Saturday, 17 June 2017

Hongxing Kitchen

A new Shanghainese place opened in the food court at 4227 Sheppard Avenue East. It's run by a family from Shanghai: the oldest sister does the majority of the cooking with her younger sister taking orders and their parents helping out. I've been here a few times now and it's become a favourite since their food is consistently really good and reasonably priced. Also, the chef mixes things up every once in a while to keep it interesting (like creating a summer menu or adding in Shanghai specialties on certain days of the week). 
June 17, 2017
Summer menu!
 Cold dumplings with peanut sauce
The wontons were pretty good and it was a different experience eating them cold rather than in hot or in a bowl of soup. The peanut sauce was pretty good too! 

Shanghai Seaweed salad, potato salad with ham and cold noodles 
The seaweed salad was really good since it was cool and refreshing. The cold noodles had the same peanut sauce as the cold dumplings and it was pretty good too. 

Braised Beef Noodle Soup
A really hearty bowl of tender satisfying beef with soy sauce egg and choy on top of Shanghai noodles in dark beef broth. It was really yummy, but I prefer the Taiwanese spicy version. 

February 23, 2017 
The chef had a Thursday special: Shanghai Style Salty Soy Milk
Shanghai Pork and Chives Wonton and Shanghai Style Salty Soy Milk
The wontons come in pork and vegetable or pork and chives. Personally, I prefer the pork and chives version - it has great flavour! The broth is also really good with seaweed, egg, green onions, cilantro and chicken broth. It's so good that when I finish my wontons, I will drink the entire bowl of broth. I'm used to sweet soy milk so this took me a while to get used to. Overall, I would say the salty soy milk was different in a good way since there was so much going on in the soy milk with fried dough, cilantro, green onions and other salty ingredients. Unfortunately, I kept thinking that it needed something like noodles to absorb some of the liquid and to dilute the strong salty flavour. This might be an acquired taste or I have to shatter my conventional belief that soy milk is always sweet.

February 14, 2017

Shanghai Noodles in soup with preserved vegetables, bamboo shoots and beef
They do an amazing noodle in soup. The soup is really flavourful and the noodles are really tasty.

Chicken Katsu (comes with the noodles in soup above)
Crispy fried chicken breast and there's a spicy mayo dip for the katsu (which makes it even better).

Shanghai Beef and Vegetable Wontons
The wontons are delicious! They're wrapped when you order and then made on the spot while you wait. There's a huge difference between fresh wontons and leftover wontons and you can really taste the difference. The wonton wrappers are thicker and tastier than day-old wonton wrappers.

February 4, 2017 

Shanghai Fried Noodles
The fried noodles reminded me of the best Shanghai Fried Noodles I've ever had. My favourite Shanghai fried noodle place closed down years ago - but it was my favourite food when I was a kid (we went there all the time). This was pretty close, but there was a tad too much vinegar. (Update: you can ask them to put less vinegar in). 

Pan fried dumplings and beef noodle soup
The pan fried dumplings were okay, but they were a little too doughy for me. The beef noodle soup was delightful and more strongly flavoured than the usual preserved vegetable noodle soup. However, I like the regular preserved vegetable and bamboo shoot soup base more. 

January 15, 2017
There's a great Chinese food court located in the Midtown Plaza at the corner of Midland and Finch. There's good Chinese BBQ at Lung Tung BBQ, great Cantonese dish food at Shing Kee Kitchen and now a Shanghainese food stall called Hongxing Kitchen. 
Shanghai Noodles with beancurd sheet rolls and meatballs in soup
The Shanghai noodles in soup were REALLY GOOD! The noodles were perfect - not too soggy and they were great at absorbing the flavour from the soup. The soup was this delicious pork, preserved vegetables, green onions, seaweed and bamboo shoots soup. This was some great traditional Shanghainese cooking!

Shanghai Pork and Vegetable Wontons
These were more like the Chinese dumplings than wontons, but instead of the typical Cantonese filling of shrimp, these had pork and vegetable. The wonton skins were pretty papery thin and it was almost amazing that they held together so well. The wontons were fantastic and the soup base had a lot of delectable ingredients including egg strips, green onions, cilantro, seaweed and a yummy chicken stock base. Everything was homemade and it was SO GOOD!

Overall: I would REALLY recommend this Shanghainese place - the food is delicious and super affordable. The family working here speaks Shanghainese, Mandarin, English and Cantonese and they're super nice. Definitely go try it out!

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