This Toronto diner has been serving all-day breakfasts and Chinese food for 35 years
When it comes to menus, few have the range of Chinese Canadian diner Queen Star, where home-fry breakfasts are served up alongside chop suey, egg foo young, and gyro pitas.
For the past 14 years, Queen Star owners Su Ping Wu, 59, and Bei Hua Tang, 61—or Su and Tony—have been cooking it all att 1116 Queen St. West.
The restaurant is now closed for dine-in, with Tony running deliveries himself.
But before the onset of COVID-19, Queen Star's weekends stayed packed with a mix of guests hankering for two-egg, peameal bacon breakfasts and deep-fried chicken balls doused in radioactive-red sweet and sour sauce, the sounds of Su and Tony speaking loudly from their open kitchen.
"These days people don't do much breakfast," says Su in Cantonese. "People do dinner takeout."
The loss of egg roll staples like Sea-Hi and Icy Spicy means Queen Star is one of the few remaining restaurants in Toronto serving quintessentially Chinese Canadian fare: a cuisine based on traditional Chinese recipes but re-imagined for Western palates and ideally for takeout.