107 - Authentic Chinese Chow

By Mary Luz Mejia

Egg-foo-yung, chop suey and sweet and sour pork -- dishes with which most North Americans are familiar -- are more North American in creation than they are authentic Chinese, many would argue. That being said, a tried and true staple in the Cantonese repertoire is chow mein.

Expertly prepared by a quartet of talented chefs from Hong Kong, this Plate consists of pan fried noodles, sliced vegetables, chicken and barbecued pork slivers in a light sauce. You'll find the famous noodle dish along with numerous pages of Hong Kong style food in the menu of Markham's Magic Wok Cantonese Cuisine. Huge fish tanks built into the wall greet customers when entering the premises, offering up seas of fresh fish, lobster and crab for the picking. Lazy Susans sit atop every table, making the act of sharing a meal with family and friends, in true Chinese style, that much more accessible.

When it comes to sharing a meal -- especially for a special occasion such as a wedding -- the Seafood Combo in Phoenix Nest is one of the most requested items. A basket of browned taro root shreds (hence the nest part of the dish) is a sculptured, beautiful presentation that's filled with lightly stir fried vegetables, shrimp, and scallops. After you empty out the contents, breaking the nest apart and nibbling the shell is as much fun as eating what was inside.

If you prefer poultry, the battered, deep-fried duck with lemon sauce is a popular choice.

Also, the pepper sauce beef served with caramelized onions is recommended. In my experience, half the fun of having such a varied menu from which to choose is picking something new, something authentic, and something that will leave you wanting to explore the menu again soon.

Magic Wok Cantonese Cuisine
4331 14th Ave.
Markham, Ontario
(905) 305-6088

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