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Get you some dim sum, son!

Now, I don’t always get out of bed before noon on weekends–unless there’s brunch involved. Whether we’re talking crepes, skillets or waffles, I love the smell of some real-deal brunchfast in the morning. Especially if I don’t hafta cook it. In an ideal world, people would just walk around with carts of food, and ask me what I wanna eat…like they do at Dim Sum King, this funky all-day dim sum joint in Downtown Chinatown!

And man, this place has everything–dumplings, steamed pork buns, peel-and-eat shrimp, beef short ribs…even roast duck, bro! If you ever wanted to stuff your face full of Chinese food for like 20 bucks a head, bring the whole family for this festival of funk in Flavourtown!!!!

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So, we’re starting off with some crispy shrimp wontons, topped with donkey sauce. Dude, this is body by crispy shrimp wontons, topped with donkey sauce!!!

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Speaking of shrimp, this shrimp dumpling is about to go straight down my piehole!!!!

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Because you can never get enough shrimp, we’ve got peel-and-eat garlic shrimp, shrimp-stuffed jalapeno peppers, and some sticky rice (with no shrimp).

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You get your balls to the wall, man… We’re talking steamed beef meatballs, bro!

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Of course, you can’t have dim sum without dumplings. Siu mai, har gow… pas le temps de niaiser!

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This place also has not one, but two kinds of pork buns. Me, I like mine steamed…

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Now, it’s time for the piece de resistance. This Peking Duck is cooked perfectly, nice and fatty with a crispy skin. And not too many bones, either!

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Now, after all that dim sum, you’d think I wouldn’t have room for dessert…but this piece of pan-fried water chestnut cake oughtta do’er.

Double dose of Chinese style BBQ, bro!

So, we’re hanging out at Yueh Tung Restaurant, this classy Chinese cuisine cookout just offa Dundas St in downtown Toronto. This place is known for its hot and spicy Hakka dishes, but whenever I see BBQ on a menu, I am contractually obligated to eat it–even if I did just stuff my face full of beef ribs the day before. Luckily, they don’t do BBQ beef here, but they do have chicken, and pork, and duck…oh my!!!

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Unfortunately, they were all out of duck, I’m so lost without you–but I’m about to dive head-first into a pile of char siu. This might not have been the best Chinese BBQ pork I’ve ever had; it was a little on the fatty side, but dude, Fatty Char Siu was my nickname in Mandarin school!!!!

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On the other hand, this sweet soy chicken was so far outta bounds, it’s taking my tastebuds down to Chinatown (which is only, like, a couple blocks away)! The chicken is cooked perfectly, nice and tender, and just melts in your mouth. And then you’ve got a little bit of that sweet soy sauce over top. Man, I could eat this off a tennis shoe! But you’re gonna wanna eat that chicken slow, baby, cuz like my homeslice Gord Downie once told me, it’s full of all them little bones!!!!

This food court Chinese BBQ pork brings back childhood memories

So, most people don’t know this about me, but I was actually born in Etobicoke, before Ma and Pa packed everything into our chuckwagon and we saddled up and headed west to Cowtown. Now, I don’t remember too much about those days, but I do remember that we had this real-deal Chinese joint that was so legit, the menu was in Mandarin! (Can’t say I recall what it was called, though…)

Now, when I was a kid, my favourite Chinese food was called pua’a pua’a. It was this real-deal BBQ pork dish that was red around the edges, with a tangy sauce. Now I just found out that, apparently, that dish isn’t Chinese, but Hawaiian, which is like going on Ancestry.ca and learning you’re from a completely different place. That also might explain why we could never find it in Calgary…but just the other day, when I was going to the bank to get some Bolivian pesos, I came across it in the food court—at a Chinese stall, son!

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Reunited never felt so good! Apparently, the proper Chinese word for this dish is char siu, but I’m just gonna call it delicious from now on. The pork is cooked perfectly; you’ve got a nice tang from the bean curd, and the sauce is sweet, but not too sweet. All this and a whole pile of noodles for only 8 bucks, bro!!!