Monday, May 14, 2012

Nostalgia at Yiu Wah Restaurant, Toronto

It's the last post on my Canada trip.  This time round, we're back in Toronto before we take the flight back to San Francisco after having spent 2 weeks on a Canadian road trip.  It's on a dim sum place we stopped at while scouting for food in Dundas Street West.  We saw an easel and the price was reasonable and decided to venture into Yiu Wah Restaurant which is located on the 3rd floor.  The restaurant has since been taken over and is now known as Dim Sum King Seafood Restaurant.  However, I would still like to blog about it as the place gave me a warm feeling when I ate there.

Yuu Wah Restaurant

The moment we stepped in, I felt like I had taken a step back in time.  It is a very "old school" looking Chinese restaurant, (almost Hong Kong like) and evoked a nostalgic feeling.  I recalled when I was a kid and dining in the famous "Ming Court" dim sum restaurant back then in small hotel next to where I used to live; it was the Town House Hotel in Jalan Tong Shin.  Ming Court used to be crowded most of the time as they served rather good dim sum at reasonable prices.  Sadly, it's no longer around; long gone after Town House Hotel was taken over - the same hotel is now known at Corona Inn.

Dim Sum Cart
The all Chinese staff went around pushing a dim sum cart, offering some familiar and some less familiar dim sum to patrons.

Fried Scallop
Fried scallops

Fried Pot Stickers (Woh Tip)
Tasty Pot Stickers (Woh Tip) - Pan Fried Dumplings

Stir Fried "Rat's Tail" Noodles
Fried "Rat's Tail" Noodles.  The size of the "Rat's Tail" is about four times the size of Malaysian's "Rat's Tail" noodles.  Not much ingredients to it but it was surprisingly good.

Tau Foo Fah (Soy Bean Pudding)
We had the Tau Foo Fah for dessert.  I was pretty stoked when I saw it the wooden barrel pushed around on the cart.

Overall, the dim sum at Yiu Wah was good and the fact that it was reasonably priced.  Fine Chinese dining it was not ... it's was rather pleasant eating dim sum amidst such nostalgic surroundings.  And just like Ming Court Dim Sum, Yiu Wah is no longer there, I'm not sure whether the new restaurant in place retained the old staff.  There is a tinge of sadness to know that Yiu Wah is no longer around.  Sometimes it's good to know that some things from the past still exist in this crazy world that we live in today...

With that, I bid farewell to Yiu Wah and Canada. It was a fantastic trip with lovely food and sights (especially Quebec!).

South Wing of AGO (Art Gallery Of Ontario)

The south wing of AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario)

Till the next destination ... 
Have A Great Week!

Yiu Wah Restaurant
(now Dim Sum King Seafood Restaurant)
421-429, Dundas Street West
3rd Floor, Maindale Mall
Toroto, Ontario M5T

Tel : (416) 551-3366


WokandSpoon said...

I miss dim sum! Haven't had it for ages! Your road trip looks like it was a lot of fun!

Anonymous said...

Wow-this is definitely a trip down memory lane. How amazing it is that you manged to have both color and black & white in the same pic!!! - mrs.pitt

wmw said...

WokandSpoon : Yes it was...being a tourist is always fun. The buck stops when we have to face reality and head back home and start working! hahaha

Mrs Pitt : Yes, great times! Thanks!