|Seafood Chow Mein -XinYi Garden|
There are concessions D and I make about Takeaway for Chinese that we do not make for the other takeaway or sit down. Bad Thai food is bad Thai food whether or not it comes in a foil container. And bad pizza is easily replaced by freezer pizza. But there is something about takeaway Chinese that we expect to have at home that we wouldn't really if we sat down in a nice Chinese restaurant. Perhaps it's the nostalgia. We grew up in the days that cultural diversity was just in its adolescence. Thus, alot of 'ethnic' foods catered to western palettes and or had to make due with a dearth of authentic ingredients. So perhaps it's not exactly good Chinese food we seek when we order from this lot but the Chinese takeaway from our youth. Now, let me make it abundantly clear. This ilk of Chinese is still MILES AND MILES above the type of Chinese food you would still find in most Malls. Blech. Puffy, doughnut battered chunks of Chicken glazed in some mysterious dayglo red sauce. Awful. Still, what rules do we break when we look for neighbourhood Chinese food? a) more Chinese people eating than western. b) no western or other ethnic foods on the menu i.e. pad thai or french fries. c) dusty plastic plants all over the dining room. d) a cathode ray tube TV prominently perched on the counter. Yeah, you wouldn't catch me looking for a night out there. But here I am at home, exhausted and jonesing for a good chow mein, yeah, I'm picking up the phone.
|Kung Pao Shrimp - XinYi Garden|
|Szechuan Eggplant with Tofu - XinYi Garden|
The Noodle Dish was quite nice. The noodles were the thin Egg Noodles which are not my favourite but they hit the spot. The sauce was a generic Chinese sauce but there was a good amount of Seafood and Vegetable. The Kung Pao Shrimp was just okay. The Shrimp were large and tasty but not as plentiful as other places since there was a lot of 'filler' veg like Carrots and Celery. Normally, when you order a Shrimp dish, unless specified, there are no veg, just a heaping serving of Shrimp. Plus, there was no POW in the Kung Pao. I think I'll have to specify next time. The Eggplant dish was nice except for the scarcity of the actually Eggplant. There were more Peppers and Onion than Eggplant. My favourite Eggplant dish is this very Spicy, slightly sticky Eggplant dish that is nothing but searing hot Eggplant strips. That was what I was hoping for. Waah. That, I'll have to keep looking for.
All in all, it was decent. Decent enough that I would try again but probably different dishes except I think I'd have that noodle dish again. I mean really, I laugh at the other reviews on Urbanspoon. You can't seriously order 6$ fried rice from this place and expect Susur Lee as the chef. It is what it is and it's okay for what it is.
On the heat side, given the location in the Bloor West, wonder bread community, I'm not surprised that they've played it safe on authenticity on the sauces. I say wonder bread because I'm quite a bit of an anomaly on my block. Sometimes, out with lil dude in his wagon, I feel like I look like his imported nanny :^P. Next to tackle will have to be good takeaway Thai. Goodness help me, I will not order it from the XanYi. No! That's just wrong.
Service:(delivery) prompt, have exact change or except to over tip
Xin Yi Garden
Bloor West Village
282 Jane Street
Toronto, ON M6S
for local Takeout