Top 5 Chinese Takeout in Brampton
Chinese takeout food can be so satisfying, convenient and speedy. But it hasn't changed in a long time and that can be a good thing or a bad thing. But for the most part, you can go to different places and still get the reliable General Tao chicken, chicken balls or chow mein.
But I wanted to shake things up a bit. I asked for some of the most popular cheap eats from each restaurant. There's nothing like ol' faithfuls, but change is good too!
Here's a top 5 with variety.
The window of opportunity to get delivery presented itself and I took it! I forgot how awesome it was and it made me more excited to get my honey garlic chicken and egg roll. The delivery came in around 40 minutes even during rush hour and I don't live nearby. The food was just as you'd expect for Chinese takeout. A massive styrofoam container split in half with big pieces of chicken and fried rice sprinkled with peas, corn (surprisingly!) and small bits of chicken. I wished the chicken had a sauce to go with it. It was a little dry but the rice redeemed it. I am not the biggest fan of the side but it was not dry at all, which is not uncommon for rice. On a side note, delivery occurs after 4 p.m. and there are different delivery charges depending on how much you spend.
What you need to try: Honey Garlic chicken with egg roll
This restaurant is situated in an interesting location. It's not easy to find, but when you know where it is you'll never forget it. It's attached to the Marigold Hotel on the intersection of Queen Street and Kennedy Road. And once you go inside, you won't forget the aromas permeating throughout the restaurant. I went in a different direction and ordered the Mixed Chow Mein. I am a sucker for noodles and I wasn't disappointed. The service was immediate and friendly and the sit-down restaurant is nicely decorated. I was in and out in 15 minutes and even had staff to talk to throughout that time. Definitely a nice touch! Then the main event arrived and I kid you not, Singapore Garden could barely close the container because there was that much food. I finished half of it with a friend and by the time we were done, there was enough leftover that would constitute for a full portion anywhere else. The chow mein had a mixture of shrimp, chicken, beef and bean sprouts. And even better, there was a killer spice to the noodles. They weren't too hard to handle but it makes noses runny. I was happy to eat the leftovers the next day too.
What you need to try: Mixed Chow Mein dinner
This place has some speedy service, so you can grab your food and curl up with Netflix ASAP. Needless to say, the less time you have to wait in a restaurant for your food, the better. The food also tastes great, and the serving size is ideal for one person…with some leftovers for lunch the next day. We tried their beef and broccoli, and it came with complimentary steamed rice, which definitely made the price a lot better than many of the other places that did not provide a complimentary side. China Palace definitely excelled in price and speed of service and left us satisfied customers. They have two different Brampton locations and you can find them at either McLaughlin and Williams Parkway or Cottrelle and North Park.
What you need to try: Beef and broccoli
2) Hakka No. 1
This Melanie Drive spot is an epic choice for all of the industrial workers in the area, and once you know about it, it might become your go-to spot for lunch specials and hakka food. From noodles to rice to meat and beyond, you’ll find a huge variety of food on the menu, including all kinds of chicken, noodles (Shanghai, Singapore, and ho-fun included!), beef, fish, veggies, and delicious sauces you can think of. The serving sizes are huge and the restaurant is surprisingly cozy, with ample seating space. Whether you’re snagging some take-out, you’re there for a $7.25 lunch special (which comes with water and a mouthwatering spring roll), or you’re there with a few people prepared to order everything on the menu, you won’t regret your decision to go here. Hakka No. 1 even has bubble tea - yum
What you need to try: Manchurian chicken lunch special. And spicy chicken wings.
Here is a fresher and lighter spin on the regular Chinese takeout. That's what I enjoyed the most. Hakka Delight has been reviewed highly online and it delivered. I ordered the General Tao chicken from the lunch menu and upgraded to the Hakka noodles. That move was completely worthwhile. The noodles are not as thick as Shanghai noodles but are thicker than chow mein noodles. The meal itself was a great lunch special for the portion because it comes with an egg roll and the choice between pop and sweet and sour soup. The soup wasn't to my palate, but the chicken sure was. The chicken was meaty and substantial and it wasn't covered in that unnaturally red General Tao sauce.The Hakka noodles are a specialty to the restaurant and I was in heaven. You can find Hakka Delight in the plaza at Hurontario and Ray Lawson.
What you need to try: General Tao Chicken, Hakka noodle upgrade, egg roll and Hot and Sour soup lunch combo
What is your favourite Chinese take-out joint in Brampton?