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The Best Late Night Chinese Food in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / March 27, 2015

chinese food torontoThe best late night Chinese food in Toronto is all about heaping amounts of good food at reasonable prices - something that the restaurants on this list deliver in spades. For cravings of crispy chicken, spring rolls, ginger beef and even the odd dim sum, these popular places ensure you'll never be found wanting when it comes to late night gluttony in this humble city of ours.

Here is where to find the best late night Chinese food in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Chinese Restaurants in Toronto
The Best Dumplings in Toronto
The Best Dim Sum in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo. He hangs out on the Twitter and his own mansion.

Taste of China

Taste of China

A late night favourite among Toronto chefs, this Spadina restaurant delivers when it comes to taste. The Tao chicken and fried salt and pepper shrimp are notable highlights. Open until 4am during the week and 5am on weekends. More »

Rol San

Rol San

This modest restaurant, a staple of downtown late-night dining, is full of students and other hungry patrons at almost all hours of the day. Can you really say no to shao mai dumplings at 2am? The fried squid and steamed tofu with scallop also are great options. More »

Congee Wong

Congee Wong

Boasting more locations that I can keep track of, Congee Wong is the first name on almost any Asian suburbanite's list when it comes to late night dining. Delicious radish/turnip cake (lu bo gao) and satisfying Cantonese chow mein accompany a stunning array of congees on the menu. Open until 2am on weekends. More »

New Ho King

New Ho King

This Chinatown spot is consistently busy, a testament to both its quality and price point. Clubbers, students, and bar hoppers alike are fond of this Cantonese establishment, and many can be seen chomping down on their delicious fried rice varieties - all delicious, all massive. Open until 4am most days. More »

Swatow

Swatow

This no-frills joint packs lots of hungry patrons into its tight space. Fish balls? Fried rice? General Tao chicken? They've got it all. Excellent sweet and sour pork too, especially at around 2am, which is the time they generally close up shop. You may have to be a little aggressive with your hand-waving to get the waiter's attention, though. More »

King's Noodle

King's Noodle

Regulars know that King's serves up excellent fare that extends beyond noodles, including a great selection of rice dishes accompanied by barbequed meats. Order the barbequed duck and wonton noodle, a dish that many restaurants serve but very few master. Service is quick but often curt, and the restaurant opens until 1am daily. More »

Perfect Chinese

Perfect Chinese

Open 24 hours, this recently renovated Scarborough favourite predominantly serves up excellent Cantonese food, but has pretty much every type of Chinese cuisine that you could want. The fried fish in sweet and sour sauce is sublime, and the Peking duck is excellent. More »

Canton Chilli

Canton Chilli

This restaurant lives up to its name by providing a smorgasbord of spicy dishes guaranteed to jolt your tastebuds awake in the middle of the night (or rather, until 5am on weekends and 4am during weekdays). Many of its dishes are Indian-Chinese (Hakka) inspired, so make sure you sample some of their Manchurian chicken or chili fish when you drop by. More »

House of Gourmet

House of Gourmet

Variety is the name of the game here. This modest restaurant serves up literally dozens of varieties of congee, noodles, rice dishes, and fried rice, which should be music to anyone trying to carbo-load their way out of their late night doldrums. The black pepper pork chop on rice is always a favourite, and they also serve Canto-Western food if you come early in the morning. Open until 2am most days. More »

New Sky

New Sky

Great food with questionable service seems to be a rather frequent occurence here at New Sky. Make sure to order some of their excellent vegetable dishes (seriously, the snow peas and broccoli here are lovely) along with any of their claypot dishes. Open until 2am on weekdays and 5am on weekends. More »

Hong Shing

Hong Shing

Hong Shing is like a Transformers robot - bustling lunch place for office workers by day, busy hangout spot for students and clubbers by (late) night. The spicy deep fried shrimp here is a must try, as is the Cantonese chow mein. Throw in some fresh lobster in the mix, and you begin to understand why locals have streamed to this modest corner restaurant for years. More »

Big Mouth Kee

Big Mouth Kee

This Richmond Hill favourite serves up fresh lobster, eel, and clams until 2am most nights. Despite the outdated interior and haphazard menu, one thing's for sure - you'll head home satisfied. More »

Discussion

16 Comments

Sure replying to a comment from Perfect Chinese?? / March 27, 2015 at 01:38 pm
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Hahaha. Yeah, right. Probably just dropped your toupe on the plate.
E A / March 27, 2015 at 01:41 pm
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No Garden Restaurant on Dundas? Good eats until 3am
Hey replying to a comment from Perfect Chinese?? / March 27, 2015 at 01:57 pm
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These places always carry this risk. The back alleys behind the Chinatown restaurants are absolutely filthy, littered with decaying food and crawling with rats and mice. When they had the recent TTC construction at Spadina and Dundas, I had to get around it all by walking through the back alleys around 9 am each day for a couple of weeks. The stench from the previous nights' food decaying in the bins in the warm summer air was unbearable. Even in broad daylight, I could see rats scurrying in and around dumpsters. Every now and then one of these creatures might stray into a kitchen. These restaurants serve up some tasty stuff nonetheless, and I go to them knowing full well that, one day, I might find a roach or a rat tail or whatever in my hot & sour soup. When that day comes, I may be too disgusted to go back, just like you. But it hasn't come yet...so, I dunno.
Liz / March 27, 2015 at 02:21 pm
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Nothing from Chinatown East. Pearl Court on Gerrard is a thousand times better than New Ho King or Canton Chilli. Wah wah.
she8cake / March 27, 2015 at 02:49 pm
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Be careful of Rol San. They have a habit of taking advantage of their intoxicated customers at night by inflating their bill. I was over charged by $20 until I demanded a detailed itemized copy of my bill. If you don't ask for that, you'll just get a random total for your meal.
Ming / March 27, 2015 at 02:51 pm
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Ling Ling!
Jack / March 27, 2015 at 03:18 pm
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Garden on Dundas closed a month ago, which is a damn shame, they were easily the best late night! :(
Alex replying to a comment from Hey / March 27, 2015 at 03:58 pm
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Right, because Asian places are the ONLY culprit of unhygienic food preparation practices. White people are just SOOOOOOOOOOOOO clean all the time. White people will NEVER make food in questionable ways or in dirty environments. *eye rolls*
Sash / March 27, 2015 at 04:21 pm
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Mr. Noodles at 3am at home!!!
aDawg replying to a comment from Alex / March 27, 2015 at 04:58 pm
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Lighten up, bro. I don't think Hey brought ethnicity into the discussion, but was merely pointing out that, geographically speaking, the restaurants along Spadina have some rodent and refuse problems to contend with. They're busy restaurants located in the core of the city. It's pretty hard to avoid these problems. Fair enough. Let's not play the race card, shall we?
Sarah A / March 27, 2015 at 11:36 pm
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Lets not forget MR. PONGS on Queen W and the Mr. Pong Egg roll Food Truck set the bar for late night food and out before the food truck trend. The Mr Pong Massive Egg Roll or get a combo platter. Was so good!
Frances replying to a comment from anna / March 28, 2015 at 05:29 am
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Yes Anna; you chose wong.
anna / March 28, 2015 at 10:45 am
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Yeah, its just me. For some weird reason I don't like shrimps covered in some clear slimy sauce. No idea why I'm crazy that way.
Jason / March 29, 2015 at 06:33 pm
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I will never again eat in china town. Have not since I was leaving a restauraunt on spadina and looked down the ally from the restaurant I had just left with some friends.... only to see the door open to the kitchen i the side ally and a man come out with a pot, took the lid off a metal garbage can and scoop out a bunch of rice.

I can understand why numerous restaurants in china town are shut down yearly for health reasons. It is absolutely disgusting. Would never eat in this area. No, not every area of toronto is like this as some would have you believe. I suggest you walk down the street in the morning in chinatown and experience the stench before the streets are washed by the city, using your tax dollars on a daily basis. The streets is washed every morning and garbage needs to be picked daily up due to the market atmosphere and waste, created in this area and the amount of garbage, seepage draining out of this garbage.

A fun thing to do when walking home, through chinatown, in the night with friends is to 1st do not breath through your nose, then count the number of rats and mice you will see crawling through the food in the windows of shops. See who can guess closest to the number seen crawling through the food.
boozehound / March 30, 2015 at 10:25 am
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which one of these places will serve me booze after hours?
Alex replying to a comment from aDawg / March 30, 2015 at 03:49 pm
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Please, don't patronise me. Hey totally referred to "these places" as Chinese restaurants, not just anything geographically bound as you infer.

You almost never see comments about hygiene when referring to some of the grimiest hipster bars or restaurants run by white owners in areas of questionable cleanliness (Queen West, Annex, Yonge St). In these places, it's "character" but if found in an Asian restaurant, it's dirty or a rodent infestation. Just look at this idiot, Jason posting his racist shit.

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