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The Best Late Night Chinese Food in Toronto

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / October 19, 2012

Late night Chinese Food TorontoThe best late night Chinese food in Toronto has never been, and will probably never be, about the frills. At 3 am on a Saturday morning, it's not exquisite ambience or knowledgeable servers that matter, but rather how quickly you can stuff steaming hot piles of Chinese food into your collective gullets. True to form, most of the restaurants on this list have little, if not zero, ambience, but what they do offer in abundance are heaps of crispy chicken, spring rolls, ginger beef and even the odd dim sum. Delicious, delicious late night dim sum. Put simply, these popular places ensure that you'll never be found wanting when it comes to late night gluttony in this humble city of ours.

With loads of carbs, starch, sodium, and sometimes spice, it's easy to understand why the average midnight zombie-lookalike would be drawn to these premises despite the obvious lack of anything resembling nutrition. Just enjoy and remember to keep your grease intake at a reasonable level. Or was that supposed to be your drink intake? It's all gone a bit hazy, to be honest.

So with a hearty war cry of "Forget the smile, just give me my fried noodles!" I present to you 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

Photo by Connie Tsang in the blogTO Flickr pool


New Ho King

New Ho King

Despite a name that makes me giggle, New Ho King is an absolute staple among the night owl population of University of Toronto. For around 5-6 bucks, you can get your late night fried rice craving up until 4am most days of the week, and until 5am on weekends. They don't serve lunch, but this shouldn't be a problem because, really, which student gets up early enough for that nonsense? More »

Rol San

Rol San

With a sign that proudly states "We serve Dim Sum" and open until 4am on weekends, Rol San not only satisfies the late night clientele but also those looking for Chinese food in the mornings. Clearly the proprietors don't need sleep, since the quality of their dim sum offerings, from deep fried shrimp dumplings to the pork buns, have been praised by many and is available pretty much all day (and night!). More »

Swatow

Swatow

Swatow is a no-frills Chinese restaurant with the usual mix of Asian and non-Asian clientele mingling happily at pretty much any time of the day. It's been mentioned many times before, but their General Tao chicken is so good and cheap (though a bit sweeter than most)it probably deserves an army salute. Quick service, and open until around 2am. More »

Garden Restaurant

Garden Restaurant

Definitely a place that's as popular with the lunchtime office crowd as with the late night posse, this seemingly always-full joint is a great place to order some soy sauce chicken or chili chicken at any time during the day. A nice bonus is that they probably have one of the most modern decors out of all the others on this list (though at 5am, which is their supposed closing time, that probably doesn't matter). More »

Taste of China

Taste of China

If you're looking for the General (Tao, that is) late at night and prefer a version that's more savoury and less sweet but no less excellent than Swatow's, then this place is for you. Open until 4am on weekdays and 5 am on weekends, Taste of China is a bit more tastefully (pun intended) and cleanly decorated than many of its late night counterparts. Try the beef with scallions too, it's very tasty (OK, I'm done here). More »

Congee Wong

Congee Wong

For those living in the 'burbs, Congee Wong is the place everyone goes to for late night Chinese dining. The environment is chaotic, and the noise level may rival heavy metal concerts (with the added delight of the sound of hundreds of utensils simulatenously clinking against each other), but the food is fast, cheap, and good. A nice plate of Cantonese chow mein with a side of their popular turnip cakes are just the things that hit the spot after a night out belting your lungs out Gangnam-style at Twister Karaoke. The most popular one, at Finch and Leslie, is open until 2 am on weekends. More »

Gold Stone Noodle

Gold Stone Noodle

If seeing your bleary-eyed self sloppily munch food gives you self-esteem issues, you may not want to visit Gold Stone. Featuring many mirrors that line the restaurant, this popular Chinese restaurant is not one designed for delicate service or culinary etiquette. But if chomping down fearsome portions of delicious fried noodles and tender barbeque duck meat in the middle of the night sounds more like your game, then this is the place for you. Judging from this place's popularity, there's definitely more Torontonians that fall into the latter catergory as opposed to the former. This palace of deliciousness is open until 4 am on weekends, just don't mind the often curt service. More »

Canton Chilli

Canton Chilli

If you need some spice and grease in your food to jolt you from your post-drinking state, then you've come to the right place. I've long thought that Indian Chinese food is an awesome hangover treatment, and the fact that this place is particularly popular among those with limited consciousness proves my point. The flavours are strong and the quality of the food is surprisingly good. Try their crispy beef! Open until 5 am on weekends and 2 am on weekdays. More »

Hong Shing

Hong Shing

For a late night dining experience that's a tad more unique than most, try this modest Dundas Street restaurant. They offer some lovely chili chicken, but in my opinion the thing that sets them apart is their large selection of hot plate dishes. For what it's worth, it's hard to beat scarfing down a plateful of sizzling beef with black pepper sauce close to their 6 am weekend closing time. More »

King Lobster

King Lobster

This place may call itself King Lobster, but I can vouch that they can call themselves the Duck King due to their excellent Peking Duck. While they may not always be available at 3 am (which is around the time that they close), scoffing one of these succulent babies will put a smile to your face. The lemon chicken and fried rice though, are as good as any you'll find in Toronto in the wee hours in the morning. More »

House of Gourmet

House of Gourmet

A restaurant that's much prettier on the inside than the outside (don't judge a book by its cover and all that), House of Gourmet is well-known to locals for its good, cheap food and quick service. They are open until 2 am weekdays and 4 am on weekends, giving you a lot of time to sample their beef brisket noodle or one of the lovely barbequed meat options that just moments ago were hanging by a hook right by the chef. More »

Discussion

33 Comments

Rich / October 19, 2012 at 01:56 pm
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Regurgitating last year's articles, again. Not even updated.... amateur!
what he said / October 19, 2012 at 01:57 pm
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^^^ what he said ^^^
mar / October 19, 2012 at 02:11 pm
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EIKONA!!!!!!!!
Derek / October 19, 2012 at 02:15 pm
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Probably not the worst idea to attend a remedial reading class before commenting again, guys.

Not only is this list very based on a new poll, the results are very different from 2011.
Les / October 19, 2012 at 02:19 pm
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^^^what he said^^^
Rich replying to a comment from Derek / October 19, 2012 at 02:39 pm
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Thanks for being your usual condescending self Derek. The list provided above is pretty much the same as last years minus one or two changes and a shuffle of positions. If you handed in this report after last year's report at school, you would be branded a plagiarist and be given an academic warning. Its like copying your sister's answers (Robyn) and handing them in the next year as your own, albeit with a bit of "creative flair".

Compare for yourself people:


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John / October 19, 2012 at 02:43 pm
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Personally I commend blogTO for keeping these posts up to date. What are you proposing, Rich? That they not update these lists? I'm not sure what sense that makes. Also, I find the writer on this version is far more knowledgable and specific than the 2011.
Derek replying to a comment from Rich / October 19, 2012 at 02:48 pm
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While I'm at it, then — I don't think you know what plagiarism is. Or how these posts are compiled.
akswun / October 19, 2012 at 02:49 pm
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I agree with dat New Ho Kang being number 1. Garden has lost its place with me. Too many bad/cold food experiences as of late. Mind you my friends and I (Asian looking) and seem to get a table ahead of the 230-3AM rush :D
brendan / October 19, 2012 at 03:14 pm
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I'm gonna assume that the reason Perfect Chinese Restaurant at Sheppard and Brimley in Scarborough isn't on this list is because Scarborough will get its own list... becuase it's well known that the best Chinese restos 24hr or not are in the burbs
milo replying to a comment from brendan / October 19, 2012 at 04:37 pm
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I think we all know there's Chinese restaurants in the burbs .... but who cares? Am i going to drive up to Markham from a night out in the city for some chicken balls?

Hop replying to a comment from milo / October 19, 2012 at 07:20 pm
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No if you still live in the 60s and eat chicken balls. People that actually like food would be willing to make the trip to Scarborough and the 905.
Fallerboy / October 19, 2012 at 08:12 pm
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Ahhh, this brings back memories of good old "Happy Seven". It was the best late night Chinese in the city. Alas, some rats in the window got the place shut down. A gastronomic tragedy.
Nicco / October 19, 2012 at 08:30 pm
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Happy 7 aka King Lobster...RIP ! LOL
Aylwin / October 19, 2012 at 11:04 pm
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Gold Stone is awful IMO. King's Noodle and New Sky are the bestest.
Me / October 19, 2012 at 11:52 pm
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I'm just thankful BlogTO is irrelevant and useless in the real world.
Brick Tamlind / October 20, 2012 at 10:05 am
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LOUD NOISES!
Crosswinds replying to a comment from Me / October 20, 2012 at 10:40 am
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Your comments aren't beneficial on behalf of the readers of this site. Seeing these comments in every post just degrades the readers' reputation. People come to this site to comment on the recommendations, not bash the website and make people's lives feel miserable. Food is subjective, unless the restaurant has a really bad reputation. But your comment says nothing good at all.

I do have to agree with Aylwin. I've heard bad stories about Gold Stone. King's Noodle is pretty popular and their stuff is reasonably priced for authentic quality.
theoadorno replying to a comment from Derek / October 20, 2012 at 02:07 pm
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Probably not the worst idea to attend a remedial proof-reading class before replying to comments, Derek.

Hard to let that slide, you being a 'professional' journalist and all....
ian / October 20, 2012 at 04:33 pm
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The good stuff is all up north.
Jose / October 21, 2012 at 03:10 am
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Congee Wong on Kennedy and hwy7, and First Markham Plaza aren't that bad?

I find the Finch location to be so busy and super loud.
Gabe / October 21, 2012 at 10:51 pm
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MR. PONG'S! MR. PONG'S!!
d / October 22, 2012 at 09:25 am
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New Ho King used to be one of my favourites...but since their renovation it has gone down hill. The food lacks the same flavour they used to have. It's now tasteless and greasy. Not to mention they seem to have changed the staff making the experience much less warm and friendly.

So sad... used to love that place.
Maggie P / October 31, 2012 at 01:09 pm
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Hong Shing doesn't deserve to be on this list.
Joe Tackspaier replying to a comment from Maggie P / November 4, 2012 at 09:34 am
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Agreed! I hate how they automatically tip themselves on your bill. Everytime I've been there it has always been rude service. The food was just ok.
Godfrey replying to a comment from d / November 9, 2012 at 04:29 pm
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That's because all of the great things including the staff went to Canton Chili. Deep fried beef with spicy salt and everything else that was why New Ho King was "King" has moved down the road. Canton Chili should be at the top of this list.
Mac / October 12, 2013 at 01:45 am
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Precisely. Blogto please, if ever you hope to gain a reputation of any decent standing, do not allow those with litte else to do to dominate the comments section with their self serving banter. Moderation exits for a reason. Post my comment or not, but please consider it. I do fear that you do simply post the banter for reasons of selfish interest - in that case, disregard this as I presume you will. Time Out London & similar blogs would never pander to such pathetic attempt at self righteousness.
torocks / November 23, 2013 at 01:36 am
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Rol San ALL THE WAY!!!!
Suzanne / November 23, 2013 at 01:39 am
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Canton Chili has changed hands. Food has gone really down hill. Place is virtually empty every time I walk by now.
Duwayne / December 15, 2013 at 12:58 am
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So same article as last year and no mention of the great places out in The east or west end. Great job everyone, you crushed it yet again.
Anna / December 15, 2013 at 12:42 pm
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House of Gourmet is always my go to. The service is fast, and the staff is friendly regardless of the time of day. Portions are huge and the prices are reasonable.
Ms The 6 replying to a comment from Me / July 26, 2014 at 10:30 pm
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Only more irrelevant than your Internet Cafe Troll opinion are the people who apparently can't afford a subscription to Google Maps to understand the definitions of "Toronto", "the Greater Toronto Area" and "905: NOWHERE CLOSE TO BEING TORONTO (Yes, Markham I mean you)"
Joy replying to a comment from Ms The 6 / August 24, 2014 at 09:29 am
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Aaaand it looks like you're wrong. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Toronto_Area

Markham and other 905 are a part of the Greater Toronto Area.

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