The Best Chinese Restaurants for Christmas Dinner

I’m dreaming of a General Tso Christmas.

Every culture and religion has its own traditions. In my Jewish family, we eat Chinese food on Christmas Day. From what I hear, it’s not a tradition unique to just the crazy people I share DNA with, but a tradition shared by Jewish families around Toronto, perhaps even around the world.

Here’s the great news though: you don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy Chinese food on Christmas Day. Heck, you can even come with us to the movie we’ll likely go see afterwards. So if you want to take part in this long-lasting intercultural tradition, here are some of the restaurants you should check out:

HOUSE OF CHAN | 514 Eglinton Ave W

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Chan is steeped in tradition – they’ve been in business for over 50 years. Don’t expect Chinatown prices, because this place will empty your wallet. But it will be worth it. They’ve recently moved slight east on Eglinton due to the LRT construction,
 

SEA HI FAMOUS CHINESE FOOD | 3645 Bathurst St.

Some are scared to step foot into this decrepit-looking restaurant at Wilson and Bathurst. They’re missing out. This place has the best wonton soup in or out of town, and their plum sauce is homemade. It’s thick, dark, and fruity – absolutely nothing like those weak, molasses-like substances all other restaurants serve. Plus, chicken bacon sticks. Mic drop.

SZECHUAN GOURMET RESTAURANT | 1033 Steeles Ave W

At Bathurst and Steeles, this restaurant is conveniently situated beside Kiva’s, this neighbourhood’s favourite bagel shop. Service is quick and their chef specials are delicious.
 

LEE GARDEN RESTAURANT | 331 Spadina Ave

It’s a fancy schmancy Chinese restaurant, but it’s also got that something-something that keeps you coming back. Maybe it’s the sweet and sour ribs?
 

Taste Of China Restaurant | 338 Spadina Ave

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Located in the heart of Chinatown, Tase of China is a hotspot for late-night eaters and seafood fans alike. Make sure you say hi to the head server Ling, the friendly lady who’s been serving there for over a decade.

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