Lacking in Passport Stamps? Visit Toronto's Best Asian Restaurants for Exotic Flavors

Almost 50% of Toronto's population is foreign-born, so it is no surprise that it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what defines Toronto's food scene. Even if a restaurant is not distinctly Asian, it has likely been Asian influenced, with one of the largest populations of Chinese ex-pats in North America. It is little surprise that the number of great Asian restaurants in Toronto is large and constantly growing.

The city has two significant Chinatown neighbourhoods, one in the east end and the other (larger and most popular) in the middle of the city. Explore the streets of these areas and you're sure to find a wide variety of things to eat, from ducks hanging in restaurant windows to Chinese bakeries serving steamed buns. Banh Mi Boys will take those buns and fill them with everything from pork belly to house made kimchi for a sandwich you will rave about for days afterwards.

This is not to say that many of the great Asian restaurants haven't expanded beyond this geography. David Chang made his mark with a Toronto based Momofuku and the communal tables are always jammed with satisfied noodle-slurpers (yes that is the technical term). Susur Lee is the king of Asian fusion, taking traditional dishes and making them unrecognizable (but inarguably delicious) in two restaurants that we have added to our list: Luckee and Lee

Toronto's reputation for great Asian food clearly has global reach.

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