Monday, October 24, 2016

Yueh Tung -- Hakka & Chinese Cuisine by Toronto City Hall

Yueh Tung is a well-established restaurant just a stone's throw from Toronto's City Hall and Nathan Phillip's Square. For over twenty-five years they have been serving up classic Chinese dishes with the the addition of a variety of Hakka dishes throughout the menu as well.

For those unfamiliar with Hakka cuisine it is a style of cooking influenced by the flavours and techniques of both Chinese food and Indian food. It originated in southern China and northern India.

Yueh Tung delivers both with bold
The view of the back of City Hall from just outside!
flavours, nice presentation and excellent service. It's second floor dining room is large (though reservations for generally busy nights are recommended, especially for larger groups) and bright with modern decor. Service is excellent and very friendly.

Portion sizes are large and the prices very reasonable. This is great spot to go with family or friends after an event or afternoon spent downtown. It also could not possibly be more central!

There are a lot of great dishes on the large menu, but here is a look at a few favourites.

Hot & Sour Soup: Ranges from individual  serving at $3.95 to a large group bowl $14.95

The Hot & Sour soup here is a real standout. One of the best I have had in the city.
Tangy and spicy, it is full of shrimp, tofu and absolutely delicious BBQ pork.
Honestly, the Hot & Sour soup alone would be worth coming here for.

Hakka Wonton Yam Mein: $8.95

Hakka cuisine is noted for it noodle dishes and this is a great one.
The noodles are perfect with delicious pork & shrimp dumplings 
and more of that wonderful BBQ pork!

Chili Chicken: $9.95

Bold flavours and mildly spicy, a terrific chicken dish.

Calamari Fritters: $9.95

They have this in the appetizer section of the menu but it the size of a main!
Battered and crispy, they have a nice kick of heat. 

Crispy Beef: 10.95

This is one of my family's favourites.
Just as they say -- crispy battered beef strips in a terrific sauce that has a hint of sweetness.

Manchurian Fish: $13.95

'Manchurian' sauced dishes are Hakka staples with chicken, fish and other varieties.
The Manchurian fish at Yueh Tung is moist and bursting with spicy flavour.

A night view of bustling Dundas St. W. taken from Yueh Tung's window
by 11-year old Julia Laxer

The Manchurian Fish, Crispy Beef and Chili Chicken can all be had served on a sizzling plate for an additional dollar. This is always a fun and crowd-pleasing service.

There are so many dishes to try and keep you coming back from Shrimp or Chicken Pakora platters to sauced seafood platters with Vancouver Crab or East Coast Lobster.

They are licensed and serve beer and wine. The dining room also has a few tables that accommodate large groups. Unfortunately, however, it is a second floor restaurant that can only be accessed by a staircase so there are accessibility issues. It is very family friendly and the busy and bustling dining room is great for kids. They do also deliver within downtown Toronto.

You can see their full menu and read about the story of the restaurant and the Hakka style of cuisine at their website. 

Yueh Tung is located at 126 Elizabeth St., right behind and to the north of Toronto City Hall. 416-977-0933. They are open seven days a week with extended hours on Friday and Saturday. 

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