Toronto’s an expensive restaurant city, even taking into consideration the 22% weaker Canadian dollar. Having recently paid top dollar for what turned out to be some woefully mediocre restaurant meals, I began to feel despondent. Getting hungry was turning out to be a real drag on my credit card. That is, until I stumbled into Hong Shing!
I wasn’t in Toronto’s famed Chinatown, but rather in the heart of downtown. There was something about the menus (with their prices) pasted on the door that lured me to take a closer look. I saw that they have free WiFi — always a must when traveling outside the US. I figured I’d get a little soup to tide me over for a while.
This place delivers and is open until 4:30 am!
There are many, many lunch specials that range from $6 – $8 CDN, a bargain. It became even more of a bargain with the complimentary hot tea that was served.
For around $7 CDN (approx. $5 US), I got the most fantastic BBQ duck soup! It would easily cost double in the US. The portion was massive, including lots of BBQ duck. I tasted Chinese 5 Spice in the rich broth. There were also big stalks of bok choy, a healthy green veggie. The soup also had beef wontons and vermicelli, so I got the flavors of all kinds of things in one soup.
The restaurant was filled with Asian patrons, a good sign as to the restaurant’s authentic cuisine.