Metro Square in Markham. As a teenager, there were many late nights spent here, upstairs in the arcade (when smoking inside was still allowed), gossiping over cheesecake at Cafe Mirage or sipping on this “new” Taiwanese drink (bubble tea) at Ten Ren’s Tea Time (now Serissa Cafe)."> Metro Square in Markham. As a teenager, there were many late nights spent here, upstairs in the arcade (when smoking inside was still allowed), gossiping over cheesecake at Cafe Mirage or sipping on this “new” Taiwanese drink (bubble tea) at Ten Ren’s Tea Time (now Serissa Cafe)." />

Cheap Eat of the Week: the green onion pancake from Chinese Dumpling House


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A fun play on the traditional green onion pancake (Image: Gizelle Lau)

This week’s cheap eat is all the way up at Metro Square in Markham. As a teenager, there were many late nights spent here, upstairs in the arcade (when smoking inside was still allowed), gossiping over cheesecake at Cafe Mirage or sipping on this “new” Taiwanese drink (bubble tea) at Ten Ren’s Tea Time (now Serissa Cafe).

While none of these establishments exist today, the space still conjures nostalgia. One of its most recent tenants, Chinese Dumpling House, makes homemade dumplings in every shape and form: steamed, pan-fried, filled with soup or in soup with noodles. They’re filled with any combination of pork, chives, leeks, onions, peppers, shrimp or vegetables.

Along with the dumplings, don’t miss the fried spring onion pancake ($1.99). Instead of your typical flat pancake, this one’s coiled like a snake and then fried for a fun play on the traditional. And for texture fiends like me, the added surface area guarantees extra crispiness.

Chinese Dumpling House, 3636 Steeles Ave. E., Unit 112/113, 905-947-9880

Gizelle Lau is a food/travel writer and photographer in Toronto who lives from one meal to the next. Her column, Cheap Eat of the Week, highlights dishes that costs $10 or less. Follow her on Twitter for your daily dose of food from in/around the city.

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