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TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: I’m living on Chinese duck…

Man, it’s been a while since I’ve been to Lai Wah Heen, the fancy Chinese place inside the Doubletree Hotel. It’s known as one of the top dim sum joints downtown, and they’re even serving up a real-deal, nine-course meal, but you can’t really do dim sum on a patio, bro — they don’t even do outdoor dining at all. But they do have a pretty extensive takeout menu, so before the DoorDash Premium Restaurant discount ran out (it ended yesterday), I figured I’d head on over for some grab-and-go stir-fried BBQ duckling:

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Now, the menu said this duck was BBQed, but you couldn’t really tell — the meat has the same texture as beef or chicken after it’s been cooked in the wok. You’ve also got a few veggies here, like carrot, onion and bell peppers, along with some ginger…but what makes it is the sticky rice.

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Sticky rice is definitely one of my favourite dim sum dishes, so when I saw it on the takeout menu, I knew I had to take some home. Instead of one big lotus leaf, they actually give you two smaller portions, each wrapped in a leaf, with pieces of pork, mushroom and sausage inside. It’s not quite the same as getting it off a dim sum cart, but until we move into Phase 6 or 7, or whenever they actually allow indoor dim sum dining, I can live with this for now. Patience, young grasshopper, eh?

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Speaking of which, I used one of those funky “30% off orders of $50 or more” discounts from Uber Eats to pick up a buncha Big Rock beers straight from the brewery. So if you notice a lot more Big Rock in my future blog posts, that would be why. Plus, you can’t go wrong with Grasshopper, which was probably the first craft beer I’d ever had, back in the day… Who needs Bud Light when you can have Big Rock and sunshine, Darius Bro-ker???

TORONTO’S TOP TAKEOUT: 2-for-1 dim sum, son!!!

Now, the dim sum snobs all over this city will tell you that for real-deal, authentic dim sum, you gotta go up to Markham or Richmond Hill. But hey, those places are in lockdown just like we are, and it’s not like they deliver all the way to Downtown Flavourtown. On the other hand, I’ve had some pretty decent dim sum downtown at Dim Sum King, so when I heard they were doing a two-for-one special on Uber Eats, I had to get two of everything.

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We’re starting off with two containers of Mashed Chicken Cream Corn Thick Soup, which is like Chinese chicken soup for the soul, son! Now, I probably didn’t need to eat two orders of this, but hey, when they’re two for one, that’s what I call a Good Deal, Jimmy Bro Yang!!!

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Now, these Deep Fried Shrimp Rolls don’t need much of an explanation. It’s crispy like a spring roll, but on the inside, there is only shrimp. Man, I could scarf at least six of these…which just so happens to be how many are in this 2-for-1 order, bro!!!

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Now, since there’s no such thing as too much shrimp, I also doubled down on some Pan Fried Chives & Shrimp Cakes. These deep-fried dumplings were just stuffed with shrimp, alongside enough green onions to make sure I got at least one serving of veggies this week.

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Of course, you can’t have dim sum without siu mai, you guys! These steamed pork/beef dumplings stayed nice ‘n warm in the plastic containers…except maybe toward the end, since, y’know, I was eating like 27 other things at once.

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Now, I didn’t really have room for dessert, but I figured that a coupla fortune cookies couldn’t hurt. And it turns out my fortune came true — “You will be taking a giant dump soon!”

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Just another socially distanced meal for one in Flavourtown, son!!!!!!!!

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.