After debating for over 20 minutes, we finally decided to head over to Commerce Gate for some dumplings and Northern style Chinese food this lunch time.
Haven't been there for a few months, I was stunned to find, in addition to Asian Legend, at least 4 other establishments serving the same type of ' Dumpling-Szechuan-Northern ' style Chinese food in the same plaza!! What is happening??! A Pro-Northern Chinese food landlord offering special deals to dumpling specialist tenants?!
Anyways, with so many similar choices confronting us, we at randomly picked ' Chinese Dumpling House ' and hope for the best?!
Our party of four ordered:
- Steamed pork and cabbage dumplings
- Pork pot-stickers
- Leek and egg pancake
- Sliced leg of pork with garlic sauce
- Stirred fry veggie trio - potatoes, eggplant and green peppers
- Deep fry pork tenderloin with brown sauce
- Stirred fry sweet pea shoot with minced garlic
- Toffee Apples
Most of the dishes were acceptable but no one single dish stood out.
Pot stickers and dumplings both have an abundant of broth in the fillings. Seasoning lacked the taste and aroma of Chinese rice wine, wrapper thickness was middle-of-the-road.
Stirred fry dishes have lots of 'wok-hay' but the sauces were bland and one-dimensional The pea shoot was nicely cooked but the fresh sweet flavour was overwhelmed by the over use of minced garlic.
The caramelized toffee apple was 'self service' with insufficient ice-water provided! The result - A confused mess!!!
Northern Dumpling Kitchen across the road in Time Square or the Old House in Scarborough both offered much much better products!!