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Get thee to Big Mouth Luck Dumpling House in Delisle Court (Yonge St. and Heath St.)

1sweetpea | Feb 18, 201205:43 PM

Get thee to Big Mouth Luck Dumpling House! I went this evening with 2 co-diners and absolutely loved the food. We had 2 orders of boiled dumplings: Pork, Shrimp and Garlic Chive, plus Pork and Dill. Both were delicious. We tried the Pork Shrimp and Zucchini Pan Fried Dumplings, which were also tasty. All dumplings appeared to made in-house. Not a single one was busting open or waterlogged. I am a big fan of northern style boiled dumplings, but I will have to return to see how the kitchen handles har gow and xiu mai, but it will be tough not to continue my exploration of the boiled options.

The cold Spicy Beef Shank was lovely, tender and deftly flavoured with 5-spice, sided with a sweet pickled julienne of carrots and daikon radish. Our last dish was stir-fried scallops and shrimps with snow peas, carrots, shiitake mushrooms and onions. We ordered 2 bowls of steamed rice , which gave us the perfect amount of food. All 3 dumpling dishes were delicious. The winner of three for me was the pork with dill. The boiled dumplings and cold beef shank brought me right back to Beijing and Xi'an. The stir-fry was very Cantonese in its light, clean and balance of tastes. Each vegetable still maintained texture and its own inherent flavour, while marrying well with the seafood and touch of garlic. Very nice. I was thrilled that the scallops and shrimps were perfectly cooked. My only criticism is that the scallops and shrimps were medium-sized. A larger, more luxurious size would have been welcome, especially at $16.99 for the dish.

I'm intrigued by the spicy beef shanghai noodle soup offering. I may have to try that one cold day for lunch. Even though there are currently no lunch specials, there are 3 BBQ on rice with vegetable options, a la HK BBQ (Chicken, Pork or Duck), all of which are $6.59 (or thereabouts). Add a wonton, hot and sour or tomato and cucumber egg drop soup to one of those and a single diner could make a hearty lunch or dinner. The stir-fry options would make a full meal with a steamed rice.

I would love to know if the kitchen would ever consider allowing a lone diner to order a single order of boiled dumplings, but mix 2 or 3 types in the single order, as long as they are the same price. That would be a coup! Not sure if they would consent to that, though.

The chefs really know how to get great flavour out of their ingredients. The biggest task now is to woo people from the neighbourhood to Delisle Court and get them to raise their eyes to the upper level and notice what is hiding up there. I really hope they paper the area with deals, maybe go the Groupon route and find a way to get themselves written up in media that people actually read. I will definitely be back again and again, as long as they have enough business to keep them afloat. On a Saturday evening at 7:00, we were one of 3 tables, and it got no busier over the course of our delicious meal.

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