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The Best Hakka Restaurants in Toronto

Posted by Maria Cortellucci / January 27, 2010

Hakka Restaurants TorontoThe best Hakka restaurants in Toronto may not be the best looking restaurants in the city, but what they lack in decor, they make up for in flavour. Each restaurant is basically a sparsely decorated room with a smiling fat Buddha statue in the entrance, a lucky kitty next to the cash register, and kitschy posters of mainland China decorating the walls.

But this no-frills approach to decor isn't a big deal. Because you don't go to these restaurants to look at what's hanging on the walls. You go to eat. And eat, you will. Generous, heaping portions of delicious Indian Chinese fusion will satisfy even the pickiest of palates and keep you full for days.

Before we go any further, let's figure out what hakka is exactly. The answer will change, depending on who you ask. The name lends itself to the cooking style of the Hakka people, a nomadic group originally from southeastern China. As the Hakka people moved around, so did their food.

Although there is some discrepancy as to what real Hakka food actually is, Hakka cuisine in Toronto seems to have particularly strong ties to the expat communities in Calcutta or the Carribean. The best of both cuisines merge in Toronto. Think traditional Chinese food preparation with spicy Indian flavours, and you'll get the gist.

The majority of Hakka-style restaurants congregate just northeast of the city, in Scarborough, and are often billed as Indian-Chinese.

Pack lightly on your travels. You'll end up leaving with bags of delicious leftovers. Here are the 12 best Hakka restaurants in Toronto according to me.

Federick Restaurant

Federick Restaurant

Thought of as the original hakka restaurant in T.O., Federick has set the bar amongst hakka-lovers over the past 20 years. The hard-to-find place is tiny and carefully disguised amidst brick office buildings, but still always packed with a loyal clientele. Parking is a bit of a feat, but make the effort! The crab corn soup and chicken pakoras are worth it. More »

Lin Garden

Lin Garden

Consensus online seems to say Lin Garden is one of the better, if not best, hakka-style spots out there. The tasty, colourful menu, with specialties like oh-so-doughy shrimp pakoras and Manchurian Beef fried noodles, only backs that claim. FYI, if you can't stand adult contemporary, then I recommend take-out--Celine Dion, Bryan Adams and Don Henley are on heavy rotation at this restaurant. More »

Tangerine Asian Cuisine

Tangerine Asian Cuisine

Fans of the constantly crowded Tangerine Asian Cuisine can breathe a sigh of relief - a new, bigger location has recently opened up on Ellesmere Road. The food is tasty and the prices are decent, considering the gigantic portion sizes. Try the chili chicken - a perfect combo of spice, with a higher then average chicken to batter ratio. More »

Danforth Dragon

Danforth Dragon

With its quirky tropical decor, this Danforth spot creates the impression of an oasis for Hakka food-seekers. A couple years ago, the friendly owners revamped their menu to focus on Hakka-style dishes, like the popular Manchurian Chicken, served with coriander, chilis and a whole lot of cayenne pepper. Kick things up a notch and ask for the in-house chilli sauce. When you can't take the heat, you'll be grateful for the Kingfisher beer on the menu. More »

Kim Kim

Kim Kim

Chinese stir fry and cooking techniques are blended impeccably with Indian spices and masalas at this cozy restaurant. Kim Kim's menu is peppered with heavily flavoured choices, from aromatic hakka noodles to tasty butterfly prawns, plus a large vegetarian selection with favourites like stuffed eggplant served in a tasty hunan sauce. More »

Chung Moi

Chung Moi

You can't miss the red and white sign advertising Chung Moi at the corner of Eglinton and Kennedy. The family-owned restaurant is one room, and always busy, thanks to the unique dishes on offer. The Hot and Sour soup, made to order in small batches with shrimp, egg, grated carrots and cilantro, is a secret recipe from the owner's grandfather. Manchurian Friend Noodles and Chili Chicken are also delicious menu items. More »

Wok With Yu

Wok With Yu

Owners Peter and Sandra, born and raised in Karachi, speak fluent Hindi and Urdu and have a sense of humour that makes eating here a treat. A bigger spot then the others on this list, Wok With Yu's size doesn't make its food any less delicious. The authentic menu offers a yummy mix of Chinese food with a slight Indian flare, and Halal food to boot. Non-meat eating patrons will love the extensive veggie menu, including a tasty vegetable hakka chow mein and manchuriuan tofu. Plus its name is Wok With Yu. That is funny. More »



Do not leave Lucky's without trying the chili chicken. Blending delicious Indian spices with deep fried diced chicken, the dish is both fiery and filling--a Hakka must. Dining alone? Multiple television sets often play bright and colourful Bollywood musicals to keep you company while you eat. Bonus points for outstanding fish pakoras. More »

China Cottage

China Cottage

Take a date to China Cottage--the ambience of this restaurant makes it more sophisticated and less well-worn then its Hakka counterparts. Plus, it's hard to resist such popular dishes as the spicy chili chicken and cottage special pepper chicken. You might want to avoid the fried chicken wings, though. They're doused in a delicious garlic sauce (read - bad news bears for your goodnight kiss.) More »

China Garden

China Garden

Lit by lucky green jade lanterns, this second-floor hideaway is a Hakka haven in the Annex. China Garden offers cheap but generous servings of noodle bowls, rice dishes and sizzling hot plates, plus a variety of hakka-style curry dishes (a highlight - the Fung Mei Mein). Follow the red rug to the main counter to place your order, then have a seat and prepare your tastebuds. More »

Spadina Garden Restaurant

Spadina Garden Restaurant

Just west of Bay on Dundas, Spadina Garden is a hot spot for workers in the area hungering for Hakka. The fully licensed restaurant is packed during lunchtime with regulars, and for just cause; its house specialties are both affordable, delicious and efficiently served. Try the hot and spicy peanut chicken or the wontons with hot peanut sauce. Allergic to peanuts? No worries. With over 200 dishes on the menu, choice abounds. More »

Spicy Dragon

Spicy Dragon

At $4.75 a pop, the lunch specials at Spicy Dragon pack the joint with deal-hungry foodies. Although not much on the eyes, the sparsely decorated restaurant offers yummy Hakka, Cantonese and Szechuan style food at super cheap prices. Other than affordable lunch specials, their chicken pakoras, green beans and spicy salt & pepper shrimp have made many a loyal customer. More »



Brad J. / January 27, 2010 at 10:02 am
Too bad there's only one visitable spot on the list (#11) - rest too far.
Xavier / January 27, 2010 at 10:06 am
What? There are restaurants in the city north of Eglington?
Who knew?
Paul / January 27, 2010 at 10:14 am
I love China Cottage. Definitely deserves higher than 9th. Pay attention to what you order, Hakka can be REAALLLLY spicy.
jack / January 27, 2010 at 10:32 am
interesting... none of these looks like the hakka food i know of.. such as salt baked chicken, fat pork slices cooked with preserved veggie
Robyn / January 27, 2010 at 10:34 am
Federick, not Frederick.
The one thing I really I miss about living in Scarborough is the awesome ehtnic food.
M-PC / January 27, 2010 at 10:40 am
awesome list! I love hakka food, and now I know I don't have to wait for my parents to pick some up from Federick's—I can just go to Bay and Dundas. CooL!
jack / January 27, 2010 at 10:45 am
LOL @ all the lemon chicken dishes on these restaurants' menu... yep, Hakka people certainly have those a lot..
HakkaHussy / January 27, 2010 at 10:48 am
Seriously... it's not Frederick, it's FEDERICKS! ... which makes the food even more awesommer.
Chester Pape / January 27, 2010 at 10:49 am
I would go further than the article, the Hakka food found in modern day china referenced by jack is not to be found anywhere in the GTA. Hakka in Toronto is entirely derived from the cuisine of the large ethnic Chinese (both Hakka and Han) community in Kolkata.

It should also be made clear that Spadina Garden has some dishes identified as Hakka on it's extensive menu outside of those few dishes the place is mostly "mainstream" North Amercianized Chinese. Good cheap and tasty.
v. / January 27, 2010 at 10:59 am
It clearly says "FEDERICK" on the sign in this blogTO picture ( Geez.
jack / January 27, 2010 at 11:19 am
in other words.. most restaurants here are what we call "chop suey" lol.. one other famous hakka dish is panfry sliced fatty pork loin(after it is steamed).. again don't see that on any menu
apetimberlake / January 27, 2010 at 11:20 am
For Hakka go to Malton
For Indian go to Malton or Brampton.

snm / January 27, 2010 at 11:41 am
funny how the first two people who corrected the spelling of federick's ended their sentences with spelling errors.

and kudos for the term 'ethnic food' you just dated your personal stance on race relations back to the 18th century. colonialist.
Food poisoned / January 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm
Spadina Garden is definitely not 'hakka' - great food, though.

Used to order from Danforth Dragon until three of us got food poisoning from there in Dec08. We called Public Health and the restaurant manager who seemed rather unconcerned.

The food was tasty but it always arrived a little too quickly to be cooked fresh...
Patrick / January 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm
HEY! Blogto isn't supposed to cover any restaurants outside of the core!!! GRRR! I feel better that the next 99 articles will not be like this one. :).
jack / January 27, 2010 at 01:15 pm
salt baked chicken is a very basic Hakka dish.. it's like sushi in Japanese if none of these places serves this dish, i question how authentic these places are...
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Steffi / January 27, 2010 at 01:45 pm
Wow, THANK YOU, i've been looking for good Hakka for a while, i was so excited when i saw this post!!!!
Danelo Cruz / January 27, 2010 at 02:13 pm
Your links are broken on all hakka restaurants.
Just Millz / January 27, 2010 at 02:20 pm
I thought no one knew about the new Tangerine opening up on Ellesemere RD. It's so discreet and hard to find. I've been to the Markham location and just recently gave Ellesemere a visit as well. Amazing food but Federicks is most definitely #1, I agree 100%. It's crazy that Ellesemere (literally 1 traffic light away) is home to two of the best in Toronto!

One restaurant that was left off of the list is Garlic Pepper. Located downtown near Wellesley Subway Station.

Great and more importantly accurate list!
boourns / January 27, 2010 at 02:35 pm
The Lin Garden link doesn't work, even when you select it in the restaurant menu.

P.S. Lin Garden has the best Hakka hands down, but only if you eat it in the restaurant. Take out isn't the same because the food loses its freshness and flavour. Also, the chicken fried rice tastes like the styrofoam they pack it in.
Henry / January 27, 2010 at 02:54 pm
Okay Jack, we get it, you're either Hakka or really passionate about traditional Hakka cuisine. It seems like whenever there's an online discussion about "Hakka" food, one of you comes along, crying out "where's the salt baked chicken"? Get over yourself. Nevertheless, Hakka (Indian-Chinese hybrid cuisine popularized in Kolkata) is great stuff and has a rich history of its own. Like all great cuisines, it is the product of migration, invasion, and the union of many traditions and cultures.
wtf / January 27, 2010 at 03:31 pm
This isnt a toronto blog.
Who on earth would go to Scarborough period, let alone for some food.
Mike W / January 27, 2010 at 06:13 pm
All sarcasm aside it's nice to see coverage outside dt core, even if it is for something mostly found outside dt core. Keep it up.

dabidzi / January 27, 2010 at 06:27 pm
Hakka chicks are hot.
archive replying to a comment from Mike W / January 27, 2010 at 06:29 pm
Faley's in Etobicoke Islington/401? Better then Lin Garden IMO
jane / January 27, 2010 at 08:13 pm
Great to see you guys covering restaurants outside of the DT core. The majority of us don't live there you know and I'd like to see more restaurants reviewed that aren't in the core.
jack replying to a comment from Henry / January 27, 2010 at 08:34 pm
then don't call these best Hakka best, fusion asian/chinese whatever restaurant.. to call these restaurants serving hakka is disrespectful to Hakka people.. especially putting Spadina Garden there.. you wouldn't put Greek restaurant into the list of best italian restaurants, would you? just because the place serves tempura shrimp doesn't make it a Japanese restaurant either..I am just pointing out the obvious...just like you guys mixed northern chinese cuisine with southern chinese cuisine before.. it's a joke..
Monica / January 27, 2010 at 10:12 pm
Seems like the list pretty much includes all the Hakka restaurants that you can find around Toronto. I must not like Hakka all that much because i have been to 3 of those top restaurants and thought the food was could be a lot better.
josh replying to a comment from wtf / January 28, 2010 at 02:57 am
Hey wtf,

Shut the hell up with not wanting to go to Scarborough. I'm tired of people that can't venture outside of the core- sometimes your anti-scarborough or GTA comments border on blatant racism. Life does exist north of Bloor. Wake up.
odd replying to a comment from josh / January 28, 2010 at 08:10 am
Because someone thinks Scarborough is some sort of useless outpost?
Think you are way off there, champ.
Not sure where that person was being racist at all....

Everyone knows life exists north of Bloor, just not enough people care about it.
Mickey replying to a comment from jack / January 28, 2010 at 09:12 am
Jack, just gotta say your need to continue your tirade against this Hakka post at all costs impresses me. You really are the best at what you do, being a jackass that is.
meimei / January 28, 2010 at 09:40 am
This article got me excited because I'm Hakka and wish more people enjoyed the food my family makes at home. However, I don't recognize any of the dishes mentioned (but I am not an Indian-Hakka). So, really this article features great Indian-Hakka cuisine, but not necessarily what I would consider traditional Hakka cuisine which features loads of steamed and braised dishes, preserved vegetables, etc. - and not really hot spices. Nonetheless, thanks for shedding light on the Indian-Hakka cuisine of Toronto!
DS / January 28, 2010 at 09:40 am
I wonder if Jack has full blown hulk-outs over BlogTO articles or if he's just a miserable, nose picking troll.
Mike W replying to a comment from odd / January 28, 2010 at 10:04 am
Exactly. Small minds live in small worlds.
michelle / January 28, 2010 at 10:18 am
god hakka food is pretty awful
BR / January 28, 2010 at 10:22 am
Woohoo! I emailed this article to my whole family, they are going to be so stoked! Yes we are Bengali and yes we love Hakka food...too bad most of it is so far away from me!
jack / January 28, 2010 at 04:43 pm
finally,someone is saying the same thing like I said...if you like chop suey, go for it..but paying 11 bucks for chop suey at spadina garden? sure.. go for it.. you guys are so rich here..

meimei on January 28, 2010 at 9:40 AM

This article got me excited because I'm Hakka and wish more people enjoyed the food my family makes at home. However, I don't recognize any of the dishes mentioned (but I am not an Indian-Hakka). So, really this article features great Indian-Hakka cuisine, but not necessarily what I would consider traditional Hakka cuisine which features loads of steamed and braised dishes, preserved vegetables, etc. - and not really hot spices. Nonetheless, thanks for shedding light on the Indian-Hakka cuisine of Toronto!
kate replying to a comment from jack / January 28, 2010 at 05:26 pm

If this list frustrates you, could you then please let us know where we can get traditional Hakka? Or does this not exist in the GTA?
jack replying to a comment from kate / January 29, 2010 at 12:06 am
there is none in Toronto! there are chinese restaurants trying to serve some hakka dishes, but we don't have any Hakka restaurants.. we have chiu chow restaurants.. maybe blogto should do an article on best chiu chow restaurants in toronto instead.. which is a more popular chinese cuisine like cantonese, northern china(shanghai) cuisine
Jonathan / January 29, 2010 at 02:21 am
For years (10+), I was a L.Garden man; that lady there is awesome.

Then I was introduced to Spicy Dragon by a fellow 1/2-Indian : P

Lovely list, makes me hungry for some dry chili-chicken!!

s replying to a comment from Jonathan / January 29, 2010 at 07:40 am
For sure I've been hearing about Lin Garden. At least, the one on Pharmacy. I was an Avid fan. It's lost its flavour.
s replying to a comment from Jonathan / January 29, 2010 at 07:42 am
I used to frequent Kimlin on Lawrence at Birchmount road. Was a better choice than Lin Garden. After being sold, it is not the same.
apetimberlake / January 29, 2010 at 09:13 am
I went to asain wok and roll

last night for the first time......
For all of those that think that Malton is an area in Northern Punjab its not.. Its located on the boarder of mississauaga and Rexdale at Airport rd. and Derry.

I loved the place... Food was great...had Chilli Chicken and lollipop chicken wings.... My buddy had the Masaala Chicken.

I would recomend it to anyone.. at lunch it is really really busy.. so be prepared for a corwd...
No replying to a comment from apetimberlake / January 29, 2010 at 09:20 am
Malton has the highest crime rate in the GTA.
Do not go there. Ever.
jack / January 29, 2010 at 11:02 am
we should probably add Manchu wok and mandarin to the list
jerk off replying to a comment from jack / January 30, 2010 at 01:25 pm
I don't understand how you can cut-down every restaurant on this list, not add your own "corrected" suggestions, then just insult everyone who enjoys these restaurants. Why not add some constructive feedback to the list, instead of just ignorant insults.
Paul replying to a comment from archive / January 30, 2010 at 02:04 pm
When I used to work out in the boondocks we'd go to Faley's for Hakka. Mmm, chili chicken!

I wish there were some Hakka places downtown -- sounds like Spadina Garden doesn't really fit the bill.
jack replying to a comment from jerk off / January 30, 2010 at 04:08 pm
when there is none, no authentic hakka restaurants in toronto, there is nothing to add... should have changed the title of this article to "chinese chop suey restaurants" to begin with
jack replying to a comment from jerk off / January 30, 2010 at 04:10 pm
do me a favour, read this:

In places such as India, and other places of Indian diaspora overseas, Hakka Cuisine is erroneously known as something that bears little to no resemblance to actual traditional Hakka dishes. This variation of "Hakka Cuisine" is in reality, mostly Indian Chinese cuisine, falsely known as Hakka since many Chinese restaurant owners in India were of Hakka origin. Typical dishes include Chilli Chicken and Manchurian Chow Mein (which in turn has no resemblance to real Manchurian cuisine), and these restaurants also serve traditional Indian dishes such as Pakora. Being immensely popular in these regions, this style of cuisine is often falsely credited of being representative of Hakka Cuisine in general and authentic style of Hakka Cuisine is rarely known in these areas.

joe / January 31, 2010 at 12:00 pm
I dated a Hakka chick b4. I can confirm, she was sizzling hot.
apetimberlake replying to a comment from No / February 2, 2010 at 01:35 pm
Would like to see those stats buddy.

Malton is mostly Sikh's....

Also you can walk through the worst areas in the GTA and night and not get hurt..

Your just a Twat!
hammer66 / February 2, 2010 at 02:28 pm
Jack's anal retentiveness is quite hilarious - he needs to get used to "local" terminology even when it's incorrect (he is absolutely right - the food should be called "Hakka-Indian. Having said that, locally when you say "Hakka food", people KNOW that this spicier, Kolkata-based food is being referred too). It mostly caters to the South Asian community, who find other Chinese food (particularly Cantonese) way too bland.

One point about some of the Hakka-Indian places in Scarborough (and Tangerine in Markham): because they are in large Muslim areas, no do not serve any pork products (they'd lose a lot of customers). That's why I would add China Garden in Malton - good pork dishes as well as the regular stuff.

For the downtown snobs crying about these "far away" restaurants, please note that some of us here are actually married with children. Why the hell would we live downtown??
apetimberlake replying to a comment from hammer66 / February 2, 2010 at 02:36 pm
I was going to say...

I am so sorry i live in the burbs...

If only i could have swung the extra 1.9 million and get a home downtown for my family I wouldn't have live in Brampton (where BTW some of the best indian in the GTA is...) why is that you Downtown snobs may ask???? BECAUSE 20% of the populations mother tongue is PUNJABI!
hammer66 replying to a comment from apetimberlake / February 2, 2010 at 02:44 pm
I only have to VISIT Malton or Brampton! I refuse to live in any "ethnic" enclave (even though I'm South Asian myself). That would rule out Brampton, Malton, Woodbridge, Thornhill and Markham (must be higher auto insurance premiums if you live in Markham!).

Downtown is good for work (not so much the commute), shopping and eating. Wouldn't want to live there with a family, though. Houses are too small unless you're loaded.
vicpark replying to a comment from josh / February 11, 2010 at 08:51 pm
ha ha...i couldn't agree more
Hossan / February 16, 2010 at 02:21 am
I visited Kim Kim last week for the first time after seeing this posting. I was surprised by how good the food was especially their Lollipop chicken,masala fried rice, hakka tandoori chicken and spice & pepper shrimp. The waitresses are very friendly.
A.A. / February 23, 2010 at 04:27 pm
How could you not mention Eddie's Wok'n'Roll?? THAT is the best place for good hakka, even though the line up's can be a bit nuts. Totally worth it though!
HakkaFa / March 1, 2010 at 11:06 pm
I'm Hakka and Spadina Garden isn't a Hakka restaurant. *Yueh Tung* should be number 1. Kim Kim isn't that good, they changed their management/chef a few years back, was better then.
telung / April 7, 2010 at 02:24 pm
With all do respect, I think you need a hakka person who's been raised on hakka food to make a true assessment of top Hakka restaurants.
Mike / May 13, 2010 at 01:49 pm
I wish I'd read the comments here before heading out to Spadina Garden. Great Chinese food, don't get me wrong, but definitely not Hakka.
Ross replying to a comment from apetimberlake / July 8, 2010 at 11:05 am
I've been going to Asian Wok and Roll for years. I work at the airport, even though I live downtown. I love the food so much, that I will drive out to Malton even on a day off if I am craving hakka food. I used to live 5 minutes from the Danforth Dragon, but after trying it a couple of times I found that it didn't even come close to comparing to Asian Wok and Roll.

There are other great places in Malton that put most of the places on this list to shame as well. China Palace, near Rexdale Blvd and the 427 is very good as well.

I am excited to try a couple of spots mentioned that I haven't been to before though.
Ray / July 14, 2010 at 05:03 pm
I visited Tangerine Asian Cuisine was a better choice than most of the Hakka restaurant.Wide selections of dishes(Bombay chicken,chilli chicken,crispy ginger beef,spicy garlic fish,sesame chicken,pan fried dumpling)The chef are from Pakistan, Bombay and Calcutta, they do not serve any pork product.The cleanest Hakka restaurant ever visited.The food was tasty and worth it waiting in line.
PeshiePesh / August 25, 2010 at 04:03 pm
One of the best Hakka places I have gone to. Located in Mississauga. Go to go, I think my orders ready!
paul / November 17, 2010 at 12:11 pm
I really doubt that there are really so many "real" hakka restaurants in Toronto. Just because there is a hakka item "chili chicken it it's menue, doesn mean that its a hakka. chinese people are very enterprising.

Since there is a veracious apatite for asian food in toronto, they give you just that. They are now owning Thai, and Japanese food restaurants ...its probably the same.

I've been to chinese restaurants that had "chili chicken", and it was just something they concocted and threw together, that I could of done at home.
TJ / February 26, 2011 at 07:55 am
The inference that the Hakka are a nomadic SOUTH EASTERN Chinese people is incorrect.The Hakka are originally NORTH CENTRAL Chinese who in 5 major migrations,moved south and out of China starting about the 12-13th centuries due to invasion and war.
viv replying to a comment from jack / April 24, 2011 at 10:52 am
I'm Hakka. I also happen to eat a lot of that "unauthentic" Hakka food at home. My parents make chili chicken, fung mei mein, chow mein, lemon chicken, etc. at home quite often. Does this make me an unauthentic Hakka?

It's nice to know that Hakka food is gaining a lot of popularity! It's great, colourful, tasty food.

PS. I agree that Yueh Tung should be on this list!
hannah replying to a comment from paul / May 10, 2011 at 10:39 pm
Sorry stumbled upon this old post. That's not true paul.
Last week, I tried out a new Indian Hakka restaurant in Mississauga called Chilli Chicken House and it's own by authentic Hakkas from India. The food was amazingly good. My friends and I ordered crab corn soup, bombay fish, hakka (chicken and shrimp)chow mein, manchurian chicken and pineapple blossom for drinks.
Dan F. / December 22, 2011 at 11:08 am
Chung Moi absolutely owns these other places... Federick's is just known for their pakora's... everything else there sucks.

I've been to all... and for a long time.... but the best is Chung Moi...

Try the following

Hot and Sour Soup
Optional: Pakora's
Masala Fried Rice
Optional: Singapore Noodles
Chili Chicken gravy
Optional: Manchurian Chicken, Ginger Beef
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Natasha Fatah / March 19, 2012 at 09:56 pm
Nothing and nobody beats Lucky's! Been going there for 15 years! It's fantastic!
Mel / April 3, 2012 at 11:29 pm
Where's Good Luck Restaurant on this list? The portions are large, and the food is delicious! It's also close to Chung Moi, next to the No Frills.
asuku / April 28, 2012 at 08:58 pm
cool list, plus the map is awesome too! Do you know any hakka restaurants in or near kitchener/waterloo? Hate going all the way to toronto for hakka cuisine :(
David / July 14, 2012 at 09:36 am
Spadina Garden? Are you serious? I love the peanut chicken, but this place isn't Hakka.

Just around the corner is Yueh Teung at Dundas and Elizabeth.

Best Hakka I've ever had. If you can get past the service and the decor, order the Manchurian Chicken dry, and you won't be disappointed!
David / July 14, 2012 at 01:16 pm
Why is Spadina Garden on this list? Don't get me wrong, the peanut chicken is great, but this place is not Hakka!

Right around the corner is Yueh Teung at Dundas and Elizabeth.

If you can get past the brisk service and the decor, try the Manchurian Chicken dry--you won't be disappointed!
HakkaDakkaLakkaMakka / July 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm
Here is my list:

1. Guru's Brampton (Queen & The Gore Rd) by far the best. They use Basmati rice for white/fried rice, not that clumpy sticky rice. Chilli Garlic Paneer is best you will ever taste in GTA.

2. Royal Seafood Scarborough (Middlefield & finch)

3. Hakka Magic Missisauga (Mavis & Britannia). Try their Bombay Chicken :)

4. Hot Wok (Kennedy & Progress). Haven't been there recently but it was good. You will forget Federick's pakoras after you have theirs.

5. Federick's only because it was one of the first and the originators in Toronto...ooops sorry.. GTA, you downtown snobs.

Downtown has f@ck all, its just filled with gastro burger bars, burritos and chinese restaurants which all taste the same. Aren't you guys tired of taking the same sh!t everyday?

Sukhwinder / August 16, 2012 at 06:58 pm
Hakka Eater / August 24, 2012 at 01:17 pm
Chopsticks Szechuan Chinese Restaurant
1163 Ellesmere Road Scarborough, ON M1P 2X6
(416) 755-4655
this is a Hakka place and should be on the list....

The list is helpful, just started going to Lucky and enjoy it.

COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm
HEY! Blogto isn't supposed to cover any restaurants outside of the core!!! GRRR! I feel better that the next 99 articles will not be like this one. :).
Jen / October 18, 2012 at 08:08 pm
I just found this new restaurant in Brampton. They have good lunch deals from $6-8 and the food is pretty good.
Jen / October 18, 2012 at 08:09 pm
Forgot to add the website link:

8550 Torbram Rd
Brampton ON L6T 5C8
Kelvin / February 27, 2013 at 07:30 pm
Fredricks was alright back in the days but tbh I believe that China Cottage is the best on this list. If you are fortunate enough to go there, be sure to try their mango chicken, spicy chicken and any of their manchurian fried rice. Below is my list :
1. China Cottage
2. Luckies
3. Kim Kim
4. Tangerine
Alex replying to a comment from Kelvin / March 12, 2013 at 01:17 pm
FEDERICK'S! learn to read!
Rob / March 12, 2013 at 01:52 pm
Been to at least 4 of these places and my favourite by far is Chung Moi. I believe they had a connection to Federick's in the past and may have split off from them. Nevertheless, the food is top notch. Just had some chilli chicken and hot and sour soup yesterday :)

Theresa is a good host, but she has to warm up to you!
Jimmy K / April 9, 2013 at 12:52 pm
Where the hakka is Yueh Tung???
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David / August 25, 2013 at 08:00 pm
Yueh tung!
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George Li / September 28, 2013 at 08:12 pm
So far the best Hakka restaurant which I have been frequenting is Faley Restaurant, location is 42 Rexdale Blvd (across from the Sears warehouse). They have been there for quiet sometime, families from Kolkota ( Chinese )., still like the chili chicken, you can ask them to make it dry or wet, but it's hot, manchurian chicken or seafood soup is good too. Lot of regulars go there, sometimes pretty packed.
George / September 28, 2013 at 09:04 pm
First of all, let's not get confused about Hakka food, it is a small village in China, my ancestors are from there, it still exists, the original food is not we all are eating, there is a restaurant somewhere in Scarborough, which serves real Hakka dishes, whatever we are having now, it is a North American style meal, as I have never heard such thing as pakora etc in the village of Hakka ancestors.
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Hassan / December 27, 2013 at 05:47 pm
How can you miss Hakka No.1 ?
Manchurian Fish / March 10, 2014 at 11:06 pm
The fact that you even put Spadina Garden on this list - a restaurant that is not even Hakka - and left OUT Yueh Tung Restaurant which is literally across the street - is disappointing and clearly means you need to do a little more research on Hakka cuisine.

Yueh Tung is probably the best Hakka food you will get in the downtown core, and they have been established for over 25 years.

Seriously, you think SPADINA GARDEN is HAKKA??? Heresy!
big tony replying to a comment from Alex / June 5, 2014 at 08:13 pm
bitch shut the fuck up-
Baise en Streaming / August 31, 2014 at 07:31 pm
On νa dire que ce n'est nullement inexact !!
jessica / September 26, 2014 at 11:04 am
Eddie's wok and roll should be an honourable mention!!!
nanase / October 30, 2014 at 03:41 am
My personal fave Hakka resto is in Mississauga: Chilli Chicken House. Love their Manchurian Chicken.

Feel free to disagree, but I feel the best Hakka places are run by Chinese and have mostly east indian customers.

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