Top 5 Hakka Restaurants in Mississauga
Hakka restaurants come in all shapes and sizes in Mississauga. You can go to a hakka restaurant where you place a cloth serviette on your lap or one where you seat yourself and get your fork and knife rolled up in a napkin. But really, you are there for two things -- to eat one of the most flavourful cuisines out there and get a little sweat on your forehead.
Here are the top five hakka restaurants in Mississauga:
5- Hakka Legend
A very popular hakka joint in the Erin Mills area, this place is known for its on-point atmosphere—and the stunning interior impresses you as soon as you walk in. The place is always popular around lunchtime, so get there a bit early if you don’t want to wait for a table. As far as food goes, the dishes are always satisfying and the spice level is perfect—exactly what you’d want for a great hakka dish. The portions are very generous, as you can see (below). Of course, the chilli chicken dry is a staple and a barometer of how good any hakka restaurant is. Just so you know, it was delicious.
Chilli chicken dry
4 - Hakka Ren
Hakka Ren is a new family-operated restaurant run by local residents Michael Chung, Thomas Hou and Chef Alvin Hou. The restaurant concept was created to bring a taste of the family’s roots to their new home city of Mississauga. The resto is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays and Chung says they’ll stay open later if there’s a demand for it. The food menu offers a Halal menu with an extensive selection of Hakka-Chinese and Indian dishes including appetizers, chicken, beef, seafood, rice and noodle dishes. The menu also includes an abundant amount of vegetarian dishes (they comprise about half the menu).
3 - Royal Jasmine
Royal Jasmine is located in the Yuk Yuk's plaza on Dixie. This place is actually pretty big (and the biggest on the list), so it's good for parties or family gatherings. Coincidentally, I was there on Eid, which is their busiest day. The place was packed and the only reason I got a seat was because I was there by myself. Considering how busy it was, the service was great and I was warned ahead of time that the food would take a little longer. The Chili Chicken and the Tandoori Fish were cooked to perfection. The Tandoori Fish put some hair on my chest -- wow, what a kick!
Thai Chilli Fish
2 - Ming Room
Ming Room is located in the north part of Steetsville. The atmosphere is the most modern on this list. They have great lunch deal with about 20 choices for $7 or less -- and that includes your meat and a choice of steamed or veggie fried rice. We ordered the chili chicken lunch special, and let me tell you that we should have paid more attention to that little chili pepper graphic beside this menu item. It had an awesome kick to it. With water and napkins for my forehead in hand, I made it though. Once I got over the heat, the dish was actually really good and very filling. The chicken was plentiful, as you can see from the picture, and the veggie fried rice balanced the heat out pretty nicely.
Chilli Chicken with gravy lunch special
1 - Chilli Chicken House
Chilli Chicken house is located in a plaza at Creditview and Burnhamthorpe. I got there at 9pm to avoid the rush and was surprised to find the place packed with young diners. It's not a trendy or modern looking place, so I guess they know something that I don't. When I got there, I was greeted by the owner. He asked me if it was the first time and i said yes. A smile fell upon his face and he went into his elevator pitch that started with "Welcome to Chilli Chicken…" You can tell he is passionate about what he does and you can definitely tell through his food. We had the Manchurian chicken and the Chilli Calamari, which had the most heat out of all the dishes we had on this list. Where are the napkins for my forehead?
Hakka Magic is located in an awkwardly placed plaza at Heartland. It's a pretty plain place with the kind of table and chairs you would find in a cafeteria. No cloth serviettes here! That said, the service was really good and the wait staff was attentive. One thing that is really important in Hakka food service is how often they fill up the water, as you are in constant need of it due to the heat. I was never out of water. When we got our food, we forgot about the atmosphere and just enjoyed the food. We had the Manchurian Chicken dry and Chili Fish dry.