(Submitted by shirl)Ho Lee Chow  


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Date Added: March 14, 2006
Address: 175 Dundas ST E, Toronto
Phone: (416) 465-3333

Nearest Major Intersection: Yonge St & Queen St E


Reservations Required: N/a
Delivery: No (or n/a)
Dress Code: N/a


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Overall: October 18, 2007
1 out of 1 people found this review helpful. I purchased two lunch combos at Ho Lee Chow on Wed, Oct. 17, 2007 for a little over $15. The combos included chicken fried rice, schezuan beef and an egg roll for $6.95. It was to 'take out' so I brought the food home without first taking a look at it at the restaurant. When I came home to open the lunch, I was shocked and disgusted. The fried rice was made with 1/2 lb of burnt ashes- probably from the scrapping of your burnt pans. All I could taste and smell from the rice was burnt ashes. It not only tasted obviously horrible but is a health hazard also. The schezuan beef consisted of 80% onions, 10% carrots, 5% green peppers and 5% beef. I did not ask for an onion dish.

This is was my first time trying Ho Lee Chow and I guarantee you it was my last.
It is a disgrace to treat customers like this. I am shocked by the lack of integrity that Ho Lee Chow has.

I do not recommend this place.
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Fianna Overall: August 26, 2006
2 out of 3 people found this review helpful. After seeing so many Ho Lee Chow branches throughout Toronto for at least 10 years, I decided to finally give it a try - after all, it gives the impression that business is well and that should mean that the food is good for something.
I ordered some basic dishes, wonton soup appetizer, sweet+sour chicken and singapore rice noodles, along with one chicken/shrimp springroll(which i was told was average). Uponn opening the wonton soup, I was surprised to find a lenthy metal wire from those heavy duty scrubs (ball of wire) embedded in one of the wontons. Strike one. Then i tried the sweet+sour chicken which was a farcry from the real thing, not to mention the ratio of meat to veggies was ...1:12?? and not even tasty. The meat was barely deep fried and the sauce lacked good flavour. And there were a LOT of onions. A LOT. And NO pinapples - which is a standard for this dish. Strike two. Last was the Singapore rice noodles..which had a sort of sweet flavour?!? This dish should be pleasantly spicy with a sort of curry taste and NOT sweet. Also I noticed that the meat used in this dish was the same one carelessly thrown into the discarded wonton soup with the metal wire. I have to say that I am deeply disappointed and saddened to learn that so many people are supporting this low quality food, probably because they don't know better. After all, they've been here for about 15 years - that's 15 long years of lying to people and having them believe that this is authentic chinese food. Shame on this company for selling supposedly tasty Chinese food to unknowing non-chinese people. Maybe I'm being too harsh, but if i can offer this advice: save your money and if you want to have mediocre-decent Chinese food, just go to Chinatown and order something even if you have no idea what it is. I can almost guarantee that it will taste a LOT better and cost a lot less too. Although, for the ultimate in quality and cheap chinese food, head to one of the core chinese communities in Markham (Kennedy+Steeles) or go to Richmond Hill, or just east from that is First Markham Place. There, you can find so many restaurants and fast food places where your biggest problem will be deciding which one to go to..most have pictures and some sort of english description. The thing about chinese food for chinese people is that we always want the best quality for the lowest possible price - and being that these are some of the core chinese communities, these are the rules that the restaurants/fast food places go by or else they go out of business - cause chinese people are cheap ;-))
one last thing - the selling point of *NO MSG* --> that's a big load of BS cause no real chinese fastfood would be without it. anyway i've calmed down with the food thing but i hope this was helpful, because i'm still feeling really ashamed about this holeechow crap for food.

I do not recommend this place.
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