Chopstick House Hakka Chinese in Scarborough
A new little Hakka place opened up last week in Scarborough called Chopstick House, a great addition to the East-end community as there seems to be a lack of options for places that do not serve alcohol or have a full halal menu. The Muslim owner purchases all of his meat from Iqbal Halal Meat.
Chopstick House is small but they manage to get in a lot of seating. Judging by their layout, if they get busy, it might get congested but wide aisles could help resolve that issue.
Apart from the usual Hakka options, their Dragon Crispy Chicken ($10.95) and Indonesian Fried Rice ($7.99) were noteworthy. Dragon Crispy Chicken is going to have us coming back to Chopstick House, and will likely be our usual for dine-in or take-out.
They have a section in their menu for white meat options which we thought was pretty unique and a step in a great direction. Dragon Crispy Chicken is apart of that special white meat menu which is why the price is higher.
Indonesian rice was another welcome surprise. I found it light and a good alternative to ordering plain steamed rice as a side. It’s low on salt so it doesn’t leave you feeling bloated and full, and since it has a subtle taste, it mixes well with the mains, but price seemed high compared to some meat dishes that are at par.
Manchurian Chicken ($7.99) and Chilli Beef ($8.99), usually guaranteed hits, are slightly lacklustre at Chopstick House. Both dishes were on the starchy side without very distinctive tastes. But don’t get me wrong, they’re still good dishes as meat proportions were generous and appear to use quality ingredients.
For extra carbs, we had requested a thick noodle and was recommended to try their Hakka Chowmein Special ($8.99) which is actually a fairly thin noodle. Would be nice to see thicker options added such as shanghai style.
Purchased both their Mango Lassi ($2.99) and their Mango Shake ($2.99) and although it was really refreshing and great quality, would have liked to have more than a standard cup size for the price.
All-in-all, a great little addition to the Scarborough halal restaurant scene. I see them being popular soon!
Meat Source: All meat is purchased from Iqbal Halal Meat.
1780 Markham Rd., Scarborough