N to the O to the D-D-L-E-S

If you have trouble choosing a restaurant or have picky eaters (like my family), this is definitely the place that can satisfy (almost) everyone. Having several locations (under different names), this noodle joint IS IT!


There are several Jim Chai Kee locations around the GTA but my family and I chose to go to the newest location as there is more available parking compared to the others.



The menu is double sided and they serve a variety of noodles; wonton noodles, flat rice noodles and vermicelli noodles are the most popular. You can have any combination possible; wontons, fish paste balls with or without broth etc.


Dennis ordered rice noodles with fish paste balls (they are hidden under the noodles).


I probably order the same thing every time I have the chance; wonton noodles with shrimp wontons. And I usualy add red vinegar and white pepper to my noodles. Trust me, it will taste 10 times better. I can eat a bowl right now, my mouth is watering, just blogging about it!

Jim Chai Kee on Yelp.


Homemade Pho



I know it may seem like nothing to the actual ‘pho’ out there, but it’s the best my mom makes AND I love it! Although it takes more time cooking time, sometimes I could use a change of noodles instead of having rice for dinner.

Pho 88

Never gets old. I’ve been in and out of this restaurant since grade 9, so about 7/8 years ago. I know, it DOES seem like a long time…though time flies and it seems like yesterday I just entered my first year of high school. Whenever Dennis and I have a hard time deciding what and where to go for dinner, we always end up going here. We both went to the same high school, which is a 5-10 minute walk, and for me…many memories made here. I probably can think of 10 different friends from the same high school as me, going here since I knew that this restaurant existed.

From talking about school teachers to boyfriends to gossip, this IS the place to do it ALL.

One time, my cousin, A, took me out for lunch. And we couldn’t decide on where or what to eat. We both said “Pho 88” and started laughing together as we both wanted the famous durian drink from Pho 88.


Dennis and I both categorize this restaurant as ‘fast food.’ Almost 95% of the customers already know what they want and don’t even bother with the menu.


Dennis calls it ‘shady.’

Spring rolls, 02 on the menu (I think).

Rice rolls, 01 on the menu (I think).

A plate of basil, chilli peppers and bean sprouts for the soup noodles.

We usually order 101 or 102 (pho noodles with everything, L or xL), but we decided to try something new. Spicy satay beef. Was really SPICY!
IMG_4518Dennis tried coconut and peanut pho noodles.

Conclusion: we will stick with the most popular dish, 101 or 1o2 on the menu.

P.S. I was told ‘pho’ is pronounced as “ph-u’