First attempt at ordering Chinese food

When we were moved to Calgary in July 2000, we set about our “relocation plan” that we do each time we’ve moved.  Find a doctor, dentist, good place to get fuel (next to Tim Horton’s), discover a grocery store with fresh produce and reasonable prices and….somewhere to get GOOD Chinese food.

In Corps life – things are a bit different – you have a whole community to advise you – and frankly 99% of the time we are grateful for their sympathetic understanding of the pains of relocation.

In Calgary we picked up the phone – called Tom and Sylvia (who lived in our neighbourhood) and asked “where do you order Chinese food from?”.

The quick and reliable response, “we order from the Golden Leaf…..”

It proved to be one of our favourite spots, especially Friday or Sunday nights it seemed.

So now in Toronto, specifically Scarborough, we’ve been trying to find good Chinese food.  You need to understand that in this part of the city there are a thousand great Lebanese spots, even more Fallel shops and of course Swiss Chalet! We pass three on the way to work (a 20 minute drive).

Sunday night I went to try and order some Chinese food from a spot very close to our house.  As is my usual pracitice I googled the name of the restaurant  – read the reviews and tried to find their website.  In time it was obvious there was no presence on the web.  So off to the restaurant I went.

From the outside the place was…sketchy…so after hesitating for a moment I entered and was immediately greeted by a very excited lady…”table for one?”….the place was empty.

“No – do you have a take out menu?”

Disappointment ran across her face.  “Ahh, no.  It is being reprinted.  It will be available next month.”

Clearly they don’t know how to do desktop publishing.

There was one copy of the menu taped to the counter.  I picked out our three dishes and paid for it.  In the meantime I asked if they had a website and encouraged them to get one but the lady objected…”it costs money”.

When she left to take my order to the kitchen I said to the younger lady standing nearby, “you should encourage her to get on the internet.”  She smiled and nodded.  So I asked her, “how long will my food be?”

“Three years” she calmly replied.

I realized that this young lady didn’t speak much english.  “You’ve been in Canada three years?”


“Where did you come from?”

“Hong Kong”

“Do you like it here?”

“It’s about the same.”

“As Hong Kong?”

“Yes, there are too many Chinese people here.”

We did have the Chinese food – it was passable but not comparable to the Green Leaf (Calgary) or Blue Willow (Edmonton).  The hunt continues.  Do you have a favourite spot?

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