During the past year or so, Toronto has suddenly experienced a strange phenomenon that involved a huge addition of Japanese Izakayas and Ramen places to its dining scene. Don Don, Hapa, Momofuku, Santouka, Kanji, Kingyo, Kinton, Raijin, Zukkashi.....etc
This similarly strange phenomenon is now happening to the Richmond Hill/Markham area involving High End Fine Chinese Dim Sum and Dining Restaurants! Dragon Boat, Richlane, Penglais, Paramount, Dragon King, Skyview....etc
Today, I visited another new addition to this ever growing list - Yang's Chinese Cuisine, MARKHAM ( Leslie/Hwy#7 next to Le Parc ). Unlike its more modern minimalistic design brethren - Yang's Fine Chinese Cuisine, Richmond Hill, this Markham establishment is more Western classical and grand in its decor design. Furthermore, the entrance way is lined with walls of impressive fish tanks housing live Alaskan King and Dungeness Crabs, Giant East Coast Lobsters, Geoduck Clams, live Eels and swimming French Flounders and Turbots. An off-shoot of the Ripley's Aquarium?! Ha!
Anyways, forget the seafood - we'll leave them for another day. The purpose of this current visit was to sample their Dim Sum offerings, which I was told to be superior than most of their nearby competitors.
Our group of 6 ordered a whole range of dishes to sample:
- Har Gow Shrimp dumplings
- Siu Mai pork and shrimp dumplings
- Braised beef tendons with Chu Hau sauce ( so tasty, tender and good, we ended up ordering more! )
- Braised Chicken Feet
- Chiu Chow Dumplings
- Fried Vegetarian Taro Croquettes
- Portuguese sauce Chicken Pie
- BBQ pork steam buns
- Deep fried Squid tentacles with spiced salt seasoning
- Steamed baby octopus with curry sauce
- Steamed Rice Roll ( Cheung Fun ) with Pea Shoot and Prawns
- Stirred fry Beef Ho-Fun noodles
- Steamed Mango Thousand layer Sponge Cake
Overall, Dim Sum quality standard was very high and hard to fault, unless one is super-critical. Seasoning and taste were spot on. Dumpling casings and wraps were nicely executed. Though Har Gow skin was on the thickish side. Fillings were generous. Together with Skyview, IMHO, they are the current two best go-to Dim Sum places in the Richmond Hill/Markham area.
BTW, for those who are interested, $3.00/dish 'early specials' are available on weekdays from 9.00am - 11.00am.
Photos to follow.