Hello fellow CH,
Move over Asian Legend, there's a new kid in town and the food is much much better!!!
Had dinner at ' Northern Dumpling Kitchen ', Unit 52A, 550 Hwy #7, E. Richmond Hill ( inside Times Square ). First thing I heard when I entered the restaurant was Mandarin being spoken inside of the kitchen. A good sign, especially when ones objective was to savour some genuine Northern style Chinese cuisine. The place was nothing fancy, fairly barren but pretty clean.
The first thing we ordered was their 'Bok Choi and Pork Pot-Stickers'. ( afterall they do call themselves 'dumpling' kitchen ). If one uses Asian Legend as reference, then I would give AL a 'C' whilst I'm going to give Northern Dumpling Kitchen an 'A'. The dumpling skin of the latter was ultra thin but still has the resilience to hold the soup broth and the generous veggie and pork filling. The dumpling was non-greasy and the overall taste was very delicious and genuine ( a la HK/Shanghai ).
We then tried their 'thinly sliced leg of pork with spicy garlic sauce'. What a delightfully tasting dish. Though a bit oily ( as expected from genuine Northern/Shanghainese cooking ) however, the seasoning was spot on, the taste exquisite and the texture of the meat so addictively chewy.
Next, we tried out two entrees. The 'Szechuan Smoked Duck' and the ever popular ' Double cooked Pork'. The former, a ' Chinese duck confit clone ' was crispy, smokey and tender. Definitely one of the best I've eaten in Toronto. As for the Double cooked pork, again, the seasoning and execution was spot on but once again, I found the dish a touch too greasy for my liking. However, the taste was very good.
For carbs., we ordered a bowl of their 'House secret spicy noodle with shrimp'. Wow! what a great tasting bowl of noodle. The thin noodle was cooked perfectly al dente and the sauce! What a spicy delight!
Overall, I would rank the food and value for money of this 'pseudo hole in the wall' outfit way above your other Northern Chinese food destinations such as Ding Tai Fung, 369 and the ever popular CH favourite- Asian Legend.
BTW, our entire meal only costs $38, tax included! Not bad for 5 great dishes!