Toronto’s top Asian chefs and restaurateurs share their Mid-Autumn Festival favorites

Colin Li, Owner, Hong Shing, 195 Dundas Street West

Good memories of the festival: “Throughout the year it is quite difficult to bring everyone together around the same table, so I enjoy the time spent with my cousins, seeing my grandparents and enjoying the time spent with them. Recce restaurant: “Grandeur Palace (2301 Brimley Rd.), because they can accommodate large families as well as a wide choice of seafood dishes and stir-fry dishes. They also have in-house dim sum chefs to create traditional snacks for the festival as well as homemade moon cakes.

Nick Liu, Owner, DaiLo

Nick Liu, Owner, DaiLo, 503 College Street

Good memories of the festival: “With the festival taking place in the fall, my aunt’s pumpkin donuts were a hot, filling and delicious dish that we enjoyed. They also inspired our pumpkin dumplings at DaiLo: they are added to the menu at festival time and are a huge hit with our customers. Restaurant reco: “Summit Garden Chinese Cuisine (3015 Winston Churchill Blvd.). We have been going there for as long as I can remember. It’s my family’s banquet dinner. They make an excellent Peking Duck and Crab.

Serina Shi, owner of Daily Dumpling Wonton Co.

Serina Shi, owner, the Daily Dumpling Wonton Co., 750 Spadina Avenue.

Good memories of the festival: “Going to see lantern shows is always fun. These lanterns are very large in size and very beautiful at night. They usually make these lanterns in the shape of a lotus, rabbit, or traditionally Chinese god. Recce restaurant: “Definitely go to any T&T supermarket for a box of moon cakes: I love their large selection of choices for different styles and flavors.”

Samuel Su, Executive Chef, Maison Flavourful

Samuel Su, Executive Chef + Virginia Wong, Public Relations Manager, Tasty house, 280 West Beaver Creek Road

Good memories of the festival: “(On our first) day of the Mid-Autumn Festival last year, business was busier than usual and since we were operating at limited capacity, all of the owners were working the same day, so 2020 was the first time we couldn’t spend the moon festival with our family. Instead of having a meal together, we made a virtual dessert of sweet dumplings via FaceTime after our peak hours. No complaints as we were able to prepare delicious meals for all those customers who supported us on the day of! –Samuel Restaurant reco: “Skyview Kitchen (8261 Woodbine Ave.) for dim sum! They have great barbecued pork with rice or noodles. Great place to go if you want to have a lunch party instead of dinner. Virginia

Stephen Choo, Owner, Chef 88 Elite

Stephen Choo, Owner, Chef 88 Elite, 1661 Denison Street

Good memories of the festival: “It’s like Thanksgiving. Now is the time to get together with family and friends and enjoy each other’s company while celebrating the fullest and brightest moon. Some delicious foods that are traditionally served are moon cakes, duck, pomelo, taro, and hairy crab. Each of these foods has its own special meaning for this day, but no matter what is served, the most important thing is to be with your family and friends. Recce restaurant: “Our family frequented Very Fair Chinese Restaurant (4002 Sheppard Ave. E.), New Century Restaurant (398 Ferrier St.), and Mong Kok Chinese Restaurant (8360 Kennedy Rd.) As they were spacious and served traditional Chinese food. .

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