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Chinese food courts -- best dishes

divirtual | May 26, 200308:32 PM     1

I feel compelled to reveal my family's favourite Chinese take out -- not delivered -- food. (We're Chinese, so we have high standards!)

At the Metro Square Food Court at 3636 Steeles Avenue East (on the north side of the street, just east of IBM), is a food court much like you'd find in any mall in Asia. There's a lineup of 6 to 8 "hole in the wall" food stalls, of various Chinese styles: BBQ duck and pork, etc.

In the middle of the stalls is a place called Noodle Express. It has lots of variations, and it's easy to get a lunch with soup and soydrink for $4 to $5.

This is the best place in Toronto that we've found for beef brisket. (For those who haven't had it, it's slowly stewed beef, with a touch of star anise. This would be home cooking if anyone had time for it anymore, but not even grandmothers make this much effort anymore!) Our favourite way to order this is on top of chow mein (crispy pan fried) noodles. When we're ordering dinner, we get the hotpot version, which is served (if you stay in the food court) in a little pot, and you get more vegetables.

The current preferred cheap family outing (with our sons) is to go to Fairview Mall for the $4.25 matinees on Saturday afternoon at the Rainbow Cinema, and then up to Steeles Avenue for the beef brisket.

This is high praise, particularly if you consider that we live downtown, and are essentially driving the full length of the Don Valley Parkway for dinner!

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