hello everyone - I've been a lurker for some time and have enjoyed many of the discussions and recs on the board. I stumbled onto this restaurant tonight and am quite curious as to whether anyone else has been. I'm particularly intrigued by many of the street eats type offerings, which I've only seen so far in scarborough chinese restaurants.
my girlfriend and I had what I think is jian bing. it came as a chinese pancake smeared with bean sauce, topped with a fried egg, and wrapped around a crispy flat cruller. except that the pancake was greenish, due to green (mung?) beans in the batter. I loved the contrasting textures and the funk of the bean sauce.
we also had a chinese pancake rolled around smoked pork, cumin beef in bread, and homestyle tofu. the smoked pork pancake is awesome: crispy with a bit of chew, and the pork had a pleasant smokiness to it. I found the cumin beef dish to be a bit too salty and the bread too soft, but liked the liberal use of cumin and the crunchy green beans mixed in with the beef. the homestyle tofu was fried with black fungus mushrooms, pork, and carrots. it would go really great with rice, if we weren't already so stuffed. food for two hungry people, plus leftovers, tax and tips = $21! am planning to go back to explore the rest of the extensive and cheap menu. there's an assortment of dumplings (15 for $5), steamed buns, noodles, and protein dishes meant to be shared and eaten with rice. lots of variety meats too, which is always for me a sign of an authentic chinese restaurant.
if you've been and have recommendations on what to order, I'd love to hear them. this place is an exciting divergence from the usual spadina chinese fare!
Northeast Chinese Restaurant
476 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T1G9, CA