This Toronto family restaurant is known for its Hakka Chinese cuisine

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Federick Restaurant is a Toronto family business known for its Hakka Chinese cuisine.

Operating in Scarborough for over 30 years, Federick’s was created and named after owner Simon Lee, and is currently run by his wife, Alice, and three daughters – Melanie, Jennifer and Julie – who have all been introduced to the restoration by their father.

Simon has worked in the restaurant industry in India since the age of 13 and opened a restaurant only two years after arriving in Canada.

After his passing in 2018, his family took over the restaurant in his name, fondly remembering his dedication to the business.

The Hakka Chinese are a subgroup of Chinese who are well known to be all over the world.


The Hakka food found at Frederick’s is prepared by Hakka people who settled in the Indian subcontinent, bringing together a combination of Indian and Chinese flavors in their dishes.

Some of Federick’s main staples are chicken pakoras and chili chicken, although chili chicken is what the restaurant is best known for.

Other popular dishes include Hakka fried noodles and garlic prawns which come in a sizzling, sweet and spicy sauce.

You can find Federick Restaurant at 1920 Ellesmere Rd in Scarborough.

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