food joints while apparently also standing as one of the oldest spots tucked away in the Grant Park Plaza. Along with daily specials, most of their dishes come in at $5 and the portions will definitely yield leftovers, and best of all, you can watch the kitchen staff at work. More »

Chiu Chow Man

Chiu Chow Man

I recently checked out this gem conveniently located within the Chinese centre near Burnhamthorpe Road. I was treated to an open-door kitchen and a great little restaurant with incredibly generous portions. Apart from the cook working on my meal in his sleeveless gym tee, Chiu Chow Man is perfect for an early dinner through their wide array of set menus and daily specials. I had rice noodle chicken with satay sauce, and cantonese chow mein with beef and seafood which resulted in enough food to easily feed a family of four. More »

Lion City Restaurant

Lion City Restaurant

A melting pot of Chinese, Indonesian, Malaysian, Thai, and Singaporean cuisine, Lion City Restaurant is mere steps away from Chiu Chow Man. The design and vibe remind me of my Asian adventures. Go here for some incredible Char Kway Teow or the simple, yet delicious, chicken rice. If you're feeling adventurous, try their Laksa, which ranks among the best in Mississauga. More »

Discussion

43 Comments

Hakka Fan / May 2, 2012 at 09:31 am
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Yay, the Ming Room rules!
Mike / May 2, 2012 at 09:40 am
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Sam Woo is at Mavis & Eglinton, the position on the map seems to be wrong.
Confused / May 2, 2012 at 09:43 am
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I am confused I thought this website was blogto.com if I wanted to read about Mississauga, which I don't, I would go to another website.
Al replying to a comment from Confused / May 2, 2012 at 09:56 am
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TO could include the GTO. Maybe you should start a blog called blogonlycityoftorontopostamalgamation.com for people who are offended by seeing a posting referring to something outside of the city boundaries.
Tim replying to a comment from Mike / May 2, 2012 at 10:05 am
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Good catch. That has now been fixed. Thanks
simba390 replying to a comment from Confused / May 2, 2012 at 10:21 am
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Yeah, i think we should call BlogTO that name that AI invented. I wasn't offended, just CONFUSED too.
We already have people on here who say that Scarborough, Etobicoke, North York aren't represented here, and I think some strides have been made, but is BlogTO going to start posting things about Pickering, Ajax, etc?
I'd really reconsider reading it. And, yes, its a Toronto-centric thing. If you live and work in Toronto, BlogTo should help out in living and working here. If you don't, make your own blog.
Orek or Stek? replying to a comment from simba390 / May 2, 2012 at 10:38 am
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I live in Mississauga but work in Toronto and go to King West for bottle service and e at the Guv every Saturday so I appreciate you standing up for people like me.
Tim replying to a comment from simba390 / May 2, 2012 at 10:41 am
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There are no plans right now for us to start covering Ajax or Pickering. Having a few posts about Mississauga of the hundreds we write every month isn't really skewing the editorial direction of the site IMO. It's just trying to be a bit more inclusive. If it doesn't appeal to you, there's write-up of a bar on Dundas West and Dovercourt which sits just below it on the home page right now, so still plenty of Toronto coverage on the site. Keep in mind there are a lot of people who work or live in Toronto who also work or live in Mississauga so it's not really that crazy an idea for us to include a post like this.
Derek / May 2, 2012 at 11:12 am
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We'll admit that the map looks kind of funny, though.
Elizabeth / May 2, 2012 at 11:20 am
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Is Emerald not at Eglinton and Highway 10? (best dim sum in the GTA, in my opinion)
Mark replying to a comment from Confused / May 2, 2012 at 11:24 am
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Tremendous! the best food served on garbage bag table cloths!
Daniel / May 2, 2012 at 11:24 am
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I'm all for late night drunken eats, but calling Tremendous one of the best Chinese restaurants in Mississauga seems like a stretch.
Peter / May 2, 2012 at 11:30 am
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The best Chinese restaurant in Mississauga is Happy Jade Seafood at Dixie and Dundas, open to 4am EVERY day!
Terry / May 2, 2012 at 11:42 am
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@ Tim, are you suggesting BlogTO is being inclusive of other municipalities for the reason that some city residents may work in Mississauga ? or vice versa ? ... Shouldn't this logic then be consistent and include other areas outside of the city central... ? (Thank goodness BlogTO hasn't been consistent with this argument btw.)
Jamaal / May 2, 2012 at 11:48 am
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1. I'm glad to see coverage of good spots in the GTA. Unlike the loud few who live and stay south of bloor, there's a larger audience that live closer to the 905 municipalities and don't mind traveling the same distance in the opposite direction for reputable food. As with the Octagon steakhouse posted a few weeks ago, I'm all for these posts. Keep it up.

2. The restaurants on this list are more or less good but in the wrong order. There's no way Emerald Garden beats Sam Woo and Summit Garden, full stop.
Sunny / May 2, 2012 at 11:50 am
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The map is still off. 1 should be at Hurontario St & Eglinton Ave, 2 should be at Central Pkwy W & Confederation Pkwy.

I really don't think Trumendous should be #3. It's cheap and opens late, but that's about it. The food's pretty gross when sober. I agree that Happy Jade should be on the list and Lion City isn't Chinese at all. My favourite is Macey's, which should definitely be on there.
Slim Pickens / May 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm
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Emerald is OK, but nothing special. We often wait very long for basic dim sum dishes. Quality is slightly above average, but inferior to the norm in Markham.
insertheaderhere / May 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm
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You're missing one of the best: Macey's Restaurant near Mavis and Burnhamthorpe.
Biddy / May 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm
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Tremendous is on a best of list? Seriously? Sure, I've been there lots of times at 3am, but by including them you may as well be saying "don't go for Chinese food in Mississauga unless you have to".
dude / May 2, 2012 at 02:27 pm
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Maybe the author should have enlisted the help of chinese people that grew up eating chinese food in Mississauga...
I mean Tremendous????
Axia isn't even a chinese restaurant and it's number 5. I thought chinese restaurants served chinese food, not japanese and korean like the article states. If you were looking for filler there's more than just 10 chinese restaurants in Mississauga you could have chosen from.
Nelson / May 2, 2012 at 03:41 pm
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Thanks for the article, much appreciated. I think Summit Garden and Sam Woo should be ranked higher. Although I haven't tried them all, I would definitely include Macey's and Happy Jade in the top ten. I've reviewed both on my food blog: biteme.photoquickies.com
Taku / May 2, 2012 at 03:55 pm
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These lists are always subjective so there's always going to be differing opinions. Here's my two cents, for what it's worth:

I have to agree with some of the comments above. My favourite Chinese restaurant in Mississauga would be Macey's—their menu is more Hong Kong style which spans the gamut from traditional Chinese dishes to great casseroles to spaghetti to plain old toast. The best thing is, they are always consistent in their preparations. I know what I'm going to get when I go there, and it rarely ever disappoints.

Axia at #5? Please...

Sam Woo is famous for their BBQ pork dishes, and they do not disappoint. Where is that on this review?

I find the portions at Summit Garden a little too large for dim sum. Each dumpling is larger than the norm, and fills you up too much preventing you from ordering/enjoying other dishes.

One of my favourite dishes at Emerald is the steamed octopus (NOT in curry sauce). When it's fresh, it's delicious. I get two orders sometimes. My default dim sum place would be Emerald. But then again, I live nearby.

Where's Congee Dynasty (SE Burnhamthorpe & Erindale Station Rd.) in this list?! Surely it beats some of the others on here.
SAG / May 2, 2012 at 03:58 pm
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Isn't that a picture of Thai food?
Agatha / May 2, 2012 at 04:06 pm
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I love some of the comments on blogto... some people get offended by the most innocuous things on here. Fascinating how some people actually take the time out of their day to be negative and judge every small thing. Half empty glasses all around!
JB / May 2, 2012 at 04:07 pm
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I've lived in Mississauga most of my life, and I have to say that Tremendous should NOT be on this list!! lol. The only time I would ever eat there is if I was not sober!! lol.
Shawn replying to a comment from Derek / May 2, 2012 at 09:42 pm
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True, it is a bit funny to be on BlogTO, look at the map of Toronto and see nothing, zoom out once and still don't, and then only see the locations after zooming out again :D
Pointing out the irony in... / May 3, 2012 at 12:13 am
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In mine and agathas comments.

Plus, move/drive back to Saga. our glass needs emptying.
yt / May 3, 2012 at 11:40 am
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opinion: anything* you can't get to on the ttc has no place on blogto.

*i don't know if any/all these spots are ttc-accessible, but that's how i'd circumscribe things.
ha / May 3, 2012 at 11:53 pm
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Show this list to a friend and his comment was "I wouldn't take a shit in 6 out of the 10 restaurants let alone eat in them".

This is a seriously poor list. Little to no effort was put into researching places to eat.
Tim replying to a comment from Sunny / May 5, 2012 at 05:05 pm
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Thanks for the heads up about the map locations. This has now been fixed.
Jamie / May 7, 2012 at 01:58 am
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Wow this is the WORST LIST EVER.
Kim / May 14, 2012 at 01:03 pm
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Being in Mississauga for 22 years, the list seems like its the best from the 90's.

While I can agree with the number 1 pick, can't say much else for the rest, there are better selections out there like someone mentioned above - Congee Dynasty.
KC / May 16, 2012 at 12:23 pm
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Tremendous?? Noodle Wok?? Hell no..who ever came up with this list has no idea what good food is.
T / May 25, 2012 at 07:16 pm
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The world is coming to an end...

we got Tremendous and Golden China at #2 and #3
Lannister / June 3, 2012 at 12:22 am
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Bayview Gardens (in the same plaza as #9) should be on this list. It's packed even on weeknights with Chinese people so you know it's good. Take out the non-Chinese restaurants on this list.
Peter / June 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm
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this is list is ok, the top 10 chinese restaurants in suaga. When there is like maybe 15 Chinese restaurnts only in suaga. the list really should be top 5.

BUT, my vote goes to "The great WOK of China" in the central parkway mall.....not the biggest like Emerald or Sam Woo but for sure, good food!
Tong / July 5, 2012 at 03:15 pm
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This list is rather surprising. First, family favourite Ba Shu Ren Jia isn't here. Hands down the best, most authentic Szechuan cuisine in town.

Sam Woo is pretty mediocre.
Tong replying to a comment from Tong / July 5, 2012 at 03:18 pm
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I'm not talking about the one on Steeles, there is separate one in Mississauga.
Adam / September 4, 2012 at 03:34 am
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Your article sparked much interest at my office. All my colleagues were debating as I listened. I liked your article more than the big debate.

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Cosplay / September 26, 2012 at 09:57 pm
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Tremendous is on a best of list? Seriously? Sure, I've been there lots of times at 3am, but by including them you may as well be saying "don't go for Chinese food in Mississauga unless you have to".
Sunny / December 31, 2012 at 05:37 am
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lol Emerald #1, your list is automatically invalid
Reggie / February 9, 2013 at 02:28 pm
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Sorry, I cannot take this list seriously. Almost 100% of the restaurants listed would not make my Top 10.

The only one on this list I still enjoy is Noodle Wok.

Axis should not even be on here!

Chiu Chow Man - NO!

Where is Happy Jade Seafood Restaurant (the best dim sumand BBQ meats in Mississauga)? Where is Chi's Congee House?
Richard Maloney / March 29, 2014 at 04:54 pm
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I've tried Emerald Chinese, it is very good. Makes a good lunch/dinner pit stop, before/after a flight at Pearson.
R.M.

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