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Nom Nom Nom – Reviews: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Edition – Part 1

Shanghai minced pork dumpling

During my “escape” to Toronto, Ontario, Canada (see “The Meeting: Part 2“), I ate a lot of food there. (Hey a guy needs to eat somehow, even while he’s running away from his troubles!) A lot of good food. A lot of “superasian” good food, meaning those that could be authentic enough that you can find only in Asia or China and not the craptastic stuff that you mostly see here. As I am beginning to write this post, I am getting hungry now and starting to crave some of the food I had ate there a few weeks back. Hmm what is the number for that Shanghai Dim Sum place again?

Ding Tai Fung
3235 Hwy 7 E, Unit #18B
Markham, ON L3R 0J5

Review Date: March 2011

Didn’t come here just once, but TWICE during our Toronto trip a few weeks back. That should tell you how much we loved this place (or maybe we were just too lazy to find somewhere else to eat dim sum hah!). Of course, we had to try their minced pork buns (xiao long bao), both their dried scallop ones and crab meat ones. Just like what everyone else says here, those were pretty good–better than what we got at home, if I do say so myself. But it’s funny: the first time I thought the crab meat ones were better but the second time around, I actually like the dried scallop ones. Hmm…

Steamed sticky rice glue (savoury kind)

I also liked their steamed sticky rice glue. It’s like a roll of sticky rice with some filling inside. Tried both their savory one and their sweet one. Both were good but I prefer the savory one myself; just all depends on your tastes.

Hot soy drink (salty kind)

Let’s see: what else did we have that was good? Oh yeah, I liked the hot soy drink, the salty kind, as opposed to the sweet one. I’ve always been a fan of the salty one. And also their souffle balls stuffed with red bean paste or sesame paste. We tried the red bean ones on our first time around and then we came back and tried the sesame paste ones. Both were sweet, but I think I prefer the red bean ones myself.

The place is moderately sized. Seems like a popular place. First time we went just a little bit before lunchtime and it still was packed with people eating dim sum. The second time we went right around lunch time on a weekend and we had to wait for a table for like 15-20 min. This place does have other dishes besides dim sum in case you were wondering. We also did order the fried sliced rice cakes with pickled cabbage and shredded pork but I didn’t find it anything special.

And you case you were wondering, I did take a paper menu from them (yes, I still collect those) so that’s where I’m getting the actual names of the food from 😛 Hmm I’m getting a bit hungry just writing this now… I wonder if they’ll deliver a few hundred miles across the border to me…

Money: $$ (out of 4)

Good date place? Okay good.

Grade: A

Would I return? (Yay or nay): Even though we came here twice in one week, I’ll be sure to come back a third and fourth time again the next time I am here.

Kenny’s Delight
3235 Highway 7
Markham, ON L3R 3P3

Review Date: March 2011

Soy sauce yellow chow mein

We came here one morning for some breakfast while we were in Toronto. We woke up pretty early and pretty hungry and knew that there was some good food in the same area that this place was in so that’s where we went. Much to our dismay, we realized that most of the places here didn’t open yet and wouldn’t be open for another hour or so. But we did see that Kenny’s Delight was open this early, so in we went.

Elbow macaroni with "SPAM"

Walking in, I did notice the decor and furniture looked pretty chic and modern. As for the food, we had ordered some of the stuff that we usually eat, like soy sauce yellow chow mein, elbow macaroni soup with spam and some stuff that we don’t usually order, like pork blood congee and corn and tofu congee. I’ve never had corn and tofu congee before but it was alright. It tasted like how it sounds lol. I did like the pork blood congee though. The pork blood was silky smooth there, unlike at some places around here, which can be kinda rough tasting sometimes. The chow mein was pretty good too. I think it had the right amount of seasoning in it; better than at some other places I’ve had it. Only thing I wasn’t content with was the macaroni; it just tasted too plain to me and the spam wasn’t really the official SPAM brand. It felt like it was a knockoff.

Corn and tofu congee

Otherwise, much to my chagrin, Kenny’s Delight was a delight.

Money: $ (out of 4)

Good date place? Sure, not a bad place to start off a date in the morning.

Grade: B+

Would I return? (Yay or nay): Yay, I’ll come back here the next time I want some cheap and quick breakfast (that’s what she said).

Tracy Dessert
3255 E Hwy 7
Markham, ON L3R 3P9

Review Date: March 2011

Herbal jelly aka "turtle jello"

This was just one of the many places we went to for dessert during our time in Toronto. And just another place in which I had cold herbal jelly in Toronto. I think I’ve ordered that at every dessert place we went to there and I’m serious haha. A good herbal jelly should taste bitter but not too overprocessed, like Jello. The honey or syrup you pour into it should be sweet enough to counteract the bitterness. The herbal jelly here was pretty good. Either that or I’ve had so much in the days before that my tastebuds can’t tell the difference anymore. Nevertheless, it tastes better than any of the stuff back home (well, actually, I’ve never really come across herbal jelly when I am home; then again, I wasn’t really looking). I know it definitely tastes better than the crap you can buy in little plastic cups at the supermarket though.

Tofu pudding with fruit aka "tofu fa"

Oh yeah, the thing that got me super excited here was the fact that they have deep fried spicy salty chicken knee. I became obsessed in trying to find a place that serves this here so I can taste what this was all about after a friend asked if I had tried this in HK while I was there and I hadn’t so I became super disappointed. And now, I FINALLY get to try it. Yayyyyy! And I wasn’t super disappointed with how it tastes either. It was good. Basically, you know the part of the chicken bone that is white and around the joint area? If you eat chicken like I do and finish off every single bit and piece that you are able to chew on, like this white soft bony part, then you know exactly what I am talking about. Well, pretty much, they take this piece off separately and coat with the same breading they use for spicy salty calamari (I KNOW you’ve had that) and voila! You get spicy, salty chicken knee (or soft bone). And it tastes delicious! Mmm nom nom nom!

Spicy salty chicken knee aka "soft bone"!!!

Only minus about this place is that we went after dinner, at night, so it was packed and we had to wait for a table. And there wasn’t that many inside to begin with. How dare they make me wait to satisfy my craving for spicy salty chicken knee! Minus 1-star for that!

Money: $ (out of 4)

Good date place? Sure, not a bad place to end off a date at night.

Grade: B+

Would I return? (Yay or nay): Yay, I’ll come back here for the spicy, salty chicken knee (if I don’t find it elsewhere first).

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