Mother’s Dumplings 416.217.2008 Lunch & Dinner daily http://www.mothersdumplings.com
This Chinatown eatery is a must if one if venturing down Spadina. The food is tasty and service is speedy. The atmosphere is cheerful and can be very casual (eating warm dumplings lazily on a sofa). Zhen, the owner and chef, inherited her mother’s gift for cooking, and recreates childhood dishes from her birthplace of Shenyang, China. Her food has soul.
Plump pork and chive dumplings are a favorite – steamed or boiled – one can’t go wrong, fried crispy pork and Bok Choy dumplings are equally delicious. The crunchy, golden green onion pancake is another delight and washing it down with a fresh-tasting strawberry smoothie completes a perfect afternoon.