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Congee Dynasty in Mississauga

We just tried it this afternoon for lunch. The place was surprisingly busy--always a good sign. The congee at Congee Wong I find is superior, though it is still very good at Congee Dynasty. As for the rest of the food, it was all good, though I'll have to try a few more dishes before I can truly say how it stacks up against Congee Wong.

I have to agree with what kaka said above. It was very obvious that the kitchen needed more staff. All of our food took a long time to come out. The floor staff were fine, but did confuse a lot of orders at a lot of tables. The place is new with all new staff, so I expected it. I didn't really have any trouble with bugs. There was one fly that kept hovering near our food, but I'm sure he only ate very little. There was plenty left for the rest of us.

There are a couple of congee places down the street. One is in the plaza on the northwest corner of Burnhamthorpe and Creditview (south side of the plaza) and the other is in the plaza with H&H. I have no idea what the names are, but they're both good too and will no doubt be losing some business to Congee Dynasty.

Oct 08, 2007
bjorn_brown in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ed's Warehouse

Indeed, great roast beef served with Yorkshire pudding in a truly tacky environment. I loved it. Canyon Creek and le Biftheque do a decent prime rib roast, but nothing like Ed's. If I remember correctly, they served it with gravy, not jus. Before Ed's I didn't know the true joy of medium rare.

Jul 12, 2007
bjorn_brown in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Tim Hortons - breakfast sandwiches

I did a search and couldn't find anything on this topic. My apologies if this has been covered. I recently tried a breakfast sandwich from Tim Hortons. It was 6am, I was hungry, and lacked other options. Anyhow, I had the bacon sandwich, which consisted of a spongy piece of scrambled egg, a couple slices of bacon, and a slice of cheddar cheese on a tea biscuit. I thought it was anything but good. When I checked the nutritional information later, I found it had 17 g of saturated fat. These things really make Egg McMuffins look like tasty health food in comparison.

Mar 14, 2007
bjorn_brown in Chains

Yung Sing Bakery

I found myself in the neighbourhood today and decided I'd give Yung Sing Bakery on Baldwin a shot, since several people have raved about it. Well, I'm confused to say the least. I was there just after the lunch hour and picked up a couple of buns and wu gok (taro wrapped pork-filled dumplings). The wu gok were very greasy. I know they're fried, but I've had many at yum cha that were far less oily. And the coconut bun was a disappointment also. It was probably baked this morning, but was not kept warm. It tasted slightly stale and the filling was a great disappointment when compared to what I've had elsewhere (the filling was ample, but lacked taste). I know it's a small store, so the minimal selection is understandable, but I'm used to a far wider variety of buns and a serve yourself style.

I'm guessing it must be a downtown kind of thing that I wouldn't understand coming from the suburbs. It's certainly a cute little hole-in-the-wall, but I won't become a frequent customer.

Mar 07, 2007
bjorn_brown in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

My favorite Mainland Chinese restaurant gems in north Toronto

Jim Chai Kee is still there just off Highway 7. I'm not sure about the "late" part, though, as I believe they close at 8pm. It's a good, very simple HK noodle house. Your choices are either noodles in soup or...noodles in soup. Seriously, you can get rice or egg noodles in soup with sliced beef, huge won tons, homemade fishballs, or any combination thereof. Add a small dish of gai lon (chinese broccoli) with oyster sauce and you have a simple cheap lunch. I seem to recall there being another location on Sheppard, but I may be mistaken.

Jan 23, 2007
bjorn_brown in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Macanese Restaurants in the GTA

Good or bad, I'm not sure, but there is one at First Markham Place called Cafe de Macao. First Markham Place is the plaza/mall on the south side of Highway 7 between Woodbine and Warden. Give it a shot and let us know.

Nov 30, 2006
bjorn_brown in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Chinese Traditional Buns

There is a place in Mississauga in the plaza at the NW corner of Creditview and Burnhamthorpe called Akko Cakehouse. These are the best buns I have had outside of HK. Most places in the Toronto area (Markham included) hardly even fill there buns (every place I've tried downtown is dreadful). The buns from Akko are stuffed full and very cheap. It's a great deal if you live in the area.

Nov 29, 2006
bjorn_brown in Ontario (inc. Toronto)