“ KWAN SPECIALTY - DIM SUM & BAKERY, 8261 Woodbine Avenue, Markham “

Sorry, move over ‘Fu-Kee, Frozen Dim Sum & Bao’! There’s a new kid on the block……offering better quality, way better value, similar and more varied selection products!!

Until ‘ KWAN, Chinese Dim Sum ‘ came along and decided to open up shops at both Yonge & St. Clair and York Mills locations, the midtown area bordered by these major arteries, was a ‘ black-hole’ void for quality Cantonese cuisine and Dim Sums.

A while back, due to the impact of post-Covid, Kwan’s owner decided to close its St. Caire location and instead, relocate, rebrand and wrap it in a new business model. Opening up as a specialty ‘food‘ store in Markham, it focused on fine, restaurant quality ‘ Frozen Dim Sum, Prepared Cooked Food and Bakery/Desserts ‘.

For some of us lazy and discriminating consumers, forever looking out for good quality and value for money ‘ convenient to prepare cooked food ‘ products, KWAN SPECIALTY is a great and welcoming addition. Offering supposedly restaurant quality products and at a fraction of the price. On our recent visit, my wife and I followed our relatives’ thumbs-up recommendation and footsteps by loading up on a bunch of products……with the assistance of an ultra-friendly and helpful customer service lady - Bonny.

We bought the following:

  • Hong Kong style Russian Borscht
  • Braised Oxtail in savory tomato sauce
  • Braised Ducks Webs and Chinese Shiitake mushrooms in Abalone sauce
  • Cantonese Braised Duck with Preserved Plums
  • Steamed Minced Pork Patty with Chopped Sun-Dried Cuttlefish
  • Curry Beef Briskets with Potato
  • Steamed Pork Spare Ribs with Preserved Chinese Plums
  • Turnip Cake with Chinese Wind-Dried Preserved Meat Topping
  • Jar of XO sauce ( for an amazing $12.99….and tasted pretty darn good! )
  • Mango/Pomelo Sago Dessert
  • Wolfberry, Osmanthus and Longood Jelly

Savory products tried so far were the Curry Brisket, Braised Oxtail and Braised Duck. All flavorful, well prepared and excellent value. The meat is nice and tender. The Mango & Pomelo dessert was gorgeously delicious, not too sweet and refreshing.

We have just touched the tip of the product iceberg. Next time, our focus will be on their Dim Sum selection, which on the surface and based on their display was very impressive!