Kom Jug: Remembering a Chinatown Institution

"Kom Jug was a big part of late nights in my twenties. Open until 4 a.m., it was my first stop after last call and it was always an experience. "

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If you rode past Kom Jug (full name Kom Jug Yuen) on the Spadina streetcar you probably wouldn’t have noticed it. Amongst a sea of Chinese restaurants, it blended in— red exterior with a standard Chinatown light up sign above it. A sandwich board advertised the "Best BBQ Pork in North America." You’d probably see the owner, Ping, in the window chopping BBQ pork with a heavy cleaver. His style was chaotic but he chopped without looking and his fingers were still intact.

If Ping w...